Association of Certified Financial Crime Specialists

The Association of Certified Financial Crime Specialists (ACFCS) is a worldwide organization for private and public sector professionals who work in diverse financial crime disciplines, including anti-money laundering, FATCA-tax evasion, FCPA-corruption, fraud, data analytics and security, compliance, regulation and enforcement.

ACFCS awards the Certified Financial Crime Specialist (CFCS) certification to qualified candidates who pass a proctored examination offered at authorized testing centers around the world. Professionals in the financial crime field from more than 65 nations have already obtained the CFCS certification.

ACFCS offers its members and the worldwide financial crime community an array of information and training products and services, as well as a global community of financial crime specialists with whom members may network and exchange ideas and solutions to common challenges.

ACFCS is guided by an expert Advisory Board composed of leaders who have distinguished themselves in various financial crime disciplines in the private and public sectors. The management that leads the operations of ACFCS has substantial experience in constructing professional certifications and managing member associations. In 2001, they founded the Association of Certified Anti-Money Laundering Specialists, which issues the CAMS certification. They are no longer affiliated with ACAMS.

What does ACFCS offer?

  • CFCS certification, the only certification that encompasses all fields of financial crime
  • Specialized information, in-depth analysis and breaking news on crucial issues in financial crime
  • Live and virtual training, including seminars, webinars and the ACFCS International Financial Crime Conference and Exhibition
  • A forum for networking, career-building and professional development
  • A diverse, international community for the exchange of knowledge, ideas and best practices

intriagoCharles A. Intriago

Known for his pioneering work in the financial crime and money laundering fields, he launched Money Laundering Alert in 1989, a publication that is credited with helping to launch the global money laundering control industry. It evolved into English and Spanish websites, and, international conferences that drew thousands of persons, and other training services and products.

In January 2012, he co-founded the Association of Certified Financial Crime Specialists (ACFCS), which awards the Certified Financial Crime Specialist (CFCS) certification and provides training, resources, information, and networking to the global financial crime community. The CFCS certification has drawn great international interest. Released in May 2013, professionals in 65 countries had obtained the certification through March 2014. (

He is also president of the Association of Certified E-Discovery Specialists (ACEDS), which awards the certification, Certified E-Discovery Specialist. (

In 2001, he co-founded the Association of Certified Anti-Money Laundering Specialists (ACAMS), which issues the CAMS certification, a well-known credential on the subject of money laundering.

Early in his career he was Chief Counsel to a US House of Representatives oversight subcommittee that oversaw the operations of the US Department of Justice, Internal Revenue Service, Treasury Department, Federal Reserve, FDIC, and other agencies.

He served as a federal prosecutor in the Southern District of Florida and as Special Counsel on Organized Crime to Governor Reubin Askew of Florida, where he drafted the Florida Statewide Grand Jury Law. A native of Ecuador and fluent in Spanish, he was also a partner at the international law firm McDermott Will & Emery.