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ACAMS 18th Annual AML & Financial Crime Conference - Las Vegas

MON04 - The Write Stuff: SAR Narratives and How to Master Them

Sep 23, 2019 11:30am ‐ Sep 23, 2019 12:45pm


• Creating an initial outline of SAR report based on determined facts and nature of suspicious activity to identify germane supporting data and discard irrelevant information

• Identifying key narrative elements such as who, what, when, where, why and how to ensure report provides comprehensive overview of suspicious activity to law enforcement

• Constructing narrative that is complete, sufficient and timely, conforms to FinCEN and FFIEC guidance and conducting pre-filing editing to re-check facts and keep report concise


  • Christopher Ruzich, JD, CAMS, Director / Senior Manager, Financial Crime Compliance, Standard Chartered Bank


  • Nicolas E. Khouri, CAMS, Senior Compliance Director, Head of AML Investigations, Ally Bank
  • Meryl Lutsky, Esq., Managing Director, T&M Protection Resources
  • Robert Schuldes, CAMS, Corporate BSA/AML/OFAC Officer, Financial Intelligence, Associated Bank
  • Amanda Tucker, CAMS, Chief Risk & Compliance Officer, Atlantic Bay Mortgage Group

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