A review of: The Economics of Violence: How Behavioral Science Can Transform our View of Crime, Insurgency and Terrorism

By John Byrne | April 6, 2020
A View to a Kill?[i] I have said many times that AML professionals in today’s world need to evolve and change with the various ways criminals adjust their actions to fit technology, laws and policies. Part of that strategy is to read and listen to those that come up with different approaches to age-old challenges. It doesn’t mean, of course, that outside voices are right, but being open to different types of analysis is always useful in improving our ability to have a strong and vibrant AML community.

Getting by on fewer BSA Resources?

By John Byrne | March 30, 2020
What a Fool Believes[I] Until recently, the AML community has seen only two major cases of personal liability. Frankly, many conferences and webinars have downplayed the impact of those rulings on how institutions should either allocate AML/CTF resources or give governance prominence to the BSA function.

Will 2020 bring true AML Reform?

By John Byrne | January 7, 2020
“For what it’s worth,[1]” corruption is the key.

The Song Remains the Same*

By John Byrne | November 6, 2019
AML Professionals simply want the BSA to work.. Whether in open hearings before Congress, at conferences, or in closed-door sessions such as our recent AML RightSource Symposium, when AML community leaders discuss their challenges, the themes are constant-the bifurcated nature of the Bank Secrecy Act prevents success. Success, as has been defined many times, is to get information into the hands of law enforcement. Over the course of the day, the group of AML leaders covered a broad range of issues including internal audit, examiners, third party vendors and technology and all seemed to arrive at the same place—much of the infrastructure surrounding AML sometimes contributes to inefficiency and misplaced allocation of resources. Some examples follow:  

The Heat is On*

By John Byrne | October 2, 2019

Time?*

By John Byrne | August 28, 2019
4th Quarter of 2019—What will it take for useful action? As we approach the Labor Day weekend and the unofficial end to summer, the 2019 calendar turns to last opportunities for any successes that can be tied to this year. For the AML community, the standard calendar year doesn’t impact our work but it can dictate things such as legislation, regulation or sometimes policy. AML reform, for example, can still occur in 2020 since we are currently in the beginning of a two-year congressional session. Also, if there is a change in Administrations after the presidential election, some agency chairs will change, but not until early 2021, which could also include a shift in agency leadership and potential thematic or priority shifts.

Can you take “statements” to the bank? Risk-Focused BSA? “Showdown.”*

By John Byrne | August 2, 2019
“Banks that operate in compliance with applicable law, properly manage customer relationships and effectively mitigate risks by implementing controls commensurate with those risks are neither prohibited nor discouraged from providing banking services.” (From the July 22nd Statement)

We Can Change the World*

By John Byrne | June 28, 2019
Working together always works While I have always believed that what we do in the AML community makes a difference, the past two years (at least) have seen the expansion of challenges that demand proactivity. When we work together with groups outside of AML toward a common goal, our impact can be immeasurable.

Work to Do*

By John Byrne | May 28, 2019
How to Assess Corporate Compliance: DOJ weighs in…  

AML Conversations

Former FBI Supervisory Special Agent on the International Corruption Unit Debra LaPrevotte discusses her career work investigating global corruption...

Kateryna Boguslavska, PhD, Project Manager Basel AML Index at the Basel Institute on Governance, discusses the 2022 AML Index and some examples of...

AMLRS Advisory Board Member Nicolas Choules-Burbidge, formerly a senior executive at the Office of the Superintendent of Financial Institutions...

Jeff Pearlman, NY Times Best Selling Author of nine books and author of a new book, “The Last Folk Hero” about Bo Jackson, discusses the recent fraud...

Jenni Halleran,  the Head of Financial Crimes Investigations at Silicon Valley Bank, discusses her career path, growing up in a blue collar town, and...

Mark Freedman, CEO / Founder of Rebel Global Security and former Chief of Section in the Counter-Terrorism Bureau at the US State Department...

Guy Ficco, Deputy Chief of IRS-Criminal Investigation, joins us to discuss his new role, the vast coverage of financial crime by the IRS, the...

John Byrne chats with John M. Geiringer, of Barack Ferrazzano Financial Institutions Group, about the new book he edited and co-authored, Countering...

Dennis Lormel, President of the Society of Former Agents of the FBI, discusses the ramifications of the public attacks on the FBI by elected...

There have been outrageous comments made by “policymakers” about the IRS since the passage of the Inflation Reduction Act. AMLRS Chairman of the...

Press

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AML RightSource, the leading firm focused on fighting financial crime for clients and the world, welcomes Alexandra Lugo as the company’s general...

Initiative to Create 363 Jobs in Buffalo CLEVELAND –- March 21, 2022 — New York Governor Kathy Hochul announced that AML RightSource, the leading...

AML RightSource, the leading firm focused on fighting financial crime for clients and the world, is pleased to announce that Mark Horwood-James has...