U.S. Capital Chapter


    The ACAMS U.S. Capital Chapter is at the heart of the U.S. regulatory universe. Many of our members work daily with the people who monitor and enforce federal AML laws and regulations. Other members have the distinction, shared by thousands across the country and the world, of being part of the front line of defense against the crime of money laundering. This combined perspective and knowledge puts the U.S. Capital Chapter at the crossroads ofwhere vigilance meets compliance. This Chapter is dedicated to the mission of ACAMS, the strong growth of the CAMS certification within the AML community and doing our part in strengthening the inherently close bonds of regulators, law enforcement, law makers and AML

    What opportunities are available by joining the ACAMS U.S. Capital Chapter?


    • To be part of a unique AML community in the midst of the people and institutions that shape our regulatory environment;
    • To learn and share AML best business practices face-to-face with peers and AML community leaders and experts;
    • To attend presentations from subject matter experts, plus representatives of the regulatory and law enforcement communities;
    • To add your voice, experience and expertise in a local effort to promote, expand and enhance the AML community; and
    • To continue to make ACAMS and the CAMS certification the hallmark of the best in the AML profession.

    The US Capital Chapter Executive Board

    Upcoming Events

    Past Events


    ACAMS US Capital September Virtual Event: 9/11 Perspective

    SEPTEMBER 15, 2020

    Please join the ACAMS U.S. Capital Chapter for a webinar presenting a roundtable discussion on global terrorism with a perspective on 9/11 then and now, taking a look back over the last 19 years and highlighting key developments in global efforts to counter terrorist and proliferation financing and a perspective on where we stand today. The panel will also highlight opportunities that currently exist to continue this global fight and areas of future focus that can have significant impact.

    Free Virtual Event Via Zoom.

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

    *You must RSVP to receive the Zoom link. Please RSVP by September 11, 2020


    • Chip Poncy: Co-Leader, Financial Crimes Risk and Compliance, K2 Intelligence Financial Integrity Network
      Chip Poncy is the co-leader of K2 Intelligence Financial Integrity Network’s (K2-FIN) Financial Crimes Risk and Compliance practice.

      Mr. Poncy is a Senior Advisor for the Center on Economic and Financial Power and a board member of FinClusive, a financial security company dedicated to financial inclusion, and Atomic 47, a global financial services company integrating underserved consumers with new financial technologies.

      Mr. Poncy has led and advised financial security remediation, transformation, and enhancement efforts with and for various financial institutions covering:
      • Cultural change and enterprise-wide financial crimes compliance (FCC) risk management;
      • Risk assessments addressing money laundering, terrorist financing, sanctions, and bribery / corruption threats and vulnerabilities;
      • Gap analyses of FCC programs, including with respect to anti-money laundering and countering the financing of terrorism (AML/CFT), sanctions, and anti-bribery and corruption (ABC) global standards, laws, and regulations; and
      • Enterprise-wide and targeted training programs for boards, senior executives, and first, second, and third lines of defense covering specialized business, compliance, and audit teams.

      Mr. Poncy has also led jurisdictional engagements with countries seeking to strengthen their AML/CFT regimes in accordance with global standards. From 2002-2013, Mr. Poncy served as the inaugural Director of the Office of Strategic Policy for Terrorist Financing and Financial Crimes and a Senior Advisor at the U.S. Department of the Treasury. Mr. Poncy led an office of strategic policy advisors in creating policies and initiatives to combat the full spectrum of illicit finance and assisted Treasury leadership in developing the U.S. Government’s post-9/11 strategy to combat terrorist financing. Mr. Poncy led the U.S. delegation to the Financial Action Task Force (FATF) from 2011-2013, co-chaired the policy working group of the FATF from 2007-2013, and managed U.S. participation in various G7, G8 and G20 illicit finance expert groups from 2008-2013.

      Mr. Poncy began his career as an associate in the New York offices of the law firm White & Case and has served as general counsel to biotechnology and internet radio companies. He has co-pioneered a graduate course on national security and the international financial system as an adjunct associate professor at Georgetown University’s Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service. Mr. Poncy graduated with honors from Harvard College (Bachelor of Arts in Government) and The Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies (Masters of Arts in International Relations), and holds a Juris Doctor from the Georgetown University Law Center.

    • Juan Zarate , Global Co-Managing Partner & Chief Strategy Officer Washington, DC
      The Honorable Juan Zarate is Global Co-Managing Partner & Chief Strategy Officer for K2 Intelligence Financial Integrity Network (K2-FIN). He is the chairman of the Center on Economic and Financial Power, senior adviser at the Center for Strategic and International Studies, and a senior fellow at West Point’s Combating Terrorism Center. He was a visiting lecturer in law at the Harvard Law School for eight years and is a published author, including his books “Treasury’s War” (2013) and “Forging Democracy” (1994).

      For clients, Mr. Zarate has successfully provided expert counsel and strategic guidance on complex internal and international financial investigations; managed multi-disciplinary teams advising on global anti-money laundering and sanctions compliance remediation; and overseen financial integrity-related reforms for public and private institutions. He has also led some of the largest asset recovery ventures in history, including the return of over $3 billion in Iraqi assets.

      Mr. Zarate has advised on the most challenging anti-money laundering and financial integrity enforcement issues facing the private sector, working with key financial intelligence units, regulators, Finance Ministries, prosecutors, and law enforcement agencies around the world. For over five years, Mr. Zarate sat on the board of the Vatican’s Financial Information Authority (appointed twice by Pope Francis as the U.S. representative to oversee the Vatican’s anti-money laundering reforms). For seven years, he was the U.S. advisor on HSBC’s Financial System Vulnerabilities Committee (overseeing remediation of the bank’s anti-money laundering system and adherence with the U.S. DOJ deferred prosecution agreement). He sits on the boards of various organizations, including Northwestern Mutual, Boston Dynamics, and the Director’s Advisory Board for the National Counterterrorism Center (NCTC).

      Mr. Zarate served as the deputy assistant to the president and deputy national security adviser for combating terrorism (“counterterrorism czar”) from 2005 to 2009, where he was responsible for developing and implementing the U.S. counterterrorism strategy and policies related to transnational security threats, including anti-money laundering, kleptocracy, and transnational organized crime. He was the first ever assistant secretary of the treasury for terrorist financing and financial crimes. In this role, he led the post-9/11 anti-money laundering and sanctions regime expansion in the United States; helped develop the international standards for AML/CFT and proliferation finance; supervised the Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FINCEN), the Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC), and the Treasury’s Executive Office for Asset Forfeiture (TEOAF); drove the innovative use of the Treasury’s national security–related powers and ultimately the establishment of the Office of Terrorism and Financial Intelligence (TFI).

      Mr. Zarate is a former federal terrorism prosecutor, prior to 9/11, and a magna cum laude graduate of Harvard College and a cum laude graduate of the Harvard Law School.

    • Moderator: Dennis Lormel, President & CEO, DML Associates, LLC

    ACAMS US Capital Chapter August Virtual Event: 2020 Trends in Financial Crime and Fraud

    AUGUST 17, 2020

    Please join the ACAMS US Capital Chapter for a 90-minute free webinar. We are pleased to welcome a panel of law enforcement experts who will discuss current money laundering and fraud trends, typologies, and enforcement cases. The panel will be moderated by Jim Dinkins, former head of HSI, now President of Thomson Reuters Special Services.

    Free Event Via Zoom

    You must RSVP to receive the Zoom link. Please RSVP by August 13, 2020

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


    • Jill Adams – Analyst Money Laundering, Forfeiture & Bank Fraud Unit, FBI
      Jill Adams has served as a program analyst at FBI Headquarters in Washington, D.C. for the past ten years. She is currently serving in the Criminal Investigative Divisions’ Money Laundering, Forfeiture and Bank Fraud Unit, where she is responsible for Private Sector Outreach as well as the Bank Fraud program. Ms. Adams previously served as an analyst in the Economic Crimes Unit where she was detailed to the Securities and Exchange Commission.

    • John A. Cassara – Special Agent U.S. Treasury (Retired)
      John Cassara began his 26 -year government career as a covert intelligence officer during the Cold War. He later served as a Treasury Special Agent in both the U.S. Secret Service and US Customs Service where he investigated money laundering, trade fraud and international smuggling. He was an undercover arms dealer for two years. Assigned overseas, he developed expertise in Middle East money laundering, value transfer and underground financial systems. He also worked six years for Treasury’s Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN) and was detailed to the Department of State’s Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs. Mr. Cassara’s final assignment was with Treasury’s Office of Terrorism and Financial Intelligence (TFI). Since his retirement, he has lectured in the United States and around the world on a variety transnational crime issues. He has been a consultant for government and industry. He is on the Board of Directors of Global Financial Integrity. Mr. Cassara has authored or co-authored several articles and books. His latest books include Trade Based Money Laundering: The Next Frontier in International Money Laundering Enforcement (Wiley 2016) and Money Laundering and Illicit Financial Flows: Following the Money and Value Trails (Amazon/KDP 2020). More information is available at www.JohnCassara.com.

    • Jim Dinkins – President, Thomson Reuters Special Services (TRSS)
      With 30+ years of public and private sector experience in federal law enforcement and the banking industry, Jim is a recognized leader in global law enforcement, intelligence, and financial crimes compliance. Jim entered government service in 1986 with the U.S. Customs Service and held numerous senior leadership roles. After 9/11, he became the Chief of the Cornerstone and Financial investigation Programs at the new Department of Homeland Security. In 2010, he established Homeland Security Investigations (HSI), the second largest criminal investigative agency in the United States. Jim retired as the head of HSI in 2014 and joined TRSS as General Manager. In 2015, he was named Senior Vice President and Director of Operations for financial crimes compliance at the nation’s fifth largest financial institution, where he established and led the anti-money laundering and terrorist financing teams. Jim returned to TRSS as president in 2019. TRSS helps government and private sector customers solve critical mission challenges by combining unique data, expert analysis, and technology.

    • Mike Caswell – Assistant Special Agent in Charge (ASAIC) – US Secret Service
      ASAIC Caswell has over 25 years of investigative and intelligence experience. He served as a subject matter liaison to the National Cybersecurity and Communications Integration Center (NCICC) at the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and as a Congressional Fellow with the Financial Services Committee for the United States House of Representatives. As a Congressional Fellow, he worked on rules and regulations governing money laundering, access devices, money service businesses, money remitters, mobile payment systems, the Bank Secrecy Act, and Suspicious Activity Reports (SAR). ASAIC Caswell supervised the Secret Service’s National Capital Region Fraud Task Force and served as a stakeholder to a local SAR task force. His teams investigated a number of frauds associated with crypto-currencies, social media, e-commerce, business email compromises, ransomware, spear-phishing, and ATM/credit card fraud. He is currently assigned to the Office of Congressional Affairs.

    ACAMS US Capital Chapter Virtual Event: Illicit Trade and Online Payments

    JULY 15, 2020

    The ACAMS US Capital Chapter is pleased to announce that the in-person “lunch and learn” event originally scheduled for March has been rescheduled as a virtual webinar. The chapter is delighted to partner with the Transnational Crime and Corruption Center (TraCCC) on a presentation from TraCCC’s Director Dr. Louise Shelley. Dr. Shelley will discuss her most recent research that follows from her book Dark Commerce: How a New Illicit Economy is Threatening our Future (2018). She will particularly focus on the fentanyl trade, online pharmaceuticals and human trafficking.

    Free Event Via zoom

    You must RSVP to receive the Zoom link. Please RSVP by July 13, 2020

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


    • Dr. Louise Shelley, Omer L. and Nancy Hirst Endowed Chair, University Professor at George Mason University
      Dr. Louise Shelley is the Omer L. and Nancy Hirst Endowed Chair and a University Professor at George Mason University. She is in the Schar School of Policy and Government She wrote Dark Commerce while an inaugural Andrew Carnegie Fellow.

    ACAMS US Capital June Live Webinar: Money Laundering and Fraud Challenges in the COVID-19 Era

    JUNE 9, 2020

    Speakers will discuss money laundering and fraud arising from the challenges to safely doing business in the COVID-19 era. They will discuss specific cases and make attendees aware of red flags to be on the lookout for.

    Free Event

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

    Access to the webinar will be sent to those that registered closer to the event.


    • Lauren Kohr, CAMS-FCI, CFIRS, Senior Vice President, Chief Risk Officer at Old Dominion National Bank
      Lauren Kohr: As the Senior Vice President, Chief Risk Officer at Old Dominion National Bank, Lauren Kohr’s background includes more than fifteen years of experience in the financial sector with significant experience in BSA/AML compliance, regulatory mandated BSA/AML remediation, complex financial crime investigations and Enterprise Risk Management. Prior to her current role, she was the Senior Manager over AML/BSA governance and policy at Pentagon Federal Credit Union (PenFed) in Alexandria, VA and subsequent to her role at PenFed, she was the VP/Director of AML/BSA/OFAC at Metro Bank in Harrisburg, PA. During this time, she was responsible for developing, implementing and overseeing all aspects of the Bank Secrecy Act Compliance and Anti-Money Laundering Program. Lauren Kohr was awarded the ACAMS 2019 U.S. Capital Chapter, Excellence in Public/Private Partnerships, 2016 ACAMS AML Professional of the Year and authored the 2016 ACAMS Article of the Year. Lauren Kohr is a frequent guest speaker at conferences both domestically and internationally for the private and public sectors on AML/BSA/OFAC, including identifying complex financial crimes and developing counter threat finance typologies. In addition, Lauren has been a published author for several domestic and International financial publications. She serves on the Bank Secrecy Act Advisory Group (BSAAG), ACAMS Advisory Board, ACAMS U.S. Capital Board of Directors and AML Partnership Forum Board of Directors. Previously, Lauren served as the president of the Central PA BSA/AML/CTF user Group in Harrisburg, PA. She is currently CAMS, CAMS-FCI, and CFIRS Certified.

    • Kevin Luebke, FBI Supervisory Special Agent, Washington Field Office
      Kevin Luebke is an FBI Supervisory Special Agent at the Washington Field Office managing complex financial fraud matters. In April 2020, SSA Luebke was designated the POC for all Covid 19 fraud matters at WFO. SSA Luebke has been with the FBI since 1996 and has primarily worked white collar and public corruption matters in the Miami and Washington Field Offices. SSA Luebke was detailed to the CIA’s Financial Operations Group fighting terror finance from 2004 to 2006.

    • Dean Martin, IRS-CI, Supervisory Special Agent Washington Field Office
      Dean Martin is a Supervisory Special Agent with IRS Criminal Investigation in the Washington DC Field Office. Prior to this assignment, Dean spent 16 years as a Special Agent in the Cincinnati Field Office working tax fraud and money laundering investigations including four years as an Asset Forfeiture Coordinator. Dean then served three years as a Senior Analyst at IRS Headquarters in the Warrants & Forfeiture and the Financial Crimes sections. As an SSA, Dean now oversees agents in Washington DC who investigate tax evasion, money laundering, and other financial crimes.

    International Money Laundering, Corruption and Terrorism” class at the Schar School of Policy and Government

    FEBRUARY 24, 2020

    We will cover what is mission critical for IRS as it oversees a myriad of financial crime cases and challenges; how all law enforcement has worked together and with the private sector after 9/11; insight into recent challenges such as virtual currency; a look back at the Know Your Customer (KYC) battles in the AML community; and what to expect from potential legislation on AML/CTF in 2020. The panel will cover these and other hot topics and take your questions.

    Moderated by Adjunct Professor and AML Right Source Vice Chairman John Byrne, this program includes AML/CTF experts:

    Rick Small
    Executive Vice President | Director Financial Crimes
    BB&T now Truist

    Dennis M. Lormel
    President & CEO
    DML Associates, LLC

    Don Fort
    Chief, Criminal Investigation
    Internal Revenue Service

    ACAMS US Capital Chapter March Lunch and Learn Save the Date

    MARCH 18, 2020

    The ACAMS US Capital Chapter is delighted to partner with the Transnational Crime and Corruption Center (TraCCC) on a presentation to chapter members from TraCCC’s Director Dr. Louise Shelley. Dr. Shelly will discuss her most recent research that follows from her book Dark Commerce: How a New Illicit Economy is Threatening our Future (2018). She will particularly focus on the fentanyl trade, online pharmaceuticals and human trafficking.

    Dr. Louise Shelley is the Omer L. and Nancy Hirst Endowed Chair and a University Professor at George Mason University. She is in the Schar School of Policy and Government She wrote Dark Commerce while an inaugural Andrew Carnegie Fellow.

    Free for everyone.

    *You must RSVP to attend this event. Please RSVP by March 13, 2020 as registration closes after the first 70 participants.

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