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Law Enforcement Tools and Resources

  • High Risk Money Laundering and Related Financial Crimes Areas (HIFCAs) - are a means of concentrating law enforcement efforts at the federal, state, and local levels in high intensity money laundering zones. HIFCAs may be defined geographically or they can also be created to address money laundering in an industry sector, a financial institution, or group of financial institutions. See s list of designated HIFCAs.

  • High-Intensity Drug Trafficking Areas (HIDTAs) - are designated by the Director of the Office of National Drug Control Policy, in consultation with the Attorney General, Secretary of Treasury, heads of drug-control agencies, and respective governors. HIDTA regions are comprised of specific designated counties, based on the drug threat facing that area. See a list of designated HIDTAs.

  • International Narcotics Control Strategy Report (INCSR) - is a two-volume country-by-country report describing the efforts to attack all aspects of the international drug trade, chemical control, money laundering and financial crimes.

  • Institutions of Primary Money Laundering Concerns - authorizes the Secretary of the Treasury to designate a foreign jurisdiction, institution, class of transaction, or type of account as being of "primary money-laundering concern," and to impose one or more of five "special measures." See a listing of current or proposed designations.

  • Section 314(a) Information Requests - generally bi-weekly requests from FinCEN requiring financial institutions to search records for persons that may be involved in terrorism or money laundering. Requests are sent to points of contact (POCs) at financial institutions. If your institution needs to change its POC, please file an amended Call Report with the updated information. See OCC Alert 2004-6 ffor additional information. If your bank is having problems receiving the 314(a) list from FinCEN, please ensure that your POC information is correct on the Call Report and file an amended Call Report, if necessary. Also, ensure that e-mails from FinCEN are not being blocked or restricted by your institution's software or firewalls. See more information on the 314(a) requests.

  • U. S. Money Laundering Threat Assessment (MLTA) - The MLTA is the first government-wide analysis of money laundering. This report investigates money laundering vulnerabilities across a spectrum of techniques used by criminals. It offers a detailed analysis of thirteen money laundering methods, ranging from well-established techniques for integrating "dirty money" into the financial system to modern innovations and emerging industries.