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SWACHA and San Antonio FBI Join Together to Help Financial Institutions Prevent Fraud at Financial Institution Crime Day

Dallas, TX, August 24, 2011 --( To help local banks and credit unions reduce their exposure to fraud, Dallas-based SWACHA has teamed up with the San Antonio office of the Federal Bureau of Investigation to host a Financial Institution Crime Day in San Antonio on August 25, 2011. SWACHA is one of the largest not-for-profit regional electronic payments associations in the country.

Protection against financial crimes is an important issue for Texans, as the Lone Star State is ranked second in the country for identity theft with 144,272 cases reported to the Federal Trade Commission last year.

“Financial crime is a rising concern in Texas and throughout the U.S., as criminals just keep getting smarter,” said Dennis Simmons, AAP, SWACHA president and CEO. “So it is vital that financial institutions have the most updated security to protect themselves from fraudulent activity. This year, U.S. companies will spend over $130 billion as a result of data breaches, more than tripling the total cost in 2006. Financial professionals and law enforcement officials travel from around the state to attend this seminar and learn how to best prevent these costly attacks.”

The Financial Institution Crime Day will cover issues such as cyber security, fraud, robbery and identity theft, elder abuse, and white collar crime trends within the city of San Antonio and across the nation.

The event will be held from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the LaQuinta Inn & Suites Medical Center, 4431 Horizon Hill Blvd, San Antonio, Texas 78229.

The Financial Institution Crime Day will feature the following key speakers:
· Monty Dolieslager, FinCEN Representative
· Karen Barley, Adult Protective Services
· Sandy Sullivan, Frost National Bank
· Martin J. Landgraf, Sergeant, Forgery Dept., San Antonio Police Department
· Osvaldo Alaniz, FBI – San Antonio Division
· Srinivas Mukkamala PhD., Computational Analysis and Network Enterprise Solutions

SWACHA-The Electronic Payments Resource®, is one of the largest not-for-profit regional payments associations in the country with approximately 1,100 members across the Southwest. SWACHA is the resource of choice for financial institutions and corporations in the areas of education, training, payments system risks and knowledge about electronic payments. For more information visit:

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