Federal Instructions For FinCEN Form 102, Suspicious Activity
Extracted from PDF file 2019-federal-form-fincen102a.pdf, last modified April 2004
Instructions For FinCEN Form 102, Suspicious ActivityFinCEN Form 102a Safe Harbor Federal law (31 U.S.C. 5318(g)(3)) provides complete protection from civil liability for all reports of suspicious transactions made to appropriate authorities, including supporting documentation, regardless of whether such reports are filed pursuant to this report’s instructions or are filed on a voluntary basis. Specifically, the law provides that a financial institution, and its directors, officers, employees and agents, that make a disclosure of any possible violation of law or regulation, including in connection with the preparation of suspicious activity reports, “shall not be liable to any person under any law or regulation of the United States, any constitution, law, or regulation of any State or political subdivision of any state, or under any contract or other legally enforceable agreement (including any arbitration agreement), for such disclosure or for any failure to provide notice of such disclosure to the person who is the subject of such disclosure or any other person identified in the disclosure”. Notification Prohibited Federal law (31 U.S.C. 5318(g)(2)) provides that a financial institution, and its directors, officers, employees, and agents who, voluntarily by means of a suspicious activity report, report suspicious transactions to the government, may not notify any person involved in the transaction that the transaction has been reported. In situations involving suspicious transactions requiring immediate attention, such as when a reportable transaction is ongoing, the financial institution shall immediately notify, by telephone, appropriate law enforcement and financial institution regulatory authorities in addition to filing a timely suspicious activity report. When To File A Report: 1. Every casino and card club (for purposes of 31 CFR 103, a “reporting casino”), shall file with FinCEN, to the extent and in the manner required by 31 CFR 103, a report of any suspicious transaction relevant to a possible violation of law or regulation. A casino may also file with FinCEN, by using the Suspicious Activity Report by Casinos (SARC), a report of any suspicious transaction that it believes is relevant to the possible violation of any law or regulation but whose reporting is not required by 31 CFR 103. 2. A transaction requires reporting under the terms of 31 CFR 103.21 if it is conducted or attempted by, at, or through a casino, and involves or aggregates at least $5,000 in funds or other assets, and the casino knows, suspects, or has reason to suspect that the transaction (or a pattern of transactions of which the transaction is a part): (i) Involves funds derived from illegal activity or is intended or conducted in order to hide or disguise funds or assets derived from illegal activity (including, without limitation, the ownership, nature, source, location, or control of such funds or assets) as part of a plan to violate or evade any SAR- Casinos and Card Clubs Instructions federal law or regulation or to avoid any transaction reporting require-ment under federal law or regulation; 1 records must be maintained in each case. See: 31 CFR Part 103. General Instructions (ii) Is designed, whether through structuring or other means, to evade any requirements of 31 CFR 103 or of any other regulations promulgated under the Bank Secrecy Act, Public Law 91-508, as amended, codified at 12 U.S.C. 1829b, 12 U.S.C. 1951-1959, and 31 U.S.C. 5311-5332; (iii) Has no business or apparent lawful purpose or is not the sort in which the particular customer would normally be expected to engage, and the casino knows of no reasonable explanation for the transaction after examining the available facts, including the background and possible purpose of the transaction; or (iv) Involves use of the casino to facilitate criminal activity. 3. A SARC shall be filed no later than 30 calendar days after the date of the initial detection by the reporting casino of facts that may constitute a basis for filing a SAR under this section. If no suspect is identified on the date of such initial detection, a casino may delay filing a SARC for an additional 30 calendar days to identify a suspect, but in no case shall reporting be delayed more than 60 calendar days after the date of such initial detection. In situations involving violations that require immediate attention, such as ongoing money laundering schemes, the reporting casino shall immediately notify by telephone an appropriate law enforcement authority in addition to filing timely a SARC. Casinos wishing to voluntarily report suspicious transactions that may relate to terrorist activity may call FinCEN’s Financial Institutions Hotline at 1-866-556-3974 in addition to filing timely a SARC if required by 31 CFR 103. 4. Exceptions. A casino is not required to file a SARC for a robbery or burglary committed or attempted that is reported to appropriate law enforcement authorities. 5. The Bank Secrecy Act requires financial institutions to file currency transaction reports (CTRs) in accordance with the Department of the Treasury’s implementing regulations (31 CFR Part 103). These regulations require a financial institution to file a CTR whenever a currency transaction exceeds $10,000. CFR 31 103.22(b)(2) requires that all casinos and card clubs (except in Nevada) file using FinCEN form 103 Formerly IRS form 8362 (CTRC)). Nevada Gaming Commission Regulation 6A requires Nevada casinos to use IRS from 8852 (CTRC-N). If a currency transaction exceeds $10,000 and is suspicious, the institution must file both a CTR (reporting the currency transaction) and a suspicious activity report (reporting the suspicious aspects of the transaction). If a currency transaction is $10,000 or less and is suspicious, the institution should only file a suspicious activity report. Appropriate A. Abbreviations and Definitions: 1. AKA--also known as 2. DBA--doing business as 3. DEA--Drug Enforcement Administration 4. EIN--Employer Identification Number 5. FBI--Federal Bureau of Investigation 6. IRS--Internal Revenue Service (AML or CI) 7. ITIN--Individual Taxpayer Identification Number 8. SSN--Social security number B. How to Make a Report: 1. Send each completed suspicious activity report to: Detroit Computing Center ATTN: SARC P.O. Box 32621 Detroit, MI 48232-5980 2. Leave blank any items that do not apply or for which information is unavailable. 3. Items marked with an asterisk * are considered critical and are required to be completed if known. 4.Complete each suspicious activity report by providing as much information as possible on initial and corrected reports. 5. Do not include supporting docu-mentation with the suspicious activity report filed. Identify and retain a copy of the suspicious activity report and all supporting documentation or business record equivalents for your files for five (5) years from the date of the suspicious activity report. All supporting documentation such as, canceled checks, confessions, credit bureau reports, credit slips/vouchers, deposit/withdrawal slips, multiple transaction logs, player rating records, slot club records, identification credentials, spreadsheets, photographs, surveillance audio and/or video recording media, and surveillance logs must be made available to appropriate authorities upon request. 6. If more than one subject is being reported, make a copy of page 1 and complete only the subject information Part I, and attach the additional page(s) behind page 1. If more space is needed to complete any other item(s), identify that item in Part VI by “item number”, and provide the additional information. 7. Type or complete the report using block written letters. 2 9. Enter all telephone numbers with (area code) first and then the seven numbers, using the format, (XXX) XXX-XXXX. List international telephone and fax numbers in Part VI. 10. Always enter an individual’s name by entering the last name, first name, and middle initial (if known). If a legal entity is listed, enter its name in the last name field. Identification Number and Certification), or any tax or other form containing such customer information. If casinos do not have verified identification information on the customer, they should consult whatever other sources of customer information that are available within internal records (player rating records, slot club records, etc.). If the subject is an “unknown,” casinos should consider using whatever other internal sources are available to obtain customer identification (hotel registrations, show reservations, credit card numbers, riverboat casino reservation records etc.) . 11. Enter all identifying numbers (Alien registration, Driver’s License/State ID, EIN, ITIN, Foreign National ID, Passport, SSN, etc.) starting from left to right. Do not include spaces, dashes or other punctuation. Item 2a-- Check this box if more than one subject. (e.g., multiple subjects or a subject and an agent). Make a copy of page 1 and fill in the data blocks for the additional subject. Make as many copies of page 1 as necessary. 12. Enter all Post Office ZIP codes with at least the first five numbers (all nine (ZIP+4)) if known) and listed from left to right. Item 2b-- If no identification information about the subject is available, check box 2b. This will alert law enforcement and regulatory users of the SARC database that this information has not been inadvertently omitted. 8. Enter all dates in MM/DD/YYYY format where MM = month, DD = day, and YYYY = year. Precede any single number with a zero, i.e., 01, 02, etc. 13. Enter all monetary amounts in U.S. Dollars. Use whole dollar amounts rounded up when necessary. Use this format: $0,000,000.00. If foreign currency is involved, state name of the currency and country of origin. 14. Addresses, general. Enter the permanent street address, city, two letter state/territory abbreviation used by the U.S. Postal Service and ZIP code (ZIP+4 if known) of the individual or entity. A post office box number should not be used for an individual, unless no other address is available. For an individual also enter any apartment number or suite number, and road or route number. If a P.O. Box is used for an entity, enter the street name, suite number, and road or route number. If the address of the individual or entity is in a foreign country, enter the city, province or state, postal code and the name of the country. Complete any part of the address that is known, even if the entire address is not known. If from the United States, leave country box blank. C. Specific Suspicious Activity Report Preparation Instructions: Item 1-- *Check box, “corrects prior report”, if this report is filed to correct a previously filed SARC. To correct a report, a new SARC must be completed in its entirety. Also note corrected information in Part VI, (see line “u”). Part I Subject Information Note: Casinos and card clubs may rely upon their own internal records, including copies of federal forms, which contain verified customer information, to identify the subjects of these reports. These records may include credit, deposit, or check cashing account records; or a filed FinCEN Form 103 (Formerly Form 8362, (CTRC )), or FinCEN Form 103-N (Formerly Form 8852, (CTRC-N)), IRS Form W-2G, (Certain Gambling Winnings) (e.g., pertaining to a keno or slot win), IRS form W-9 (Request for Taxpayer Items 3, 4, and 5-- *Subject’s name. See General Instruction B10. If box 2a is checked, see instructions for item 2a above. Attach the additional copies to the report behind page 1. Item 6-- *also known as (AKA-individual), or doing business as (DBA-entity). If a reporting casino or card club has knowledge of a subject’s separate “AKA” or an entity’s DBA name, enter it in item 6. Item 7-- Occupation/type of business. Fully identify the occupation, profession or business of the individual or entity shown in Items 3 through 5 (e.g., accountant, attorney, carpenter, truck driver, check casher, etc.). Do not use nondescript terms such as merchant, selfemployed, businessman, or salesperson. If the subject’s business activities can be described more fully than just by occupation, provide additional information in Part VI. Indicate in Item 7 if unknown. Items 8, 9, 10, 11 and 12-- *Address. See General Instructions B12 and B14. Item 13-- Vehicle license number (optional). Enter the subject’s vehicle license plate number and issuing state, if known or available. Item 14-- *SSN/ITIN (individual) or EIN (entity). See General Instruction B11 and definitions. If the subject named in Items 3 through 5 is a U.S. Citizen or an alien with a SSN, enter his or her SSN in Item 13. If that individual is an alien who has an ITIN, enter that number. If the subject is an entity, enter the EIN. Item 15-- *Account number. See General Instruction B11. Enter the number of any account in or through which the suspicious activity occurred. If an account is not affected or if no affected account is known, mark the “no account affected” box. Check box to indicate if the account is open or closed. If more than one account is affected, provide the additional information in Part VI. Item 16-- Date of birth. See General Instruction B8. If an individual is named in Items 3 through 5, enter the date of birth. If t h e month and/or day is not available or is unknown, fill in with zeros (e.g., “01/00/1969” indicates an unknown date in January, 1969). Item 17-- *Government issued identification (if available). See General Instruction B11. Check the appropriate box(es) showing the type of document used to verify the subject’s identity. If you check box “d” (Other), be sure to specify the type of document used. In box “e” list the number of the identifying document. In box “f” list the issuing state or country. If more space is required, enter the information in Part VI. Items 18, 19 and 20-- Telephone numbers and e-mail address. See General Instruction B9 (telephone). List any additional number(s) (e.g., hotel, etc.) in Part VI. List e-mail address if available. Item 21-- Affiliation/relationship to casino. If box “d” (employee) is checked, indicate in Part VI the subject’s position (e.g., dealer, pit supervisor, cage cashier, host, etc.) and the subject’s involvement. If box “h” (other) is checked, briefly describe in Part VI. Items 22 and 23-- Continuing business association and/or employer/employee relationship. If the “no” box is checked, check the appropriate box to indicate what action occurred that ended the relationship. Indicate the date that action was taken in Item 23 (see General Instruction B8). PART II Suspicious Activity Information* Item 24-- *Date or date range of suspicious activity. See General Instruction B8. Enter the date of the reported activity in the “From” field. If more than one day, indicate the duration of the activity by entering the first date in the “From” field and the last date in the “To” field. If the same individual or organization conducts multiple or related activities within the 30 calendar day period after the date of initial detection, the reporting institution may consider reporting the suspicious transactions on one form but only if doing so will fully describe what has occurred. A new report must be filed for other related suspicious transactions committed after the initial detection period. Item 25-- *Total dollar amount. See General Instruction B13. Enter the total dollar value of the funds or asset(s) involved in the suspicious activity which is conducted by the same individual or organization within the 30 calendar day period after the date of initial detection. For multiple or related suspicious transactions, show the breakdown of this aggregated total in Part VI. For 3 individual(s) with a relationship to the casino (reference Item 21 “b“ through “h”), the value of this item can be zero (0). Do not use any words, such as “thousand”, “million”, etc. Item 26-- *Type of suspicious activity. Check the box(es), which best identify the suspicious activity. If the activity involves exchanging numerous small denomination bills for large denomination bills at the cage, after the subject engages in minimal or no gaming activity, check boxes “e” and “f”. Check box “j” for Structuring when a subject acting alone, in conjunction with, or on behalf of other subjects, conducts or attempts to conduct activity designed to evade any recordkeeping or reporting requirement promulgated under the Bank Secrecy Act. Check box “o” if the ID presented does not match the individual or if multiple ID’s conflict. If you check box “q” for Other, you must specify, in Part VI, the type of suspicious activity that occurred not listed in Item 26. Part III Law Enforcement or Regulatory Contact Information Item 27, 28, and 29-- Contacting enforcement authorities. If no contact, go to Part IV. See General Instructions “A. Abbreviations and Definitions” for law enforcement and regulatory identities. If the casino/card club has contacted any law enforcement or regulatory agency about the suspicious activity, by telephone or written communication (excluding submission of a SARC), check the appropriate box in item 27. In Item 28 provide the name of the authority contacted if box “b” or boxes “g” through “l” are checked. In Item 29, provide the name of the individual contacted for all of box 27. Contact with law enforcement agencies does not eliminate the requirement to file the SARC. Item 30-- Telephone number. See General Instruction B9. Enter telephone number of the individual listed in item 29. Item 31-- Date contacted. See General Instruction B8. Part IV Reporting Casino or Card Club Information* Item 32-- *Casino or card club’s trade name*. Enter the name by which the casino or card club does business and is commonly known. Do not enter a corporate, partnership, or other entity name unless such name is the one by which the casino is commonly known. Item 33-- *Casino or card club’s legal name. Enter the legal name as shown on required tax filings, only if different from the trade name shown in Item 32. The legal name should match the name shown on the charter or other document creating the entity, and which is identified with the casino’s established employer identification number. Item 34-- *Employer identification number. Enter the institution’s nine-digit EIN. Items 35, 36, 37, and 38-- *Address. See General Instruction B14. Item 39-- Type of gaming institution. -Check the appropriate box for the type of gaming institution. Check box “a” for a land-based or riverboat casino that is duly licensed by a State, Territory or Insular Possession of the United States. Check box “b” for a tribal casino (i.e., a Class III gaming operation). Check boxes “a” and “b” for a tribal casino duly licensed by a state gaming regulatory agency. Check box “c” for a card club, gaming club, and card room or gaming room (including one operating on Indian lands). If you check box “d” for “Other”, be sure to specify the type of gaming institution (e.g., race track). Part V Contact for Assistance* Items 40, 41, and 42-- *Contact individual. See General Instruction B10. Item 43 *Title/Position-- Enter the job title/ position of the contact individual. Item 44 *Work phone number-- See General Instruction B9. Item 45 *Date report prepared-- See General Instructions item B8. PART VI *Suspicious Activity Information -Narrative. See FinCEN Form102, page 2 for instructions. Paperwork Reduction Act Notice: The purpose of this form is to provide an effective means for financial institutions to notify appropriate law enforcement agencies of suspicious transactions that occur by, through, or at the financial institutions. This report is required by law, pursuant to authority contained in 31 U.S.C. 5318(g). Information collected on this report is confidential (31 U.S.C. 5318(g)). Federal securities regulatory agencies and the U.S. Departments of Justice and Treasury, and other authorized authorities may use and share this information. Public reporting and record keeping burden for this form is estimated to average 45 minutes per response, and includes time to gather and maintain information for the required report, review the instructions, and complete the information collection. Send comments regarding this burden estimate, including suggestions for reducing the burden, to the Office of Management and Budget, Paperwork Reduction Project, Washington, DC 20503 and to the Financial Crimes Enforcement Network, Attn.: Paperwork Reduction Act, P.O. Box 39, Vienna VA 22183-0039. The agency may not conduct or sponsor, and an organization (or a person) is not required to respond to, a collection of information unless it displays a currently valid OMB control number.
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