Writing an Effective SAR Narrative

Duration 60 Mins
Level Basic & Intermediate & Advanced
Webinar ID IQW20H0821

  • The 4 C’s: Clear, Concise, Chronological and Complete
  • The 5 W’s: Who, What, When, Where and Why
  • How did the activity occur
  • Tell the complete story by fitting the pieces together

Overview of the webinar

This BSA compliance training on Suspicious Activity Reporting (SAR) will provide details on how to prepare a SAR (Suspicious Activity Reporting) narrative that meets examiner scrutiny and provides the necessary detail for law enforcement. As a compliance and BSA officer, Doug Keipper was tasked with training his bank on all regulations. This course was developed from conversations with FBI, Department of Homeland Security, Banking Regulators and the Financial Task Force of the DEA.

Who should attend?

  • Financial Officers
  • Bank Secrecy Act Officers
  • Front Line Staff
  • Risk Officers
  • Operational Managers
  • BSA Analysts  
  • BSA Investigators 
  • CFOs
  • Bank or Credit Union Operations Officers

Why should you attend?

According to the FFIEC Exam Manual: "Suspicious Activity Reporting forms the cornerstone of the BSA reporting system." "It is critical to the U.S’s ability to utilize financial information to combat terrorism, terrorist financing, money laundering & other financial crimes." A thorough and complete narrative makes the difference in determining whether described conduct and its possible criminal nature are clearly understood by law enforcement.
 
One of the most misunderstood areas of Bank Secrecy Act (BSA) is when and why should you file a SAR. Having the proper narrative will answer both of those concerns. By fitting the pieces together you can have a complete SAR narrative. This webinar will provide a comprehensive review of how to prepare a SAR narrative. It will break it down by the introduction, the body and the conclusion with examples. There are several key steps and reminders for doing it right every time.

Faculty - Mr. Doug Keipper

Doug Keipper, is a Certified Anti-Money Laundering Specialist (CAMS) since 2005 and former BSA officer and compliance officer for an $800M commercial bank in Atlanta before it sold twice in one year. He has taught anti-money laundering throughout the southeast and on-line since 2008. He has spent over 20 years in retail banking, wholesale mortgages and financial services.

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