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Financial Institution Letter
Bank Secrecy Act The Suspicious Activity Report Activity Review , May 2006 Issue

Summary: The tenth (May 2006) issue of The SAR Activity Review – Trends, Tips, & Issues , published by the Department of the Treasury’s Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN), is now available.

  • On May 31, 2006, FinCEN released the tenth edition of The SAR Activity Review – Trends, Tips & Issues . This issue focuses on the money services business (MSB) industry.
  • Article topics include the use of Suspicious Activity Reports (SARs) to detect unregistered MSBs and guidance on registration and deregistration of a business as an MSB.
  • This issue also identifies current trends in mortgage loan fraud, as well as filing activity and detection of unlicensed/unregistered MSBs.
  • Law enforcement cases based on SARs and other Bank Secrecy Act data are highlighted. Cases focus on multiple types of illicit financial activity.
  • Guidance on SAR preparation and filing is also provided.
  • The current edition of The SAR Activity Review can be found at:
  • Further information about FinCEN, including previous issues of The SAR Activity Review , is available at .
  • Please distribute this information to the appropriate personnel in your institution.

FDIC-Supervised Banks (Commercial and Savings)

Suggested Routing:
Chief Executive Officer
BSA Compliance Officer

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Additional Related Topics:

  • Suspicious Activity Reports
Last Updated: June 27, 2006