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AML Act of 2020 Formalizes Risk-Based Approach for Compliance

July 28, 2021 by Jim Richards

The fifth instalment in Jim Richards’ Renewing the BSA Series. Under the current law, 31 USC Section 5318(h) and it’s subsequent regulations, financial institutions are required to have an Anti-Money Laundering (AML) program, but there has never been a requirement... 

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Information Sharing Prioritized in AML Act of 2020

March 4, 2021 by Jim Richards

The third instalment in Jim Richards’ Renewing the BSA Series. Many professionals are touting the Anti-Money Laundering Act of 2020 (AMLA) as the biggest change to American efforts to fight crime and corruption since the USA PATRIOT Act of 2001... 

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AML Act of 2020 Progresses SAR Regime

February 19, 2021 by Jim Richards

The second instalment in Jim Richards’ Renewing the BSA Series. On January 1, 2021 the United States Senate approved the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), and with it, the most significant legislation addressing the U.S. Anti-Money Laundering and Countering the... 

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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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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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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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Money Mules Moving Illicit Proceeds from COVID-19-Related Crimes

June 11, 2020 by Verafin

“In the past, money mules have been viewed as low-level offenders, transferring small amounts of cash. However, organised, sophisticated money mule schemes have evolved as a [professional money launderer] mechanism.” – Financial Action Task Force From economic stimulus payments to... 

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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... 

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The Bank Secrecy Act Doesn’t Really Exist

January 15, 2020 by Jim Richards

Happy New Year! Happy New Decade! But most importantly, Happy 50th Anniversary of the Bank Secrecy Act! Yes, the (so-called) Bank Secrecy Act was passed fifty years ago this October. As every BSA/AML professional knows, the Bank Secrecy Act was first made... 

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Actionable Intelligence: The Way Forward for the BSA

November 7, 2018 by Jim Richards

From its birth on October 26, 1970 as the Foreign Bank Secrecy Act of 1970, through make-overs in 1986 (criminalizing money laundering and structuring), 1990 (establishing FinCEN), 1992 (introducing Suspicious Activity Reports), and 2001 (the biggest make-over with the USA...