Are you Monitoring Correspondent Banking Clients for Negative News? You Probably Should be.

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If you have been in the AML industry for any amount of time you are aware that correspondent banking clients pose an increased risk of money laundering to a financial institution. Based on existing regulations, guidance from the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency, and industry “best” practices, financial institutions conduct enhanced due diligence… Read more »

Free Beneficial Ownership Mapping Tool

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Anyone who has spent time in a KYC group knows the challenges of trying to identify the beneficial owners of companies with complex structures.   Even when new clients are cooperative about providing ownership information during onboarding, there are many cases when there is just no simple way to understand the ownership structure without breaking… Read more »

AML Officers Gone Wild!

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Last week 11 individuals were charged with laundering more than $40 million in drug proceeds back to Mexico through Atlanta-area money remitters.  What makes this case unusual is that 6 of the 11 individuals were directly responsible for BSA/AML compliance. There has been a recent increase in personal liability enforcement actions against compliance officers for… Read more »

News, News, and More (Fake) News – Vetting Online News Sources

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The amount of digital information available to us at all times is continually increasing, and it is not all Pulitzer worthy. It is almost impossible to watch cable news and not hear about fake news.  Often a hyper-political term that is interpreted different ways, actual fake news describes stories presented as true, but have no… Read more »

Terrorism Links in UK Customer Populations

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It has recently been reported that a leaked draft document from HSBC’s monitor identified 13 British customers linked to Islamic terrorist groups in Syria.  While it is impossible to make any determination on HSBC’s AML policy without the full details of the report, this leak highlights a challenging topic for all banks. There is no… Read more »

AML Red Flags for Prepaid Cards

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The AML risks associated with prepaid cards have been known for some time, and with more than $623 billion loaded on gift cards and other types of prepaid cards in the United States in 2015 there continues to be a challenge for AML professionals to identify illicit activity in this sector. Below are three separate… Read more »

7 Free Open Sources to Find PEP Information

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While most financial institutions subscribe to a Political Exposed Person (PEP) list, there are many cases where these lists lack coverage or additional research is required.  Below is a list of seven free additional open sources to help you track down PEP information. 1. CIA World Leaders List An online directory published by the CIA… Read more »