SARs and Law Enforcement: Detailing Practical Insights to Streamline the Investigation Process

  • When: January 18, 2017
  • Time: 12:00 PM – 2:00 PM ET
  • Level: Beginner – Intermediate

A main priority when filing SARs is to identify potential violations of law to the appropriate federal, state, and local law enforcement agencies for criminal investigation. Sufficient and relevant information within the SAR provided by financial institutions can potentially lead law enforcement to seize funds, start an investigation or catch suspects connected to nefarious activity. Our panel of experts from law enforcement, the financial industry and regulatory agencies detail practical tips to ensure your SAR production process addresses law enforcement needs.

Learning Objectives

  • Analyzing FinCEN guidance on SARs to produce narratives that best serve the law enforcement oversight process
  • Aggregating effective supporting data, backup documentation and evidence that underlie the case for filing a SAR
  • Reviewing examples of successful SAR filings to identify best practices

Who Should Attend

  • Law Enforcement
  • FIU/FCC Staff
  • Compliance Staff
  • Legal/Regulatory Advisors


  • Banking
  • Global


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Dennis Lormel
  • Dennis Lormel, CAMS

  • President and CEO of DML Associates, LLC
  • Former Chief of Financial Crimes Program, FBI


Mr. Lormel retired from the FBI in 2003, after nearly 28 years as a special agent. In December 2000, he was named Chief of the FBI’s Financial Crimes Program. Following the terrorist attacks of September 2001, he established and directed the FBI’s comprehensive terrorist financing initiative. These efforts evolved into the formation of a formal Section within the Counterterrorism Division of the FBI, known as The Terrorist Financing Operations Section.


  • Bob Pasley, CAMS

  • Founder
  • Pasley Consulting

Joe Soniat
  • Joe Soniat, CAMS-FCI

  • Vice President – BSA AML Officer
  • Union Bank and Trust


Joe Soniat is the Director of the Financial Intelligence Team and the BSA/AML Officer at Union Bank and Trust; one of the largest community banking organizations in Virginia. Joe worked as a finance officer for the U.S. government from 2002-04 and also serves on the BSA Coalition Advisory Board, which comprises bankers and regulatory representatives from federal and state agencies throughout the fifth district of the Federal Reserve.