Gardner to speak at anti-money laundering forum

Cecilia L. Gardner, executive director and general counsel of the Jewelers Vigilance Committee, will appear at the 14th Annual Anti-Money Laundering Audit & Compliance Forum Advisory Board, being held Sept. 27 – 30, at The Plaza Hotel, New York City.

The Forum is sponsored by the Institute for International Research, a provider of business information. Attendees include anti-money laundering lawyers, government regulators, law enforcement professionals and banking senior executives.

Gardner will present the topic: “Complying With the PATRIOT Act: Special Challenges for Non-Traditional and High Risk Businesses.” She will discuss guidance of the USA PATRIOT Act, which requires dealers in precious metals, stones and jewels to implement anti-money laundering programs and policies. Nearly all businesses or individuals with $50,000 or more a year in gross proceeds must develop and put into practice anti-money laundering (AML) programs to detect and prevent exploitation by those with criminal intent.