In his position as Special Agent in Charge for Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) Honolulu, Mr. Tobon oversees HSI criminal investigations in an area of responsibility (AOR) encompassing the four island counties of the State of Hawaii, four U.S. territories, three Freely Associated States and 12 Pacific Island nations. The AOR expands approximately 11,000 square miles and has a population of approximately 2.6 million people. Mr. Tobon is a recognized subject matter expert on issues related to money laundering and financial crime, his analysis of money laundering issues and risks often appear in national and international television and print media.
During over 20-year law enforcement career, he has participated in numerous high-profile money-laundering investigations targeting transnational criminal organizations as a case agent, undercover operative and supervisor. He has helped shape international anti-money laundering policy as a member of U.S. delegations to inter-governmental policy making bodies, to include the Financial Action Task Force (FATF); he regularly shares his knowledge and expertise at conferences and training sessions attended by public and private industry personnel from around the world. He has completed tours of duty in Seattle, WA; New York, NY; Bogota, Colombia; Washington, DC and most recently Miami, FL where he served as Deputy Special Agent in Charge.
Mr. Tobon is also an Adjunct Professor at Florida International University’s School of International and Public Affairs, where he lectures on Global Financial Crimes.
In 1997, Mr. Tobon earned a combined Bachelor of Arts/Master of Arts degree in Criminal Justice from the City University of New York (CUNY), John Jay College of Criminal Justice. He is a native Spanish speaker.