Anti Money Laundering (AML)
The Patriot Act, which amends the Bank Secrecy Act (BSA), was adopted in response to the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks. The Patriot Act is intended to strengthen U.S. measures to prevent, detect, and prosecute international money laundering and the financing of terrorism. These efforts include anti-money laundering (AML) tools that impact the banking, financial, and investment communities. An AML Program must be in writing and must include:
Politically Exposed Persons (PEP)
Politically Exposed Persons: Individuals, or their relatives, who are prominent public functionaries.
A potentially suspicious or money laundering situation raises a Red Flag or warning signal.