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FinCEN advisor charged with leaking SARs to media

Joe Mont | October 29, 2018

A senior-level advisor at the Treasury Department’s Financial Crimes Enforcement Network has been arrested and charged with unlawfully disclosing Suspicious Activity Reports, filed by banks and financial firms under the Bank Secrecy Act.

Natalie Mayflower Sours Edwards allegedly “betrayed her position of trust by repeatedly disclosing highly sensitive information [in SARs] to an individual not authorized to receive them,” U.S. Attorney Geoffrey Berman said in a statement following the Oct. 17 arrest.

SARs, which are filed confidentially by banks and other financial institutions to alert law enforcement to potentially illegal transactions, are not public documents, and it is an independent federal crime to disclose them outside of one’s official duties.  

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