Northern New Jersey Chapter


Upcoming Events

Upcoming Northern New Jersey learning events will be announced soon.

ACAMS Northern NJ Chapter Survey Results

The Northern New Jersey ACAMS Chapter was formed to provide the anti-money laundering /anti-terrorism financing (collectively AML) community in Northern New Jersey with a local resource that provides support, guidance, training, and peer interaction for industry professionals.

The Northern New Jersey Chapter will actively support the goals of the international ACAMS association by being the premier AML organization in Northern New Jersey.

The Chapter will fulfill this mission by:

  • Providing high-quality meetings, workshops, and networking events where members and non-members can build knowledge, enhance skills, and share experiences and expertise.
  • Achieving recognition as an effective resource by promoting sound AML policies, procedures, effective practices, and international standards to the local community including AML professionals, academic institutions, government agencies, financial institutions, and law enforcement.
  • Building strong relationships with other professional organizations in the metropolitan New York/New Jersey region having similar money laundering prevention interests.
  • Responding to the needs of our members that arise from the diversity of AML responsibilities and the constantly changing money laundering methodologies.

Upcoming Northern New Jersey learning events will be announced soon.

Managing the BSA Exam and Audit Process

The ACAMS NNJ Chapter invites you to attend an Education & Networking Event!

Thursday, November 01, 2018

Presenting: “Managing the BSA Exam and Audit Process” by the Chapters very own Todd T Brungard and James De Rugeriis

An Introduction to NY/NJ HIFCA/HIDTA & El Dorado Task Force and Case Study – Prevezon Holdings Limited


  • Shawn Polonet, HSI NY Assistant Special Agent in Charge
  • William McIntosh, NY/NJ HIFCA Director
  • Alia Khan, NY/NJ HIFCA Intelligence Analyst
  • Jeremy Rosenberg, Manhattan District Attorney Office Supervisory Investigator

Forensic Technology for Financial Investigations

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  • Detective Jon Powers, NJ Division of Criminal Justice / Computer Crime and Technology Unit
    Lt. Powers has been with the Division of Criminal Justice, of the State of New Jersey for 19 years. He started his career in the Medicaid Fraud Control Unit; he has served as a member of the Drug Diversion Task Force and participated in numerous State – Federal Joint Operations. He joined the Office of the Insurance Fraud Prosecutor as Detective Sergeant in 2009 handling case work as well as performing the functions of Law Enforcement Liaison to Industry which included grant administration, education and training roles. After promotion to Lieutenant in 2016, Powers moved to the supervisory role in the Division’s Cybercrime and Technology Unit.
    His current assignment includes supervisory and leadership functions for detectives and civilian forensic analysts working in areas of New Jersey Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) Task Force, NJ Regional Computer Forensic Lab and DCJ Cybercrimes. Powers has completed numerous forensic classes including advanced mobile forensics as well as being a Certified Fraud Examiner. (CFE)
    In addition to the law enforcement career, Powers is a retired US Army Reserve Major of 24 years’ service. His deployments to Iraq, Kuwait and Guantanamo Bay allowed him the diverse experience of his military specialty in Information Operations and allowed him to serve as a member of the Combine and Joint Strategic Effects Directorate- Baghdad and as the Deputy Public Affairs Officer- Guantanamo Bay.
    Detective Donlan has a BS in Business Degree from Arizona State University and MBA from Thomas Edison University.
  • Detective Lieutenant Scott Donlan, NJ Division of Criminal Justice / Computer Crime and Technology Unit
    Detective Donlan has been with the Division of Criminal Justice, of the State of New Jersey for 19 years. He started his career in the Office of the Insurance Fraud Prosecutor, then moved to the Official Corruption Bureau where he spent 15 years. Detective Donlan was a member of the Newark New Jersey FBI Corruption Taskforce for several years. Detective Donlan received a Directors award during his tenure with the Corruption Bureau. In 2106 Detective Donlan began working with the Cyber Crime Bureau within the Division of Criminal Justice. He is current assigned to the New Jersey Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) Task Force. Detective Donlan has completed numerous forensic classes including advanced mobile forensics and Chip off. Detective Donlan has a Bachelor of Science Degree from Northeastern University and a Juris Doctor from Widener University School of Law. He is licensed in the State of New York.


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  • IRS Special Agent Andrew Grammatikos
    Andrew Grammatikos is a Special Agent with the Internal Revenue Service Criminal Investigation out of the Springfield, NJ office. Andrew began his IRS career in 2009 as a Special Agent Student Trainee out of the IRS Cherry Hill office. Grammatikos graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Accounting from the University of Delaware and accepted a full time position as an IRS Special Agent. During his time at the Internal Revenue Service, Andrew has worked cases over a wide range of areas including tax evasion, money laundering, stock fraud and identity theft. In the past Andrew has served as the field office coordinator for Return Preparer fraud, and as the field office Technology Information Specialist. Currently he is working various tax and internet related cases and is part of the Newark Field Office Cyber Crime Team.

SAR Narratives: Law Enforcement Expectations


  • IRS Special Agent Michael McGarry – Lead agent for the United States Attorney’s Financial Crimes Task Force- SAR Review Team
    Special Agent Michael McGarry has been a Special Agent with IRS Criminal Investigation since 2003. He is assigned to the Newark Field Office. Special Agent McGarry has participated in a myriad of tax fraud investigations, including investigations of unscrupulous tax return preparers, individuals who embezzled funds from their employers and business owners who skimmed cash from their businesses. Special Agent McGarry is currently the lead agent for the United States Attorney’s Financial Crimes Task Force in Newark, New Jersey. His responsibilities include investigating violations of the Bank Secrecy Act, money laundering and tax evasion. Prior to becoming the lead agent for the United States Attorney’s Financial Crimes Task Force, Special Agent McGarry was assigned to the Drug Enforcement Administration for seven (7) years where he investigated violations of the Bank Secrecy Act and money laundering statutes. In addition, Special Agent McGarry serves as the lead agent working with local law enforcement agencies in pursuing potential criminal and civil money laundering and asset forfeiture cases.

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Human Trafficking


  • Keith Kolovich – Group Supervisor, Trafficking in Persons Unit -United States Department of Homeland Security- Homeland Security Investigations
    Keith Kolovich currently holds the position of Group Supervisor within the Trafficking in Persons Unit of the United States Department of Homeland Security, Homeland Security Investigations – New York Field Office. Kolovich is a graduate of St. John’s University in New York, from which he earned a bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice. He has over twenty-five years federal law enforcement experience in financial, fraud, narcotics, gang, and human trafficking investigations. During his current 10-year tenure supervising Human Trafficking Investigations, he has directed numerous successful international human trafficking investigations involving Transnational Organized Crime (TOC) groups. He has forged partnerships with members of foreign governments, and other non-government organizations, in order to ensure a greater safety net for the numerous victims that are affected by these crimes. Kolovich maintains and enjoys a rapport of mutual respect and understanding with colleagues within his organization, and in several other law enforcement agencies. He is recognized by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security and the Department of Justice, as an expert in his field.

Artificial Intelligence: A Brand New Generation of Financial Crime Solutions


  • Nasser Sweileh, CAMS – Senior Compliance Product Manager at EastNets
    Nasser Sweileh joined EastNets in 2011 as a Senior Compliance Product Manager, and was later assigned the role of Head of Financial Crime and Compliance Risk Products (FCCR) in early 2016. With 15 years of expertise in Governance, Risk, and Compliance in the Financial Industry and Technology, he is heading a team of product managers and business analysts responsible for the formulation and the execution of the product and market strategies of EastNets FCCR solutions. A quadrilingual ToastMasters’ Competent Communicator, Sweileh participated as a speaker in several international conferences. He is a Certified Anti Money Laundering Specialist (CAMS), holds an MBA from Ecole Superieure des Affaires in Beirut, Lebanon, and a graduate diploma in Applied Marketing from McGill University, Canada.

BSA Industry Hot Topics

David is a Manager for the firm’s Regulatory Compliance Services Group. He is responsible for assisting in the development and execution of compliance reviews, training and various other compliance services for the firm’s financial institution clients. David has over seven years of experience performing compliance services for Wolf & Company and over twelve years of experience in the banking industry. He has provided services to various types of financial institutions including state chartered Banks, national Banks, savings and loan associations and Credit Unions. David has also provided services to broker-dealers and trust companies. He has worked with institutions ranging in asset size from $50 million to over $9 billion in all six New England states, New York and New Jersey. Prior to joining Wolf, David worked in Retail Banking for TD Bank, N.A.


  • David A. Larocque, CAMS – Regulatory Compliance Manager at Wolf & Company, P.C.

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Regulatory Changes and Audit/Examination Expectations


  • Thomas Hunt– Assistant Division Director for the Office of Consumer Finance- Division of Banking of the New Jersey Department of Banking and Insurance
    Mr. Hunt is the Assistant Division Director heading the Office of Consumer Finance (“OCE”) within the Division of Banking of the New Jersey Department of Banking and Insurance, and is responsible for examining credit unions and non-depository financial institutions, enforcing consumer protection regulations, and handling the Departments licenses of thousands of companies and individuals working in that area. The OFC regulates more than 3,000 non-depository entities of 15 different types operating in New Jersey such as mortgage lenders, consumer lenders, sales finance companies, check cashers, money transmitters, and pawnbrokers.

Do you know how State Financial Crimes Investigators apply the Money Laundering Laws and why SARs are critical to that process?


  • William Fredrick – Deputy Chief of Detectives, Financial and Computer Crimes Bureau State of New Jersey – Division of Criminal Justice
    Bill Fredrick is a Deputy Chief of Detectives at the New Jersey Division of Criminal Justice where he oversees investigative aspects of the Financial and Computer Crimes Bureau and where he has been instrumental in the redevelopment of the Division’s computer forensic capabilities. Bill joined DCJ in 2014 after a 30 year career as a Special Agent with the Criminal Investigation Division of the Internal Revenue Service. In that role he identified, developed, planned and completed complex financial investigations of tax evasion and money laundering crimes. The investigations focused on various activities including bribery, corruption, illicit immigration schemes, illegal drugs and other financial crimes.

Is your Financial Institution ready to comply with the Department of Financial Services (DFS) Part 504 Requirements?


  • Gokul Kallambunathil, CAMS, Managing Director
  • Mark Scarmozzino, CAMS, Director of Business Development
  • Uday Gulvadi, CPA, CIA, CISA, CAMS, Director Internal Audit, Risk and Compliance

Is your Financial Institution prepared for the new FinCEN customer due diligence rule?

Hosted by: Michael D. Eisner, Managing Director, Verittas Risk Advisors, Inc.

Demystifying FinCEN’s CyberSecurity Advisory


  • Trevor Krause, CISSP Manager
    Trevor Krause has been with Crowe Horwath LLP for seven years, providing cybersecurity and penetration testing services to clients in multiple service industries.
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  • Troy M. La Huis, Principal
    Mr. Troy La Huis is a Principal in Crowe’s Risk Consulting practice where he focuses on providing cybersecurity and financial crime risk services.
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Northern New Jersey Chapter Holiday Event

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IRS-Criminal Investigation: Who They Are, What They Do and How They Do It


  • Robert Glantz, Special Agent, IRS
  • Michael McGarry, Special Agent, IRS

Multiple Educational Sessions

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ACAMS Study Guide Review

Panama Papers: How It Will Affect U.S. Financial Institutions Presented by Daniel Wager, Duff & Phelps

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The Wolf of Wall Street Investigation

AML Industry Update

ARC Risk & Compliance Articles and Thought Leadership

Trends in Trade-Based Money Laundering: Regulatory Expectations in Trade Finance and How They Grew

AML Model Validation: A Critical Need in The New Regulatory Environment

BSA/AML Risk Workshop: End to End Process – Part II

Trends in Terrorist Financing

CAMS Study Session

CAMS Study Session

2nd Annual ACAMS NNJ Chapter Holiday Party

Concurrent Sessions: SAR-Writing Workshop / CAMS Study Group Networking Reception

Northern New Jersey Chapter meeting

Northern New Jersey Chapter Meeting

Northern New Jersey Chapter Meeting

1st Annual ACAMS Northern New Jersey Chapter Holiday Party

Financial Crimes-Front & Center

Challenges in Identifying/Obtaining UBOs

BSA Compliance Roundtable – Sponsored by: Telavance

ACAMS Northern NJ Chapter Launch Event

James De Rugeriis

Todd T Brungard

Todd T Brungard, CAMS
Crowe LLP

Todd Brungard, CAMS is a manager within the Crowe LLP Regulatory Compliance Risk Consulting Practice, primarily providing independent AML Audit, consent order validation and consulting services to financial institutions. In this role, he maintains extensive knowledge of bank compliance regulations including Bank Secrecy Act, USA PATRIOT Act, and OFAC.

Todd has over 30 years of experience in the financial services industry. He has expertise in Regulatory Compliance, Bank Secrecy Act, Anti-Money Laundering Compliance, Fraud, Enterprise Risk Management, IT and Internal Audit. Todd served as VP/BSA Officer at a New Jersey-based community bank and, in that role, developed, implemented and maintained a successful BSA/AML/OFAC Compliance Program with responsibilities covering all aspects of BSA/AML and OFAC compliance.


Mary Jo LaHood

Mary-Jo LaHood, CAMS – AUDIT
Co-Chapter Administrator

Mary-Jo LaHood is Senior Vice President in Citi’s Enterprise Compliance Risk Management. Leading Horizontal AML Risk Assessments, streamlining process and contributing in the strategic planning and execution for projects in different Risk Assessments.

In her prior role, she was the Chief Compliance Officer at Xpress Money Services Inc. based in Princeton, NJ.  Responsibilities included the implementation of the BSA/AML program in USA and Canada, development and execution of a compliance risk management program including regulatory compliance and licensing, OFAC Sanction Screening and being the supervisory user at FinCEN BSA E-Filing System.

Prior to Xpress Money, She held various positions at Credit Libanais Bank SAL., as Compliance Officer, Internal Auditor and Head of Department.

Mary-Jo had the opportunity to function in different countries in a variety of service environments: Banking, Consulting, Insurance and Diplomatic arenas.  Her global experience gives her unique perspective, experience and practical skills which are essential in banking and financial institutions.


Maryann Lovese

Maryann Lovese
Morgan Stanley

Maryann is an Associate, Senior Anti-Money Laundering Investigator, at Morgan Stanley with over 10 years of industry experience. She holds a Master’s degree in Business Administration from Rutgers University and is a Certified Anti-Money Laundering Specialist. She specializes in detecting potential suspicious activity, assessing client relationship risk and ensuring regulatory compliance with all Financial Crimes Enforcement Network requirements. Prior to this role, Maryann was an Investigations Specialist at J.P. Morgan Chase & Co where she specialized in Fraud Investigations.


Robin Farshadfar

Robin Farshadfar
EastNets Americas

Robin Farshadfar is General Manager at EastNets Americas, a leading global provider of compliance and payments solutions and services for financial institutions and corporates. Robin is responsible for the leadership, operations and management of EastNets expansion in the USA, Canada, and the Caribbean. With over 30 years of banking, treasury management and compliance oversight experience in the mainstream banking industry, she is well versed in US and international banking operations and regulatory environment as well as an extensive background in financial technology operations.

Robin has liaised with major banking corporations worldwide and several Fortune 500 corporate treasuries during her years of professional experience.

Previously, Robin was Global Industry Solutions Director at Infoglide Software Corporation, a key technology provider to The Department of Homeland Security and Financial Institutions. While there, she was responsible for providing domain expertise and strategy support for the worldwide financial services industry.

Robin is currently an Advisory Board Member for The Big Data Certificate program at Rutgers Professional Science Master’s Degree program.


Mark Stephan

Mark Stephan
Co-Membership Director
Senior Vice President – Chief Internal Auditor, Columbia Bank

Mark Stephan is a Senior Vice President and Chief Internal Auditor for Columbia Bank. He is responsible for overseeing and managing the Internal Audit function for the Bank. Mr. Stephan has over thirty years of experience in Banking, Public Accounting, Consulting, Mortgage Banking, and Healthcare. Prior to joining Columbia Bank, Mr. Stephan served as Senior Vice President and Internal Audit Director for a Community Bank in New Jersey. Other Positions include Chief Financial Officer for a Community Bank, Controller for a Mortgage Company, Regional Auditor for a Healthcare Organization, and Senior Manager for a Consulting Firm.

Mr. Stephan is a graduate of Clemson University with a Bachelor’s of Science in Financial Management. He received a Masters of Business Administration in Accounting from Fairleigh Dickinson University and is a Certified Internal Auditor, Certified Fraud Examiner, Certified Information Systems Auditor, Certified Anti-Money Laundering Specialist, Certified Internal Controls Auditor, Certified Risk Management Assurance, Certified Fiduciary Investment Risk Specialist and Accredited Investment Fiduciary.

Kiesha Oldacre

Kiesha Oldacre
Co-Programming Director

Kiesha Oldacre-Pinnock, CAMS is currently an Assistant Vice President in Internal Audit-Regulatory Compliance at CIT located in Livingston, NJ. She has over 12 years of experience in Audit with the last 5 years being focused on Regulatory Compliance and primarily focusing on BSA/AML and Sanctions. Prior to CIT Kiesha worked at PwC where she performed financial audits.

Desiree Santiago

Desiree Santiago
Co-Programming Director
Metropolitan Commercial Bank

Desiree L. Santiago, CAMS – FCI is currently an Assistant Vice President Anti-Money Laundering Officer at Metropolitan Commercial Bank of New York. She has over 10 years of experience in the financial services industry with the last 6 years primarily focused on BSA/AML Compliance. Desiree assists with managing the Bank’s overall adherence to the BSA program as well as regulatory compliance with FinCEN.