The United States Secret Service signed a Memorandum of Understanding on Combatting Transnational Financial Crimes with the Department for Combatting Tax, Currency Crimes and Legalization of the Criminal Proceeds of the General Prosecutor’s Office of the Republic of Uzbekistan. Secret Service Resident Agent in Charge Denise Feudner, and Akmalkhuja Mavlonov, Head of the Department on Struggle against Tax, Currency Crimes and Legalization of Criminal Incomes at the Prosecutor General’s Office of the Republic of Uzbekistan, jointly signed the document in Tashkent on March 15, 2018. The MOU provides for the sharing of financial investigation information, sharing of experiences and technical developments in currency crimes, and arrangements for working groups or other meetings of mutual interest.
“Currency and financial crimes are a global threat of ever-increasing sophistication. Stopping these crimes is a pivotal way to combat transnational criminal organizations. It’s critically important that the Secret Service and law enforcement partners help each other around the world, and that’s why we want to work closely with the General Prosecutor’s Office here in Uzbekistan.” said Agent Feudner.
This MOU project was also supported by the Uzbek Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Diplomatic Security Regional Security Office (RSO) at the U.S. Embassy. “This MOU advances one of our primary goals at the U.S. Embassy to Uzbekistan: to strengthen U.S. – Uzbek security and law enforcement cooperation to thwart transnational criminal organizations,” said an RSO representative.
The U.S. Secret Service was created over 150 years ago to combat counterfeit currency. Currently, in addition to providing protection for the President and other government dignitaries, the U.S. Secret Service conducts financial investigations such as counterfeit U.S. currency, bank fraud, mail fraud, wire fraud, illicit financing operations, and associated cybercrimes. Increased cooperation between law enforcement agencies enables our countries to counter transnational criminal organizations and security threats by investigating and prosecuting their financial support mechanisms.