The first joint meeting of the Association of Government Accountants (AGA) and the Richmond Chapter of the Association of Certified Anti-Money Laundering Specialists (ACAMS) took place on April 18, 2012 at the Clarion in Richmond Virginia. Representatives from both organizations gave presentations and engaged in Q&A. AGA members seemed particularly interested in learning about risks/scams involving wire transfers. Approximately 100 people attended; it was a good event and we look forward to the next one.
Joint ACAMS and National White Collar Crime Center Working Group
The Richmond chapter of ACAMS in Partnership with the National White Collar Crime Center (NWC3) held its first working group on March 28, 2012. The National White Collar Crime Center (NW3C) provides support services to state and local law enforcement for the prevention, investigation, and prosecution of high-tech and economic crime. Participants included members of law enforcement, the U.S. Attorney’s office, and the financial industry. This is planned to be a quarterly meeting where participants from both public and private sectors can bring ideas/issues/concerns about BSA/AML topics to the table.
Richmond Chapter Networking Event
On April 3, 2012 the Richmond Chapter held a networking event at Chianti’s Italian Restaurant. The event, which was well attended, provided an opportunity for area AML and Anti-Fraud professionals to network while enjoying complimentary snacks including Pizza, Stromboli and Calamari.
On February 28, 2012 the Richmond Chapter conducted a roundtable event covering AML compliance, systems, training and more! Table moderators included Robert Kidd with the Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond, Chris Gumm, BSA Officer–EVB, and Tom Burns, VP AML Manager with Wells Fargo Advisors. Participants were encouraged to discuss BSA/AML topics of interest including changing AML regulations, SAR issues, automated systems, etc. Participants engaged in lively discussions and exchanged ideas.