Bank Secrecy Act The SAR Activity Review by the Numbers, May 2008 Issue
FIL-55-2008 June 23, 2008
The Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN) has issued the tenth edition of The SAR Activity Review By the Numbers. The report includes information through year-end 2007.
FinCEN has issued the tenth edition of The SAR Activity Review By the Numbers. The report compiles numerical data gathered from Suspicious Activity Reports (SARs) filed primarily by depository institutions. SAR data are also compiled for certain segments of the following industries: insurance, securities and futures, money services businesses, as well as casinos and card clubs.
As of December 31, 2007, over 5.4 million SAR forms had been filed with FinCEN. Of that total, over 2.8 million were filed by depository institutions.
The SAR Activity Review By the Numbers is a companion report to The SAR Activity Review - Trends, Tips & Issues.
Bank Secrecy Act/Structuring/Money Laundering continues to be the leading characterization of suspicious activity by depository institutions, increasing 15 percent from 2006.
Mortgage loan fraud SARs have increased significantly with an annual rate of approximately 40 percent.
A comparison of SAR filing trends for 2006-2007 indicated a 42 percent increase in false statement filings, and a 19 percent increase in consumer loan fraud filings. Reported instances of terrorist financing decreased 7 percent in 2007, maintaining the downward trend since 2004.
FDIC-Supervised Banks (Commercial and Savings)