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FinCEN Director Blanco to Address 31st Annual Financial Crimes Enforcement Conference


The American Bankers Association and the American Bar Association will bring together the nation’s top financial crimes experts to address the latest issues in money laundering, fraud and cyber-enabled crime at the ABA/ABA Financial Crimes Enforcement Conference. The event, which will be held Dec. 8-10 at the Washington Marriott Wardman Park, is the industry’s longest running financial crimes conference and the only meeting hosted jointly by top banking and legal associations.

This year’s annual conference will feature keynote addresses from Financial Crimes Enforcement Network Director Kenneth Blanco and Juan Zarate, chairman and co-founder of the Financial Integrity Network (FIN) and chairman of the Center on Economic and Financial Power (CEFP). Zarate, a former federal prosecutor and the first person to hold the position of Assistant Treasury Secretary for Terrorist Financing and Financial Crimes, will discuss the national security impacts of cyber-crime and risks to the financial system.

The conference will include a series of panel discussions on trending issues with banking industry experts and top officials from law enforcement and regulatory agencies. Attendees will also receive an update on the bipartisan effort in Congress to modernize anti-money laundering and Bank Secrecy Act rules, as well as the latest on bipartisan legislation to allow cannabis banking.

The three-day event will also provide critical updates to senior-level BSA/AML compliance officers, in-house and outside bank counsel, fraud officers and investigators, internal and external bank auditors, regulatory officials and consultants on all aspects of money laundering detection, prevention and compliance.

Nationally recognized experts from the banking and legal communities will lead more than 30 informative sessions on topics that include:

  • Revolution or Evolution? Artificial Intelligence and Financial Crimes;
  • Cannabis, Hemp and CBD – A Legislative and Regulatory Update;
  • Latest Trends in Elder Fraud;
  • Human Trafficking – Latest Red Flags and How Banks Can Be Part of the Solution;
  • Terrorist Financing: A Law Enforcement Perspective – What Banks Need to Know;
  • Keeping Up with OFAC and Sanctions Risks;
  • Important Tips in Partnering with Law Enforcement; and
  • An assortment of sessions covering high-level risk management strategies and tactics.

ABA will also offer an optional pre-conference workshop – ABA FinCrimesSim 2019: Convergence of Knowledge Across AML and Fraud Investigations – on Dec. 7 to help attendees maximize their conference learning experience. Attendees will learn about the latest threats and trends across the financial crimes landscape then assume roles in a collaborative team investigation simulation. Participants will experience first-hand how to partner with their colleagues in various financial crimes roles for enhanced information sharing, and learn new investigation techniques. Most sessions qualify for continuing education credits. To register, call 1-800-BANKERS or visit aba.com/FCE.

NOTE TO REPORTERS: Complimentary registration to the conference is available for qualified members of the media by contacting Blair Bernstein at [email protected] or 202-663-5468.


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