FinCEN Official Arrested, Accused of Leaking Thousands of SARs to Reporter

By Valentina Pasquali

A senior U.S. Treasury Department official faces up to 10 years in prison after allegedly disclosing sensitive transactional data pertaining to U.S. and foreign individuals and entities under federal investigation. Natalie Mayflower Sours Edwards, a four-year veteran of the department's Financial Crimes Enforcement Network, or FinCEN, was arrested by FBI officials in Virginia on Tuesday for providing an unidentified reporter thousands of suspicious activity reports, or SARs, and other restricted government documents beginning one year ago. Edwards allegedly used an encrypted cellphone application to send the reporter hundreds of messages with images and descriptions of the 24,000 documents she is...