ACFCS Conference brings 42 experts to unveil new data-driven AML approach, secrets of threat finance, virtual currency, cybersecurity, more


Press Release
For Immediate Release
January 22, 2014

Brian Kindle
Editorial Director
Phone: 786-517-2720

MIAMI, FL— Over 40 leading financial crime experts from the compliance, legal, regulatory and enforcement fields and many other thought leaders are descending on New York to speak at and attend the ACFCS Financial Crime Conference & Exhibition on Feb. 5-7 at the Marriott Marquis in New York.

They will provide the multinational attendees with practical guidance and best practices on the most crucial challenges they face in financial crime.

The conference covers the full spectrum of 21st century financial crime issues, including big data, virtual currency, cybersecurity, data analytics and the wide-ranging new law called FATCA. Conference speakers will provide hands-on advice and best practices. The following is a sampling of the speakers and the unique insights they will provide:

  • Barry Koch, Chief Compliance Officer at Western Union will reveal how a quantitative, data-driven approach to AML and fraud prevention is reshaping compliance, and the skills professionals need to prepare to meet this new reality.
  • Mike Benardo, FDIC Chief of Cyberfraud and Financial Crimes will expose the latest threats to financial institutions and other companies from cyber financial criminals, and explain how they should prepare for a cyberattack.
  • Jim Bischoff, Chief of Counter Threat Finance, US Special Operations Command, provides guidance on how US military and intelligence agencies are attacking the funding sources and finances behind critical national security threats and describes the central role financial institutions and commercial corporations play in threat finance.
  • Delena Spann, Special Agent, US Secret Service will train attendees on how to use data analytics to uncover and solve fraud schemes, and how US enforcement agencies are harnessing these potent new tools.
  • Jim Keenan, Well Fargo FATCA lead officer and head of customer due diligence, will show how AML and KYC functions play a key role in FATCA compliance, and explain how US institutions can prepare for this landmark law, which takes effect July 1, 2014.
  • Sandra Stibbards, top online investigator, will take attendees into the world of internet and open source investigations and intelligence, and demonstrate how open sources can be an essential tool in due diligence reviews and investigations..
  • Serrin Turner, federal prosecutor in New York who led the Silk Road and Liberty Reserve cases, will lift the curtain on how financial criminals can exploit virtual currency for money laundering and other financial crime and other illicit schemes                                              

“This is among the most knowledgeable, seasoned and diverse collection of financial crime experts ever assembled at one conference,” says Charles A. Intriago, president of ACFCS and a pioneer of the AML field. “Every speaker offers lessons that attendees can apply directly in their jobs and improve their performance.”

Conference features ample networking, career-building

In addition to hearing their practical advice on the panels, attendees will can meet and interact with speakers one-on-one during the conference’s 12 networking sessions, including receptions, breakfasts and luncheons.

“ACFCS recognizes that knowledge is essential, but financial crime professionals also need opportunities to build connections and further their careers,” says Intriago. “That’s why our conference goes to great lengths to provide great networking, so attendees can connect with each other and our unparalleled roster of speakers.”


ACFCS is a global member organization that offers the Certified Financial Crime Specialist (CFCS) certification, the only credential that verifies the skill and competency of professionals across all fields of financial crime. ACFCS also offers training, analysis and community to its worldwide audience of private and public sector specialists.

To register and for more information on the conference, visit

(Accredited members of the media may obtain press credentials to cover the conference by contacting Brian Kindle at 786-517-2720 or