Under Secretary of the Treasury for Counterterrorism and Financial Intelligence to Deliver Keynote Address

LAS VEGAS, July 9, 2024 /PRNewswire/ — The BSA-AML Compliance Group is pleased to announce that the Under Secretary of the U.S. Treasury Department for Terrorism and Financial Intelligence, Brian Nelsonwill be a keynote speaker at the annual BSA-AML Gaming Conference to be held August 13-15 at Caesars Palace Las Vegas.

Under Secretary Nelson’s team leads the U.S. government’s efforts to combat illicit finance to protect the U.S. financial system and address threats to national security, domestically and internationally. The Office of Terrorism and Financial Intelligence applies Treasury’s policy, enforcement, intelligence, and regulatory tools to identify, disrupt, and neutralize terrorists, criminals, and other illicit actors. The Directors of Treasury’s Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN), the Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC), and the Office of Terrorist Financing and Financial Crimes, among others, report to this office.

Prior to joining Treasury after being nominated by the President and confirmed by the U.S. Senate, Under Secretary Nelson served as General Counsel for LA28, the organizing committee for the 2028 Olympic and Paralympic Games in Los Angeles. He previously served as Senior Counsel and General Counsel at the California Department of Justice, where he oversaw efforts to combat transnational criminal organizations, disrupt human trafficking networks, and build domestic and international partnerships to stop money laundering and high-tech crimes. Earlier in his career, he served as Special Counsel and then Deputy Chief of Staff for the National Security Division of the U.S. Department of Justice.

In addition to Under Secretary Nelson, the conference will feature some of the leading experts on anti-money laundering compliance in the gaming industry, including Guy Ficcothe head of the IRS’s criminal investigation division; James BarnacleDeputy Assistant Director of the Criminal Investigation Division of the Federal Bureau of Investigation; Samuel BarnettPolicy Advisor in the U.S. Treasury Department’s Office of Terrorist Financing and Financial Crimes (TFFC); and Assistant United States Attorney Jeff Mitchellwho will discuss the prosecution of several illegal bookmakers in Southern Californiathe MGM Grand Casino and its former president, the Cosmopolitan Casinoand a money services business. Dr. Brittnie T. Watkinsmember of the Nevada Gaming Control Board, will open the conference with a welcome address to the audience.

The annual BSA/AML Gaming Conference is the largest and most comprehensive conference on anti-money laundering compliance. North America dedicated to the gaming industry. Last year, individuals from forty-one states and Porto RicoFour foreign countries and more than a hundred tribal gaming properties attended the conference.

“We are honored to once again welcome so many senior government officials, academics and compliance experts who have agreed to share their knowledge and insights with the compliance community. Their presence underscores the importance of this conference to the gaming community and our financial system,” said James Dowling, CEO of the BSA-AML Compliance Group and Dowling Advisory Group. “We are committed to providing a forum for attendees to connect, network, share experiences and learn from true experts in their fields.”

Attendees will have the opportunity to meet face-to-face with IRS-BSA examiners, state gaming regulators, and criminal law enforcement to learn about money laundering, emerging illicit finance typologies, fraudand the cyber threats that weigh on their casinos.

The conference agenda will include topics such as advanced surveillance techniques using AI and facial recognition; the National Money Laundering Risk Assessment and the 2024 National Illicit Finance Strategy; recent BSA/AML enforcement actions; IRS compliance reviews; cyber threats and the gaming industry; the BSA Agent Panel; leveraging marketing and hosts to support compliance; current BSA/AML compliance topics; and much more. The conference also features an optional “Fundamentals” day on Monday August 12for those new to the industry or looking to brush up on their compliance skills.

To register for the conference, please visit https://bsaamlgamingconference.com.

Sponsorship and exhibit opportunities for the conference are available; please send a message (protected email).

About the BSA-AML Compliance Group

The BSA-AML Compliance Group provides the gaming industry, emerging payment companies, FinTechs and other entities with knowledge-based training related to anti-money laundering, sanctions compliance and other illicit financial matters.

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