Treasury's Under Secretary for Terrorism and Financial Intelligence to Deliver Keynote Address
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LAS VEGAS, July 9, 2024 ~ The BSA-AML Compliance Group has announced that the U.S. Department of the Treasury's Under Secretary for Terrorism and Financial Intelligence, Brian Nelson, will be a keynote speaker at the Annual BSA-AML Gaming Conference. The conference will be held from August 13-15 at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas.

Under Secretary Nelson's team is responsible for leading the U.S. government's efforts to combat illicit finance and protect the country's financial system from national security threats, both domestically and overseas. The Office of Terrorism and Financial Intelligence utilizes Treasury's policy, enforcement, intelligence, and regulatory tools to identify, disrupt, and disable terrorists, criminals, and other illicit actors. This office oversees several departments including FinCEN, OFAC, and the Office of Terrorist Financing and Financial Crimes.

Prior to joining Treasury, Under Secretary Nelson served as the Chief Legal Officer at LA28, the organizing committee for the 2028 Olympic and Paralympic Games in Los Angeles. He also has previous government experience as a senior advisor and general counsel in the California Department of Justice where he focused on combating transnational criminal organizations and human trafficking networks. He also worked to build partnerships with states and international organizations to combat money laundering and high-tech crimes. Earlier in his career, he served as a special counsel and deputy chief of staff in the National Security Division of the U.S. Department of Justice.

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The conference will feature other experts in anti-money laundering compliance within the gaming industry such as Guy Ficco from IRS-Criminal Investigation Division; James Barnacle from the Federal Bureau of Investigation; Samuel Barnett from TFFC; Assistant United States Attorney Jeff Mitchell; and Dr. Brittnie T. Watkins from Nevada Gaming Control Board who will open the conference with welcoming remarks.

The BSA/AML Gaming Conference is known as one of North America's largest anti-money laundering compliance conferences dedicated to the gaming industry. Last year, the conference had attendees from forty-one states, Puerto Rico, four foreign countries, and over a hundred tribal gaming properties.

"We are honored to have such high-level government officials, academics, and compliance experts share their knowledge and insights with the compliance community at our conference. Their presence highlights the importance of this event for the gaming community and our financial system," said James Dowling, CEO of the BSA-AML Compliance Group and the Dowling Advisory Group. "We are committed to providing a platform for attendees to connect, network, share their experiences, and learn from true experts in their fields."

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The conference will provide attendees with the opportunity to meet with IRS-BSA Examiners, state gaming regulators, and criminal law enforcement to learn about money laundering, emerging illicit finance typologies, fraud, and cyber threats within the casino industry.

The conference agenda will cover various topics including Advanced Surveillance Techniques Using AI and Facial Recognition; the National Money Laundering Risk Assessment and 2024 National Illicit Finance Strategy; Recent BSA/AML Enforcement Actions; IRS Compliance Examinations; Cyber Threats in Gaming; BSA Officers Panel; Leveraging Marketing & Hosts for Compliance Support; Hot Topics in BSA/AML Compliance; and more. The conference also offers an optional "Fundamentals" day on August 12 for those who are new to the industry or want to enhance their compliance skills.

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