Suspicious Activity Reporting and Business Email Compromise

FinCEN, the Financial Crimes Enforcement Network, doesn't publish too many alerts. In fact, for the first half of 2019, it had published only nine news items. So when it published three on a single day in July 2019 on one subject alone, it's clear that one subject had gotten its attention. The focus of this [...]

By |2019-08-23T15:15:16+00:00August 23rd, 2019|Bank Secrecy Act/Anti-Money Laundering|0 Comments

True Beneficiaries and BSA

FinCEN recently highlighted the work of a financial institution that involved Suspicious Activity Reporting and Currency Transaction Reporting as it pertains to true beneficiaries. In this case, the bad actors recruited heroin addicts to steal certain types of goods from stores in the Chicago area. They exchanged their stolen goods for cash from small stores [...]

By |2019-08-14T19:48:14+00:00August 14th, 2019|Bank Secrecy Act/Anti-Money Laundering|0 Comments

What is Trade-Based Money Laundering?

This trade-based money laundering scheme involved shell companies in Mexico and the U.S. and batches of obsolete cell phones, generating more than $100 million in illicit funds. by Dayne Bloxham AdvisX When it comes to identifying suspicious transactional activity, knowing what to look for is half the battle. FinCEN recently highlighted an example [...]

By |2019-06-28T14:39:10+00:00June 28th, 2019|Bank Secrecy Act/Anti-Money Laundering|0 Comments

How SARs Helped Bring Down a Scam Biodiesel Fuel Producer Network

by Ken Agle AdvisX The more front line and BSA personnel understand about the how Suspicious Activity Reporting and Currency Transaction Reports fit into the overall equation of tracking down criminals, terrorists and other bad actors, the more likely it is for a financial institution's BSA program to be effective. Understanding context helps keep BSA [...]

By |2019-06-19T19:02:33+00:00June 19th, 2019|Bank Secrecy Act/Anti-Money Laundering|0 Comments

Three BSA/AML Errors to Avoid

Bank Secrecy Act and Anti-money Laundering (BSA/AML) enforcement is shaping up to be a hot compliance topic this year. We've heard from the NCUA that one of its supervisory priorities for 2018 will be BSA compliance. There are also some big changes coming in just a few months with FinCEN's new customer due diligence and [...]

BSA/AML Systems Survivor

Imagine two scenarios. In the first, you fly to a beautiful, remote island for a carefree week at an exclusive and all-inclusive resort. You spend the week soaking up sun on the beach, enjoying fine dining, and snorkeling in the crystal clear water. Now for scenario two. Same beautiful island, but this time, there's no [...]

By |2017-09-18T09:00:50+00:00September 18th, 2017|Bank Secrecy Act/Anti-Money Laundering, Blog|0 Comments

How to Optimize Your AML System (Without Hiring Sherlock)

One of the defining characteristics of Sherlock Holmes (besides the deerstalker hat and overcoat) is his almost superhuman powers of deduction. In the first Sherlock novel, A Study in Scarlet, Holmes says, "From a drop of water, a logician could infer the possibility of an Atlantic or a Niagara without having seen or heard of one or the other." In every [...]

By |2017-09-11T09:00:10+00:00September 11th, 2017|Bank Secrecy Act/Anti-Money Laundering, Blog|0 Comments

New York's 504: BSA/AML Requirements You May Want to Start Wearing

If you're a fashion fanatic and you want to get a jump on what will be hot next season, you'd probably want to look to the current fashion trends in New York. After all, New York, New York is known as one of the fashion capitals of the world. Now, if you're in charge of [...]

Validation: The Pièce de Résistance of Anti-money Laundering

Originally published on Even the best kitchen in the world—equipped with a brick oven, top-of-the-line equipment, and the sharpest knives—can’t turn a bad cook into a great one (even though it could help). The substandard cook still needs to learn some critical cooking skills before the dream kitchen can produce the pièce de résistance. [...]

By |2016-09-06T17:11:22+00:00September 6th, 2016|Bank Secrecy Act/Anti-Money Laundering, Blog|0 Comments

Hey Batter Batter, Swing! Good Training Practices for AML Monitoring

Spring training for Major League Baseball is long over, the regular season is winding down, and playoffs will soon be upon us. Over the course of a long season, the teams that spent their time during spring training actually training and preparing frequently find that it makes the difference between being a playoff contender and an [...]

By |2016-08-22T19:45:13+00:00August 22nd, 2016|Bank Secrecy Act/Anti-Money Laundering, Blog|0 Comments