SAR Writing: Using Purpose and Clarity to Aid Law Enforcement

SAR writing is easier said than done. BSA Officers often ask, “What happens to our SARs once submitted? Is anyone even reading this information? How do I alert law enforcement to COVID-19 related fraud?” In a never-ending sea of SARs filed with FinCEN each year, it is important that your SARs are noticed and read by law enforcement. Learn how to craft a SAR narrative that tells your story and captures the attention of law enforcement while maintaining regulatory requirements.

Join this session to learn:

  • Discover the minimum requirements of information that must be in your SARs
  • How to write effective and captivating narratives for your audience: law enforcement
  • Learn the FinCEN SAR narrative requests for COVID-19 related fraud 
  • Gain confidence in meeting all SAR writing regulatory expectations

Be sure to download our accompanying whitepaper, “SAR Writing Checklist: Elements of an Effective Suspicious Activity Report Narrative” to ensure you are incorporating the key items law enforcement looks for in a quality SAR.

This session is eligible for 1.25 credits CAFP & CRCM, 1 credit CAMS & CFCS

Meet Your Presenter

Terri Luttrell, CAMS-Audit

Compliance and Engagement Director
Terri Luttrell is a seasoned AML professional and former director and AML/OFAC officer with over 20 years in the banking industry, working both in medium and large community and commercial banks ranging from $2 billion to $330 billion in asset size.

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