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ACFCS member spotlight: Advice to ‘follow the money’ leads to 20-year career in AML for Jorge Guerrero

ACFCS member spotlight: Advice to ‘follow the money’ leads to 20-year career in AML for Jorge Guerrero

When it comes to financial crime compliance, a lot can change in 20 years. Just ask Jorge Guerrero, the chief executive of Optima Compass Group, a consultancy that, like the man himself, is pushing the boundaries of convergence and technology to better counter criminals. Please click on the link below to read the entire interview: https://www.acfcs.org/news/329235/Member-Spotlight-Advice-to-follow-the-money-leads-to-20-year-career-in-AML-for-Jorge-Guerrero-.htm...
FinCEN issues regulations requiring that financial institutions identify certain beneficial owners

FinCEN issues regulations requiring that financial institutions identify certain beneficial owners

FinCEN is issuing final rules under the Bank Secrecy Act to clarify and strengthen customer due diligence requirements for: Banks; brokers or dealers in securities; mutual funds; and futures commission merchants and introducing brokers in commodities. The rules contain explicit customer due diligence requirements and include a new requirement to identify and verify the identity of beneficial owners of legal entity customers, subject to certain exclusions and exemptions. Please click on the link below to read the entire FinCen ruling:...
FinCEN Fines Kentucky Money Services Business and Its Owner/Compliance Officer for Anti-Money Laundering Failures

FinCEN Fines Kentucky Money Services Business and Its Owner/Compliance Officer for Anti-Money Laundering Failures

The Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN) today imposed a civil money penalty against Thriftway Food Mart and its owner and compliance officer, Kustandy Rayyan, for willful and repeated violations of the Bank Secrecy Act (BSA). Mr. Rayyan has admitted to conduct that violated the BSA and has consented to a civil money penalty in the amount of $10,000.   News Release: https://www.fincen.gov/news_room/nr/pdf/20160324.pdf   Enforcement Action:...
FinCEN Issues a Geographic Targeting Order for Certain Real Estate Transactions

FinCEN Issues a Geographic Targeting Order for Certain Real Estate Transactions

The Director of the Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (“FinCEN”), U.S. Department of the Treasury, hereby issues a Geographic Targeting Order (“Order”) requiring [title insurance company] to collect and report information about the persons involved in certain residential real estate transactions, as further described in this Order.  This Order supersedes the order applicable to [title insurance company] relating to certain transactions in the Borough of Manhattan in New York, New York that was executed by the Director of FinCEN on January 6, 2016. To read the entire article, please click here:...
FinCEN Proposes AML Regulations for Investment Advisers

FinCEN Proposes AML Regulations for Investment Advisers

On August 25, 2015 FinCEN proposed AML regulations for Investment Advisers that continue the path traced by FinCEN Director Jennifer Shasky Calvery to identify and correct AML deficiencies in areas previously ignored despite identified risks.   If adopted, the requirements proposed for Investment Advisers would mirror those imposed on other financial service providers.    We note that not all Investment Advisers have been lacking in the AML control area.  Some, including some Optima clients, have opted to proactively apply controls that they felt were required by the risks they identified in their individual operations.  As a whole, FinCEN’s proposed rule will level the playing field between Investment Advisors and other institutions and within the Investment Adviser sector itself.   If history can be relied upon to predict the future,  the rule will also create a more secure financial system, although some Investment Advisers experience growing pains in the process.     FinCEN’s Official Announcement   The Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN) today proposed a rule requiring certain investment advisers to establish anti-money laundering (AML) programs and report suspicious activity to FinCEN pursuant to the Bank Secrecy Act (BSA). FinCEN also proposed to include investment advisers in the general definition of “financial institution,” which, among other things, would require them to file Currency Transaction Reports (CTRs) and keep records relating to the transmittal of funds.    News Release: http://www.fincen.gov/news_room/nr/pdf/20150825.pdf  Proposed Rule:...
FinCEN Targets Money Laundering Infrastructure with Geographic Targeting Order in Miami

FinCEN Targets Money Laundering Infrastructure with Geographic Targeting Order in Miami

On April 21, 2015 FinCEN issued another Geographic Targeted Order (“GTO”) in the Miami, Florida area to address Trade Based Money Laundering (“TBML”) activity involving drug cartels. This GTO follows a similar one issued against Los Angeles based businesses on October 2, 2014. In practical terms, the GTOs impose reporting requirements on businesses that mirror anti-money laundering (“AML”) and Bank Secrecy Act (“BSA”) requirements applicable to financial institutions. The specific requirement is a reduction of the threshold amount required for businesses to file Form 8300. Instead of filing Form 8300 upon the receipt of more than $10,000 in cash, the requirement applies to receipt of cash of $3,000 or more. Significantly, businesses are required to aggregate multiple transactions from the same source that accumulate said amount in one banking day. Most businesses that are not financial institutions lack a reliable, automated mechanism or tool to track and properly comply with the GTO. However, through Optima’s AML Compass businesses can comply with the monitoring, detection, reporting and record retention requirements that are embedded in the GTO. Judging by the basis for FinCEN’s actions in Miami and Los Angeles, it is likely that other GTOs will soon follow in additional jurisdictions.   FinCEN’s Official Announcement The Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN) issued a Geographic Targeting Order (GTO) today to about 700 Miami businesses to shed light on cash transactions that may be tied to trade-based money laundering schemes. These complex schemes are a primary method used by drug cartels, including the Sinaloa and Los Zetas, to launder their illicit proceeds. FinCEN’s order is aimed at disrupting the illicit financial infrastructure upon...
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