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Financial Crimes Research Specialist, Verafin

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U.S. Court Case: 60 Funnel Accounts Used by Heroin Trafficking Organization

September 27, 2017 by Denise Hutchings

“Narcotics traffickers will attempt to create elaborate financial networks in an effort to launder illegal drug proceeds.” (James Dorsey, Acting Special Agent in Charge IRS Criminal Investigation, June 2017) Heroin Trafficking Organizations Targeted by OFAC In May 2017, Treasury Secretary... 

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U.S. Court Case: 9 Banks and 50 Bank Accounts Exploited by Human Trafficking Ring

February 21, 2017 by Denise Hutchings

“Follow the money and you will find the trafficker… Financial investigation plays a crucial role in successful investigation of trafficking in persons.” An outstanding financial investigation which was conducted in the recent prosecution of a U.S. based human trafficking ring... 

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U.S. Court Case: 5 Cyber-Enabled Financial Crimes

December 4, 2016 by Denise Hutchings

Last week, U.S. authorities in conjunction with international law enforcement issued a press release on the dismantling of a cyber criminal infrastructure known as Avalanche. A joint statement by U.S. agencies noted that “this network hosted more than two dozen... 

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U.S. Wire Fraud Case: Multiple Companies and Multiple Banks Exploited

October 10, 2016 by Denise Hutchings

Wire fraud that emanates from the combination of identity theft and email compromise has skyrocketed to an escalated threat level in the class of evolving cybercrimes which exploit both financial institutions and their customers. To help shine a spotlight on... 

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U.S. Bank Account Information Sold on Dark Web Marketplace

August 25, 2016 by Denise Hutchings

A recent online post under the “Fraud” category of a Dark Web marketplace read as follows: “High Balance [redacted bank name] Logins 30K-150K Available…I bring you freshly hacked [redacted bank name] Bank Account Logins. The accounts are notorious for having... 

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314(b) Information Sharing Practices Should Adapt the Four COCs of a Fusion Center

May 23, 2016 by Denise Hutchings

“A Fusion Center is an effective and efficient mechanism to exchange information and intelligence, maximize resources, streamline operations, and improve the ability to fight crime and terrorism by analyzing data from a variety of sources.” (Source: U.S. DOJ Global Justice... 

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Thousands of Human Trafficking Arrests in the U.S. Plus Recent Money Flow to Human Smuggling Hubs

April 5, 2016 by Denise Hutchings

“Human trafficking is not a problem that law enforcement can tackle alone. It requires the close collaboration with many concerned groups looking at this crime through different lenses.” (Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance Jr.) Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance advocates... 

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Financial Fraud Charges in ISIS-Related Arrests in the US

February 8, 2016 by Denise Hutchings

Yesterday the House Homeland Security Committee reported that law enforcement authorities have arrested 81 individuals in ISIS-related cases in the United States since 2014 – 62 in 2015 alone. The cases include individuals plotting attacks; attempting to travel to join... 

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A Court Case to Illustrate that Card Fraud Funded Terrorism

November 30, 2015 by Denise Hutchings

Financial Institutions Undeniably Have a Role to Play in the Fight Against Terrorist Financing I recently studied several court cases that involved loan fraud and/or card fraud to fund terrorism. Details in one particular indictment which was unsealed less than... 

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15 Red Flags for New Account Fraud

July 14, 2015 by Denise Hutchings

Compromised credentials from a data breach or malware are frequently exploited by financial criminals to perpetrate new account fraud. The agency [FBI] used to learn about a new, large-scale data breach every two or three weeks. “Now, it is close...