Quick Take on Florida Ruling ‘Bitcoin is Not Money’

Quick Take on Florida Ruling ‘Bitcoin is Not Money’

Judge Teresa Mary Pooler in the Eleventh Judicial Circuit of Florida dismissed the charges brought by the State against Espinoza, which accused the defendant of being an unlicensed money transmitter. Inter alia Pooler found that Bitcoin is not a payment instrument; instead virtual currencies are considered ‘property’ under Florida law, and Florida’s money transmission and money laundering… more

Brian Stoeckert Delivers TED Talk on FinTech to Executive Roundtable of Global Banks and Law Enforcement

On August 19, 2015, Stratis’ Brian Stoeckert delivered a TED Talk-style presentation on financial technology (FinTech) at an executive roundtable session consisting of executives from some of the world’s leading global banks and senior federal law enforcement officials.  The session took place before the 11th Annual SAS Counterterrorism and Financial Crime program in Cary, North Carolina. As one… more

Stratis Participates in International Bank Executive Seminar and Talks Alternative Payment Systems

On August 4, 2015, Brian Stoeckert from Stratis participated in an executive seminar for an international bank in New York City.  The private invitation-only event included executives from banks around the globe.  Mr. Stoeckert was the opening session and provided an overview of alternative payment systems, highlighting how these new systems are pushing the traditional financial system… more

Canadian Standing Senate Committee on Banking, Trade and Commerce Digital Currency Report Released, Stoeckert Served as Expert Witness

Earlier this week, the Canadian Standing Senate Committee on Banking, Trade and Commerce released its report on virtual currencies titled “Digital Currency:  You Can’t Flip This Coin!”  Stratis Advisory’s Brian Stoeckert had the pleasure to speak as a witness before the Committee when they traveled to New York in February 2015. In a nut shell, the Committee… more

Treasury Issues 2015 National Money Laundering Risk Assessment, Highlights Vulnerabilities and Risks of MSBs

On Friday, June 12, 2015 the U.S. Department of Treasury issued National Money Laundering Risk Assessment (NMLRA) and the National Terrorist Financing Risk Assessment (NTFRA).  According to Treasury, the purpose of these assessments is to help the public and private sectors understand the money laundering and terrorist financing methods used in the United States, the risks that these… more

What We Said: ACAMS 3rd Annual AML & Financial Crimes Conference Canada

On June 8, 2015, Stratis Advisory’s Brian Stoeckert participated on a virtual currency panel entitled “Retooling Compliance Programs to Address Virtual Currencies” at the ACAMS 3rd Annual AML& Financial Crimes Conference in Toronto, Canada. The panel tackled a number of issues regarding Canadian and U.S. AML regulation of virtual currency use, companies operating in the ecosystem, and predictions… more

Article Published: Virtually Here – Bitcoin, But the Beginning

In the May edition of Money Laundering Bulletin, the magazine for career-minded professionals in the anti-money laundering field, Stratis managing partner, Brian Stoeckert, authored “Virtually Here – Bitcoin, But the Beginning.”  Money Laundering Bulletin, based in the United Kingdom, brings the latest analysis of money laundering regulation, methods, trends and policing, helping members avoid anti-money laundering breaches in organisations… more

Article Published: Virtual Currencies Continue to Peek Through the Shadows

In the March-May edition of ACAMSToday, the magazine for career-minded professionals in the anti-money laundering field, Stratis managing partner, Brian Stoeckert, authored “virtual currencies continue to peek through the shadows.” ACAMSToday is distributed to the Association of Certified Anti-Money Laundering Specialists (ACAMS) international community, which consists of bankers, regulators, lawyers, accountants, law enforcement officials, etc. The article covers… more