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WHEREAS, Bank Secrecy Act (BSA) and Anti-Money Laundering (AML) professionals perform vital work that protect citizens of the Commonwealth from financial crime; and
WHEREAS, BSA and AML professionals are the first line of defense against money laundering and financial crimes; and
WHEREAS, BSA and AML professionals in financial institutions, agencies and law enforcement carry the weight of protecting U.S. citizens nationally, regionally, and locally; and
WHEREAS, BSA and AML professionals are crucial to our defense against financial crimes that include elder abuse, human trafficking, and terrorist financing; and
WHEREAS, these professionals work tirelessly with other local law enforcement agencies to uncover criminal activities and protect the citizens of our great nation;
NOW, THEREFORE, I, Ralph S. Northam, do hereby recognize October 26, 2018, as BANK SECRECY ACT ANTI-MONEY LAUNDERING PROFESSIONALS RECOGNITION DAY in our COMMONWEALTH OF VIRGINIA, and I call this observance to the attention of all our citizens.