Wishing on a SAR: Writing Effective Suspicious Activity Report Narratives

  • When: October 12, 2016
  • Time: 12:00 PM – 2:00 PM ET
  • Level: All

Eleven Important Questions on Writing Effective SARs

Producing an effective SAR narrative involves much more than compiling and formatting relevant information in a cohesive manner. An ideal SAR narrative clearly, concisely, chronologically and completely answers all of the regulators’ questions. Join this panel of experts for practical information on determining when to file a SAR and producing narratives that thoroughly document the who, what, where, when, why and how of suspicious activities.

Learning Objectives

  • Establishing criteria for filing SARs to assure uniform procedures and thorough reviews
  • Assembling and reviewing data to ensure SAR narratives address all relevant questions
  • Analyzing FinCEN guidance on SARs to produce narratives that best serve the regulatory oversight process

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Lauren Kohr
  • Lauren Kohr, CAMS-FCI

  • SVP, 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.


  • Bob Pasley, CAMS

  • Founder
  • Pasley Consulting

Sarah Whetzel
  • Sarah Beth Whetzel, CAMS, M.F.S.

  • President
  • Palmera Banking Solutions