In August 2018, IACRC conducted an advanced training workshop in Washington, DC for ten representatives of Egypt’s Administrative Control Agency (ACA – http://www.aca.gov.eg/). ACA’S responsibilities include the conduct of anti-corruption and money laundering investigations.
The five-day workshop was built around a realistic simulated case in which teams of participants had to plan and execute a complex investigation involving suspected bribery, money laundering and the recovery of assets from abroad. Each participant was provided a computer pre-loaded with documentary evidence and leads that could be accessed only when the teams demonstrated an understanding of how a particular document or other piece of evidence could be helpful to the solution of the case. On the final day of the training, each team made a presentation demonstrating how the evidence gathered during the week proved the violation of relevant Egyptian laws.
Thomas Lasich, the lead trainer for IACRC, link, who has extensive experience in corruption and money laundering investigations, developed the simulated case training method, which has proven very popular with anti-corruption organizations around the world. All of the simulated case programs are tailored to reflect the circumstances, laws and procedures of the home countries of the participants. Thus, Egyptian names and places were used and the elements of the offenses were those found in Egypt’s laws, although information about comparable international standards was also provided.
Sara Savitt, Michael Kramer and Howard Anderson also supported the training on behalf of IACRC.