AML Red Flags – Signs of Money Laundering

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On-Demand Schedule Wed, June 19, 2024 - Wed, June 26, 2024
Duration 60 Mins
Webinar ID IQW23D0434
Level Basic & Intermediate

  • Money laundering strategies and techniques. 
  • And for each, what are the Red Flags such activities should raise
  • When you need to file a SAR
  • What characteristics can cause a transaction to be considered high-risk?  
  • We will look at techniques for controlling and managing red flagged transactions
  • We will discuss each of the end results that may occur:
  • Weighing analytical engines
  • Special reviews
  • SAR
  • End the customer relationship
  • Section 314(b) sharing with other institutions.

Overview of the webinar

Most bankers will only run into a few actual money laundering cases in their careers.  Thus, they are looking for money laundering but have very limited knowledge of what money laundering looks like and how to spot it.  To address this difficulty, I have developed a course that is different than any other AML training I am aware of.  We will start with a list of money laundering strategies actually found in use. This is based both on research and years of experience, including with a Federal Justice Department AML Task Force.  For each strategy, we will describe it and discuss the clues (Red flags) indicating its existence.  We will discuss each of the characteristics which can cause a transaction to be considered high-risk.  

For each strategy, we will describe it and discuss the clues (Red flags) indicating its existence. We will also discuss the characteristics which can cause a transaction to be considered high-risk.   

Who should attend?

  • At banks, credit unions, and brokerages, or any retail
  • At banks, credit unions, and brokerages or any retail financial institution:
  • Retail Banking, Compliance, and AML areas.    
  • VP, Manager, Director, Supervisor levels

Why should you attend?

Money laundering continues to be a national concern.  High levels of drug-related activity and violence have drawn additional attention in the form of the AML Act of 2022.  The Act will up the power of FinCEN and change their role in implementing Customer Due Diligence. They have recently issued an important list of priority areas for enforcement.

Overall, perpetrators have adapted to banks’ efforts so banks cannot combat money laundering with yesterday’s methods. Software is widely installed to identify specific patterns and “unusual” transactions. But the launderers know this and are constantly striving to create new patterns where their transactions are designed not to be flagged. Like in a game of chess, the advantage goes to the side that thinks the most moves ahead.  

Faculty - Mr.Jim George

Jim George is an independent consultant to banks focusing on issues of fraud. He brings over 25 years as a consultant to major banks in Associate Partner and Principal roles at PriceWaterhouse-Coopers Consulting, IBM Consulting in Bank Risk and Compliance and Andersen Consulting (now Accenture). He has also been SVP Operations for a Fortis-US division providing outsourcing services to the banking industry. 
Jim's work has included projects in fraud investigation, fraud prevention, identity issues, compliance and AML (anti-money laundering). His background includes work in bank operations and payments strategy, reengineering, systems and quality improvement.


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