Braden Perry Discusses the FinCEN Leaked SARs, Which Show ‘Massive Failure’ of Banks, Regulators with

Braden Perry Discusses the FinCEN Leaked SARs, Which Show ‘Massive Failure’ of Banks, Regulators with

A recent report about the potential laundering of trillions of dollars through the world’s largest banks demonstrates an ineffective regulatory system that is continuously abused by banks, with little chance of change unless direct action is taken by the government. Buzzfeed News pieced together decades of financial transactions and published their findings of its investigation. The investigation mapped more than 200,000 transactions using the suspicious activity reports, bringing to attention more than $2 trillion in transactions occurring between 1999 and 2017.

However, despite the banks reporting the activity to regulators, the money potential laundering is not typically stopped by financial institutions or law enforcement. Banks are required to file suspicious activity reports when they discover possible money laundering or other financial misconduct. Even though these reports are filed with the government, only law enforcement agencies have access to the database where millions of records are stored.

Braden Perry, a regulatory and government investigations attorney with Kansas-based law firm Kennyhertz Perry, said the FinCEN documents discovered by Buzzfeed News show “a massive failure on the part of regulators and bank executives.”

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