The latest winner of the CAJ Code of Silence: FinTRAC

EDMONTON, May 28, 2016 — The winner of the Canadian Association of Journalists’ most dubious award in 2016 is the Financial Transactions and Reports Analysis Centre of Canada, the country’s little known “financial intelligence unit” that’s meant to, among other things, “facilitate the detection, prevention and deterrence of money laundering.”

Earlier this year, FinTRAC reportedly fined an undisclosed bank a total of $1.1 million for “failing to report a suspicious transaction and various money transfers”—but the agency, choosing to “exercise its discretion,” wouldn’t name the bank.

That secrecy made FinTRAC a natural choice for the CAJ’s annual Code of Silence…

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