15 11, 2023

Navigating the New FinCEN Reporting Requirement: What U.S. Businesses Need to Know


As we usher in the new year, U.S. businesses are bracing themselves for a significant shift in regulatory requirements. Effective January 1, 2024, the Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN) will enforce the Corporate Transparency Act (CTA), compelling most U.S. companies to report ownership information. This marks a pivotal moment in the fight against tax fraud, terrorism, and money laundering, with implications that extend to businesses of all sizes, including clients served by Vital4.  Understanding the [...]

Navigating the New FinCEN Reporting Requirement: What U.S. Businesses Need to Know2023-11-16T11:56:12-05:00
6 11, 2023

Update: Russian Invasion of Ukraine – Sanctions


Last Updated 11-6-23 For the latest information, Click here. November 2023 The US Treasury sanctions entities in China, Turkey, and the United Arab Emirates for sending high-priority dual use goods to Russia, as well as 7 Russian banks and other individuals and entities. The US State Department issues sanctions that affect over 90 entities for sanctions evasion and also target Russia’s future energy capabilities. October 2023 Deeply concerned by the devastating effects of the current Russian military aggression against Ukraine, [...]

Update: Russian Invasion of Ukraine – Sanctions2023-11-06T09:21:54-05:00
26 04, 2023

2023 PBSA Mid-Year Conference Recap


Attending industry events is the best way to connect with peers, clients, and new potential partners. The recently concluded PBSA Mid-Year Conference was no exception. One Vital4 team member described the event as a “family reunion,” a testament to the camaraderie among the attendees. It was an opportunity to meet and connect with new people, hear about industry trends, and exchange ideas on how to improve business practices. Apart from the networking opportunities, our team was also [...]

2023 PBSA Mid-Year Conference Recap2023-04-26T15:19:21-04:00
21 09, 2022

2022 PBSA Annual Conference Recap


I have attended over a dozen PBSA conferences over the years, but this might just be the best one yet! With a total of 874 attendees from around the globe, there was a great turn out in Denver. It was wonderful to see old friends and meet new ones, and the mountain scenery from the Gaylord wasn’t too bad either.   Dressed in Vital4 branded Patagonia vests, the Vital4 team was moving and shaking all over the [...]

2022 PBSA Annual Conference Recap2022-09-22T11:10:08-04:00
12 07, 2022

AML/KYC for CRAs – Webinar Recap


Last month's webinar focused on the importance of AML/KYC to background screening and why CRAs, in particular, should focus on it.  Panelists Amy Barbieri, Kym Kurey, and Kristin Stafford covered a variety of the industry's latest trends, ranging from crypto to compliance and the importance of integrated monitoring services. Here are a few key takeaways from the webinar.  Digital transformation is an industry-wide hot topic and is being implemented into many screening processes. Whether it be [...]

AML/KYC for CRAs – Webinar Recap2022-07-12T13:54:59-04:00
12 08, 2021

Why People Are Exploring New Options with Compliance and Risk Management relating to global AML regulatory requirements


While legacy providers have been around the longest, many of them have antiquated solutions that are no longer the best in the market. For that reason, people are beginning to explore new options when it comes to managing compliance risk. The industry has had to adapt and evolve particularly over the last year. With regulations changing frequently, and a record increase for money laundering and regulatory fines, which are expected to continue rising, there has never [...]

Why People Are Exploring New Options with Compliance and Risk Management relating to global AML regulatory requirements2021-08-12T11:16:53-04:00
25 06, 2021

AML Act of 2020


Wealthy and influential individuals and companies have used anonymous entities to hide their wealth, as evidenced in the 2016 Panama Papers and 2020 FinCEN Files Investigations. In January 2021, the FY 2021 National Defense Authorization Act became law, including the Anti-Money Laundering Act of 2020 (AMLA 2020). Part of the AMLA 2020 is the Corporate Transparency Act (CTA). The AMLA 2020/CTA amends the Bank Secrecy Act (1970) (among other things) to require that companies (corporations, limited [...]

AML Act of 20202021-08-04T12:51:11-04:00
15 06, 2021

Protect Patients and Avoid Fines with Automated Medical Sanctions Checks


A medical sanctions check provides insight into a healthcare professional's background, identifying any penalties, suspensions, or disciplinary actions against them. Regulatory guidelines from the U.S. Office of the Inspector General (OIG) mandate that healthcare organizations can't employ sanctioned vendors or individuals, meaning that anyone who employs medical practitioners, such as physicians and nurses, must conduct regular sanctions checks to avoid being penalized. Violating federal sanctions can result in hefty fines, suspensions, or even possible jail time, [...]

Protect Patients and Avoid Fines with Automated Medical Sanctions Checks2021-08-04T12:50:47-04:00
3 06, 2021

Adverse Media – A Better Picture of Risk


Adverse media is defined as leveraging traditional and unstructured news sources as an early indicator of unfavorable information related to an individual or a business. Researching negative press is vital to overall risk management strategies and can be used as a financial crime compliance tool.  Unlike background checks, an adverse media search gathers information from various news outlets to help build a risk profile of individuals or businesses that your company may be considering doing business [...]

Adverse Media – A Better Picture of Risk2021-08-04T12:50:19-04:00
20 05, 2021

New, expanded VITAL4CRIM product provides industry-leading flexible data services


Vital4 is excited to announce an expansion of our popular VITAL4CRIM screening services product. Optimizing your screening process is now easier with VITAL4CRIM, which streamlines the criminal database search process by collecting data from thousands of sources at the federal, state, county, and local levels. These sources include Arrest Records, Sex Offenders, Escapee lists, Warrant lists, Inmate rosters, Child Support Violations, Career Offenders, and dozens of others. This data is updated and collected in real-time to [...]

New, expanded VITAL4CRIM product provides industry-leading flexible data services2021-08-04T12:49:43-04:00
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