United States and Baltic Countries Collaborate to Combat Transnational Financial Crimes

May 18, 2023

The U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) Office of Overseas Prosecutorial Development, Assistance, and Training (OPDAT), in conjunction with U.S. Internal Revenue Service Criminal Investigation (IRS-CI), conducted a five-day workshop on Financial Investigative Techniques, designed to enhance the skills and expertise of prosecutors, financial investigators, and FIU analysts by equipping them with the latest tools and knowledge needed to effectively combat financial crimes.

The highly anticipated training was conducted in Tallinn on May 15 to 19 and brought together prosecutors, investigators, and analysts from all three Baltic countries to discuss a wide range of topics essential to conducting effective financial investigations and prosecutions, including money laundering detection and prevention, asset tracing and recovery, cryptocurrency investigations, forensic accounting techniques, financial analysis and profiling, and interview and interrogation strategies.

“International financial crimes pose a significant threat to the global economy and security of nations,” said Deputy Assistant Attorney General and Counselor for International Affairs Bruce C. Swartz of the U.S. Department of Justice.  “Through collaborative efforts and robust investigations, we can disrupt illicit financial networks and hold accountable those who exploit the international financial system for their unlawful gains.”

“IRS-CI is happy to partner with the U.S. DOJ and U.S. Embassy Tallinn to teach fellow investigators to follow the money,” said Mary E. Hammond, Executive Director of Global Operations, Policy, and Support.  “Dismantling criminal financial networks makes the world safer for everyone.”

The United States values cooperation with our Baltic counterparts to deter and address transnational financial crimes.  By working collectively, we can disrupt the flow of illicit funds, follow the money trail across borders, and dismantle criminal networks, making it increasingly difficult for financial criminals to operate with impunity.