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'FUNNEL ACCOUNT' ADVISORY ISSUED
updated 06/08/14 10:36 AM
FinCEN Guidance on Red Flags
The Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN) has issued an advisory to financial institutions regarding the increased use of “funnel accounts” as part of trade-based money laundering (TBML) conducted by criminals following restrictions on U.S. currency transactions in Mexico.

The advisory provides “red flags” that may assist credit unions in identifying and reporting suspicious funnel account activity.

Click here to view the advisory.

The advisory presents the following helpful information:

  • Explanation of what a funnel account is.
  • Background regarding the most recent issue.
  • Typical steps of funnel account activity in conjunction with TBML.
  • Funnel account and TBML red flags.
  • Guidance for financial institutions.
  • Contact and hotline information.

 
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CHAPTER FORUM, RECEPTION ENGAGES CUs updated 10/27/14 06:55 PM
Networking and Awards after 'REACH'
Credit union chapter members from across California and Nevada gathered Oct. 23 at the JW Marriott (L.A. Live) in downtown Los Angeles to attend the 2014 Chapter Forum, which offered a full day of valuable networking and educational sessions for attendees who were eager to share individual stories about the work their chapters are accomplishing.

NEEN JAMES CHALLENGES CUs AT 'REACH' updated 10/27/14 04:17 PM
'Time is the New Currency'
By Wednesday afternoon, nearly 700 credit union CEOs, professionals, industry vendors, and guests had attended REACH 2014, the California and Nevada Credit Union Leagues’ Annual Meeting and Convention from Oct. 20-22 at the JW Marriott (L.A. LIVE) in downtown Los Angeles.

CFPB, FTC HOST DEBT COLLECTION FORUM updated 10/27/14 03:31 PM
Latino Consumers Discussed
The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) and Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) recently hosted an all-day forum on “Debt Collection and the Latino Community,” which brought together consumer advocates, industry professionals, and regulators to discuss how debt collection issues affect Latino consumers, especially those with limited English proficiency (LEP).

FinCEN: QUARTERLY UPDATE ON 'SARs' updated 10/27/14 03:09 PM
Also, Mortgage Service Transfer Guidance
The Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN) has issued its SAR Stats quarterly update, which provides information on Suspicious Activity Reports (SARs) filed through Sept. 30, 2014.