Dominican Republic: Officials Trained on Anti-Money Laundering Procedures
From November 30 to December 2, 2016, NCSC held the 6th edition of a specialized course titled Money Laundering: Prevention and Sanction in the Northern Region of the Dominican Republic. The course was attended by 60 officials including judges, prosecutors and technical staff from Customs, Superintendence of Banks, Tax, and the Financial Analysis Unit.
The main purpose of the course is to generate the conditions to increase seizures, prosecutions, and convictions of criminal activities constituting money laundering. Special emphasis is placed on the importance of strengthening mechanisms for information exchange, as part of the national efforts to prevent and control money laundering in the country. Topics covered during the training included national anti-money laundering systems, analysis of crucial legal aspects, new trends, emerging modus operandi, collection of evidence, risk profile and alert definition, and inter-agency coordination.
Results of final trainee evaluations show that 100% of participants had a much better understanding of how to investigate and prosecute these cases as a result of the training. Since inception, about 400 officials have been trained at the national level within the project. In the future, the focus will be on those related issues that strengthen Rule of Law and Accountability, such as the fight against corruption and forfeiture procedure under a new draft bill.
The workshop was organized as part of NCSC’s ongoing work under the Justice Sector Assistance to the Caribbean Basin Security Initiative Program (CBSI), funded by the Department of State, Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs (INL). For more information, please visit: http://ncsc-cbsi.org.