What Were Once Vices Are Now Habits*

By John Byrne | February 26, 2019

A review of “Dark Commerce” Age old corruption still exists and is really part of the economic fabric One of the most interesting parts of the very broad-based AML (anti-money laundering) community is how much we are challenged with and how much we can still learn. Years ago, a compliance officer or policy professional only needed to know about some very basic recordkeeping and reporting and most of the crimes being identified were related to…

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“Do you want to know a secret?”

By John Byrne | February 19, 2019

One of the most essential activities the AML community can engage in is sharing information, best practices and expertise on the myriad of challenges facing all of us. We at AML RightSource saw that, up close and personal, in late 2018 when we held a closed-door symposium with clients, AML peers and other global experts. In a way, the symposium was modeled after a process I originated while at ACAMS— taking the age-old notion of…

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Is AML Ready for Artificial Intelligence?

By Edward Ellis | February 14, 2019

Today’s criminals have more sophisticated ways to launder money than ever before. This is creating unprecedented challenges for the AML community. To minimize the increasing risks, financial institutions also need more advanced tools and skills to help them track, discover, and stop financial crimes from occurring. One new field of technology being explored in the fight against financial crimes is artificial intelligence. Through ongoing continuous training, machine-learning-based AI continually gathers new knowledge, becomes smarter, and…

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How Financial Institutions Can Combat Growing Tax-Prep Fraud

By Kristina Melomed | February 13, 2019

Tax return preparer fraud is an area of increasing concern for the Internal Revenue Service (IRS). The IRS defines tax return preparer fraud as the preparation and filing of false income tax returns containing inflated personal or business expenses, false deductions, unpermitted credits, or excessive exemptions. Unscrupulous preparers may either steal the refund outright, charge a fee based on a percentage of the refund, or collude with the taxpayer to split the proceeds. With return…

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A Guide to the State of the 2019 AML Industry

By AML RightSource | February 11, 2019

For people working in a community that changes as regularly as AML and financial crimes prevention, it can be challenging to find the time to reflect on bigger-picture trends. As criminals find increasingly more inventive ways to launder money and commit other financial misdeeds, compliance officers are required to adapt quickly to find new ways of detecting and preventing these crimes. That doesn’t leave a lot of time for deep thought on the state of…

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Chuck Taylor Adds Proven Industry Expertise to AML RightSource

By Frank Ewing | February 7, 2019

When you build a team, any team, whether for sports, elections, or the executive suite, you begin by creating a dream team in your mind. You have a vision of each key player — his or her background, skill set, and expertise. While you aim for the whole package, you know that you’ll have to make a few compromises. You’ll have to trade a little less of one skill for a little more of another.…

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February Employee Spotlight: Paul Iya

By AML RightSource | February 4, 2019

AML RightSource February Employee Spotlight: meet Paul Iya! Mr. Iya is an Associate Manager in the AML RightSource Cleveland office with over five years of experience in the legal and anti-money laundering sectors. He is a Certified Anti-Money Laundering Specialist (CAMS), and is well-versed in industry policies and best practices. Prior to joining AML RightSource, his practice areas included white collar and general criminal defense, business and commercial litigation, and professional discipline and licensing. Paul…

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How to Prepare Your Company for Annual AML Exams

By Edward Ellis | February 1, 2019

When AML compliance exams come up in conversation among financial institutions, the most common word we hear is “inconsistent.” Financial leaders would like more certainty among the various regulatory bodies, including on their interpretation and enforcement of AML laws. While we have seen a lessening of AML enforcement actions, there is a clear increase in formal agency criticism. Across the board, regulatory bodies are strengthening exam enforcement in which deficiencies result in the need for…

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By John Byrne | January 30, 2019

Beginnings* Only just a start Congress starts on a bipartisan basis There have been a few posts and stories (to say the least) about how the change in power in the US congress in 2019 can impact the financial community. With the potential for investigations on everything from consumer abuse to compliance deficiencies and any other scandals, the AML community ignores the legislative branch at their peril. For several previous sessions, it was easy to…

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Why I Joined AML RightSource

By Chuck Taylor | January 28, 2019

As an AML professional with any sort of tenure, contact from recruiters becomes common place.  It’s a nice problem to have but one that most of us try to kindly deflect.  When I was contacted by a recruiter representing AML RightSource I was curious as it was not the normal type of firm that seeks me out.  As a client I knew that AML RightSource was great at what they do, but their business model…

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