ACFCS organiza la 1ra Conferencia Latinoamericana sobre Delitos Financieros

ACFCS organiza la 1ra Conferencia Latinoamericana sobre Delitos Financieros – en Miami y en español, del 10 al 12 de noviembre de 2013

 

Comunicado de Prensa
13 de agosto de 2013

Contacto:
Madelyn Young
Asistente del Director Editorial
myoung@ACFCS.org
Teléfono: 1-786-517-2731

ACFCS realiza la Primera Conferencia Latinoamericana sobre Delitos Financieros, en Miami y en español – 10 al 12 de noviembre de 2013

ACFCS, la Asociación de Especialistas Certificados en Delitos Financieros con sede en Miami, anunció que realizará la 1ra Conferencia Latinoamericana sobre Delitos Financieros enteramente en español en el hotel Westin  Diplomat en Hollywood, Florida, del 10 al 12 noviembre de 2013.

Además de realizarse completamente en español, la Conferencia Latinoamericana sobre Delitos Financieros presentará a más de 25 expertos de diversos países de América Latina para que compartan sus conocimientos, experiencias y mejores prácticas en 14 paneles sobre los temas de delitos financieros más importantes y desafiantes que enfrentan los profesionales en todo el hemisferio.

La conferencia fue creada y es comandada por Charles A. Intriago, quien es oriundo de Ecuador. Intriago es el fundador y presidente de ACFCS y previamente se desempeñó como fiscal federal de EEUU y también fue el creador y fundador de la Asociación de Especialistas Certificados en Antilavado de Dinero (ACAMS) y creó la certificación CAMS en 2001. Las 14 sesiones de la conferencia tratarán los siguientes temas, entre otros:

FATCA y Evasión Fiscal
Antilavado de Dinero
Corrupción y la ley FCPA de EEUU
Seguridad Cibernética
Beneficiario Final
Cumplimiento
Fraude
Recuperación de Activos

“ACFCS está muy orgullosa de tener su sede en Miami, a la que muchos llaman la capital de América Latina. ACFCS proporciona servicios a la comunidad global de especialistas en delitos financieros, incluyendo un gran número de seguidores en América Latina”, dijo Intriago. “Estamos orgullosos de ser sede de la primera conferencia diseñada especialmente para capacitar e informar a los especialistas en delitos financieros de América Latina sobre los principales y más urgentes problemas y desafíos que enfrentan”.

Las personas que se inscriban en la Conferencia Latinoamericana de ACFCS tendrán acceso gratuito al Seminario de Preparación para tomar el Examen de Especialista Certificado en Delito Financiero, el 9 de noviembre, el día previo al inicio de la conferencia. El seminario prepara a los asistentes para rendir el riguroso examen de certificación CFCS (Especialista Certificado en Delitos Financieros) e informarles sobre todos los detalles acerca de la certificación. Desde el lanzamiento de la certificación CFCS en mayo de 2013, profesionales de 52 países han obtenido la certificación CFCS o se han inscrito para tomar el examen.

Además de proporcionar un conocimiento y una capacitación vital, la Conferencia Latinoamericana sobre Delitos Financieros de ACFCS ofrecerá muchas oportunidades para establecer contactos con los asistentes y oradores expertos que vendrán de distintos países del continente y trabajan en las más diversas áreas dentro del campo del delito financiero. La conferencia incluye ocho eventos sociales, entre los que se cuentan dos cocteles en la playa, dos desayunos, dos almuerzos y muchos refrigerios.

Grupos de tres o más personas que se inscriban a la vez recibirán un importante descuento. Para registrarse, llame al 786-517-2724 o por correo electrónico a Pedro Infante en pinfante@acfcs.org. Para obtener más información, haga clic aquí.

 

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

Contact:
Brian Kindle
Editorial Director
bkindle@ACFCS.org
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.”

About ACFCS

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 www.financialcrimeconference.com

(Accredited members of the media may obtain press credentials to cover the conference by contacting Brian Kindle at 786-517-2720 or bkindle@ACFCS.org.)

 

Bahamas Financial Services Minister Pinder joins with Bahamas Association of Compliance Officers to extend financial crime training and CFCS certification to compliance officers

Press Release
For Immediate Release
January 22, 2014

Contact:
Brian Kindle
Editorial Director
bkindle@ACFCS.org
Phone: 786-517-2720

The Bahamas Minister of Financial Services, Hon. Ryan L. Pinder, announced January 20, 2014, that the Ministry of Financial Services has “joined forces” with the Bahamas Association of Compliance Officers (BACO), to “promote the Bahamas’ continued role as a leading center for educational excellence through the further education of financial services professionals…” in financial crime.

Minister Pinder said the Ministry’s precedent-setting partnership with BACO, “in collaboration with the Association of Certified Financial Crime Specialists” (ACFCS), would expand financial crime training to financial institution compliance officers in the Bahamas, the world’s fourth largest offshore financial center.

Minister Pinder added, “This is only one of what will be a continued effort of the Ministry to attract organizations such as ACFCS to provide these types of curricula as we solidify our position as not only a premier financial services centre, but also as a financial services centre of educational excellence,”.

ACFCS, a global member organization based in Miami, has granted 15 scholarships to BACO members so they may earn and review the Certified Financial Crime Specialist designation and examination. Certification candidates must meet specified qualifications and pass a rigorous four-hour examination offered at 725 testing centers worldwide, including two in Nassau.

Certification candidates must pass rigorous exam

The exam covers the full financial crime spectrum, including anti-money laundering, tax evasion-FATCA, corruption, compliance, investigation, data security, ethics and international standards. Released in May 2013, the CFCS certification is held by diverse professionals in 64 countries.

Minister Pinder said these actions of the Ministry and BACO demonstrate a commitment to adhere to international regulatory requirements and achieve excellence in the financial services field.

Minister Pinder will speak at ACFCS Conference in New York on February 5-7

Minister Pinder will be a featured speaker at the ACFCS Annual Conference at the Marriott Marquis in New York on February 5-7, 2014. Several BACO officers will attend, including President Marsha Ferguson and Educational Chair LaTonia Symonette-Tinker who will also be a conference speaker, Secretary Rochelle Lunn-Cleare and Administration Chair Fareda Sands.

The full text of the January 20, 2014, press release of the Bahamas Ministry of Financial Services follows:

PRESS STATEMENT

 Ministry of Financial Services in Association with Bahamas Association of Compliance Officers (BACO) and Association of Certified Financial Crime Specialists Launch Certified Financial Crime Specialist Programme (ACFCS)

 January 20, 2014

The Ministry of Financial Services has once again joined forces with the Bahamas Association of Compliance Officers (BACO) in collaboration with the Association of Certified Financial Crime Specialists represented by its President, Charles Intriago to become the first Caribbean jurisdiction grant 15 scholarships leading to the certification of 13 members of the Bahamas Association of Compliance Officers and two from the Ministry of Financial Services as Certified Financial Crime Specialists (CFCS).

The Bahamas Government is committed to working closely with the international agency in this effort to shape a sensible approach for ensuring tax compliance and addressing the ever increasing financial crimes. The government of The Bahamas is dedicated to doubling the investment in education and equipping the financial services industry with trained professionals through our commitment to human capital development.

This program is re-enforcing The Bahamas as the lead financial services center within the jurisdiction ensuring our industry leaders and professionals are exposed to international training opportunities and resources. As a responsible financial centre, we are committed to not only adhering and meeting international regulatory requirements, but also participating in their design.

The aim of this innovative program collaboration is to promote the Bahamas’ continued role as a leading centre for educational excellence through the further education of financial services professionals, particularly compliance professionals in the Bahamas with potential of achieving global reach as leaders in professional services.

These 15 certification scholarships will entitle each person that participates to the following:

1.     The 340-page CFCS Certification Examination Study Manual,

2.     Access to the online, on-demand CFCS Certification Study Course,

3.     A two-day lecture series administered by ACFCS program administrators

4.     Admission to the CFCS Certification Exam, which is administered at 700

testing centers worldwide, including two in Nassau,

5.     Membership in ACFCS for one year.

The CFCS certification exam covers anti-money laundering, tax evasion-FATCA, corruption, compliance, investigation, data security, ethics, and international standards. These subjects and the job tasks performed by financial crime specialists were identified by a group of top experts and probed by an ACFCS worldwide survey. The examination is international in scope and not dependent on the laws, regulations or practices of any one country.

ACFCS will also be hosting its annual conference in New York on February 5-7, 2014 which will be attended by Minister Pinder who will be a featured speaker and several members of BACO, including its President Marsha Ferguson, Educational Chair LaTonia Symonette-Tinker who is also a speaker on the FATCA panel for offshore jurisdictions, Secretary Rochelle Lunn-Cleare and Administration Chair Fareda Sands.

“These are the types of collaboration efforts the Ministry of Financial Services promotes as we continue to enhance the resources the Bahamas has to offer for the financial services sector as we maintain our position as a premier financial services jurisdiction.  This is only one of what will be a continued effort of the Ministry to attract organizations such as ACFCS to provide these types of curriculums as we solidify our position as not only a premier financial services centre, but also as a financial services centre of educational excellence. ”

Minister Ryan L. Pinder, Minister

“BACO is committed to helping its compliance professionals receive and attain as the most knowledge and up-to-date information so that we are able to provide the best advice to the industry as we continue to ensure that the Bahamas remains protected by complying with the laws and regulations we must adhere to.  We have partnered with ACFCS because we believe that the CFCS certification provides essential knowledge about financial crime that will assist us in combatting potential abusers of the financial services industry”

Marsha Ferguson, BACO President

“ACFCS launched the CFCS certification less than a year ago, already we are in more than 64 countries worldwide and growing.   The reason the CFCS certification is so important is because it focuses on an important element in financial crime, that is “Crime”….

Charles Intriago

The scholarship recipients are scheduled to complete the program by April of this year.

For more information about the ACFCS organization and the ACFCS programme go to  Web page at: http://www.acfcs.org

Critical risks, new global standards in AML compliance will be probed at ACFCS 2014 Conference

Contact:
Brian Kindle
Editorial Director
bkindle@ACFCS.org
Phone: 786-517-2720

MIAMI, FL— With the advent of new technologies and expanding regulatory standards, the anti-money laundering landscape is changing drastically. The expert speakers and knowledge provided by the 2014 ACFCS Financial Crime Conference on Feb. 5 – 7 at the Marriot Marquis New York will equip attendees with the skills and insights necessary to be ready for this new reality of AML.

On the panel “Money Laundering in the New World Order,” top compliance executives from international institutions will reveal how AML compliance is moving to an increasingly quantitative, data-intensive approach. Speakers like Dan Boylan, head of the AML audit program for Bank of America, and Barry Koch, Chief Compliance Officer for Western Union, will give attendees practical tools to use in their compliance programs and offer insights on what regulators will be expecting in the near future.

Taking on one of the most critical issues in the AML field, the panel “Searching for Beneficial Owners – Techniques, technology and best practices” will prepare the audience for one of the most hotly anticipated regulations in the US – new rules governing the identification of beneficial owners from FinCEN. Leading authorities will offer updates on where the regulations stand, and how institutions should be preparing now.

The Conference will also probe one of the latest and most serious money laundering risks on the panel “New World of Virtual Currencies – Combating the financial crime threats the digital era brings.”

“The anti-money laundering field is in the midst of one of the largest transformations in decades, and AML professionals are being asked to have a broader, more diverse skill set than ever before,” says Charles Intriago, president and founder of ACFCS and a pioneer of AML.

Conference covers intersection of AML and FATCA

The ACFCS 2014 Conference also offers knowledge and insight far beyond AML. Over the course of 13 panels, the Conference covers the most critical topics in diverse financial crime fields, including one of the leading compliance issues of the day – the requirements of the US Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act, or FATCA.

“AML departments will have major duties under this sweeping new law in the near future, if they do not already” says Intriago, “and any AML professional must be aware of it.” The 2014 Conference provides three panels on FATCA compliance, including two targeted at compliance essentials for US and non-US institutions respectively and a third designed to help attendees address the law’s unprecedented data challenges.

About ACFCS

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.

For more information on the 2014 conference and to register now, visit www.financialcrimeconference.com

(Accredited members of the media may obtain press credentials to cover the conference by contacting Brian Kindle at 786-517-2720 or bkindle@ACFCS.org.)

 

Monterey Institute of International Studies will prepare students for ‘Financial Crime Compliance’ careers with pioneering courses leading to Certified Financial Crime Specialists certification

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For Immediate Release
January 13, 2014

Contact:
Brian Kindle
Editorial Director
bkindle@ACFCS.org
Phone: 786-517-2720

Contact:
Jason Warburg
Communications Director, MIIS
Phone: 831-647-3516
jwarburg@miis.edu

Monterey Institute of International Studies will prepare students for ‘Financial Crime Compliance’ careers with pioneering courses leading to Certified Financial Crime Specialists certification

MIAMI – The Association of Certified Financial Crime Specialists (ACFCS) today announced that the Monterey Institute of International Studies (MIIS) will offer a series of courses on Financial Crime Compliance that leads students to certification as Certified Financial Crime Specialists (CFCS).

Monterey Institute students who enroll in the Financial Crime Compliance courses beginning in the spring of 2014 will learn the legal, ethical and practical skills necessary to become top-tier financial crime specialists. These groundbreaking courses will use as the principal course textbook the extensive ACFCS Study Manual that candidates for CFCS certification receive to prepare for the certification examination.

The courses form part of the curriculum of the Graduate School of International Policy and Management at the renowned Monterey Institute of International Studies. This will prepare students for careers in the booming financial crime compliance field, which includes employers such as banks, securities dealers, insurance companies and money services businesses in the private sector, as well as regulatory, enforcement and legislative bodies in the public sector.

Students from a variety of Institute academic programs are expected to enroll in the courses, including students seeking credentials for careers in stolen asset recovery, students learning about trade-based money laundering and tax evasion, students interested in the financial aspects of counter-terrorism work, and MBA students training for careers in risk compliance.

The course will be led by Professor Moyara Ruehsen, a Certified Anti-Money Laundering Specialist, who has been teaching courses in money laundering, terrorism financing, and international finance for the past fifteen years and has won numerous teaching awards. In addition to publishing in this field, she has also been an AML/CTF consultant and trainer for local, federal and foreign government entities.

“The Monterey Institute of International Studies has a unique model for transformative professional education that offers students career-enhancing opportunities and skills with a focus on globally pressing problems,” commented Yuwei Shi, dean of the Monterey Institute’s Graduate School of International Policy and Management.

“The partnership with ACFCS is an excellent outcome of the open learning architecture that the Institute has developed over the years to train cross-disciplinary, cross-border, and cross-sector professionals,” he added.

“ACFCS is proud to partner with a distinguished institution such as the Monterey Institute of International Studies. The Institute is known for its innovative approach to preparing its students with cutting-edge and practical skills and tools they need to embark on meaningful careers and be successful,” said Charles A. Intriago, president of ACFCS and a lawyer.

“Through this course and the certification that is offered to its students who complete the course, the Monterey Institute is placing students on a career path that has a worldwide reach and which can provide them with significant earnings with their newly-found, much-in-demand knowledge and skills,” Intriago added.

CFCS is the only certification that encompasses the full spectrum of financial crime, including money laundering, fraud, tax evasion, corruption, compliance, enforcement and other areas.

“We are glad to be partnering with the Monterey Institute to train the next generation of financial crime professionals,” Intriago added.

About The Monterey Institute of International Studies
The Monterey Institute of International Studies, a graduate school of Middlebury College, has been preparing graduate professionals for global careers since 1955. Located in Monterey, California, the Institute offers advanced degrees in international business, international education management, international environmental policy, international policy studies, language teaching, localization management, nonproliferation and terrorism studies, public administration, and translation and interpretation, as well as a variety of specialized certificates and programs. The Institute is also home to the James Martin Center for Nonproliferation Studies, the Monterey Terrorism Research and Education Program (MonTREP), the Center for the Blue Economy, and the Center for Conflict Studies. miis.edu

About ACFCS
ACFCS is a member organization that provides training, news, analysis and networking to a worldwide membership of professionals in financial crime field. ACFCS awards the Certified Financial Crime Specialist (CFCS) certification to persons who meet certain qualifications and pass a rigorous examination offered at 730 authorized testing centers worldwide. It is the first credential that tests competence and skill across the financial crime spectrum, including money laundering, FCPA-corruption, FATCA-tax evasion, compliance, investigations and other fields. ACFCS.org

Innovators of combating financial crime in the 21st century join roster of expert speakers at ACFCS 2014 conference

December 18, 2013

Contact:
Brian Kindle
Editorial Director
bkindle@ACFCS.org
Phone: 786-517-2720

MIAMI, FL—The Association of Certified Financial Crime Specialists today announced the addition of three leading experts and innovators in emerging financial crime issues to its roster of more than 30 top speakers at the ACFCS 2014 Financial Crime Conference & Exhibition, February 5 – 7 at the Marriott Marquis in New York.

The latest speakers include Serrin Turner, a federal prosecutor who led high-profile cybercrime cases against virtual currency firm Liberty Reserve and drug trafficking site Silk Road, the Honorable Ryan Pinder, Minister of Financial Services for the nation of The Bahamas and an expert in international tax issues, and Michael Benardo, Chief of the FDIC’s Cyber Fraud and Financial Crimes division and an authority on emerging cyber risks to financial institutions.

The experts, along with 29 others on 13 panels, will dissect timely subjects ranging from the money laundering risks of virtual currencies, to FATCA’s looming implementation and impact, to the vital importance of cybersecurity for financial institutions.

“Financial criminals are changing their tactics every day, and public and private sector professionals have to be ready to adapt with them,” says Charles Intriago, president and founder of ACFCS and a pioneer of the money laundering field. “We are pleased to have leading experts who can teach attendees to be ready for today’s challenges and tomorrow’s threats in all fields of financial crime.”

Below are brief biographical sketches of the latest speakers. Full information is available from the website here.

  • Michael Benardo, Chief, Cyber Fraud and Financial Crimes, FDIC, Washington, DC
    Chief of the FDIC’s Cyber Fraud and Financial Crimes Section of the Division of Risk Management Supervision, he oversees all aspects of the agency’s fraud-related initiatives, including establishment of regulatory policies, procedures and best practices for the more than 7,200 financial institutions insured by the FDIC. He plays an instrumental role in developing and implementing fraud-related supervisory programs for financial institutions, including examination techniques.
  • Hon. Ryan Pinder, Minister of Financial Services, Nassau, Bahamas
    Member of the Parliament of The Bahamas and Minister of Financial Services in the Cabinet since May 2012, he is responsible for establishing policy for the financial services industry. He carries a varied portfolio, including trade and industry and establishing the International Commercial Arbitration Center in The Bahamas. An attorney admitted to practice in The Bahamas and the State of Florida, where he is a Florida Bar Board Certified Tax Attorney, previously he served as an international tax and commercial consultant at OL Private Corporate Counsel, Ltd.
  • Serrin Turner, United States Federal Prosecutor, Department of Justice, New York
    A United States federal prosecutor in Manhattan, the Southern District of New York, he specializes in prosecuting cybercrime cases. He was the lead prosecutor in the celebrated criminal cases against Liberty Reserve, a digital-currency service that was indicted for money laundering and Ross William Ulbricht, the owner and operator of Silk Road, a Bitcoin-based online market for illegal drugs. A magna cum laude of Harvard Law School in 2000, he served as an Honors Program attorney of the Civil Division in the US Department of Justice. Later, he served as an Assistant US Attorney in the Civil Division of the US Attorney’s Office in Manhattan.

Conference gives comprehensive training for private and public sector professionals

Over the course of 13 panels, the ACFCS 2014 Conference gives knowledge and insight on the most critical topics in diverse financial crime fields, including one of the leading compliance issues of the day – the requirements of the US Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act.

“FATCA is not just about tax evasion, but covers the entire financial crime spectrum. Its looming deadlines for financial institutions worldwide present an unprecedented challenge, which is why we have three panels dedicated to this crucial law,” said Charles Intriago.

“Threat finance is one of the most pressing and cutting-edge financial crime issues that touches nearly every financial institution globally, and that’s why we are focusing on it, also,” he added.

The Conference will also probe how advanced data analytic tools can support counter- financial crime efforts in the panel Making ‘Big Data’ Your Ally – Using advanced analytics to improve compliance, due diligence and performance.

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.

For more information on the 2014 conference and to register now, visit www.financialcrimeconference.com

(Accredited members of the media may obtain press credentials to cover the conference by contacting Brian Kindle at 786-517-2720 or bkindle@ACFCS.org.)

 

Virtual Currency, FATCA, Data, Technology, Threat Finance are key sessions at unique ACFCS New York conference in February

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Press Release
For Immediate Release
December 4, 2013

 

Contact:
Gonzalo Vila
Phone: 786-517-2708
gvila@ACFCS.org

Virtual Currency, FATCA, Data, Technology, Threat Finance are key sessions at unique ACFCS New York conference in February

33 top experts, 13 panels, 11 networking events will provide attendees vital, timely, practical benefits

ACFCS International Financial Crime Conference & Exhibition, February 5-7, 2014, Marriott Marquis, New York

MIAMI – A half dozen of the most pressing problems and challenges facing financial crime professionals today in the private and public sectors worldwide form part of the landmark program of the ACFCS 2014 Annual Conference in New York City on February 5-7, 2014.

With full implementation of FATCA just months away in July 2014 and virtual currency now accepted as a legitimate medium of value, compliance, risk, legal, regulatory and enforcement officials worldwide face unprecedented challenges in dealing with these issues and others.

The ACFCS annual conference will bring veteran experts in the broad financial crime field, including money laundering, corruption, fraud, compliance, investigations, to share their advice and best practices with attendees from many places.

The groundbreaking ACFCS conference will dissect the subjects through 33 experts on 13 panels over two days. On February 5, ACFCS will conduct a five-hour seminar to prepare candidates to take the examination leading to the Certified Financial Crime Specialist certification. The CFCS certification is now held by persons in 61 countries since it was released in May 2013.

The expert speakers will explore critical subjects from the gargantuan global efforts of financial institutions to prepare to comply with FATCA to assurance of data security and prevention cybercrime, beneficial ownership and data analytics.

Virtual Currency, Threat Finance main focus of conference

One panel will bring top experts to dissect virtual currency, show how it may be used in financial crime and how to mitigate the risks these new payment methods present for financial and non-financial institutions.

The conference will also probe the important and emerging field of “Threat Finance” by which countries, particularly the United States, seek to choke off the financing of national security threats. Key players in this effort are financial institutions which can serve as unwitting bridges in the movement of money linked to these threats.

The ACFCS conference will also provide cover Anti-Bribery and Corruption (ABC), convergence of financial crime functions, ways to exploit open source intelligence and social media and much more.

The speakers include a variety of experts from different fields in the private and public sectors, such as Michael Benardo, Chief of Cyber Fraud and Financial Crimes at the FDIC, and Sonia Desai, Executive Manager of Global Anti-Money Laundering, Sanctions and Customer Risk for CBA Group, Australia.

FATCA the ‘ribbon that ties all financial crimes,’ says conference leader

“FATCA is not just about tax evasion, but covers the entire financial crime spectrum. Its looming deadlines for institutions worldwide present an unprecedented challenge. That is why we have two panels on it, in addition to one showing how technology bears on FATCA compliance,” said Charles Intriago, president ACFCS, former federal prosecutor and conference moderator.

“Another emerging area that is a vital part of the conference is convergence,” he added. “Financial crimes have permanent common elements like tax evasion, money laundering, the need for a financial institution, contacts with government agencies. Many institutions and government agencies are unifying their distinct units, including AML, to improve their effectiveness and efficiency in the financial crime battle.”

Special hotel rate, easy registration steps

The conference offers a special room rate of only $239 at the beautiful Marriot Marquis in the heart of Times Square.

To register, please click here. Full details on the conference, including program, speakers, sponsors, and related events is found here.

Companies and firms that wish to sponsor or exhibit at the conference should call Alexander Garcia at 786-517-2702 or e-mail agarcia@ACFCS.org

CLE and CPE credits will be provided, along with those that should qualify for credit toward the requirements of other certifications in the financial crime field, such as those of ACFC and ACAMS.

(Members of the media may obtain press credentials to cover the conference by contacting Gonzalo Vila at 786-854-2345 or gvila@ACFCS.org.)

ACFCS appoints financial crime and AML expert, Ed Sander, to Advisory Board

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Press Release
For Immediate Release
November 19, 2013

 

Contact:
Gonzalo Vila
Phone: 786-517-2708
gvila@ACFCS.org

ACFCS appoints financial crime and AML expert,
Ed Sander, to Advisory Board

MIAMI – The Association of Certified Financial Crime Specialists (ACFCS) today announced the appointment of Edward Sander, Global Vice President and General Manager of Anti-Money Laundering (AML) Solutions at NICE Actimize, to its Advisory Board.

“We look forward to continuing NICE Actimize’s involvement with the ACFCS, working together to shape and guide direction for creating best practices in fighting financial crime,” said Ed Sander. “Together, NICE Actimize and the members of the ACFCS board can serve as the conduit that addresses the vision of an integrated financial crime approach across the enterprise, breaking down silos and bringing innovative ideas to market.  We envision a future where, as an industry, we can work closely with financial institutions to actively prevent financial crime.”

He joins 24 other distinguished financial crime experts in the principal body that guides the global member organization.

In his position at NICE Actimize, he leads the Anti-Money Laundering line of business, overseeing product creation, solution delivery and client relationship management activities. He has a unique expertise in portfolio management and new product development across analytics, audit-compliance, business process management, and customer relationship management solutions for banks, insurance firms and other business organizations. NICE Actimize is a leading provider of financial crime, risk and compliance solutions for financial institutions and government agencies around the world.

Sander holds a Master’s degree from Columbia University’s Technology Management program. Prior to joining NICE Actimize, he was senior vice president at IntraLinks and vice president and global director at SAP.

“Ed Sander’s technology expertise in applying new innovations to financial crime and anti-money laundering safeguards and solutions will allow him to contribute to the training and other programs of ACFCS,” said Charles Intriago, president of ACFCS.

“ACFCS certifies its global membership in financial crime knowledge and skill. We prepare our members and others to deal with financial crime in more effective and efficient ways. We’re pleased that Ed Sander is now part of the Advisory Board,” Intriago added.

About ACFCS

ACFCS awards the Certified Financial Crime Specialist (CFCS) certification to those who meet certain qualifications and pass a rigorous examination offered at 700 testing centers worldwide. It is the first credential that tests competence across the financial crime spectrum, including money laundering, FCPA-corruption, FATCA-tax evasion, compliance, investigations and other fields. ACFCS is a member organization that also provides training, news, guidance and networking to a worldwide membership of professionals in financial crime. For information go to acfcs.org.

ACFCS appoints financial crime and AML technology expert Edward Sander, of NICE Actimize, to itsAdvisory Board

Press Release
October 30, 2013

Contact:
Leslie Kraft Burke
Editorial Director
lburke@ACFCS.org
Phone: 786-517-2731

ACFCS appoints financial crime and AML technology expert
Edward Sander, of NICE Actimize, to its Advisory Board
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MIAMI –
The Association of Certified Financial Crime Specialists (ACFCS) today announced the appointment of Edward Sander, Global Vice President and General Manager of Anti-Money Laundering (AML) Solutions at NICE Actimize, to its Advisory Board. He joins 24 other distinguished financial crime experts in the principal body that guides the global member organization.

Mr. Sander is responsible for assuring innovation and agility to meet the needs of international financial services firms worldwide in meeting the fluid and complex challenges of financial crime. He has a unique expertise in portfolio management and new product development across analytics, audit-compliance, business process management, and customer relationship management solutions for banks, insurance firms and other business organizations. He leads the NICE Actimize Anti-Money Laundering line of business, overseeing product creation, solution delivery and client relationship management activities. NICE Actimize is a large provider of financial crime, risk and compliance solutions for financial institutions and government agencies around the world.

Sander holds an Masters degree from Columbia University’s Technology Management program. Prior to joining NICE Actimize, he was senior vice president at IntraLinks and vice president and global director at SAP.

“Ed Sander’s expertise in financial crime and anti-money laundering safeguards and solutions will allow him to contribute to the training and other programs of ACFCS,”said Charles Intriago, president of ACFCS.

“ACFCS certifies its global membership in financial crime knowledge and skill. We prepare our members and others to deal with financial crime in more effective and efficient ways. We’re pleased that Ed Sander is now part of the Advisory Board,” Intriago added.

About ACFCS

ACFCS awards the Certified Financial Crime Specialist (CFCS) certification to those who meet certain qualifications and pass a rigorous examination offered at 700 testing centers worldwide. It is the first credential that tests competence across the financial crime spectrum, including money laundering, FCPA-corruption, FATCA-tax evasion, compliance, investigations and other fields. ACFCS is a member organization that also provides training, news, guidance and networking to a worldwide membership of professionals in financial crime.

For more information visit www.acfcs.org.

ACFCS adds global threat finance expert, George W. Prokop, of PwC, to Advisory Board

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Press Release
October 15, 2013

Contact:
Leslie Burke
Editorial Director
lburke@ACFCS.org
Phone: 786-517-2731

ACFCS adds global threat finance expert,
George W. Prokop, of PwC, to Advisory Board

MIAMI – The Association of Certified Financial Crime Specialists (ACFCS) has appointed George W. Prokop, managing director in the Governance/Anti-Corruption Services group of PwC, to its Advisory Board.

Prokop Photo - October 2013Prokop, who leads the Threat Management practice of PwC, has more than 20 years of experience in advising and assisting public and private sector organizations in combating fraud, corruption, money laundering and terrorist financing. PwC is the largest professional services organization in the world, with offices in 158 countries.

“ACFCS welcomes George Prokop to its Advisory Board. He is a leading world expert on threat finance, which encapsulates some of the most severe menaces the world faces. It is the name for the discipline around which private and public sector organizations marshal their forces to fight financial crime and these menaces,” said Charles Intriago, president of ACFCS and a former federal prosecutor.

“ACFCS trains and certifies its global membership in combating financial crime. It is committed to preparing its members to detect and choke off the financial nexus that all national security threats contain, such as foreign corruption, human trafficking, drug trafficking, trafficking in nuclear materials and weapons of mass destruction and, of course, terrorism. ACFCS is lucky to count on the expertise of such an experienced and knowledgeable professional as George Prokop,” Intriago added.

Prokop joins 24 other renowned, diverse global experts on the ACFCS Advisory Board.

About George W. Prokop

As leader of the Threat Management group of PwC, he advises clients in the public and private sectors on best practices in governance, risk and compliance. Mr. Prokop focuses on the prevention, detection, investigation and remediation of financial crime, including fraud, waste, abuse, corporate misconduct, corruption and terrorist financing. For 20 years, he has helped clients design, develop and monitor corporate compliance programs that mitigate financial crime risks. He has advised the US and other national governments on public policy issues related to governance and anti-corruption strategies that promote transparency and combat terrorist financing.

A skilled investigator, Mr. Prokop often conducts transnational investigations on accounting irregularities, allegations of corporate misconduct, incidents of fraud, waste and abuse, allegations of bribery and corruption, and possible money laundering activities and terrorist financing. He has advised multinational companies in the Americas, Europe, Middle East, Northern and Sub-Saharan Africa and Asia.

About ACFCS

ACFCS awards the Certified Financial Crime Specialist (CFCS) certification to those who meet certain qualifications and pass a rigorous examination offered at 700 testing centers worldwide. It is the first credential that tests competence across the financial crime spectrum, including money laundering, FCPA-corruption, FATCA-tax evasion, compliance, investigations and other fields. ACFCS is a member organization that also provides training, news, guidance and networking to a worldwide membership of professionals in financial crime.