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US DoJ on National Firearms & Trafficking Assessment

US DoJ announced the publication of the first volume of the National Firearms in Commerce and Trafficking Assessment (NFCTA), a four-part, comprehensive examination of commerce in firearms and the diversion of firearms to illegal markets…

US Treasury joint statement to counter ISIS Finance

The Global Coalition to Defeat ISIS continues to adapt counter-ISIS finance efforts to the ongoing terrorist threat. We are focused on disrupting international ISIS funds transfers and dismantling ISIS finance networks…

US Treasury 2022 National Illicit Finance Strategy

The 2022 Strategy describes current U.S. government efforts to combat domestic and international illicit finance threats from terrorist financing, proliferation financing, and money laundering, and discusses potential risks, priorities and objectives…

FinCEN on real estate Geographic Targeting Orders

FinCEN announced the renewal and expansion of its Geographic Targeting Orders that require U.S. title insurance companies to identify the natural persons behind shell companies used in all-cash purchases of residential real estate…

FinCEN advisory on kleptocracy & foreign public corruption

FinCEN urges financial institutions to focus efforts on detecting the proceeds of foreign public corruption, a priority for the U.S. Govt. Kleptocratic regimes and corrupt public officials may engage in bribery, embezzlement, extortion, or the misappropriation of public assets…

US DoJ convicts banker for FCPA violations & ML

US DoJ convicts former Goldman Sachs investment banker for FCPA violations and money laundering in connections with 1MDB.  He participated in a massive bribery and ML scheme involving the corruption…

FinCEN penalty against USAA Federal Savings Bank

USAA FSB admitted that it willfully failed to implement and maintain an AML program that met the minimum requirements of the BSA and failed to accurately and timely report thousands of suspicious transactions to FinCEN involving suspicious financial activity…

FinCEN Alert on Real Estate, Luxury Goods, and Other HighValue Assets

FinCEN issued an alert on the importance of identifying and quickly reporting suspicious transactions involving real estate, luxury goods, and other high-value assets of sanctioned Russian elites and their family members and those through which they act…

FBI establishes New Virtual Assets Unit

The FBI announced the creation of the Virtual Assets Unit (VAU), where intelligence, technology, and operational support will flow to other divisions. In the VAU, virtual currency experts and cross-divisional…

US EO targeting Russian trade & investments

US issues Executive Order on Prohibiting Certain Imports, Exports, and New Investment with Respect to Continued Russian Federation Aggression. In conjunction with this EO, the White House also released a Fact Sheet that announced coordinated actions with the EU…

Venezuelan prosecutors charged with ML for receiving bribes

Two former senior Venezuelan prosecutors have been charged with money laundering for their receipt of bribes in exchange for agreeing not to pursue criminal charges against certain individuals in Venezuela…

Federal Agencies joint effort alert on Romance Scams

Romance scams are not new, but with the proliferation of online dating apps, social media, and even messaging apps, new types of scams are emerging that target new audiences and have drained victims of millions of dollars. The year 2020 was a record year for romance scams…