financial institution

(2)“financial institution” means— (A)an insured bank (as defined in section 3(h) of the Federal Deposit Insurance Act (12 U.S.C. 1813(h))); (B)a commercial bank or trust company; (C)a private banker; (D)an agency or branch of a foreign bank in the United States; (E)any credit union; (F)a thrift institution; (G)a broker or dealer registered with the Securities and Exchange Commission under the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 (15 U.S.C. 78aet seq.); (H)a broker or dealer in securities or commodities; (I)an investment banker or investment company; (J)a currency exchange; (K)an issuer, redeemer, or cashier of travelers’ checks, checks, money orders, or similar instruments; (L)an operator of a credit card system; (M)an insurance company; (N)a dealer in precious metals, stones, or jewels; (O)a pawnbroker; (P)a loan or finance company; (Q)a travel agency; (R)a licensed sender of money or any other person who engages as a business in the transmission of funds, including any person who engages as a business in an informal money transfer system or any network of people who engage as a business in facilitating the transfer of money domestically or internationally outside of the conventional financial institutions system; (S)a telegraph company; (T)a business engaged in vehicle sales, including automobile, airplane, and boat sales; (U)persons involved in real estate closings and settlements; (V)the United States Postal Service; (W)an agency of the United States Government or of a State or local government carrying out a duty or power of a business described in this paragraph; (X)a casino, gambling casino, or gaming establishment with an annual gaming revenue of more than $1,000,000 which— (i)is licensed as a casino, gambling casino, or gaming establishment under the laws of any State or any political subdivision of any State; or (ii)is an Indian gaming operation conducted under or pursuant to the Indian Gaming Regulatory Act other than an operation which is limited to class I gaming (as defined in section 4(6) of such Act); (Y)any business or agency which engages in any activity which the Secretary of the Treasury determines, by regulation, to be an activity which is similar to, related to, or a substitute for any activity in which any business described in this paragraph is authorized to engage; or (Z)any other business designated by the Secretary whose cash transactions have a high degree of usefulness in criminal, tax, or regulatory matters.


31 USC § 5312(a)(2)

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