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ICBA Statement on Release of 2007 National Money Laundering Strategy

Washington, D.C. (May 4, 2007)—Camden Fine, the president and CEO of the Independent Community Bankers of America (ICBA) issued the following statement regarding the U.S. Departments of Treasury, Justice and Homeland Security's 2007 National Money Laundering Strategy:

"ICBA supports the agencies' efforts to fight money laundering and the criminal activities that it funds and supports. Community bankers are committed to adopting balanced, effective measures to stop terrorist financing. We commend the agencies for their continued diligent efforts to address this issue and safeguard our country's banking system.

It is important to recognize that the nation's community banks play a critical role in these efforts. ICBA looks forward to continuing to work with the federal government and law enforcement to help safeguard our nation's banking system. At the same time, we encourage them to offer additional information and guidance for community banks and continue making every effort to focus efforts and resources where they belong: detecting and deterring money laundering and not reporting routine transactions."

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