Several key threats including Drug Trafficking, Organized Crime and Tax Evasion do not have SAR category checkboxes. SAR data is only "useful" to government authorities inasmuch as it is discoverable. Structured data is more easily searchable and will lead to improved AML effectiveness.
Broker-dealers look to enforcement actions to understand Finra's AML priorities. BDs may end up scouring their customer records to see if they have similar documentary issues … and that could draw funds and attention away from priorities identified in the National Strategy for Combatting Terrorist and Other Illicit Financing.