UPDATE 1-Australia fines ANZ $7.2 mln over periodical payment fees between accounts

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Oct 2 (Reuters) - Australia and New Zealand Banking Group Ltd said on Friday it was fined A$10 million ($7.2 million) by a federal court for wrongly charging customers fees for some transactions made between their accounts.

The country’s fourth-largest bank admitted to 327,895 breaches for charging periodical payments fees between July 2013 and September 2015 and not remediating fees charged to customers between July 2005 and December 2007.

ANZ said the breaches related to fees totalling about A$3.1 million. (

The penalty was levied after the Australian Securities and Investments Commission (ASIC) filed a suit against ANZ in July last year.

Many Australian banks have been slapped with several lawsuits from customers and regulators since a national inquiry into widespread financial misconduct rocked the sector in 2018.

ANZ was not entitled to charge non-payment and transaction fees from customers where the periodic payment was made between two accounts held in the same customer’s name, the ASIC said in a statement on Friday.

$1 = 1.3976 Australian dollars Reporting by Shashwat Awasthi in Bengaluru; Editing by Tom Hogue and Sherry Jacob-Phillips