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Money laundering fight moves to Europe

Money Laundering Alert, which sponsors the world's largest anti-money laundering conference annually in South Florida, is getting a European flair.

The anti-money laundering organization, which publishes a newsletter and runs Premium, is holding its first European Money Laundering Conference starting Wednesday in Vienna.

The event is expected to draw more than 120 attendees from 44 countries. It runs through Friday.

Former U.S. prosecutor Charles Intriago founded Money Laundering Alert in 1989 and began holding annual industry conferences in Miami six years later. He also holds smaller confabs in South America and Latin America.

The Vienna gathering will focus on new, anti-money laundering regulations in Europe, terrorism financing, new technology and how countries are sharing information across borders during financial investigations.

Speakers include the chief of the counterterrorism section in the U.S. Justice Department's criminal division; the head of the financial crime policy unit for the United Kingdom's Financial Services Authority; and the head of anti money laundering at the Central Bank of Kuwait.