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A Brief Introduction to the AML Act of 2020

February 12, 2021 by Jim Richards

The first instalment in Jim Richards’ Renewing the BSA Series. The landscape of the Bank Secrecy Act (BSA) is changing. The latter half of 2020 saw repeated calls to examine and modernize Anti-Money Laundering (AML) and Countering the Financing of... 

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FinCEN Supplemental Advisory Outlines New Human Trafficking Typologies, Red Flags

January 14, 2021 by Verafin

On October 15, 2020, the Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN) released a Supplemental Advisory on Identifying and Reporting Human Trafficking and Related Activity, in response to the potential growth in illicit activity during the COVID-19 pandemic. The Supplemental Advisory broadens... 

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Crime Trends & Technology: Reflections & Perspectives for 2021

December 16, 2020 by Verafin

In a recent year-end presentation, we explored the unrelenting challenges of 2020, the trends and technology developments throughout the year, and offered an overview of how recent industry threats may continue into the future. The following highlights and related resources will... 

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Criminals Strike SBA Programs Amidst COVID-19 Pandemic

August 7, 2020 by Verafin

“While American small business owners and employees are struggling, fraudsters are busy trying to steal the money meant to help those families survive. With billions of dollars in aid available, they will try every trick in the book to rob... 

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Defining Moments in the War on Financial Crimes

June 30, 2020 by Jim Richards

Fifty years ago, the law we now call the Bank Secrecy Act (BSA) was passed, and the war on financial crimes truly began. The BSA began with the Currency and Foreign Transactions Reporting Act of 1970. In the years that followed,... 

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Analysis & Commentary: FinCEN’s Proposed Burden Estimate for Preparing and Filing SARs

May 29, 2020 by Jim Richards

On May 26, 2020, the Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN) published a Notice in the Federal Register titled “Proposed Updated Burden Estimate for Reporting Suspicious Transactions Using FinCEN Report 111 – Suspicious Activity Report.” This Notice is required under the... 

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Economic Stimulus Payments Targeted by Fraudsters

May 8, 2020 by Verafin

“The CARES Act… together with three related pieces of pandemic relief legislation represent at least $2.4 trillion in aid and presents unparalleled opportunities to assist those in greatest need as well as unmatched prospects for fraud, misuse of the funds,... 

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Taking Quick Action Against COVID-19 Crimes

May 4, 2020 by Verafin

Financial crime has proven to be a serious and growing challenge during the COVID-19 crisis. Fraudsters have promptly exploited the pandemic for their gain; with many financial institutions closed or limiting branch access and large numbers of citizens still sheltering... 

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Impact of COVID-19 Crisis on Financial Crime Management Programs

April 6, 2020 by Verafin

As COVID-19 continues to impact financial systems around the globe, early reports are emerging on how the pandemic is affecting financial crime management programs. Financial institutions should have processes in place to minimize the impact of a pandemic and ensure... 

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Deconstructing the Currency Transaction Report

February 18, 2020 by Jim Richards

With FinCEN reporting increases in BSA report filings year over year, it is likely that over 16 million Currency Transaction Reports, or CTRs, were filed in 2019, each one reporting one or more cash transactions made by or on behalf...