Northern Ohio Chapter


    We welcome your visit to the newly formed ACAMS Northern Ohio Chapter website!


    Our Chapter was launched in September 2014 by an Executive Board comprised of professionals from the AML field in the Northern Ohio region. The Chapter seeks to be a professional resource that can provide support, guidance, training, and peer interaction for industry professionals. Our goal is to promote ACAMS as a platform for career development and professional networking for our local AML community by organizing meetings and events of interest for members and non-members.


    The Chapter will offer educational opportunities focusing on region-specific topics of interest and provide an opportunity to have questions answered by AML industry professionals, members of law enforcement, and the regulatory agencies.


    In addition, we aim to offer the AML, fraud, and anti-terrorism financing community professional resources, member support, guidance on new regulations, emerging issues, career development related training.


    Many of the training and workshop events, hosting subject matter experts, will provide an opportunity to earn continuing education credits toward maintaining CAMS designation.


    We believe this is a great value for the $50 annual membership fee.


    Chapter Events

    ACAMS Northern Ohio Chapter August Virtual Event:Cyber Security in the age of Covid-19

    August 18, 2020


    Easiest Catch: Don’t Be Another Fish in the Dark ‘Net

    You’ve read the headlines. Unfortunately, the question now is not if your information is going to be accessed or stolen, but when. To inform the attendees of current developments in the digital under-ground as well as provide realistic advice for cyber protection, Mark Lanterman will be discussing recent high-profile cybercrime events, including website breaches impacting a variety of organiza-tions and sectors. Mark will discuss particularly dangerous types of threats that might affect individu-als involving the Dark Web, the Internet of Things, phishing, and Wi-Fi attacks; additionally, Mark will demonstrate the value of leveraging digital evidence and ESI in the courtroom.


    • Mark Lanterman,
      Chief Technology Officer—Computer Forensic Services

      Mark Lanterman is the Chief Technology Officer of Computer Forensic Services. Before entering the private sector, Mark was a member of the U. S. Secret Service Electronic Crimes Taskforce. Mark has 28 years of security and forensic experience and has testified in over 2000 cases.

    Free Event

    You must RSVP to receive the Zoom link. Please RSVP by August 14, 2020

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

    ACAMS Northern Ohio July Virtual Event: Risk Assessment & Analytics

    July 21, 2020


    New Risk Assessment Guidelines at a Glance

    • What role does Data play
    • Risk Assessment Framework
    • Identify
    • Measure
    • Monitor
    • Control
    • Define your Risk Tolerance
    • Proactive vs Reactive approaches


    • Colin Marnach
      Corporate Investigative Risk Specialist
      Thomson Reuters CLEAR

    Free Event Via zoom

    You must RSVP to receive the Zoom link. Please RSVP by July 17, 2020

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


    ACAMS Northern Ohio Virtual Chapter Event: Overview of Covid-19 Financial Crimes

    June 25, 2020


    Please click here to watch the recording.

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    *Please note that CAMS credit will only be awarded to Northern Ohio Chapter members that participated in the live event on June 25, 2020.

    The presentation will review the efforts currently being undertaken by the U.S. Attorney’s Office to combat COVID-19 fraud, and hoarding and price gouging of Department of Health and Human Services-designated scarce materials, including personal protective equipment. The COVID-19 pandemic has, predictably, caused an uptick in fraud due to the amount of money being spent by governments and hospitals alike on PPE. The presentation will also cover useful information bank investigators can share in suspicious activity reports to help detect and ultimately disrupt fraud networks attempting to take advantage of the public during these uncertain times.

    Free Event.

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


    • Alejandro (Alex) Abreu, AUSA, Coordinator Covid-19 Fraud for the Northern District of Ohio
      Alejandro (Alex) Abreu is an Assistant U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of Ohio. Alex is currently the COVID-19 Fraud Coordinator for the Northern District where he serves as legal counsel for the federal judicial district on matters relating to the COVID-19 health crisis. Alex has previously served as a Trial Attorney for the U.S. Department of Justice, Environment & Natural Resources Division and as a Cavalry Scout in the U.S. Army. Alex holds a B.A. in English from Case Western Reserve University and a J.D. from The Ohio State University Moritz College of Law.

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    IRS-CI, FBI & ACAMS NOH Chapter 2020 Financial Institution AML Conference

    March 20, 2020


    This full day seminar is open to representatives of financial institutions and law enforcement at no charge, lunch and continental breakfast included.


    • Bill Cloninger, KeyBank AML Investigations
    • Brian Sallee, Cuyahoga County Sheriff’s Office
    • Jim Hixenbaugh, PNC—Moderator
    • Milan Kosanovich, Supervisory Special Agent, FBI
    • Peggy Hart, PNC—VP Treasury Management Market Advisor
    • Angela Lucas, Managing Partner, Sterling Compliance
    • Thomas Haren, Attorney, Frantz Ward LLP
    • Jared Maloof, CEO, Standard Wellness
    • Richard Gourley – SA, IRS – CI
    • Milan Kosanovich, Supervisory Special Agent, FBI

    Social Clues: Understanding the Role an Capability of Social Media in AML and CTF Investigations

    March 4, 2020



    • Chad Longo: Thomson Reuters Special Services
      Chad will explore various methods for collecting and observing information in open sources and social media to augment AML and CFT investigations. Criminal enterprises may also leverage social platforms to enable informal transfer networks, which can be observed with proper collection and analysis. We will work through several case exam-ples to help participants gain skills necessary to conduct more advanced investigations with non-traditional resources.

      Chad began his career with DoD intelligence, and was a leader in incorporating social media and open sources in counter-terrorism targeting missions. His experience in social media investiga-tions spans a decade and he is considered a subject matter expert by several Federal agencies. Chad is fre-quently consulted by government agencies on complex investigations, and has directly contributed to the capture of multiple “top ten” most wanted individuals. In his current role, Chad continues to serve this mis-sion as a solutions expert for Thomson Reuters Special Services, where he is able to use the company’s data to augment open source investigations for his customers.

    Happy Dog Takes on the World What’s Next for the U.S. and Iran?

    February 4, 2020


    On January 3, 2020, the United States carried out a drone strike near Baghdad International Airport in Iraq which re-sulted in the death of nine people, including Maj. Gen. Qassem Soleimani, a powerful security and intelligence com-mander and longtime leader of Iran’s Revolutionary Guards’ Quds Force. The strike was approved by President Don-ald Trump to disrupt a perceived imminent attack on American diplomats and service members; Iran claims it was an act of state terrorism.

    On January, 8, 2020, Iran retaliated by firing missiles at two American bases in Iraq. While no Iraqi, American, or coali-tion causalities were reported, recent reports indicate several American troops were treated for concussion symp-toms from the blast. Hours after the missile strike, Iranian forces, bracing for a U.S. counterattack that never came, accidentally shot down an Ukraine International Airlines jetliner, killing all 176 people aboard shortly after take-off.

    Iranians, initially swept up in a wave of nationalism and unity after the death of Soleimani, are now protesting in the streets over their government’s handling of the downed jetliner and the threat of more hardships caused by pending U.S. sanctions.

    How did we get here? Will Iran strike again to take revenge for the death of Soleimani? What will President Trump’s economic sanctions look like? What are the options, for Iran, the United States and their allies, moving for-ward?


    • Milenia Sterio J.D
      Professor of Law & Associate Dean— Marshall College of Law
    • Neda A. Zawahri PhD
      Associate Professor, Dept of Political Science—Cleveland State Univ.

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