Anti-Money Laundering in a Nutshell: Awareness and Compliance for Financial Personnel and Business

  • 3h 32m
  • Kevin Sullivan
  • Apress
  • 2015

Anti–Money Laundering in a Nutshell is a concise, accessible, and practical guide to compliance with anti–money laundering law for financial professionals, corporate investigators, business managers, and all personnel of financial institutions who are required, under penalty of hefty fines, to get anti–money laundering training.

Money laundering is endemic. As much as 5 percent of global GDP ($3.6 trillion) is laundered by criminals each year. It’s no wonder that every financial institution in the United States—including banks, credit card companies, insurers, securities brokerages, private funds, and money service businesses—must comply with complex examination, training, and reporting requirements mandated by a welter of federal anti–money laundering (AML) laws. Ignorance of crime is no excuse before the law. Financial institutions and businesses that unknowingly serve as conduits for money laundering are no less liable to prosecution and fines than those that condone or abet it.

In Anti–Money Laundering in a Nutshell: Awareness and Compliance for Financial Personnel and Business Managers, Kevin Sullivan draws on a distinguished career as an AML agent and consultant to teach personnel in financial institutions what money laundering is, who does it, how they do it, how to prevent it, how to detect it, and how to report it in compliance with federal law. He traces the dynamic interplay among employees, regulatory examiners, compliance officers, fraud and forensic accountants and technologists, criminal investigators, and prosecutors in following up on reports, catching launderers, and protecting the integrity and reputations of financial institutions and businesses. In particular, corporate investigators will gain rich insights winnowed from the author's experiences as a New York State and federal investigator.

What you’ll learn

  • US federal and international AML laws
  • The AML measures and program that financial institutions must have in place to control money laundering, such as KYC, CIP, and AML/CFT risk assessment
  • The practical steps that personnel at every level from the teller window to the C-suite must know to ensure institutional compliance with AML regulations, such as filling out SARs and CTRs

Who this book is for

Under federal acts such as the Bank Secrecy Act of 1970, the Money Laundering Suppression Act of 1994, and the Intelligence Reform and Terrorism Prevention Act of 2004, every financial institution in the United States must have an anti–money laundering program in place that includes annual training of all relevant employees. This short book is an educational text or supplemental reader for such training by anti–money laundering compliance officers, examiners, agents, and consultants.

About the Author

Kevin Sullivan is the director of the Anti–Money Laundering (AML) Training Academy, which provides AML, BSA, and compliance training, AML consulting, and AML independent reviews. He was the New York State money laundering investigations coordinator of the Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) El Dorado Federal Task Force (NY/NJ HIFCA) in Manhattan. Sullivan’s responsibilities included case reverse-engineering, SAR review and analysis, and special projects developing intelligence on emerging money-laundering threats, trends, and patterns. He was first exposed to money laundering while a New York State Police investigator on an undercover narcotics detail. He was subsequently detailed to a money laundering and financial crimes unit of the FBI White Collar Crimes Task Force. Sullivan was a lead instructor for ICE’s Operation Cornerstone, which assisted financial institutions with their AML and BSA compliance programs and provided a liaison between private financial institutions and law enforcement. Sullivan holds a master’s degree in economic crime management from Utica College of Syracuse University and a certificate in executive management from Cornell University. He is a Certified Anti–Money Laundering Specialist, a founding member and past president of the NY Chapter of the Association of Certified Anti–Money Laundering Specialists (ACAMS), the Chairman of the ACAMS Education Task Force, and a member of the Association of Certified Fraud Experts. He is an adjunct professor at Utica College, an ACAMS instructor, a frequent speaker on AML at seminars, conferences, and webinars, and an expert commentator on money laundering in national magazines and television.

In this Book

  • What is Money Laundering?
  • Methods of Money Laundering
  • Federal Regulations
  • Building a Quality AML Program
  • Know Your Customer and Customer Identification Program
  • A SAR is Born
  • Tips for Law Enforcement and Financial Crimes Investigators
  • International Standards
  • Fraud and Anti-money Laundering


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