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NCJ Number: 135914 Find in a Library
Title: Money Laundering: Treasury's Financial Crimes Enforcement Network
Corporate Author: US Government Accountability Office
General Government Division
United States of America
Date Published: 1991
Page Count: 13
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Type: Legislation/Policy Description
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This report discusses why the Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN) was established and describes its functions, organization, and staffing.
Abstract: This study interviewed management officials at FinCEN and Treasury and then reviewed Treasury and FinCEN studies, correspondence, and planning documents. The study also reviewed a Treasury-funded study of FinCEN done by Harvard University's John F. Kennedy School of Government. The Treasury Department established FinCEN to support Federal, State, local, and foreign law enforcement offices in the investigation and prosecution of money laundering schemes. FinCEN does not initiate or conduct any investigations; rather, it provides other agencies with tactical and strategic intelligence analyses that identify emerging trends and geographical patterns of money laundering as well as suspected offenders. Additionally, when requested, it provides investigators specially trained and experienced in the analysis of financial records and data to document money laundering violations and to trace the proceeds of criminal activity. FinCEN also operates a communications center for answering requests from law enforcement agencies for specific data and information. Although FinCEN is currently measuring how useful its services are, it has not been operating long enough (since April 1990) to permit an accurate assessment. 1 figure and 3 tables
Main Term(s): Money laundering
Index Term(s): Drug law enforcement; Interagency cooperation; US Department of the Treasury
Note: Report to the chairman and ranking minority member, Subcommittee on Treasury, Postal Service and General Government, Committee on Appropriations, U.S. Senate.
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