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  • ACAMS Pittsburgh Chapter Virtual Event: COVID-19-Related Cybercrime Trends
  • July 23, 2020
  • Virtual Event
  • Pittsburgh
  • Presentation: 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM
  • Chapter Member: Free
  • 1 CAMS Credits
    **Please note that CAMS credit for this virtual event is available to members of the Chapter only.
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Welcome to the Pittsburgh Chapter of ACAMS! Founded in September 2017, our chapter’s mission remains consistent with the international ACAMS mission, which is “to advance the professional knowledge, skills and experience of those dedicated to the prevention, detection and reporting of international money laundering.” To achieve this mission, our Board of Directors is comprised of professionals from financial institutions, public and private sector industry experts, and law enforcement who have years of experience in the AML and counter-terrorist-financing fields. We aim to provide our region, encompassing western Pennsylvania, West Virginia, and south eastern Ohio, a platform for career development and professional networking. By joining our chapter, you will have access to chapter events aimed to bring our ever growing community together to discuss the rapidly expanding anti-money laundering field.

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  • ACAMS Pittsburgh Chapter Virtual Event: COVID-19-Related Cybercrime Trends
  • July 23, 2020
  • Virtual Event
  • Pittsburgh
  • Presentation: 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM
  • Chapter Member: Free
  • 1 CAMS Credits
    **Please note that CAMS credit for this virtual event is available to members of the Chapter only.

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ACAMS Pittsburgh Chapter Virtual Event: COVID-19-Related Cybercrime Trends

Overview: This webinar will discuss trends in cybercrime which the National Cyber-Forensics and Training Alliance (NCFTA) and its members have observed in relation to COVID-19. The trends include the filing of illegitimate claims for, and theft of funds from, unemployment compensation (UC) and the Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL) and COVID-19-themed scams. The NCFTA will discuss tactics, techniques, and procedures (TTPs) associated with these trends in addition to strategies that financial institutions and others have employed to mitigate this activity.

Free Event Via zoom

You must RSVP to receive the Zoom link. Please RSVP by July 21, 2020

**Please note that CAMS credit for this virtual event is available to members of the Chapter only.

Speakers

  • Adam Klickovich
    is a Program Manager for the Cyber Financial (CyFin) Program of the National Cyber-Forensics & Training Alliance (NCFTA)

    Adam Klickovich is a Program Manager for the Cyber Financial (CyFin) Program of the National Cyber-Forensics & Training Alliance (NCFTA). The NCFTA is a 501(c)(3) non-profit corporation, which partners with academia, industry, and government to neutralize cyber crime. Adam has degrees in National Security Studies and Information Technology from La Roche College. Adam served as an Intelligence Analyst at the NCFTA from 2009 to 2012. Adam then served as a Project Manager from 2012 to 2015. Adam oversees the production of intelligence on cyber threats targeting the financial services industry.

  • Stacy Moore
    is the Program Manager for the NCFTA’s Malware and Cyber Threats program

    Stacy Moore is the Program Manager for the NCFTA’s Malware and Cyber Threats program. Prior to joining the NCFTA, she’s held several InfoSec positions. She teaches undergraduate cybersecurity courses at Seton Hill University.

  • Cryptocurrency Vs. Traditional AML Investigations

    Did you ever think of how Cryptocurrency intersects with the Anti-Money Laundering regulatory landscape? Do you know there are new AML regulations that are disrupting the world of virtual currencies? Cryptocurrency has disrupted the financial services industry at large and is not going away any time soon. In this webinar, Stephen Brent Sargeant, will provide insight into virtual currencies such as Bitcoin and how they impact the anti-money laundering regime at large. You will get an overview of the financial crime concerns and how cryptocurrency investigations differ from the traditional banking sector. As a bonus, you will be given resources if you are interested to learn more about cryptocurrency compliance and possibly further career growth in this area.

    Please note that CAMS credit for this virtual event is available to members of the Chapter only.

    Free Event

    Speaker

    • Stephen Brent Sargeant
      Bitfinex

      Stephen Brent Sargeant is an Anti-Money Laundering Investigator (AML) and Law Enforcement Liaison, providing consultancy services to industry leading cryptocurrency exchange, Bitfinex. Stephen previously acquired AML experience working for international Bank, HSBC as an AML Investigations Manager. He has acquired many AML and cryptocurrency designations, including the Certified Anti-Money Laundering Specialist (ACAMS), Certified Bitcoin Professional (CBP), Certified Cryptocurrency Forensic Investigator (CCFI) and Certified Cryptocurrency Investigator (CCI).

    • Women in Financial Crime, Law Enforcement, & Compliance

      The Pittsburgh Chapter of ACFE & ACAMS are excited for our first joint event.

      For the event our panelist of super hero women in financial crimes, law enforcement & compliance will talk about their background, how they became into their current role, their unique journey, what they are observing from their current position, and upcoming trends they see on the horizon.

      Cost:
      Free to All

      Speakers

      • Elizabeth (Beth) Moretti
        Elizabeth (Beth) Moretti is a member of the Ethics & Compliance team at Alcoa Corporation in Pittsburgh. In her role, Beth is responsible for Alcoa’s global anti-corruption program, including all procedures relating to intermediaries, gifts, hospitalities and travel, and charitable contributions. She manages the Alcoa Integrity Line (Alcoa’s whistleblower hotline) and internal investigations on a global basis, and risk mitigation procedures for the company. Prior to joining Alcoa, Beth worked for U.S. Steel on the Investigations Team within Internal Audit. Beth holds a B.A. in Psychology from Duquesne University, a J.D. from the Duquesne University School of Law, as well as a B.S. in Accounting and a Master of Science in Fraud and Forensics, both from Carlow University. Currently Beth serves as Teaching Assistant in the MS in Fraud and Forensics program at Carlow and is a Director of the Greater Pittsburgh Chapter of the ACFE.
      • Jennifer Wright
        Jennifer Wright is currently the Vice President of BSA Compliance and the BSA Officer for Dollar Bank in Pittsburgh, Pa. She has been with the Bank since January 2002 and exclusively in BSA Compliance since 2011. Jennifer is responsible for creating, maintaining and enforcing the Bank’s BSA Policy and Procedures, as well as having hands on involvement with the day-to-day responsibilities required to ensure compliance with all aspects of the BSA Regulation. Jennifer achieved her CAMS certification in 2013. Jennifer has a Bachelor of Arts from California University of Pennsylvania and a Master of Science in Management and Technology from Carlow University.
      • Jill Sheppard
        Jill Sheppard is the Chief BSA/AML Officer and Director of Investigations at WesBanco Bank, Inc. headquartered in Wheeling, WV. Jill has 25 years of experience with WesBanco including Retail, Operations and Internal Audit. Jill supervises WesBanco’s BSA/AML/OFAC program as well as the Fraud Prevention and Investigations program. Jill is a graduate of Wheeling Jesuit University. She is CAMS certified and is also a CFE.
      • Tiffany McLee, CAMS
        Tiffany McLee, CAMS is a Fraud Threat Intelligence Manager at Ally Financial. In her role, Tiffany is responsible for identifying how fraud is perpetrated and/or attempted across Ally’s core businesses and leading cross-functional teams to consensus on mitigation options and action plans. Previously, Tiffany was a Team Lead for the Cyber Financial Program at the Na-tional Cyber-Forensics & Training Alliance (NCFTA) where she was responsible for developing intelligence on cyber threats impacting the financial services industry. Tiffany’s additional professional experience includes roles as a Senior Anti-Money Laundering (AML) Investigator at PNC Bank, where she was responsible for performing analysis and investigation of complex financial transactions to identify potential money laundering, terrorist financing, and other financial crimes, and an Intelligence Analyst for the U.S. Department of Justice where she was responsible for researching and analyzing drug trafficking patterns along the Southwest Border and conducting trend analysis. Tiffany is an adjunct professor for the University Pitts-burgh and the University of New Haven where she teaches courses in cybersecurity and money laundering. Tiffany received her MPIA and B.A. from the University of Pittsburgh.
      • Gina Winstead
        Gina Winstead is a wearer of many hats around Pittsburgh. She is the Director of Member Engagement, the Keystone Innovation Zone Coordinator and as a strong advocate for tech equity, inclusion and entrepreneurship, Gina was named the first-ever Director of Diversity and Inclusion all at the Pittsburgh Technology Council. Gina recently joined Women in Tech PGH as their Vice President. She is a founding board member of the 412 Black-Jewish Collaboration and Founding member of the Western Pa Conservancy Emerging Leaders. She recently joined Carlow University’s College Advisory Council for the College of Learning and Innovation. Gina likes to disrupt systems and build creative solutions that advance education, mentorship, deal flow and access to diverse networks. Her first role in tech was with the Pittsburgh founded cybersecurity company, Wombat Cyber Security, now acquired by Proofpoint. As a connector and native Pittsburgher, she is bridging untapped communities into the technology sector and developing bold opportunities for the ecosystem to innovate and thrive. She believes the world should be better connected to all of the resources Pittsburgh has to offer. She is a graduate of the University of Pittsburgh with her degree in Psychology and a 2019 graduate of EDGE Women’s Leadership.

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      FinsScan

      University Series: Mercyhurst & Human Trafficking

      Human Trafficking is a major issue facing the world which involves many groups doing their best to curb this problem. For the section of the event our speakers Deborah Davies & Betsy Wiest will talk on what Anti-Human Trafficking, Coalition Force of Erie & Mercyhust University are doing to add in the fight. Then our speak Bryan Chapman will present “Follow the Money: How the Financial Industry Disrupts Human Trafficking”.

      Speakers

      • Deborah Davies
        Deborah Davies is the Chair of the Anti-Human Trafficking, Coalition Force – ERIE and new instructor to Mercyhurst University in the Ridge Intelligence College. Deborah’s extensive background in National Security was a portion of her drive to be the catalyst for this collaborative effort in Erie, PA. Additionally Deb seeks opportunity to provide actual real-life and real-time experience to her students in Intelligence Studies, and has undertaken this effort to provide a win-win pairing with Erie Community members in their efforts to end the horrific issue of modern day slavery, AKA Human Trafficking.

      • Betsy Wiest
        Betsy Wiest, A.S., is the Social Justice Coordinator for the Sisters of St. Joseph and the Executive Director of St. Patrick’s Haven, a temporary shelter for homeless men. She leads the Sisters of St. Joseph Justice, Peace, Integrity of Creation Team and is an Agregee with the SSJ community. Wiest also works to bring awareness of issues such as immigration and environmental initiatives to the Erie community.

      • Bryan Chapman
        Bryan Chapman is currently a Detection and Investigations Manager in the AML Operations and Financial Intelligence Unit for PNC Bank. Bryan is responsible for managing a team of industry leading investigators responsible for identifying emerging trends, streamlining investigations operations, completing holistic reviews, and regulatory filing. Prior to PNC, Bryan has experience in Insurance Fraud with Progressive Insurance, then at The Bank of New York Mellon (BNYM) roles involving risk, compliance, and ethics. Bryan is a member of Association of Certified Anti Money Laundering Specialist (ACAMS) since 2014, and received his CAMS certification in 2016. In addition is a member of Association of Certified Financial Crimes Specialist (ACFCS) since 2015. Bryan holds a bachelor degree in Criminal Justice from California University of Pennsylvania, and a master’s degree in Criminal Justice and Public Policy from California University of Pennsylvania.


      Building an Impactful BSA/AML Compliance Training Program That Both Ticks the Box and Thinks Outside It

      During the presentation our speaker will provide a detailed roadmap on how to build an impactful BSA/AML training program. The presentation will explore:

      • The common training themes required by the broader U.S. relevant rules, regulations and guidance
      • Techniques for using compliance training to influence and shape and reshape staff mindsets and behavior
      • The frameworks, governance and methodologies that are required to support a robust program

      Speaker

      • Paul Coady, Deutsche Bank
        Paul Coady has over 20-years’ experience in global financial services. He has worked in Dublin, London and New York and has led significant compliance and financial crime operations and transformation across the U.K., North America, Europe, Asia and Africa. His particular focus over the last 15 years has been on influencing compliance, conduct and culture and he has held senior roles as the Business Ethics, Policies & Training Manager for Allied Irish Bank, Global Chief Compliance Officer for DBRS Credit Rating Agency and Group Head of Compliance Policy & Learning for Barclays. Paul is currently Head of Anti-Financial Crime (AFC) Development for Deutsche Bank in New York having previously established their Global Conduct, Organization & Regulatory Education (CORE) and Global Anti-Financial Crime Education programs.


      Protecting a Vulnerable Population: What Financial Institutions Can Do About Elder Fraud

      Elder Fraud and Abuse are currently trending in the media as more and more individuals above the age of 60 are exploited by scammers, abusers, and criminals motivated by financial gain. This session will clarify the definition of Elder Fraud and Abuse in the context of the global financial market, highlight why this problem is growing at an alarming rate, and suggest measures financial institutions can take to both stop these financial criminals and protect their customers from financial loss.

      Speakers

      • Bonnie Liggett
        Bonnie Liggett is the Director of Content Acquisition at RDC, overseeing the source development by which RDC builds its database. With over 20 years of information services experience across multiple industry disciplines, Bonnie’s experience and leadership encompasses content strategy and innovation, data privacy and compliance oversight, and partner development. Prior to RDC, she worked at Thomson Reuters, McGraw-Hill and Hoovers.

      • Colleen Dychdala
        Colleen Dychdala is a Data Research Analyst at RDC. She is especially knowledgeable about regulations surrounding politically exposed people (PEPs), working to protect financial institutions from high risk individuals. Colleen spearheads data analysis, dissects financial crime trends in the global financial market and authors thought leadership on rising trends. Colleen recently graduated from Tulane University with a focus on Political Economy.

      Cannabis Banking: Why Inevitable Legalization Won’t (and Shouldn’t) Drive Down Compliance | Pittsburgh Chapter of ACAMS Professional of Year Award

      Legalization, on multiple levels, is inevitable. With legalization, will we see decreased due diligence requirements? Lower fees? Less regulatory burden? The more important question is: Is it reasonable to expect lesser due diligence lower fees, and reduced regulatory burden? As anti-money laundering professionals, we have a responsibility to frame the industry, to help establish sound legislation and industry practices, and to control the flow of black market funds into our financial system.

      Speaker

      • Angela Lucas,
        Sterling Compliance LLC

        As a former bank regulator and seasoned consultant, Angela’s knowledge of regulatory compliance, risk management and investment advisory services has established her reputation as a leading resource with the financial institution consulting industry, spanning consumer protection and anti-money laundering statutes, fraud and cannabis banking issues.

        Sterling Compliance is a strategic risk management partner to our community bank and credit union clients. With over 80 years of combined experience as bank regulators, bankers and consultants, we bring a balanced perspective in our approach to compliance and credit risk management. Our clients rely on us to help them develop, assess and manage effective regulatory compliance programs, provide credit review services, and stay ahead of the regulatory examination cycles with forward-looking, timely information and guidance on pending or changing regulations, emerging risks and reviews of current practices. Through a combination of strategic planning, transactional reviews and audits, our Navigator newsletter and multiple delivery channels for training, we provide a full suite of services to maximize the efficiency and effectiveness of your compliance function. Sterling has been on the forefront of developing tools and education for banks and credit unions seeking to manage the risk associated with cannabis-related businesses in the current regulatory environment

      Law Enforcement Trends and Case Study

      FREE EVENT

      For this presentation our speakers will go over recent trends in financial and cyber-crimes. They will be able to provide a law enforcement perspective, and how they are working with financial institutions. In addition they will be able to provide some case studies to bring the overview full circle.

      Speakers

      • Gregory C. Melucci
        Assistant United States Attorney

        Mr. Melucci has been an Assistant United States Attorney for the Western District of Pennsylva-nia since 2006, and currently serves in the newly created Economic Crimes Section. He has prosecuted a variety of financial fraud schemes, including bank, wire and mail frauds, identity theft crimes, tax frauds, counterfeit credit card schemes, employee embezzlement, Ponzi schemes, bankruptcy frauds, cyber frauds, as well as frauds perpetrated through the internet such as romance scams, and business email compromises. He chairs the Financial Crimes Task Force of Western Pennsylvania, the Bankruptcy Fraud Task Force, and the Identity Theft Fraud Working Group for the Department of Justice. He also coordinates the SAR working group for the district. His notable prosecutions include convictions against “Dance Moms” TV star Abby Miller for bankruptcy fraud and structuring foreign, convictions against several Cuban nationals who hacked into a UPMC database, and a conviction against an insurance agent who perpetrated a $10 million dollar investment-Ponzi scheme. He is a graduate of the Dickinson School of Law, and Washington and Jefferson College.

      • Robert J. Kickbush
        IRS—Criminal Investigation

        Robert is a Special Agent with the IRS Criminal Investigation Division and is currently assigned as IRS-CI ’s full-time liaison to FBI’s Cyber Crime Task Force in Pittsburgh. Robert is a Certified Anti-money Laundering Specialist (CAMS) and is also GIAC-certified in Security Essentials (GSEC). Prior to joining IRS-CI in 2010, Robert was a Revenue Agent for the IRS Small Busi-ness/Self-Employed (SB/SE) Division for seven years. During his tenure with SB/SE, Robert spent three years working out of Buffalo, NY specializing in Bank Secrecy Act compliance by money services businesses, and four years in Lancaster, PA, specializing in small business tax compliance. Robert currently serves as IRS-CI’s Cybercrimes Coordinator covering Western Pennsylvania. Robert holds a bachelor’s degree from Pensacola Christian College in 2000, with a double major in business with both accounting and management concentrations.

      University Series: Waynesburg & Money Laundering 101

      FREE EVENT

      For this presentation our speakers will present to students only from 4:00 to 5:00 pm. During this presentation our speakers will give their background and current role in AML. From 5:15 to 6:15 PM our speakers will present on “Money Laundering 101”. For this presentation our speakers will give an overview of financial institutions assist in combating money laundering, and case exam-ples. The second half of this event is for everyone and worth 1 CAMS credit.

      Speakers

      • David Vanderaar
        David Vanderaar is a twenty-two-year veteran law enforcement officer. His assignments have included bureau of gaming enforcement (casino), patrol unit corporal, criminal intelligence officer, criminal in-vestigation unit, and patrol unit. He is collaterally a member of the US Office of the District Attorney, Western District of Pennsylvania, FinCEN Suspicious Activity Report Review Team, and a Certified Fraud Examiner (CFE). In addition to conducting investigations into a broad field of criminal activity, David’s specialized experience in intelligence, threat finance, financial forensic techniques, asset for-feiture and traditional financial crime and money laundering enhance cooperation between law en-forcement and the financial services industry. His investigative efforts successfully traced funds sto-len during a homicide which proved crucial in securing a murder conviction. During a national synthet-ic drug investigation, his work with a multi-jurisdictional financial investigation team established source and disposition of funds to support criminal conviction for drug delivery charges and asset for-feiture. David trains law enforcement, financial services and casino compliance personnel on current and evolving criminal modus operandi, and is an advocate for a fiduciary standard of service in the financial planning industry. David served as a Commissioned Officer in the US Army, Military Intelli-gence Corps. He holds a BA Degree in International Politics with a Minor in Military Studies from The Pennsylvania State University and an Executive Certificate in Financial Planning from Duquesne Uni-versity.

      • John Lash, Control Risk
        John Lash is a Principal within Control Risks’ Compliance, Forensics and Intelligence practice in the Americas region. He is the leader of the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (CFIUS) group for the Americas region. John has significant experience advising domestic and interna-tional clients in national security reviews before CFIUS and assisting clients with related regulations including the mitigation of foreign ownership, control or influence (FOCI). He leads teams serving in independent audit and monitor roles as required by mitigation terms and provides guidance to clients during various phases of CFIUS evaluation, submission, and review. John applies his experience in strategic threat management, cybersecurity, and business strategy to advise clients on evaluating and mitigating global trade risk, focusing on maximizing opportunity value. He provides transactional guid-ance by performing operational and economic impact studies, in addition to evaluating current-state and target-state corporate security models. John also advises clients on comprehensive mitigation structures, including implementation and assessment considerations that may impact national securi-ty standards or deal economics. John has also participated in anti-money laundering (AML) and Bank Secrecy Act (BSA) consulting engagements – including model and system validations, customer risk rating methodology, Know-Your-Customer file remediation, and transactional analysis look-backs. John has obtained the following professional credentials: Certified Anti-Money Laundering Specialist (CAMS), Certified Fraud Examiner (CFE), and Project Management Professional (PMP).

      • Debra D’Arrigo, Capital One
        Debra D’Arrigo is a Senior Director within Capital One’s AML Compliance organization and is responsi-ble for the enterprise wide AML and sanctions risk assessment team. Prior to Capital One, Debra was with the Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland where she was responsible for examining financial institu-tions to ensure the safety and soundness of their operations and focused on financial analysis, inter-nal audit, AML compliance and enterprise risk management. Debra began her career in the financial services industry at BNY Mellon in 1991 and since then has gained a broad range of experience in management, operations, compliance and audit-related capacities. With 25 years of financial services experience, in addition to her regulatory background, she’s held positions with several large financial services institutions, consulting companies and public accounting firms. Debra earned a BachBachelor’s of Science in Business Administration from Robert Morris. She is a CPA and is CAMS certified.

      University Series: Mercyhurst

      FREE EVENT

      For this presentation our speakers will present to students only from 4:00 to 5:00 pm. During this presentation our speakers will give their background and current role in AML. From 5:15 to 6:15 PM our speakers will present on “Money Laundering 101”. For this presentation our speakers will give an overview of financial institutions assist in combating money laundering, and case examples. The second half of this event is for everyone and worth 1 CAMS credit.

      Speakers

      • Bryan Chapman, PNC
        Bryan Chapman is currently a Detection and Investigations Manager in the AML Operations and Financial Intelligence Unit for PNC Bank. Bryan is responsible for managing a team of industry leading investigators responsible for identifying emerging trends, streamlining investigations operations, completing holistic reviews, and regulatory filing. Prior to PNC, Bryan has experience in Insurance Fraud with Progressive Insurance, then at The Bank of New York Mellon (BNYM) roles involving risk, compliance, and ethics. Bryan is a member of Association of Certified Anti Money Laundering Specialist (ACAMS) since 2014, and received his CAMS certification in 2016. In addition is a member of Association of Certified Financial Crimes Specialist (ACFCS) since 2015. Bryan holds a bachelor degree in Criminal Justice from California University of Pennsylvania, and a master’s degree in Criminal Justice and Public Policy from California University of Pennsylvania.
      • John Waterstram, PNC
        John Waterstram leads the Global Corruption and Counter Terrorism Team within PNC Bank’s BSA/ AML Compliance Special Inquiry group. He joined PNC Bank in 2009, previously working with Citizens Bank’s Broker-dealer Citizens Charter One Investment Services Corp. and American Express Financial Advisors. He holds degrees from The Pennsylvania State University and Pittsburgh Theological Seminary and a certificate in Financial Crime Investigation from Utica College.
      • Gordon Plancon, Washington Financial Bank
        Gordon, a native of Massachusetts, and alumnus of North Adams State College, is a CAMS & CFE certified Bank Secrecy Act and anti-money laundering professional with 14+ years of industry experience. After a ten-year term traveling both the US and Canada conducting FDCP audits of collection agencies for a Richmond, Virginia based credit card issuer, Gordon began his BSA/AML career with Wachovia Securities as a fraud investigator. This experience led to several years of BSA/AML consulting work in Washington DC, and Pittsburgh. In the fall of 2010, Gordon joined Washington Financial Bank as their BSA/AML Compliance Officer, and continues in that role to date. Gordon is a 2017 graduate of the Pittsburgh FBI Citizens Academy, and is currently serving as treasurer for both the McMurray Lions Club, and Highland Ridge Community Development Corporation, a 501(c)3 non-profit organization.

      Opioid Epidemic

      For the presentation our speaker will give an overview of the Opioid Epidemic that is currently facing the United States and the region. In addition our speaker will talk about how financial institutions and Law Enforcement can work together to combat this problem.

      Speaker

      SSA Shawn Brokos
      SSA Shawn Brokos became a Special Agent in 1996 after spending several years in the banking industry. After graduating from Quantico, she was assigned to the Newark, NJ Division. While assigned to Newark, she worked Public Corruption, Gangs, and Violent Crimes.
      After 18 years in Newark, she was transferred to the Pittsburgh Division. From 2014-2016, SSA Brokos was the Supervisory Special Agent for the Complex Financial Crime Program in the Pittsburgh Division. The Complex Financial Crime Program investigates Corporate Fraud, Healthcare Fraud, Bank Fraud, Identity Theft, Investment/Commodities Fraud, Internet Fraud and Intellectual Property Rights. From 2016 to the present, SSA Brokos has supervised a transnational organized crime squad that focuses on tackling the current Opiate Epidemic with the use of a DarkNet Fentanyl Task Force and an Opiate Overdose Task Force.
      In addition to her work as a squad supervisor, she serves as the coordinator for Pittsburgh’s Crisis Negotiation Team. SSA Shawn Brokos is also part of the FBI Pittsburgh Training Team who received the 2016 FBI Director’s Award for Excellence in Training and Professional Development.


      2019 AML & BSA Automation & Technology

      During the event our speakers will discuss key trends happening in AML and BSA departments of all sizes. The speakers will cover topics as it relates to automation, artificial intelligence, and technology. This event is sponsored by Thomson Reuters.

      Speakers:

      • Sarah Purcell from Thomson Reuters
        Sarah Purcell is a highly experienced public records investigative researcher with over 15 years of professional experience in the legal industry. Since joining Thomson Reuters in 2005, she has assisted customers ranging from small law firms to large corporations with investigative and research needs. In her current role as a Public Records Product Specialist, Sarah works closely with KYC, fraud, CIP, and compliance departments across many industries, and works alongside the Thomson Reuters’ New Product Development team to identify and create innovative due diligence solutions. Sarah earned a B.A. from St. Norbert College and a J.D. from Mitchell Hamline School of Law.
      • Lesley Park from Thomson Reuters
        Lesley Park is a Senior Client Manager for Thomson Reuters Strategic Accounts Team, working with new and existing investigative clients in the areas of Regulatory Compliance, AML, KYC, CIP, Third-Party Risk, Fraud, Due Diligence, and Insurance Investigations. Lesley works closely with her customers to understand their needs, develop training programs, and ensure overall customer success. Before joining Thomson Reuters, she had experience in consulting, event planning, public relations, sales account management and customer service. In 2018, Lesley completed her CAMS Certification and became an Event/Speaker Director on the Greater Twin Cities ACAMS executive board.
      • Joel Borsh from FinScan
        Joel Borsh is Vice President of North America at FinScan, a leading provider of advanced anti-money laundering solutions trusted by some of the largest organizations in the world. With over 20 years in the financial and banking industry, Joel is responsible for the delivery of AML software solutions in the risk and compliance space. At FinScan, he oversees financial services, insurance and gaming verticals. He has served on the American Gaming Association (AGA) compliance advisory group and has been a speaker at their conferences. Prior to joining FinScan, Joel held management positions at Pitney Bowes Banking Solutions and Messaging Technologies where he worked with multi-regional and national banks, providing client core systems integration solutions. He holds a degree in marketing administration from St. Vincent College.

      A “Look-Back” at AML in 2018 and What to Expect in 2019

      As we start 2019, join us to hear from the 2018 ACAMS AML Professional of the Year on what made 2018 a year to remember in the world of AML and what to expect in the World of AML in 2019.

      Speaker:

      • Jason Chorlins from Kaufman Rossin

      Virtual Currency Seminar

      Pre-Event

      Introduction and Overview of Virtual Currencies & Blockchain presented by Coinbase

      Main Event

      AML Virtual Currency Investigations presented by Coinbase & Panel Discussion on Virtual Currency

      Speakers:

      • Katherine Johnson from Coinbase
      • David Bitkower from Jenner & Block

      AML Enforcement & Cannabis Banking

      Travis Nelson, a partner at Holland & Knight, LLP, will present a lecture on two hot topics in bank regulation. First, in the area of anti-money laundering enforcement, now more than ever banks and their in-house counsel and compliance officers need to appreciate the risk of federal examination and enforcement of anti-money laundering laws. Not only does AML enforcement pose significant reputational risk for banks, but also a comparatively heightened risk for enforcement actions against in-house counsel and compliance officers personally. Second, in the area of Cannabis Banking, the current political and regulatory environment has left many banks and their legal and compliance departments dazed and confused over whether or not they may serve this rapidly emerging industry. This issue is complicated by the fact that there is no “typical” marijuanarelated business against which banks can design their cannabis lending policy, or evaluate their cannabis lending risk.

      Speaker

      Travis Nelson from Holland & Knight LLP


      Human Trafficking

      Speaker

      Mary C. Burke, Ph.D of Carlow University & The Project to End Human Trafficking


      Recent Industry Trends and What It Means To The Future Of The AML Professional

      This event will address recent industry trends and vulnerabilities that financial institutions are faced with as they continue to evolve their AML Program and assess resource needs. Trends include human trafficking, cyber and fraud risks, virtual currency and others. A question and answer session will be held for the keynote speaker after the presentation.

      Speaker

      Jim Candelmo, Chief Anti-Money Laundering Officer with Capital One


      ACAMS Pittsburgh Chapter Launch Event “Casino Gaming Enforcement: Investigations, auditing, fraud prevention and anti-money laundering”

      The audience will gain an understanding of how private industry, government regulators and law enforcement work together to address corruption and crime in casinos.

      Speakers

      • Salim Jackson, Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board
      • David Vanderaar, Gaming Supervisor Pennsylvania State Police Bureau of Gaming Enforcement
      • Mike Rodriguez, Chapter Development Manager, ACAMS

Bryan Chapman

Bryan Chapman, CAMS
PNC Bank
Co-Chair

Bryan Chapman is currently a Detection and Investigations Manager in the AML Operations and Financial Intelligence Unit for PNC Bank. Bryan is responsible for managing a team of industry leading investigators responsible for identifying emerging trends, streamlining investigations operations, completing holistic reviews, and regulatory filing. Prior to PNC, Bryan has experience in Insurance Fraud with Progressive Insurance, then at The Bank of New York Mellon (BNYM) roles involving risk, compliance, and ethics.

Bryan is a member of Association of Certified Anti Money Laundering Specialist (ACAMS) since 2014, and received his CAMS certification in 2016. In addition is a member of Association of Certified Financial Crimes Specialist (ACFCS) since 2015. Bryan holds a bachelor degree in Criminal Justice from California University of Pennsylvania, and a master’s degree in Criminal Justice and Public Policy from California University of Pennsylvania.


John Waterstrom

John K Waterstram, CAMS CFCS
PNC Bank
Co-Chair

John Waterstram leads the Global Corruption and Counter Terrorism Team within PNC Bank’s BSA/AML Compliance Special Inquiry group. He joined PNC Bank in 2009, previously working with Citizens Bank’s Broker-dealer Citizens Charter One Investment Services Corp. and American Express Financial Advisors. He holds degrees from The Pennsylvania State University and Pittsburgh Theological Seminary and a certificate in Financial Crime Investigation from Utica College.


Jennifer Wright, CAMS

Jennifer Wright, CAMS
Dollar Bank
Co-Secretary

Jennifer is currently the Vice President of BSA Compliance and the BSA Officer for Dollar Bank in Pittsburgh, Pa. She has been with the Bank since January 2002 and exclusively in BSA Compliance since 2011. Jennifer is responsible for creating, maintaining and enforcing the Bank’s BSA Policy and Procedures, as well as having hands on involvement with the day-to-day responsibilities required to ensure compliance with all aspects of the BSA Regulation. Jennifer achieved her CAMS certification in 2013. Jennifer has a Bachelor of Arts from California University of Pennsylvania and a Master of Science in Management and Technology from Carlow University.


John Lash

John E. Lash, MBA, CAMS, CFE, PMP
Control Risks
Co-Secretary

John Lash is a Principal within Control Risks’ Compliance, Forensics and Intelligence practice in the Americas region. He is the leader of the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (CFIUS) group for the Americas region.

John has significant experience advising domestic and international clients in national security reviews before CFIUS and assisting clients with related regulations including the mitigation of foreign ownership, control or influence (FOCI). He leads teams serving in independent audit and monitor roles as required by mitigation terms and provides guidance to clients during various phases of CFIUS evaluation, submission, and review.

John applies his experience in strategic threat management, cybersecurity, and business strategy to advise clients on evaluating and mitigating global trade risk, focusing on maximizing opportunity value. He provides transactional guidance by performing operational and economic impact studies, in addition to evaluating current-state and target-state corporate security models. John also advises clients on comprehensive mitigation structures, including implementation and assessment considerations that may impact national security standards or deal economics.

John has also participated in anti-money laundering (AML) and Bank Secrecy Act (BSA) consulting engagements – including model and system validations, customer risk rating methodology, Know-Your-Customer file remediation, and transactional analysis look-backs.

John has obtained the following professional credentials: Certified Anti-Money Laundering Specialist (CAMS), Certified Fraud Examiner (CFE), and Project Management Professional (PMP).


David Vanderaar

David Vanderaar
Co-Treasurer

David Vanderaar is a twenty-two-year veteran law enforcement officer. His assignments have included bureau of gaming enforcement (casino), patrol unit corporal, criminal intelligence officer, criminal investigation unit, and patrol unit. He is collaterally a member of the US Office of the District Attorney, Western District of Pennsylvania, FinCEN Suspicious Activity Report Review Team, and a Certified Fraud Examiner (CFE). In addition to conducting investigations into a broad field of criminal activity, David’s specialized experience in intelligence, threat finance, financial forensic techniques, asset forfeiture and traditional financial crime and money laundering enhance cooperation between law enforcement and the financial services industry. His investigative efforts successfully traced funds stolen during a homicide which proved crucial in securing a murder conviction. During a national synthetic drug investigation, his work with a multi-jurisdictional financial investigation team established source and disposition of funds to support criminal conviction for drug delivery charges and asset forfeiture. David trains law enforcement, financial services and casino compliance personnel on current and evolving criminal modus operandi, and is an advocate for a fiduciary standard of service in the financial planning industry.

David served as a Commissioned Officer in the US Army, Military Intelligence Corps. He holds a BA Degree in International Politics with a Minor in Military Studies from The Pennsylvania State University and an Executive Certificate in Financial Planning from Duquesne University.


Debra D’Arrigo, CAMS CPA
Co-Treasurer
Capital One

Debra D’Arrigo is a Senior Director within Capital One’s AML Compliance organization and is responsible for the enterprise wide AML and sanctions risk assessment team. Prior to Capital One, Debra was with the Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland where she was responsible for examining financial institutions to ensure the safety and soundness of their operations and focused on financial analysis, internal audit, AML compliance and enterprise risk management. Debra began her career in the financial services industry at BNY Mellon in 1991 and since then has gained a broad range of experience in management, operations, compliance and audit-related capacities. With 25 years of financial services experience, in addition to her regulatory background, she’s held positions with several large financial services institutions, consulting companies and public accounting firms. Debra earned a Bachelor’s of Science in Business Administration from Robert Morris. She is a CPA and is CAMS certified.


Jill Sheppard

Jill Sheppard, CAMS CFE
WesBanco Bank
Co-Membership Director

Jill Sheppard is the Chief BSA/AML Officer and Director of Investigations at WesBanco Bank, Inc. Headquartered in Wheeling, WV. Jill has 25 years of experience with WesBanco including Retail, Operations and Internal Audit. Jill supervises WesBanco’s BSA/AML/OFAC program as well as the Fraud Prevention and Investigations program.

Jill is a graduate of Wheeling Jesuit University. She is CAMS certified and is also a Certified Fraud Examiner (CFE).


Andrew Zakrocki, JD
The Bank of New York Mellon
Co-Programing Director

Andrew Zakrocki joined BNY Mellon in 2009 and is currently a Managing Director and Managing Counsel responsible for overseeing the firm’s suspicious activity investigation and reporting function. Prior to joining BNY Mellon, Andrew served for more than eight years as an Assistant District Attorney at the New York County District Attorney’s Office where he held several roles including Deputy Unit Chief of the Identity Theft Unit. Andrew earned his B.A. from the State University of New York College at Geneseo and his J.D. from the University at Buffalo Law School. He is a licensed attorney in the State of New York and the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.


Kathleen Nandan

Kathleen Nandan, JD CAMS
Co-Programing Director

Kathie, counsel at Pittsburgh-based law firm Leech Tishman Fuscaldo & Lampl LLC, has worked both in private practice and in government. She advises clients on the conduct of internal investigations, anti-money laundering and Bank Secrecy Act requirements, federal asset forfeiture, subpoena compliance, trial preparation, and general civil litigation. Before moving into private practice, Kathie served nearly thirteen years in the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of New York. While at the U.S. Attorney’s Office, Kathie was an authority on federal asset forfeiture, money laundering, and complex financial investigations, and she served as Deputy Chief and Chief of the Forfeiture Unit before serving as the Principal Deputy Chief, Civil Division.

Kathie is CAMS certified. She obtained her B.A. from the University of Pittsburgh and her J.D. from Harvard Law School.


Gordon Plancon

Gordon Plancon, CAMS CFE
Washington Financial Bank
Communications Director

Gordon, a native of Massachusetts, and alumnus of North Adams State College, is a CAMS & CFE certified Bank Secrecy Act and anti-money laundering professional with 14+ years of industry experience.

After a ten-year term traveling both the US and Canada conducting FDCP audits of collection agencies for a Richmond, Virginia based credit card issuer, Gordon began his BSA/AML career with Wachovia Securities as a fraud investigator. This experience led to several years of BSA/AML consulting work in Washington DC, and Pittsburgh.

In the fall of 2010, Gordon joined Washington Financial Bank as their BSA/AML Compliance Officer, and continues in that role to date. Gordon is a 2017 graduate of the Pittsburgh FBI Citizens Academy, and is currently serving as treasurer for both the McMurray Lions Club, and Highland Ridge Community Development Corporation, a 501(c)3 non-profit organization.


Amanda Avolia

Amanda Avolia
Law Enforcement Liaison
IRS

Amanda Avolia is a Special Agent with the Department of Treasury, Internal Revenue Service – Criminal Investigation. She graduated the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center in 2007 and has been an Agent in the Pittsburgh Office since. In her tenure, Amanda has investigated many complex financial crimes focusing on violations of tax evasion and money laundering. These investigations have included investment fraud, mortgage fraud, embezzlement, return preparer fraud, and international fraud. Through these investigations and numerous law enforcement task forces, Amanda has developed excellent relationships the United States Attorney’s Office, United States Secret Service, United States Postal Inspection Service, Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Pennsylvania State Police. Amanda has been a member of the International Association of Financial Crimes Investigators (IAFCI) since 2014 and holds a bachelor’s degree in Forensic Accounting from Mount Aloysius College.