Colorado

Join a community that promotes development and fights for results

Colorado

Join a community that promotes development and fights for results

The Colorado ACFCS Chapter exists to strengthen the community of financial crime specialists through knowledge sharing and collaboration. Our purpose is to help industry professionals improve results in financial crime detection, investigation, and prevention. The Chapter promotes ACFCS as a platform for collaboration between public and private sector financial crime specialists to facilitate the sharing of best practices.
 
We offer unique career development opportunities through the sponsorship of educational programs, including a wide range of events of local interest, featuring speakers from across the financial, regulatory, and enforcement sectors. We also provide invaluable professional networking opportunities for our members from across the great state of Colorado.

OUR MISSION

‘’To develop a community of professionals that promote collaboration, cooperation, innovation, and knowledge sharing in the areas of financial crime investigation, deterrence, and prevention.”

OUR VISION

“To build a safe and inclusive environment that contributes to best practices, shares ideas, and builds relationships across the industry of financial crime professionals with a goal toward investigating and preventing financial crimes globally.”
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Paul Marrinan

Co-Chair

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Paul Marrinan (Co-Chair) works in Blockchain Intelligence for TRM Labs, and is Principal of Túath Consulting, where he has provided consulting services internationally across the African continent, North America, the LATAM region, the Philippines, and Hong Kong. TRM Labs is an industry leading blockchain analytics company. Prior to joining TRM in May 2021, he was Head of Investigations at Inca Digital, a data analytics company focused on cryptocurrency regulation.

Paul has over 16 years of experience in International Law Enforcement, where he worked with INTERPOL, EUROPOL, SIRENE, and An Garda Siochana. During his time in INTERPOL he worked across a broad range of crime areas, including fraud, money laundering, terrorist financing, and a large variety of scams. While working on the SIS II integration project he led the DPIA process for GDPR compliance.

Paul holds a BA in Administration of Justice, and a Postgraduate Diploma in Conflict and Dispute Resolution Studies. In 2019 he graduated with a first-class honors MSc in Forensic Computing and Cybercrime Investigation from University College Dublin, where his dissertation was based on a blockchain use-case for the transfer of digital evidence across borders.

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Aaron Archer

Co-Chair

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Aaron Archer (Co-Chair) is a Senior Manager at Western Union where he is responsible for leading a team of fraud analysts, driving global fraud mitigation efforts, and developing strategies to combat and reduce consumer fraud around the world. Aaron has nearly two decades of experience in the field of financial crime investigations. Since joining Western Union in 2012 he has led investigations related to a variety of typologies including human smuggling, counterfeit goods, and consumer fraud. Aaron has a master’s degree in Criminology from Regis University in Denver, where his thesis focused on persuasion tactics used in online relationship scams. Aaron is a Certified Anti-Money Laundering Specialist (CAMS) and Certified Financial Crime Specialist (CFCS).

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Micah Velasquez

Programming Director

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Micah Velasquez (Programming Director) is a Manager of Internal Audit Business Intelligence at Charles Schwab. He is responsible for leading and developing strategies in policy, technology, analytics, governance, and risk assessments. Prior to joining Charles Schwab, he conducted global financial crimes investigations at Western Union focused on high-risk areas such as the US Southwest/Mexican Region, Southeast Asia, Africa, and the Middle East. Moreover, he produced significant advisory work on a monitored settlement agreement and FTC consent order by providing recommendations to executive leadership on global policies and processes related to transaction monitoring, due diligence, sanctions, fraud, consumer protection, and technology. Micah’s industry experience also includes financial and data analysis at Wells Fargo Corporate Bank, PWC Wealth Management, and Invesco. He holds a Master of Business Administration from the University of Colorado Denver, and a Bachelor of Science in Economics and Finance from Colorado State University-Pueblo.

KJ Kim

Event Manager

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KJ Kim (Event Manager) is VP, Sanctions Officer at Bank of Hope. In her role, she is responsible for reviewing sanctions updates and providing leadership and direction on sanctions related aspects, leading model validation projects and export controls program, and managing policy and procedure of OFAC unit of Bank of Hope. Prior to her compliance career in financial institutions, she had worked for one of the embassies located in Seoul, South Korea. She is a Certified Financial Crimes Specialist (CFCS), Certified Anti-Money Laundering Specialist (CAMS), and Certified Global Sanctions Specialist (CGSS).

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Justin Wehrheim

Communications Director

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Justin Wehrheim (Communications Director) is the Leader of Western Union’s AML/CTF Transaction Monitoring Program Management Team. Prior to coming to Western Union, Mr. Wehrheim served as an Army Officer for nearly 10 years primarily serving as an Intelligence Officer with part of his mission to combat terrorist financing. Mr. Wehrheim served over three years in the Afghanistan and Iraq conflict zones. Mr. Wehrheim is also a graduate of U.S. Army Ranger School and the Military Intelligence Officer Advanced Course. Mr. Wehrheim has 12 years of compliance experience. Mr. Wehrheim is CFCS certified by the Association of Certified Financial Crime Specialists (“ACFCS”). Mr. Wehrheim is also certified as an International Project Manager and a Master Project Manager by the American Academy of Project Management Board of Standards. Mr. Wehrheim holds a Master’s degree in International Relations and Affairs from Webster University.

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Chris Hart

Membership Director

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Chris Hart (Membership Director) is Manger of Fraud Discovery at Robinhood where he leads a team that detects and analyzes signals of coordinated illicit activity and develops strategies and countermeasures to protect customers and reduce fraud on the Robinhood platform. Prior to Robinhood, Chris was a Manager with Western Union where he led investigations related to threat finance networks and transnational organized crime. Chris holds a master’s degree in International Security Studies from the Korbel School of International Studies at the University of Denver and a bachelor’s degree in Political Science from Denison University.

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Kendahl Cusimano

Secretary

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Kendahl Cusimano (Secretary) is the FIU Director for Walmart’s Global Financial Services Compliances and Sanctions. She is responsible for leading a team of analysts/investigators focused on specialty AML and fraud investigation to help mitigate risks, block bad activity and partner with law enforcement. Additionally in her role, Kendahl helps drive the strategic vision for the organization to help mitigate risks in partnership with various vendors and develop/enhance new AML/Fraud programs. Kendahl has more than 10 years of experience in financial crimes investigations. Prior to joining Walmart, Kendahl served various leadership and investigative roles in AML at Western Union and MoneyGram.

Kendahl has a B.S. in Financial Management from the University of Colorado and a MBA from Regis University. Kendahl is a Certified Anti-Money Laundering Specialist (CAMS) and Certified Financial Crime Specialist (CFCS).

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Elda Campuzano

Co-Secretary

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Elda Campuzano (Co-Secretary) is a Consumer Fraud Director for Walmart’s Global Financial Services Compliances and Sanctions. She is responsible for leading a team of investigators focused on data-driven investigations to identify issues at a store level regarding fraud, money laundering, procedural deficiencies, opportunities for enhanced training and data integrity. Elda has almost 20 years of experience in the financial services industry. Prior to joining Walmart, Elda served various leadership and compliance roles at MoneyGram and Western Union. Elda has a B.S. in Business Management and an MBA from the University of Phoenix. Elda is a Certified Anti-Money Laundering Specialist (CAMS).

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Sandra Stevenson

Treasurer

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Sandra Stevenson (Treasurer) is the Regulatory Compliance Manager for WorldRemit Corp. She oversees licensing, exam management, and consumer protection requirements. Mrs. Stevenson has extensive compliance experience having worked for Western Union, Wells Fargo, MoneyGram, and as a consultant for money services businesses. Within these previous organizations, she was variously responsible for compliance processes as well as conducting internal and external audits of AML/CFT/Sanctions, consumer protection, and privacy programs. She earned a bachelor’s degree in Organizational Management from Colorado Christian University and was awarded an LL.M. with merit in International Commercial Law and Practice from the University of Edinburgh (Scotland). She is a Certified Anti-Money Laundering Specialist (CAMS) and a Certified Compliance and Ethics Professional (CCEP).

UPCOMING EVENTS

12/08/2022 5:00pm MT

ACFCS Colorado Chapter Networking Event

PAST EVENTS

Coming Soon

See What Certified Financial Crime Specialists Are Saying

"The CFCS tests the skills necessary to fight financial crime. It's comprehensive. Passing it should be considered a mark of high achievement, distinguishing qualified experts in this growing specialty area."

KENNETH E. BARDEN 

(JD, Washington)

"It's a vigorous exam. Anyone passing it should have a great sense of achievement."

DANIEL DWAIN

(CFCS, Official Superior

de Cumplimiento Cidel

Bank & Trust Inc. Nueva York)

"The exam tests one's ability to apply concepts in practical scenarios. Passing it can be a great asset for professionals in the converging disciplines of financial crime."

MORRIS GUY

(CFCS, Royal Band of

Canada, Montreal)

"The Exam is far-reaching. I love that the questions are scenario based. I recommend it to anyone in the financial crime detection and prevention profession."

BECKI LAPORTE

(CFCS, CAMS Lead Compliance

Trainer, FINRA, Member Regulation

Training, Washington, DC)

"This certification comes at a very ripe time. Professionals can no longer get away with having siloed knowledge. Compliance is all-encompassing and enterprise-driven."

KATYA HIROSE
CFCS, CAMS, CFE, CSAR
Director, Global Risk
& Investigation Practice
FTI Consulting, Los Angeles

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