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Thomson Reuters 'How-To' Series
How to Work With
Law Enforcement on
Suspicious Activity Reports

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In today’s regulatory environment, financial institutions must be increasingly vigilant in the fight against money laundering. The recent Panama Papers debacle and other high-profile banking scandals highlight the plethora of threats posed by political corruption, terrorism financing and money laundering. Currency transaction reports (CTRs), which automatically report transactions of $ 10,000 or more, and suspicious activity reports (SARs), which flag irregular account activity, form the backbone of Bank Secrecy Act reporting and are financial institutions’ best asset in the enforcement of anti-money laundering (AML) policies.

Banks need to better coordinate compliance objectives with legal expectations by ensuring that they have designed clear and organized policies for interacting with regulators and law enforcement agencies. Collaborating with local, state and federal agencies can be confusing for financial institutions due to different reporting, monitoring and information-sharing demands; but can mitigate financial crime and offer operational and cost-saving advantages…

What you'll take away:

To ensure you are efficiently collaborating with law enforcement and maintaining regulatory best practices for your organization, download this article to learn:

  • The five key components of an effective suspicious activity report system.
  • How to improve relational efficiencies with law enforcement
  • Common SAR red flags for retail bank accounts and loan products

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