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Gonzalez bill to combat money laundering, drug and human trafficking passes U.S. House of Representatives

U.S. Congressman Anthony Gonzalez’s (R-Rocky River) first original bill passed the U.S. House of Representatives with unanimous support. The bill, H.R. 2613, the Advancing Innovation (AI) to Assist Law Enforcement Act, works to ensure new and innovative technologies are available to law enforcement working to stop money laundering that supports criminal activity like opioid, fentanyl and human trafficking and finances criminal organizations like cartels and terrorist organizations.

CONGRESSMAN GONZALEZ: “Money laundering enables the shipment of deadly drugs like opioids and fentanyl into communities like mine in Ohio that have been decimated by the opioid crisis.…My bill makes sure that we are using the best technology we have available to find and stop the money laundering that makes all these crimes not only possible, but financially profitable for cartels, traffickers, terrorists and the like.”

The AI to Assist Law Enforcement Act takes steps to promote the use of new technologies in the fight against money laundering by mandating a report on the use of artificial intelligence, digital identity technologies, blockchain and other innovative and emerging technologies in the U.S. Department of the Treasury’s Financial Crimes Enforcement Network, FinCEN. This will better equip the department to find and stop criminal activity in the financial services industry, including drug trafficking, human trafficking and potential terrorist threats. The use of new technologies will also streamline government operations, allowing the agency to move quicker in the face of emerging threats.

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