Terrorist Finance and Criminal Network Links: Findings on Antiquities Looting from Syria and Iraq
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When: Tuesday, December 18th
1:00 - 2:00 PM ET
Where: On24 Webinar

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Complimentary Webinar, Presented by the ACFCS Mid-Atlantic Chapter

Over the past year a team of subject matter experts, in collaboration with the Terrorism, Transnational Crime and Corruption Center (TraCCC) of George Mason University and supported and funded by the U.S. Department of State, researched the underbelly that is the illicit market of stolen art and antiquities from Iraq and Syria.  

In this webinar, experts from the Countering Looting of Antiquities from Syria and Iraq (CLASI) team will discuss some findings from the project, including methods and recent trends in the acquisition, movement and sale of ancient artifacts by criminal and terror elements and develop training for law enforcement based on research findings.


The research team members will also discuss project findings about the artifact supply chain and investigative challenges, and discuss the impact of social media as means of communication and sales.

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This webinar is eligible for 1 CFCS credit. A recording of the presentation, slides, and certificate of participation will be available for ACFCS members only.

About the Presenters

Michael Loughnane, CFE, CAMS,  Loughnane Associates, LLC.

Mike is a former Director of Special Operations at the US Environmental Protection Agency, Office of Inspector General, where as a special agent and senior manager led complex procurement financial crime investigations, including fraud, public integrity, cybercrime, and information security investigations. Upon his retirement in 2007 Mike was employed at Booz, Allen, and Hamilton as a cybersecurity expert.  In 2010 Mike became team lead in the development and delivery of counter terror finance training programs for the Department of Defense serving US law enforcement agencies and military/intelligence community members. Mike currently speaks internationally on financial crime investigations to law enforcement and the professional community conferences and brings extensive knowledge to customers in the design and delivery of training programs.

Abi Waddell, Security and Research Specialist.

Abi is an experienced information consultant and researcher, with an extensive background in both the ancient history of the Middle East and information security and law enforcement fields, particularly in data gathering, security reviews and testing, threat assessment and open source investigations. Ms. Waddell has experience finding information using advanced non-invasive techniques, including data leakage of sensitive information from public sources such as forums, social media, chat rooms, and `dark net’ sites, in addition to conducting research of online antiquities markets. She holds degrees in Cuneiform and Ancient Near Eastern Studies with foci on Akkadian and Sumerian grammar and literature, ancient Near Eastern history and cuneiform tablet autopsy from University of Birmingham, Egyptology from University of Liverpool, and Ancient History (Greek and Roman).

Layla Hashemi, Graduate Research Assistant, Terrorism, Transnational Crime, and Corruption Center

Ms. Hashemi is a Policy Ph.D. student at George Mason University’s Schar School and a graduate research assistant at TraCCC. She received her M.A. from New York University in International Relations, Comparative Politics and Middle Eastern and Islamic Studies. Her research focuses on illicit trade and transnational crime in the MENA region.

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