Our foremost commitment is to the safety, soundness, and reputation of the financial institutional.
West Coast AML Services implements explicit and effective Marijuana-Related Businesses (MRB)/Anti-Money Laundering (AML) components in financial institutions' risk management programs. Our firm does this in accordance with former Department of Justice Deputy Attorney General James Cole's memorandums, the Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN) Bank Secrecy Act (BSA) expectations along with other federal and state regulations.
West Coast AML Services does not perform work for MRBs. On behalf of the financial sector, our firm conducts careful on-site examinations of MRBs to ensure critical criteria for effective AML compliance are in-place and properly administered. We deep dive to uncover risky vulnerabilities, spot weaknesses that may require immediate corrective actions, and recommend enhancements to existing programs.
Community banks and credit unions often lack sufficient resources necessary to properly manage a large scale, high-risk customer base. West Coast AML Services crafts proactive and preventive strategies and temporarily manages high-risk compliance programs. Our firm provides workforce augmentation to conduct enhanced due diligence, quality control, Customer Identification Program (CIP), reduce backlog and prepare Suspicious Activity Reports (SARs).
For the last several years, many of our team members conducted complex grand jury investigations of financial institutions under the U.S Treasury Department's Capital Purchase Program, commonly referred to as the "Bank Bailout." Through extensive interactions with boards, bank officers and regulators we have strengthened our banking industry expertise and gained insight as to the many potential reputational risks financial institutions face today.
West Coast AML Services examines existing MRB compliance programs with firsthand insight into the prosecution of financial institutions and bankers by the Department of Justice under federal money laundering statutes (18 U.S.C. §§ 1956 and 1957). We recommend program enhancements, immediate corrective actions, tailor training for BSA officers and senior management, and advise the Board on oversight. Prosecution Mitigation Reviews keep our clients from running afoul of the Department of Justice, FinCEN and law enforcement.
West Coast AML Services elevates BSA/AML training to a higher level. Our training curriculum focuses on the unique challenges of banking MRBs that financial institutions are confronted with on a daily basis. We provide specialized training on which to build a foundation for restructuring existing compliance programs to resemble those of highly proficient Financial Intelligence Units, but specific to MRB banking.
It is expected under the newly-appointed Attorney General, the Department of Justice will assess the quality and effectiveness of state and local regulatory and law enforcement environments when creating targeting priorities. West Coast AML Services was created by a former DOJ Asset Forfeiture and Money Laundering Senior Trial Attorney and I to protect the safety and soundness of financial institutions that bank MRBs. We minimize our client's risk of regulatory enforcement actions and prosecution under federal money laundering statutes (18 U.S.C. §§ 1956 and 1957).
Terry M. Neeley
Founder / Managing Director
Our team brings a wealth of knowledge and expertise to the table with varying backgrounds in Federal law enforcement, banking, compliance and certifications, including Anti-Money Laundering Specialist (CAMS), Fraud Examiner (CFE), Public Accountant (CPA), and Forensic Interviewer (CFI). Many held Top Secret security clearances when they were federal government employees.
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