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U.S. Attorney's Office Hosts Bank Secrecy Act & Anti-Money Laundering Conference In Charlotte

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, Western District of North Carolina

CHARLOTTE, N.C. – U.S. Attorney Dena J. King announced today that the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Western District of North Carolina hosted a Bank Secrecy Act & Anti-Money Laundering conference in Charlotte. Representatives from the banking sector and the financial services industry attended the one-day conference, which was held at the Charlotte Police & Fire Training Academy.

The Currency and Foreign Transactions Reporting Act of 1970, commonly known as the Bank Secrecy Act (BSA), established the framework to increase financial transparency and prevent the misuse of the U.S. financial system for the purpose of money laundering. The BSA requires financial institutions to establish certain recordkeeping requirements and anti-money laundering programs, perform customer due diligence, and report suspicious activity. The purpose of the BSA is to safeguard the integrity of the U.S. financial system and to deter and detect those who engage in financial criminal activity, terrorist financing and other illicit financial transactions.

The BSA conference highlighted a broad range of topics related to the role of financial institutions in monitoring, investigating, and reporting illicit financial activity, and provided attendees with important information about emerging areas of fraud in the financial crime landscape, including COVID-19 fraud, cryptocurrency and crypto crime threats, elder financial exploitation, cybercriminal groups, and transnational drug trafficking.

“Money laundering is not a Charlotte problem. It is not a North Carolina problem. It is a global problem that can undermine the stability of our financial markets,” said U.S. Attorney King. “Today’s conference provides an important overview of the latest trends in financial criminal activity and underscores the important role financial institutions play in bolstering our anti-money laundering efforts and disrupting the illicit movement of money through our financial system.”

U.S. Attorney King also noted that information obtained as part of the financial institutions’ BSA requirements can assist investigators and prosecutors in detecting and disrupting money laundering and other financial crimes, developing new investigations, providing leads for existing cases, and locating hidden assets that can be used to pay restitution to crime victims.

“The Bank Secrecy Act is an important tool in our efforts to fight money laundering, bring to justice those who seek to misuse the U.S. financial system to move criminal proceeds, and protect Americans from financial harm,” said U.S. Attorney King. “Rooting out financial criminal activity doesn’t solely rest in the hands of prosecutors and regulators. Financial institutions need to continue to do their part to protect the U.S. financial system from those who misuse it to engage in illicit financial activities.”

Updated June 22, 2023

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