The number of suspicious activity reports filed by insurance companies and financial institutions jumped in 2008 and 2009, according to data released Friday by the U.S. Treasury Department's financial intelligence unit. The number of reports, known as SARs, filed by insurance companies nearly doubled in the industry's second full year under anti-money laundering (AML) reporting requirements, according to a report by the Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN). The 99 percent rise in insurance filings marked an increase of 635 filings, to 1,276, from the period between May 2007 and May 2008. SARs filed by financial institutions in the first six...
Lawmakers are likely to scrutinize the frequency of suspicious activity reporting by financial institutions that have reduced their anti-money laundering staff, a former Congressional counsel said Wednesday.
Depository institutions are on track to file a record number of suspicious activity reports this year, according to data from the U.S. Treasury Department's Financial Crimes Enforcement Network, but the rate of filings may be leveling off as the year comes to a close.
FinCEN, which drew its conclusions from a review of filings mostly from money service businesses, said other common errors included missing or inaccurate identifications, telephone numbers, Social Security numbers and other data.
Insurers were on pace to file 280 for the year ended this month, according to a FinCEN study issued last week. That compares with 5,723 SARs submitted by money services businesses in 2002, and 4,267 by securities and futures dealers in 2003, the first years those industries had to file the reports.
The Department of the Treasury's Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN) has revised its suspicious activity reporting form with the aim of reducing duplicate filings for individual suspicious transactions.