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Due diligence with identity verification and sanctions screening, transaction monitoring and regulatory reporting for casinos and gaming establishments

Don't gamble with AML Compliance

Like traditional financial institutions, casinos and gaming establishments are required to comply with anti-money laundering (AML) regulations. However, the diversity of the patrons along with the frequency and volume of transactions — much of it cash-based — makes maintaining and evolving AML programs a challenge.

 

Alessa offers casinos and gaming establishments a comprehensive solution for AML compliance and fraud detection.

 

The solution includes due diligence, sanctions screening, identity verification, transaction monitoring and regulatory reporting that not only detect and report suspicious transactions but also continuously re-assess risks associated with patrons based on their activities and transactions.

6 ways Alessa helps casinos and gaming establishments with AML compliance

Due Diligence

Identity verification in real time that reduces risk and patron rejection rate

Transaction Monitoring

Monitor all transactions to intercept suspicious activities for investigation

Sanctions Screening

Real-time and periodic screening to detect high-risk entities and activities

Regulatory Reporting

Automated creation, validation and e-filing of SARs, CTRs, STRs for various jurisdictions

Risk Scoring

Realistic assessment of risks based on entity profile and activity that is configurable

Investigation Tools

Workflows and case management that engages the entire organization in compliance

Examples of threats casinos and gaming establishments need to watch for

Structuring

  • Alters or cancels transaction to avoid BSA record keeping or CTR requirement
  • Multiple transactions below CTR threshold
  • Suspicious inquiry by patron regarding BSA requirements
  • Frequent deposits of cash, checks, wire transfers into casino account
  • Funds withdrawn from account shortly after being deposited

Suspicious activity

  • Minimal gaming with large transactions
  • Suspicious intra-casino funds transfers or use of counter checks or markers
  • Frequent cash out transactions without corresponding buy-in transactions
  • Use of casino account as a savings account
  • Contact between patrons and casino staff outside of the casino
  • Inquiry about the end of business day

Money laundering

  • Exchange large bills for small bills
  • Account with little or no gambling activity
  • Associations with multiple accounts under multiple names
  • Suspicion concerning the source or physical condition of funds
  • Funds transferred from casino account to a charity fund
  • Suspicious exchange of currencies
  • Transaction out of pattern for patron

Validate identity of patrons

Our solution includes APIs for integration with onboarding systems to verify identities and search sanctions, politically exposed persons (PEPs), OFAC, and proprietary lists in real time. Use this information to update risk profiles and scores to determine the risk associated with a patron.

 

Risk scoring you can control

Alessa leverages data from various sources to create a risk score. Risk factors, weights, scores, aggregates are all configurable by the organization to match their risk appetite and tolerance.  Periodic reviews are managed by workflows and scores are updated based on the entities’ activities.

Monitor and screen every activity

With Alessa, actively monitor marker summaries, transaction logs, monetary instrument logs, check logs, wire reports and gaming data. With this holistic view of activities, the solution then generates alerts for suspicious activity and sends them to the appropriate personnel for investigation, remediation and reporting.

 

Business rules monitoring

Use Alessa to monitor for anomalous cash-in/cash-out activity, large credit card advances with very limited play, structuring, checks and wires involving a third-party with no known relationship, transfers involving multiple parties with no known relationships and more.

Machine learning and analytics

By learning from historical data, Alessa is able to detect suspicious deviations from normal behavior.  Anomaly detection is also combined with rules-based analytics and entity risk scores to reduce false positives and prioritize investigations.

 

Eliminate tedious regulatory reporting

Alessa offers automated regulatory reporting for currency transaction reports (CTRs), suspicious activity reports (SARs) and suspicious transaction reports (STRs). Reports are auto-populated, validated and electronically submitted to the regulator across multiple jurisdictions including FinCEN and FINTRAC. Reporting to goAML is also supported.

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