The Strawhecker Group – 7/11/14: As we start the second half of the year, it is apparent that one of the top issues that payments providers need to be on top of is Operation Choke Point. Operation Choke Point is an effort by the federal government to cut off fraudulent merchants’ access to the financial system. While the payments industry may agree with the ultimate goal of removing unseemly players, over the past few months, the Justice Department (via the FTC) has created a sense of uncertainty around what merchant types are “high risk” and therefore not suitable to process electronic transactions.

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