Melissa Leeds is a Threat Mitigation SME for Applied Fundamentals Consulting, LLC working as a due diligence contractor with 12 years of financial analysis, data analytics, risk management, and compliance experience. In this role, her focus has been leveraging Suspicious Activity Reports (SAR), media search results, and commercial databases to investigate illicit financial networks to identify patterns of money laundering resulting in the seizure of over $1billion in illicit proceeds. As a government contractor, she has performed operational analysis and prepared insight reports for federal law enforcement units to include DEA Special Operation Division, FBI Terrorist Financing Office Section, and HSI Human Smuggling Cell.
Melissa holds an MA in Criminology from the University of South Florida and a BA in Criminal Justice. She a Certified Anti-Money Laundering Specialist (CAMS) with additional ACAMS certifications in Counter Threat Finance and Trade-Based Money Laundering.