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The Greater Salt Lake City Chapter of the Association of Certified Anti-Money Laundering Specialists is dedicated to support the financial community in Utah by developing and strengthening relationships between financial professionals, with the objective of increasing knowledge of money laundering trends, and methods to detect and prevent financial crimes.

Upcoming Greater Salt Lake City Chapter learning events will be announced soon.

2019 Financial Crimes Conference


AML & Financial Crime Trends

Speaker

Michael Pickett, Supervisory Special Agent, FBI

The Greater Salt Lake City Chapter invited FBI Supervisory Special Agent Michael Pickett speak on financial crime investigations. Agent Pickett spoke about various cases he has worked and shared valuable investigative insights for the AML professionals in attendance. It was a pleasure to hear Agent Pickett’s stories as he underscored the key role the AML community plays in stopping financial crime.


Mitigating Customer Risk

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On October 26, the Greater Salt Lake ACAMS Chapter co-hosted a half-day event with Bankers Toolbox.  The event included group discussions on beneficial ownership, high risk customer identification, and ongoing due diligence.  Closing the event was a presentation by an IRS Special Agent who emphasized the importance of BSA reports in investigations.  This was a great learning/networking event, and a good time was had by all!


Emerging BSA Issues in 2018

The Greater Salt Lake City ACAMS Chapter was pleased to hear from the happily-married, FDIC-examiner duo of Danielle and Michael Norton. The Nortons spoke extensively about FinCEN’s CDD rule and what financial institutions can expect in their upcoming exams with respect to the CDD rule. They also shared valuable insights on AML monitoring systems—including discussion on common findings and recent FinCEN enforcement actions. All in attendance enjoyed hearing from the examiners.

NOTE—No examiners or bankers were harmed in the making of this event.

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Industry Trends and Hot Topics

Speaker

Michael Shepard, Principal, Deloitte Advisory
Michael is Deloitte’s Global Financial Crime Leader. He has led a wide variety of anti-money laundering, sanctions and financial crime related projects and investigations at numerous global and US financial institutions.


Holiday Breakfast Social

Sponsored by Regulatory Data Corp. (RDC)


Implementing FinCEN’s Final Ruling on Beneficial Ownership

The Greater Salt Lake City ACAMS Chapter held another successful learning event regarding implementing FinCEN’s Final Ruling on Beneficial Ownership on Friday, October 27, 2017. Nearly 50 attendees came out to enjoy breakfast and the opportunity to network with others from different financial institutions.

We heard from Dana Twomey, Director at West Monroe, formerly CAST Management Consultants. Dana provided valuable information and clarification regarding beneficial ownership and the implementation. Please see the attached presentation for your reference:

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Thank you to Goldman Sachs for hosting this event and to all those who attended.


Presentation on Human and Sex Trafficking

The Greater Salt Lake City ACAMS Chapter held a Human and Sex Trafficking learning event on Friday, June 30, 2017. Nearly 50 attendees came out to enjoy breakfast and the opportunity to network with others from different financial institutions.

We heard from Kevin Pepper who is the Supervising Special Agent of the SECURE Strike Force with the Utah Attorney General’s Office. Kevin addressed trends, indicators, and a case involving, detecting and fighting human and sex trafficking.

Thank you to Discover Financial Services, Inc. for hosting this event and to all those who attended.

Please see the attached presentation as well as the following helpful links:

Case example:
http://www.acamstoday.org/internet-ad-sites-used-launder-money-promoting-prostitution/

FinCEN red-flags for human and sex trafficking:
https://www.fincen.gov/resources/advisories/fincen-advisory-fin-2014-a008 /


Hot Topics Trending in AML

The Greater Salt Lake City ACAMS Chapter held a learning event on Friday, March 31, 2017. Nearly 70 attendees came out to enjoy breakfast and the opportunity to network with others from different financial institutions.

We heard from Sterling Daines, Managing Director, Global Compliance Division, Goldman, Sachs & Co. Mr. Daines is Deputy Head of the Global Financial Crime Compliance program of Goldman Sachs. He also manages the firm’s global Anti-Money Laundering/Suspicious Activities Group, which is responsible for executing the firm’s anti-money laundering and sanctions program firm-wide.

Sterling addressed the following Hot Topics:

  • NYDFS Rule, regarding transaction monitoring and filtering programs and its applicability to all institutions
  • De-Risking best practices and the differences between analyzing individual risks vs not providing certain banking services. Additional discussion covered what continues a “reasonable” amount of due diligence.
  • Effects of Cyber-Crime on surveillance and SAR filing and current 2016 FinCEN guidance on this topic.
  • New CDD Rule, regarding beneficial owners and the challenges most banks continue to experience as they work to implement the “customer profile” and “refresh” portions of this rule.

Thank you to Goldman Sachs for hosting this event and to all those who attended.



Refugees and the Banking Industry: A Look at Banking and Finance Challenges Faced by the Refugee Community

Please join the ACAMS Greater Salt Lake City Chapter on Thursday, December 15, 2016, for a special breakfast-networking event and presentation by guest speaker Solomon Awan, a Sudanese refugee working as a job developer at the Utah Division of Workforce Services. Solomon will detail the many challenges faced by the refugee community in banking and finance and highlight the unique money laundering and fraud risks that follow the movement of refugee funds across the globe.


3rd Quarter Session Event at Zions Bank


“BSA & Marijuana – a ‘High’ Risk?”


Quarterly Education Event: “What you may have missed at the Vegas ACAMS Conference.”


Breakfast with the ACAMS Greater Salt Lake City Chapter


How Digital Currency Changes the Money Laundering Landscape


Salt Lake City ACAMS Chapter Launch Event

Kenzie Mexican

Kenzie Mexican
Chair

Kenzie Mexican has 12 years of BSA/AML experience that includes BSA program management, BSA/AML quality assurance, and suspicious activity investigations. Kenzie is currently a BSA/AML Compliance Supervisor at Zions Bancorporation responsible for managing SAR detection and filing for the AML and fraud realms. Prior to joining Zions Bancorporation, Kenzie held an AML Compliance Manager position at a Forex Investment Firm where she was responsible for developing, implementing, and managing a BSA program. Kenzie has been a Certified Anti-Money Laundering Specialists (CAMS) since 2008.

Email: kenzie.mexican@zionsbancorp.com


Leslie Pinnau

Leslie Pinnau
Zions Bancorporation
Co-Chair

Leslie Pinnau is a BSA/AML Compliance manager for Zions Bancorporation, currently overseeing the CTR and MIL processes. Leslie has nine years of banking and AML experience and has taken on multiple anti-money laundering roles in operations, governance, and management positions. Leslie holds dual bachelor’s degrees from the University of Utah in Political Science and Gender Studies and has been a Certified Anti-Money Laundering Specialist (CAMS) since 2015.

Email: leslie.pinnau@zionsbancorp.com


Maria Elder

Maria Elder
FinWise Bank
Programming

Maria Montoya-Elder is the Senior Risk Manager for FinWise Bank. Prior to serving in this capacity, Maria was a BSA Compliance Manager for WebBank. Maria is Certified Regulatory Compliance Manager (CRCM) and offers more than 18+ years of diverse experience in a broad range of competencies such as BSA/AML Compliance Management /Operations, broker dealer compliance, risk management and planning and execution of strategic projects. Maria has worked in other Financial Institutions such as, Morgan Stanley and Goldman Sachs. She earned an MBA in Business Management and a Financial Services Certificate from Westminster College in 2006. When she is not working, she is usually at her kid’s high school football games, track meets, or whatever sport is in season.

Email: Mmontoya-elder@finwisebank.com


Smita Chandran

Smita Chandran
Goldman Sachs
Co-Programming Director

Smita Chandran is a Vice President/ Quality Assurance Manager within the Consumer Financial Crime Compliance Department in Goldman Sachs. Smita has over 10 years of experience in various divisions within Goldman Sachs and has worked in AML related functions for the last 7 years. Smita holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Science from Christ University, India, and is a Certified Anti-Money Laundering Specialist (CAMS).

Email: Smita.Chandran@gs.com


Matt O'Toole

Matt O’Toole
America First Credit Union
Secretary

Matt O’Toole is the BSA Compliance Administrator at America First Credit Union where he oversees all aspects of the Bank Secrecy Act program.  He has 10 years of BSA/AML experience.  He has been in the financial industry for over 20 years with experience in retail banking, lending and compliance.  Matt received a Bachelor’s degree in Economics from Weber State University.

Email: motoole@americafirst.com


Shohaj Khanam

Shohaj Khanam
Sofi
Treasurer

Shohaj Khanam is the Director of Internal Audit at SoFi, who works with Senior Management to enhance and protect organizational value by providing risk-based and objective assurance, advice, and insight. Before joining SoFi, Shohaj was an Internal Audit Manager at American Express focused on the U.S. Banking audit portfolio. Shohaj started out his career at Vanguard with positions in finance, strategy, and internal audit. Shohaj is a Certified Anti-Money Laundering Specialists (CAMS) and a Certified Internal Auditor (CIA). Shohaj holds a BS in Finance and minor in Economics from Delaware State University.

Email: shohaj.khan@gmail.com


Shanna Hall

Shanna Hall
Discover
Membership Director

Shanna Hall is a Project Manager for Compliance Testing in the Corporate Risk Management Group at Discover Financial Services.  She has worked in many areas/positions of Financial Services Industry including Branch Banking, BSA/AML Officer, Business Analyst, Compliance Manager, Investment & Trust Operations, Mortgage Operations, Securities Operations and Training.  Shanna holds both CAMS (Certified Anti-Money Laundering Specialist) and CSOP (Certified Securities Operations Personnel) Certifications and is a Six Sigma Champion.  Shanna has participated in exams on Suspicious Activity Reports (SARS) with regulators from the FDIC, FINRA, OCC, SEC and State Examiners.  She has also been involved in a CFPB exam related to the Home Mortgage Act (HMDA) and Equal Credit Opportunity Act (ECOA).

Email: shannahall@discover.com


Jeff Walk

Jeff Walk
Wells Fargo
Communications Director

Jeff Walk is a Vice President/Financial Crimes Manager at Wells Fargo Bank managing a Financial Crimes Liaison Team for Wells Fargo Commercial Capital. Jeff has worked in various BSA/AML positions for over 10 years. Prior to becoming an AML/BSA professional, Jeff spent 10 years in retail banking. Jeff is a Certified Anti-Money Laundering Specialist (CAMS) as well as a Certified Regulatory Compliance Manager (CRCM) .

Email: jeff.walk@wellsfargo.com