Write It Right: Drafting and Crafting Tailored SAR Narratives

  • When: September 23, 2020
  • Time: 12:00 – 2:00 PM ET
  • Level: All

When done correctly, the SAR narrative is a major source of knowledge for law enforcement agencies. But achieving the right balance between useful information and unnecessary details, between linear chronologies and rambling storylines, can be tough to achieve. In this webinar, veteran AML specialists will draw upon their professional experience and guidance from FinCEN to walk attendees through the steps that produce SARs that shine.

Learning Objectives

  • Collecting and organizing information on suspicious activities such as suspected shell entity uses to address the five essential information elements of who, what, when, where and why
  • Outlining SARs to create an introductory narrative offering details such as a red flags summary, a main body with facts including accounts and actors involved, and a conclusion offering follow-up help
  • Drafting SAR based on four C’s of clear, concise, chronological and complete, securing documentation and developing protocols for handling subsequent law enforcement inquiries

Who Should Attend?

  • BSA/AML Officers
  • Risk Managers
  • Law Enforcement
  • Regulatory Authorities
  • Legal Advisors


  • North America
  • Caribbean
  • Banking
  • Casinos
  • MSBs
  • Securities


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Lauren Kohr
  • Lauren Kohr, CAMS-FCI

  • Senior Vice President, Chief Risk Officer
  • Old Dominion National Bank


Ms. Kohr’ s background includes more than eleven years of experience in the financial sector with significant experience in BSA/AML and OFAC compliance. Currently, Ms. Kohr serves as the Senior Manager over AML/BSA governance and policy within the Financial Intelligence Unit at Pentagon Federal Credit Union in Alexandria, VA. Ms. Kohr is responsible for several aspects of the BSA Compliance program including risk assessments, policy/procedures, AML/BSA governance, quality assurance, and merger and acquisition due diligence. Prior to her current role, she was the VP/Director of AML/BSA/OFAC at Metro Bank. During this time, she was responsible for developing, implementing and overseeing all aspects of the Bank Secrecy Act Compliance Program, including USA Patriot Act, Anti-Money Laundering, and OFAC regulations. Ms. Kohr is continuously recognized as a technical expert on the Bank Secrecy Act and a financial crimes subject matter expert with particular strengths in BSA/AML compliance and program management, governance, process improvement/ implementation and quality assurance/audit reviews.

Ms. Kohr was the 2016 ACAMS AML Professional of the year and authored the 2016 ACAMS Article of the Year. Ms. Kohr is a frequent guest speaker at numerous conferences both domestically and internationally on AML/BSA/OFAC related topics. She serves on the ACAMS U.S. Capital Board of Directors and was previously the president of the Central PA BS/AML/CTF user Group and PBA Marijuana Legalization Implementation Task Force in Harrisburg, PA. She is currently CAMS-FCI certified.