On Monday, June 1st, 2015, four special agents from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) and Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) commenced the first of two one-week training sessions on conducting cross-border financial crime investigations. Participants include police, gendarmes, OCTRIDB, CENTIF, customs, and magistrate judges. Ambassador Robert WHITEHEAD and Tchaa Bignosi AQUITEME, the president of CENTIF, gave opening remarks to start the training.
HSI efforts to combat and prevent money laundering and terrorist financing are focused on identifying and addressing methods used by transnational criminal organizations, terrorist financing, and other criminal groups. Topics include money laundering, smuggling of bulk currency, cross-border fraud, corruption, reviewing of trade and cargo documents, and asset forfeiture.
“This course is but one of the many ways that the United States and Togo closely work together on security issues. I am proud of our strong relationship with Togo and of Togo’s increasing contributions to security here and regionally. It is a top priority for the U.S. Embassy to help Togo improve its security and assist the country in combating transnational crime, such as financial crimes,” said the Ambassador during his opening remarks.