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Bank Secrecy Act
The SAR Activity Review By the Numbers, May 2006
June 28, 2006

Summary: The Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN) has issued the sixth edition (May 2006) of The SAR Activity Review By the Numbers.

  • FinCEN issued the sixth edition of The SAR Activity Review By the Numbers. The report is a compilation of numerical data gathered from Suspicious Activity Reports (SARs) filed by depository institutions, casinos and card clubs, certain money services businesses, and certain segments of securities and futures industries.
  • The SAR Activity Review By the Numbers is generally published twice annually with activity covering two filing periods: January 1 to June 30, and July 1 to December 31. The current edition can be accessed at www.fincen.gov/sar_review_by_the_numbers_issue6.pdf.
  • The SAR Activity Review By the Numbers serves as a companion report to The SAR Activity Review – Trends, Tips & Issues.
  • As of December 31, 2005, over 3.1 million SARs have been filed with FinCEN. Of that total, over 2 million were filed by depository institutions.
  • Bank Secrecy Act/structuring/money laundering continues to be the leading characterization of suspicious activity.
  • A comparison of SAR filing trends between 2004 and 2005 includes: a 41% increase in mortgage loan filings; a 55% increase in consumer loan fraud filings; a 77% increase in false statement filings; and a 35% decrease in computer intrusion filings.

FDIC-Supervised Banks (Commercial and Savings)

Suggested Routing:
Chief Executive Officer
BSA Compliance Officer

Related Topics:
Bank Secrecy Act/Anti-Money Laundering Programs


Review Examiner Debra Novak, Division of Supervision and Consumer Protection, at SASFIL@FDIC.gov or (202) 898-3673

Printable Format:
FIL-56-2006 - PDF 28k (PDF Help)

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Last Updated 06/28/2006 communications@fdic.gov

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