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Domestic PEP

03 July, 2024

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During the business collaboration, understanding the partners is an essential prerequisite. This includes the verification of both the organization and the individuals associated directly or indirectly with it. Individuals who have access to multiple resources and can exercise power through their actions are referred to as politically exposed persons (PEPs). Domestic PEPs are slightly different from foreign PEPs, with the only difference being that the former hold influential positions in the public sectors within their state. Through the business verification procedure, the PEPs are analyzed to see whether they follow the complaint regulations.

Defining Domestic Politically Exposed Persons (PEPs)

High-risk individuals with significance who have prominent public operations on a domestic level are domestic PEPs. They have an extensive network that controls public operations because of their connections with financial institutions. In most cases, the family members of domestic PEPs also have the potential to be influenced or involved in unlawful activities. The public positions of the domestic PEPs enable them to have significant influence and access to sensitive information, making them susceptible to corruption and other crimes. Common examples of domestic PEPs include:

  • Government officials or heads of state
  • Senior politicians
  • Senior military or judicial officials
  • Executives of public organizations
  • Judges and senior court officials

Every country has different regulations, and therefore, the definition of domestic PEPs may vary from country to country.

Domestic PEPs as High-Risk Profiles

The influence and power exercised by the politically exposed persons make them ideal targets for bribery, leading to corruption in most cases. Businesses may offer domestic PEPs bribes to influence decisions related to the policy. In addition, domestically exposed persons are also susceptible to manipulating their influence to engage in financial crimes such as money laundering. Conflict of interest is another reason that PEPs are a potential threat to illicit activities.

A domestically exposed person may have personal interests that do not align with their official responsibilities, increasing the likelihood of corruption. The risk associated with these people can also be influenced by other factors within their country, such as the level of corruption in their country and their positions.

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Managing Risks Associated with Domestic PEPs

Regulatory bodies have become more rigid regarding compliance regulations. To combat financial crimes, companies conduct thorough Know Your Business (KYB) procedures to ensure the transparency of the corporate ecosystem. Here is how corporations can manage the risks associated with domestic PEPs.

  • AML and PEP Screening

The incorporation of technology in business verification procedures has significantly enhanced their performance. Compliance officers can set up their tools and management systems to enhance the efficiency of the overall verification process.

  • Updated Data Bases

Updated databases of the ultimate beneficial owners and shareholders ensure the successful screening of potentially exposed persons. This method should include live data from individuals from international, local, and regional sources. Compliance officers assess their jurisdiction and other risk factors like their influence and power.

  • Enhanced Due Diligence

While dealing with influential individuals, determining the status of domestic PEPs is crucial. Organizations must conduct thorough due diligence on the influential persons of a country. From the source of their wealth to investigating their business partnerships and monitoring transactions, enhanced due diligence highlights suspicious activities.

  • Variety of Screening

Verification of domestic PEPs is a more focused process. Corporations should determine their current status and verify their close relatives and close associates. This helps screen all employees regarding the Anti Money Laundering (AML) regulations and other important rules of local regulatory bodies.

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