The annual BSA/AML Gaming Conference is scheduled to begin on Tuesday, September 12 at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas Nevada (Fundamentals Day scheduled for September 11). This event, organized and hosted by the BSA-AML Compliance Group, is the premier anti-money laundering compliance conference for the gaming industry, featuring over a dozen government officials and other experts in gaming, sanctions, anti-money laundering, and compliance.
The Main Conference will open on Tuesday morning with a welcome address from Dr. Brittnie Watkins of the Nevada Gaming Control Board. The Control Board oversees Nevada’s gaming industry, and protects the stability and integrity of the gaming industry through investigations, licensing, and enforcement of laws and regulations. Dr. Watkins is also the first black woman to be elected to the State Bar of Nevada Board of Governors.
The Conference features keynote presentations from various high-ranking government officials in the AML/illicit finance space. Day One (September 12) will feature a keynote from Scott Rembrandt, Deputy Assistant Secretary at the U.S. Department of the Treasury; Day Two (September 13) will hear from IRS-Criminal Investigation Chief James Lee; and Day Three (September 14) will feature Deputy Assistant Director Aaron Tapp of the Federal Bureau of Investigation.
The conference also features various emerging “horizon” issues critical to the compliance community. Carole House, former director of cybersecurity and secure digital information at the White House National Security Council (NSC), will address the compliance challenges and opportunities in connection with the emergence of artificial intelligence. Prior to her service at the NSC, Ms. House led efforts at FinCEN as a senior cyber and emerging technology policy officer.
Anthony Sankey, Chief of the FBI’s Money Laundering, Forfeiture, and Bank Fraud Unit, along with James Barnacle, FBI Chief of the Bureau’s Financial Crimes Section, will describe the FBI’s new Integrity in Sports and Gaming Initiative, as well as other Bureau investigations, prosecutions, and other efforts to combat illicit finance. Chiefs Sankey and Barnacle oversee all money laundering and other financial crime investigations for the FBI, and serve as delegates to the Financial Action Task Force (FATF), Five Eyes Law Enforcement Group (FELEG), the Money Laundering Working Group; they also serve as FBI representatives on the Bank Secrecy Act Advisory Group.
The conference features various other current and former government officials and illicit finance experts. Government speakers from the U.S. Department of Justice, Internal Revenue Service, and other agencies—state and federal, civil and criminal—will also deliver presentations. Other presenters include former officials from the White House Office of Drug Control Policy; FinCEN’s Enforcement Division; the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau; and the Organized Crime Section of the U.S. Department of Justice. The conference also hosts an optional “Fundamentals Day” on Monday, September 11, for those new to the industry or to the compliance function, or for those seeking a refresher.
Attendees will have a chance 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, sanctions compliance, fraud and cyber threats to their casinos.
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