Charlotte | September 4, 2024  

Charlotte Fincrime Summit


Held on September 4, this FinCrime Summit is an in-person event that’s all about bringing you the latest trends and regulatory issues affecting the financial crimes compliance industry throughout the past year. Whether you’re seeking to learn the latest trends used by fraudsters, you’ll find learning, connections, and training in a format that fits your schedule and respects your time.  

You’ll experience a range of focus areas – From practical skills like SAR writing for cryptocurrency and understanding deepfakes, to terror finance within the sanction’s world, these sessions will equip you with the latest information to help you advance in your career.

Whatever the topic, sessions are structured to be highly interactive, with challenging questions for the audience and real-world scenarios featured in many. It’s an event built by, and intended for, experienced investigators, compliance pros and law enforcement.

Top Sessions

Writing in the World of Technology – Exploring Suspicious Activity Reporting in the Cryptocurrency Industry

Deepfakes – What is Real in Transaction Monitoring?

Scamdemic 2024 – What Were the Top Fraud Scams in 2024?

Disrupting Terror Finance – Navigating International Sanctions for Financial Crimes Compliance Officers


With up to six continuing education credits, a stacked roster of expert presenters, multiple networking sessions, and topics that help you excel on the job, this is the event for professionals who want an enchanted future in financial crime.  

Come and network in-person with your fellow compliance officers and share your thoughts and ideas!


FinCrime Summit is a chance for financial crime professionals - almost anyone with responsibility for financial crime prevention and detection will find value. For roles with a responsibility for a wide range of financial crime risk, this is a can’t-miss event. Some examples include:  

  • Financial Crime Compliance (FCC) officers, managers, and analysts
  • Law enforcement
  • AML officers, managers, directors, analysts
  • Directors, analysts and other roles in financial intelligence units
  • Chief Compliance Officers
  • Internal and external auditors
  • Fraud managers, investigators and analysts
  • Professionals in threat intelligence roles
  • Regulators
  • Investigators or analysts in intelligence agencies or military with a nexus to financial crime

Event Venue

Charlotte Marriott City Center  
100 W Trade St,
Charlotte, NC 28202



Sold out

Early Bird discount until July 31st


Sold out

Early Bird discount until July 31st


8:00 AM – 9:00 AM
Registration and Networking Breakfast

9:00 AM – 9:10 AM
Welcome & Opening Remarks

The AML Act of 2020 was a landmark piece of legislation when passed three years ago, with sweeping changes to corporate transparency, beneficial ownership, financial crime priorities and more. Since then, while some implementing regulations and elements have emerged, the progress to bring the law into regulatory reality has been steady but slow.

The response from some financial institutions is to take a "wait and see" approach, but as key parts of the AML Act take shape, is the time for waiting at an end? Should financial institutions and other organizations be more proactive to ready their customer due diligence and compliance programs for the impacts of the legislation? And what can we expect looking ahead to 2024? In this session, hear from regulators who play a key role in AML Act implementation on the status of the legislation, suggestions for institutions who may be affected, and what's likely to emerge in the coming months.

9:10 AM – 10:00 AM
Keynote - Insights and Q&A With the United States Secret Service Charlotte Field Office

10:20 AM – 11:10 AM
Deepfakes - Detection Strategies and Compliance Solutions

In today's digital landscape, the rise of deepfake technology poses unprecedented challenges for financial institutions, law enforcement agencies, and financial technology companies. As the sophistication of deepfake techniques continues to evolve, distinguishing between genuine and manipulated transactions becomes increasingly complex. This panel at the Financial Crime Symposium delves into the heart of this issue, exploring the implications of deepfakes on transaction monitoring and the strategies to mitigate associated risks.
Key Takeaways:

  • Understanding Deepfake Technology: Gain insights into the mechanics of deepfake technology, including its capabilities, limitations, and the potential threats it poses to transaction monitoring systems. Learn how deepfakes are created, disseminated, and utilized in financial crimes.
  • Challenges for Compliance and Risk Officers: Explore the unique challenges faced by compliance and risk officers within financial institutions in detecting and preventing fraudulent transactions facilitated by deepfakes. Understand the gaps in existing monitoring systems and compliance protocols that deepfakes exploit.
  • Enhancing Transaction Monitoring Systems: Discover innovative approaches and technological solutions for bolstering transaction monitoring systems to combat the proliferation of deepfakes. Examine the integration of artificial intelligence, machine learning, and blockchain technologies to enhance the accuracy and reliability of transaction monitoring processes.
  • Collaboration between Stakeholders: Recognize the importance of collaboration and information sharing among financial institutions, law enforcement agencies, and financial technology companies in the fight against deepfake-enabled financial crimes. Explore best practices for establishing robust partnerships and leveraging collective intelligence to identify and mitigate risks.
  • Regulatory Implications and Compliance Standards: Gain insights into the evolving regulatory landscape surrounding deepfakes and their impact on compliance standards within the financial industry. Stay abreast of regulatory updates and compliance requirements aimed at addressing the challenges posed by deepfake technology in transaction monitoring.
Join us for a thought-provoking discussion that will equip compliance and risk officers, law enforcement professionals, and financial technology experts with the knowledge and tools necessary to navigate the complexities of deepfakes in transaction monitoring and safeguard against financial crime.

11:20 AM – 12:10 PM
Scamdemic 2024: What were the top fraud scams in 2024?

In this session, one non-profit organization details their tireless work against Human Trafficking, highlighting individuals who have suffered the lasting effects of this crime.

As technology evolves and criminal tactics adapt, staying ahead of emerging fraud trends is critical for businesses and individuals alike. Join us as we discuss the latest fraud landscape, highlighting key trends, methodologies, and mitigation strategies.

From cyberattacks to identity theft, attendees will gain valuable insights into the evolving nature of fraud and actionable strategies to protect themselves and their organizations.

Whether you're a seasoned compliance officer or new to the field, this panel promises to equip you with the knowledge and tools necessary to stay ahead of the curve and protect your institution from the top fraud scams of 2024. Don't miss this opportunity to network with industry peers, share best practices, and fortify your institution's defenses against financial fraud.

Key Discussion Points:

  • Cybercrime Sophistication: Explore the increasing sophistication of cyber criminal tactics, including ransomware attacks, phishing schemes, and supply chain compromises, and learn how organizations can fortify their defenses against these threats.
  • Identity Fraud: Delve into the growing prevalence of identity fraud, including synthetic identity theft and account takeover schemes, and discover effective identity verification and authentication methods to mitigate risk.
  • E-commerce Fraud: Examine the surge in e-commerce fraud fueled by the rapid growth of online shopping, and uncover strategies for detecting and preventing fraudulent transactions, including fraud detection tools and machine learning algorithms.
  • Emerging Payment Fraud: Discuss emerging trends in payment fraud, such as mobile payment fraud and cryptocurrency-related scams, and explore innovative fraud detection and prevention solutions tailored to the evolving payment landscape.
  • Social Engineering Attacks: Analyze the rise of social engineering attacks targeting individuals and organizations, including business email compromise (BEC) and CEO fraud, and learn how to bolster security awareness and resilience against manipulation tactics.
  • Regulatory Implications: Consider the regulatory implications of evolving fraud trends, including compliance requirements and reporting obligations, and explore the role of regulatory authorities in combating fraud and promoting cybersecurity resilience.

1:10 PM – 2:00 PM
Writing in the World of Technology: Exploring Suspicious Activity Reporting in the Cryptocurrency Industry

The House Always Wins? The State of Play in Casino and Gaming AML ComplianceNetworking and Discussion

Join us for a thought-provoking panel discussion dedicated to unraveling the complexities of Suspicious Activity Reporting (SAR) within the cryptocurrency industry. As digital assets continue to gain prominence in global financial markets, addressing illicit activities and ensuring compliance with regulatory requirements are paramount concerns.

In this session, industry experts and regulatory authorities will come together to examine the unique challenges and opportunities associated with SAR in the cryptocurrency sector. From identifying red flags to navigating regulatory frameworks, panelists will share insights, best practices, and real-world experiences to shed light on this critical topic.

Key Discussion Points:

  • Understanding the Cryptocurrency SAR: Gain insight into the nature and scope of suspicious activity reporting within the cryptocurrency industry, including common typologies and emerging trends, and how these reports compare with those written in traditional finance.
  • Regulatory Landscape: Navigate the evolving regulatory landscape governing cryptocurrency transactions and compliance obligations for virtual asset service providers (VASPs), including the Financial Action Task Force (FATF) recommendations and local regulatory frameworks.
  • Challenges and Best Practices: Discuss the challenges and best practices associated with SAR in the cryptocurrency sector, including issues related to privacy, data protection, and cross-border cooperation.
  • Collaboration and Information Sharing: Examine the importance of collaboration and information sharing between industry stakeholders, regulatory authorities, and law enforcement agencies in combating financial crime and enhancing transparency in the cryptocurrency ecosystem.
  • Future Outlook: Delve into the future outlook for SARs in the cryptocurrency industry, including potential regulatory developments, technological advancements, and evolving compliance strategies

2:10 PM – 3:00 PM
Disrupting Terror Finance: Navigating International Sanctions for Financial Crimes Compliance Officers

Join us for an in-depth panel discussion dedicated to understanding the intricate landscape of terror finance and international sanctions, and what it means for financial crimes compliance officers. As the global fight against terrorism intensifies, financial institutions play a pivotal role in disrupting illicit funding networks and enforcing international sanctions regimes.

In this session, esteemed panelists comprising compliance experts and counter terrorism specialists will delve into the complexities of terror finance and international sanctions. From identifying illicit funding sources to ensuring compliance with regulatory obligations, attendees will gain invaluable insights and actionable strategies to strengthen their compliance efforts.

Key Discussion Points:

  • Understanding Terror Finance: Explore the dynamics of terror finance, including common financing mechanisms and the role of financial institutions in detecting and preventing illicit transactions.
  • International Sanctions Regimes: Navigate the maze of international sanctions regimes imposed by governments and multilateral organizations to target terrorist organizations and their supporters, and understand the implications for financial institutions.
  • Compliance Challenges: Discuss the challenges faced by financial crimes compliance officers in identifying and reporting suspicious activities related to terror finance, including jurisdictional differences, data privacy concerns, and emerging threats.
  • Regulatory Expectations: Gain insights into regulatory expectations and enforcement priorities concerning terror finance and international sanctions compliance, and understand the consequences of non-compliance.
  • Enhancing Collaboration: Explore the importance of collaboration between financial institutions, regulatory authorities, and law enforcement agencies in combating terror finance and enforcing international sanctions effectively.

3:20 PM – 4:10 PM
Top AML Trends of 2024: Insights from Industry Leaders

Join us for an exclusive in-person panel discussion where industry experts and AML (Anti-Money Laundering) professionals converge to unveil the top AML trends of 2024. In an era of rapid technological advancements and evolving financial crime risks, staying abreast of emerging trends is crucial for effective AML compliance.

During this dynamic session, our distinguished panelists will dissect the latest AML landscape, highlighting key trends, challenges, and best practices. From regulatory updates to technological innovations, attendees will gain valuable insights into the evolving nature of AML compliance and actionable strategies to navigate this complex terrain.

Key Discussion Points:

  • Regulatory Evolution: Explore the latest regulatory developments and enforcement priorities shaping the AML landscape in 2024, including updates from global regulatory bodies and jurisdictional nuances.
  • Enhanced Due Diligence: Discuss the importance of enhanced due diligence in AML compliance, including the adoption of risk-based approaches and the utilization of advanced screening techniques for customer onboarding and ongoing monitoring.
  • Technological Innovations: Delve into the role of technology in AML compliance, including the use of artificial intelligence, machine learning, and blockchain analytics to enhance detection capabilities and streamline compliance processes.
  • Cross-Border Cooperation: Examine the importance of cross-border cooperation and information sharing in combating money laundering and terrorist financing, and explore best practices for building effective partnerships between regulatory authorities and financial institutions.
  • Emerging Threats: Analyze emerging money laundering threats and typologies, such as virtual asset laundering, trade-based money laundering, and the exploitation of emerging payment technologies, and learn how to adapt AML controls to mitigate these risks.
  • Culture of Compliance: Consider the importance of fostering a culture of compliance within organizations, including the role of leadership, training programs, and incentives in promoting ethical behavior and regulatory adherence.

4:10 PM – 4:30 PM
Closing Remarks


Brandi Reynolds

Managing Director

Bates Group

Jay Postma


MSB Compliance Inc

Raymond Villanueva

Director of Risk Advisory Services

Kaufman Rossin

Robin Pugh

Executive Director/Intelligence for Good; President and CEO/DarkTower

Intelligence for Good; DarkTower

Becki Laporte

Strategic Advisor, Fraud & AML

Datos Insights

Jon Elvin

Strategic Risk Advisor


Patrick Westerhaus

Sr Director, Global Investigations

J.S. Held LLC

Jason Byrnes

Special Agent in Charge - Charlotte Field Office

United States Secret Service

Charles Finfrock

Founder and CEO

Vigilance LLC

LaKeisha Moore

SVP, Risk Management

Skyla FCU

ACFCS North Carolina Chapter

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