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Senior FinCen Employee Arrested And Charged With Unlawfully Disclosing SARs

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posted on Oct, 17 2018 @ 05:09 PM

well i guess we found out who was leaking stuff to the media and various other groups for a while ,so called resistance member got caught by doj with a flash drive and info on her cellphone she should not have possessed

Natalie Mayflower Sours Edwards Illegally Photographed SARs and Other Sensitive Government Information and Transmitted Them To Reporter In Connection With Approximately 12 News Articles Over 1-Year Period Geoffrey S. Berman, the United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York, William F. Sweeney Jr., Assistant Director-in-Charge of the New York Division of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (“FBI”), and Eric M. Thorson, Inspector General for the Department of Treasury, announced today the filing of a criminal complaint charging NATALIE MAYFLOWER SOURS EDWARDS, a/k/a “Natalie Sours,” a/k/a “Natalie May Edwards,” a/k/a “May Edwards,” who is a Senior Advisor at the Treasury Department’s Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (“FinCEN”), with unlawfully disclosing Suspicious Activity Reports (“SARs”) and conspiracy to do the same. EDWARDS was arrested yesterday and will be presented this afternoon in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia. U.S. Attorney Geoffrey S. Berman said: “Natalie Mayflower Sours Edwards, a senior-level FinCEN employee, allegedly betrayed her position of trust by repeatedly disclosing highly sensitive information contained in Suspicious Activity Reports (SARs) to an individual not authorized to receive them. SARs, which are filed confidentially by banks and other financial institutions to alert law enforcement to potentially illegal transactions, are not public documents, and it is an independent federal crime to disclose them outside of one’s official duties. We hope today’s charges remind those in positions of trust within government agencies that the unlawful sharing of sensitive documents will not be tolerated and will be met with swift justice by this Office.” FBI Assistant Director-in-Charge William F. Sweeney Jr. said: “In her position, Edwards was entrusted with sensitive government information. As we allege here today, Edwards violated that trust when she made several unauthorized disclosures to the media. Today's action demonstrates that those who fail to protect the integrity of government information will be rightfully held accountable for their behavior.”
from my source in OP i wanted to add this link first and go on into my seccond supporting link and will probally add a few more as well as the actual PDF of the indictment (18 pages long) to-media/amp/?__twitter_impression=true now

this link talks about it as well and had the link to the actual PDF of the findings and apparently also names her co conspirator her boss

You might remember back in May 2018 when sketchy porn lawyer Michael Avenetti was releasing U.S. Treasury notifications on Michael Cohen received from an unknown source within the Treasury Department [See Here]. You might also remember when New Yorker’s Ronan Farrow wrote a sympathetic article after talking to the leaking treasury official [See Here]. As a result the Treasury Inspector General began an investigation.

According to the DOJ release Ms. Mayflower Sours-Edwards “was in possession of a flash drive appearing to be the flash drive on which she saved the unlawfully disclosed Suspicious Activity Reports, and a cellphone containing numerous communications over an encrypted application in which she transmitted SARs and other sensitive government information to” journalists. She is charged with unlawfully disclosing financial reports, and conspiracy to do the same. The 40-year-old resistance leaker will face criminal charges in New York.

so it seems at least one leak is plugged for now any bets on how long the sentence for such crimes are if convicted? some sources are citing 10 years it appears this is where they got the leaked info from part of the muller investigation

Investigators on the House intelligence committees have obtained access to valuable data from the Treasury Department, a development that will open their doors to investigate possible connections between President Donald Trump's business empire and Russians, CNN has learned. Investigators received access to the financial data this week, according to multiple sources with knowledge of the development. Sen. Mark Warner, the top Democrat on the Senate intelligence committee told reporters Thursday that his committee also had gotten the Treasury Department data. The Treasury Department's Financial Crimes Enforcement Network -- or FinCEN -- monitors global financing and frequently investigates money laundering. The agency collects data from banks around the world and is a critical source in identifying how shell companies move money. "While I cannot confirm any briefings or requests made by the House Intelligence Committee, I will say that examining financial records and transactions is absolutely crucial to our investigatory effort," Rep. Adam Schiff, the top Democrat on the House Russia investigation, told CNN Thursday. Democratic lawmakers have been saying for months now that they need to follow the money, and have amplified those calls in recent weeks.

so i wonder if this will have any effect on the Muller investigation? but at least we now know where the media was getting stuff they had no right to have access too ? what say you ats is this as big as some are saying it is or just standard shadiness in government? will they get enough info to convict? and does any one think this will impact the midterms in any way? with the investigation to apparently close after midterms do we think there will be any more "timely" leaks right before the midterms?
adding more links below but will not post snippets as its allready damn near a wall of text ,im kind of terrible at this and intentionally didnt put it in the mudd pit so lets at least try to play nice ok? apparently it also ties into leaks about the alleged russian spy Mariia butina

posted on Oct, 17 2018 @ 05:19 PM
link this is apparently who was associate director of SEC enforcement division name stuck out to me and is possibly Peter sarzoks "estranged" wife

Washington D.C., Oct. 14, 2016 — The Securities and Exchange Commission today announced that Melissa Hodgman has been named Associate Director in the SEC’s Enforcement Division. Ms. Hodgman succeeds Stephen L. Cohen, who left the SEC in June. Ms. Hodgman began working in the Enforcement Division in 2008 as a staff attorney. She joined the Market Abuse Unit in 2010 and was promoted to Assistant Director in 2012. Ms. Hodgman has investigated or supervised dozens of enforcement recommendations spanning a variety of misconduct, including:
so thats an odd connection to find to the leaks if she was in charge of enforcement for SEC

now this could be nothing but this is ATS and we often like to try to connect the dots so this is an interesting connection to sarzok which a good deal of republicans are some what skeptical of his potential bias but figured it would be worth adding to the OP and ill add one more apparently this is also where Michael aventii got his info and a list of articles based off these leaks can be found in the above Bloomberg article

Zaid also said that federal whistle-blower protections don’t extend to employees who illegally disclose protected information. The SARs listed in the charges Wednesday aren’t the only ones that appear to have made their way into the public sphere. In May, Michael Avenatti, a lawyer for Stephanie Clifford, released a summary of information about bank transfers involving Trump’s former lawyer Michael Cohen. The records showed hundreds of thousands of dollars moving from companies including ATT, Novartis and a firm tied to a wealthy Russian, to a shell company that Cohen had set up to handle payments to Clifford. Here are some of the articles allegedly informed by the leaks: Here’s How A Major Western Bank Enabled A Suspected Russian Money Launderer (Oct. 15, 2018) The Planners Of The Trump Tower Meeting Moved Millions, And Mueller Is Now Investigating (Sept. 21, 2018) A Series Of Suspicious Money Transfers Followed The Trump Tower Meeting (Sept. 12, 2018) Here Is The Money Trail From The Russian "Agent" And Her Republican Partner (July 31, 2018) These 13 Wire Transfers Are A Focus Of The FBI Probe Into Paul Manafort (Oct. 29, 2017)
so lots of info on this and im sure our republican members will have some very interesting comments on these connections
edit on 17-10-2018 by RalagaNarHallas because: add more links

posted on Oct, 17 2018 @ 05:46 PM

In federal court in Alexandria, Virginia, U.S. Magistrate Judge Theresa Buchanan ordered that Edwards, 40, be released after surrendering her passport and posting a $100,000 bond. Edwards' lawyer, Peter Greenspun, declined to speak to reporters at the hearing. Stephen Hudak, a spokesman for FinCEN, said Edwards had been placed on administrative leave. Matt Mittenthal, a spokesman for BuzzFeed, had no immediate comment. In an interview with federal investigators on Tuesday, Edwards said she was a "whistleblower" who made the disclosures for "record keeping," according to a criminal complaint filed by prosecutors. Information from the disclosures was reported in 11 articles that appeared in Buzzfeed over the course of a year, prosecutors said. Suspicious activity reports are submitted by banks to alert law enforcement to potentially illegal transactions. Prosecutors said beginning in October 2017, Edwards disclosed suspicious activity reports connected to Manafort, Gates, accused Russian agent Maria Butina, the Russian embassy and a unit of Prevezon Holdings Ltd, a corporation owned by Russian businessman Denis Katsyv. Prosecutors said Edwards saved the confidential reports on a flash drive and sent them to the BuzzFeed reporter using an encrypted messaging application. Prosecutors also said in the complaint that the reporter exchanged encrypted messages with an unnamed associate director at FinCEN to whom Edwards reports, who was not charged in the case. Hudak and Richard Delmar, a spokesman for the Treasury Department's internal investigative unit, both declined to comment on the allegations involving the associate director. Butina was ordered jailed in July while she awaits trial.
so posting this as well, pay attention to the last part of the snippet.... the un named associate director at FinCEN is unnamed and not in trouble could they have been offered a deal to testify against the leakers?

posted on Oct, 19 2018 @ 02:57 PM
This is great news! I am glad to see that this injustice was
actually investigated and now the culprit has been arrested!

The creepy porn lawyer's day is coming soon!

posted on Oct, 19 2018 @ 03:05 PM
Significant update to story - there is another co-conspirator!

UPDATE: Located within the indictment documents – there is also a Co-Conspirator. It appears Ms. Sours-Edwards’ boss was also in on the plot to leak the information. [See Page #13 of the indictment] to-media/

Funny how when this story broke it was full of excitement about how
great this was, hardly anyone seems to care now?

What color is that wave supposed to be again?

posted on Oct, 24 2018 @ 12:47 AM

At the below link, is a list of BuzzFeed articles that contained illegally leaked info, courtesy of crooked employee, Natalie Mayflower Sours Edwards.


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