Many crimes, including drug trafficking, human trafficking, and smuggling, generate large amounts of profits. In order to benefit from these profits, criminals must conceal the illegal origin of the funds, and money laundering helps them to do so. Money laundering and terrorist financing, or the collection of funds for terrorist purposes, enable the conduct of criminal acts, divert resources from economically productive uses, and ensure criminals and terrorists can plan and conduct future operations. To effectively combat criminals and terrorists, investigators and analysts must identify, track, and eliminate the sources of illicit funds, and this course will help you develop the knowledge and skills you need to conduct sound and effective financial investigations. The course is intended for law enforcement, intelligence analysts, crime analysts and other security professionals interested in developing knowledge related to the investigation of money laundering, terrorist financing, and counter threat financial analysis. Upon completion of the course, you will be able to:

  • Identify basic terminology and definitions for money laundering, terrorist financing and financial intelligence
  • Identify the stages of money laundering
  • Identify indicators of money laundering within financial documents
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the differences between money laundering and terrorist financing
  • Identify financial and non-financial institutions that have vulnerabilities toward money laundering
  • Identify international remittance systems and alternative banking methods which can involve money laundering
  • Identify predicate offenses and crimes which may indicate money laundering
  • Demonstrate knowledge of U.S. federal laws applicable to money laundering investigations
  • Identify local offenses (within the US) that are indicators for money laundering in local and state jurisdictions
  • Given a practical scenario, demonstrate the ability to identify predicate offenses in their jurisdiction which could indicate money laundering

Through open source research, interaction with the instructor, scenarios, and case studies, you will gain introductory knowledge of financial intelligence and financial investigations. In addition to course documents and feedback, you will also receive online resources on matters related to Anti-Money Laundering regulations and investigative resources. Broaden the scope of your investigations by following the money – learn how with Introduction to Financial Intelligence.