Illicit Finance Spotlight Series - Blockchain of Diamonds, Risks and Regulation of the Diamond Industry and How Blockchain Technology Can Improve Transparency
by Mici Chase, MS, CAMS
Associate, Financial Crimes Advisory
AML RightSource is looking for an IT Systems Administrator for our Hudson, Ohio office. Duties include operating, monitoring, securing, issue resolution, research and upgrades. This individual ensures that all AML RightSource server hardware, operating systems, software, network and related procedures adhere to organizational standards, values and strategic plan.
Welcome to the first episode of our new podcast series, AML Conversations. This series is dedicated to inform professionals and those interested in anti-money laundering about conversations happening in the government, private sector, and internationally. We will be posting interviews, live programming, and panel discussions related to the industry throughout the series to keep our listeners well-informed.
The Director of Human Resources is responsible for leading the organization’s Phoenix office Human Resources function. The position is responsible for developing and implementing strategic human resource initiatives that support the core business objectives of AML RightSource. This person will bring creative thinking to the process of acquiring, developing, allocating, leading, and managing human capital and will work closely with the Director of Operations and the Vice President of Human Resources in achieving these goals.
Mergers of Financial Institutions (FIs) are an increasingly common industry trend. A merger creates a number of challenges for Bank Secrecy Act (BSA) Officers who are tasked with developing an integration plan, while ensuring ongoing compliance with the relevant laws and regulations. When FIs find themselves in the midst of a merger, developing a strategic approach to help facilitate the merging of policies, procedures, and processes, while simultaneously remaining compliant with applicable laws and regulations, can prove highly beneficial.
Recently, we observed the sixteenth anniversary of 9/11, recalling the tragic loss of life and the sustained terror threat that still exists. In this article, we will recall what was believed to be one of Al Qaeda’s (“AQ”) primary means of funding its operations, discuss the current state of terrorism financing, and take a glimpse at what the future may hold.
How effective is your financial institution (“FI”) at assessing the overall inherent risk within your organization? Where is the highest amount of risk concentrated within the enterprise? How is risk even assessed? The responses to these questions all converge to one locale—the foundation for maintaining and safeguarding the integrity of your FI begins and ends with your AML and OFAC Enterprise-Wide Risk Assessment (“ERA”). In this post, we examine the mechanism behind developing a resilient ERA and how FIs can effectively sustain a low-risk enterprise utilizing a methodical framework. Although you may think your institution maintains a strong ERA, this post may prompt you to reexamine your ERA.
Financial crimes are a global epidemic, serving as a constant reminder that crime does not discriminate and cannot be contained at the border. If you recall from our last article, 'Threat Finance Spotlight on the Democratic People's Republic of Korea', illicit actors are rapidly unearthing new tactics, techniques, and procedures (“TTPs”) to gain access to and exploit the financial system. How is the world responding, as a result? Surprisingly, in unison. There has been a broad global consensus pertaining to the necessity of anti-money laundering (AML) laws and regulations.
What goes into designing, implementing, and sustaining a high performing Financial Intelligence Unit (FIU)? With the Association of Certified Financial Crime Specialists (ACFCS), join AML RightSource leaders Vic Maculaitis, Anthony Lear, and John Wintrow on Wednesday, August 2nd 1:00 - 2:00 PM EST to learn more.
In this post, we closely examine the current global threat environment and more specifically, the innovative tactics, techniques and procedures (“TTP”) exploited by illicit actors to launder US funds through evasion of US economic sanctions against the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (“DPRK”). Ask yourself as you read this article whether or not your FI’s AML and OFAC compliance programs have the appropriate safeguards in place to avoid such exploitation.