FinCEN Adds Global Investigations Division to Combat Overseas Money Laundering

FinCEN Adds Global Investigations Division to Combat Overseas Money Laundering

The Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (“FinCEN”) unveiled its Global Investigations Division (“GID”), which will be responsible for both domestic and international investigation under the Bank Secrecy Act (“BSA”).

GID will utilize FinCEN’s BSA authorities to investigate and target terrorist finance and money laundering threats, and GID will work with foreign counterparts to coordinate actions against such threats when appropriate. Matthew Stiglitz, a former Principal Deputy Chief in the Department of Justice’s Criminal Division, will lead GID.

The mission of the FinCEN is to safeguard the financial system from illicit use, combat money laundering, and promote national security through the strategic use of financial authorities and the collection, analysis, and dissemination of financial intelligence.

Kennyhertz Perry and its anti-money laundering specialists work with companies to ensure that they maintain a culture of compliance that facilitates risk-management for both its clients and agents/vendors of clients. We also advise clients in addressing risks associated with those agents/vendors where illicit activity is suspected, including internal investigations and self-reporting of potential violations of the BSA.


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Kennyhertz Perry’s White-Collar Defense and Government Enforcement practice is led by Ben Tompkins, who worked both in the U.S. Department of Justice Tax Division Trial Attorney and an Assistant United States attorney prosecuting civil and criminal cases and Braden Perry, who worked as a Senior Trial Attorney at the U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission and is a Certified Anti-Money Laundering Specialist (“CAMS”).

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