Banks filed more than 64,000 Suspicious Activity Reports referencing COVID-19 and related stimulus programs—about 71% of all coronavirus-related SAR filings, Financial Crimes Enforcement Network Director Ken Blanco said today.
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While the Financial Crimes Enforcement Network’s effort to calculate and evaluate the burden of filing Suspicious Activity Reports is a good first step, FinCEN needs to do more to fully grasp the costs and benefits of SAR filing, ABA said in a comment letter today.
The Financial Crimes Enforcement Network today issued an advisory alerting financial institutions to imposter scams and money mule schemes connected to the coronavirus pandemic.
The Financial Crimes Enforcement Network today issued guidance for financial institutions on how they can conduct due diligence on hemp-related businesses and on what types of information and documentation they may be required to collect from these businesses to comply with Bank Secrecy Act requirements.
Bank Secrecy Act reporting institutions annually spend roughly $206 million and 5.4 million hours of work investigating, evaluating cases and filing Suspicious Activity Reports, according to a new analysis from the Financial Crimes Enforcement Network.
The Financial Crimes Enforcement Network today recognized several state and federal law enforcement agencies for their work using information reported by financial institutions under the Bank Secrecy Act in their criminal investigations.
The Financial Crimes Enforcement Network today issued an advisory on medical scams related to the coronavirus pandemic—the first in a new series of warnings about COVID-19-related financial crimes—as well as a notice on filing reports of COVID-19-related suspicious activities.
Two challenges for today’s anti-money laundering professionals: focusing on high-value functions and eliminating false positives that consume unnecessary resources. Nicholas Piccininni, who leads a 1,500-person financial crimes risk management team at Wells Fargo, explains how Wells puts technology to use to tackle these challenges.
After Senate Banking Committee Chairman Mike Crapo (R-Idaho) raised concerns last month about the ABA-supported SAFE Banking Act, ABA today responded to those concerns and urged him to advance the SAFE Banking Act or similar legislation on cannabis banking this year.
The relationship between anti-money laundering professionals and law enforcement has never been more important. AML professionals can follow these practical steps to enhance the usefulness and effectiveness of their SARs.