Interrupting the Finances of Extinction: Identifying the Financial Flow of Poachers' Funds
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 Export to Your Calendar 7/10/2019
When: Wednesday, July 10th
1:00 - 2:00 PM ET
Where: On24 Webinar

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Complimentary Webinar, courtesy of Thomson Reuters

 What if we started looking at wildlife trafficking as a financial problem? Can we limit the access of funds to those involved? In this webinar, we will be discussing all of the different aspects of wildlife trafficking from animals to lumber to include the financial flows, markets involved, and identification of risky businesses.

Attendees will learn:

  • Learn to Identify the different types of wildlife trafficked throughout the world-to include the more well known animals as well as fish, plants, and lumber.
  • Identify the similarities/differences in the financial flows of individuals involved in wildlife trafficking.
  • Learn where financial institutions can begin to create a program that limits the movement of wildlife trafficking funds through their institution. 

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

Melissa Leeds, CAMS, Counter Transnational Organized Crime Financing Investigator, Department of Defense

Melissa Leeds is a Counter Transnational Organized Crime Financing Investigator working as a contractor for the Department of Defense 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. Melissa 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 cum laude with a minor in German. She a Certified Anti-Money Laundering Specialist (CAMS) with additional ACAMS certifications in Counter Threat Finance and Trade Based Money Laundering. 

Michael Schidlow, CAMS, Audit, Senior Vice President, Head of FCC and Emerging Risk Audit Development

Michael Schidlow currently serves as the Head of Financial Crime Risk Training for HSBC Bank’s Global Internal Audit Function. In this role, Schidlow designs and delivers bespoke training courses on anti-money laundering (AML), terrorist financing, anti-bribery/corruption (ABC), and anti-financial crime best practices across the company’s global footprint. Schidlow also leads the function’s Emerging Risk Advisory for North America, Latin America, and for the Global Financial Crime Risk teams, shaping audit planning and audit scoping based on regulatory issues, enforcing actions, and external environment monitoring.

Schidlow previously served as an investigator for Bank of America’s Global Financial Crimes Compliance division, specializing in high-profile client compromises, complex fraud, and insider abuse allegations. Schidlow started his career working as an attorney concentrating on regulatory compliance and white-collar litigation matters. Schidlow holds the Certified Fraud Examiner (CFE), Certified Anti-Money Laundering Specialist (CAMS), ACAMS Advanced Certification in AML Audit (CAMS-Audit), and is a licensed attorney.


Gina Scialabba Jurva, Manager, Thought Leadership, Thomson Reuters Legal Executive Institute

Gina (Scialabba) Jurva, Esq., is an attorney and Manager, Thought Leadership for Enterprise Content – Corporates & Government for the Thomson Reuters Legal Executive Institute. Gina works on solutions to some of the world’s most pressing fraud issues including anti-money laundering (AML), e-commerce fraud, and government fraud, in addition to risk and regulatory compliance.

In previous roles at Thomson Reuters, Gina worked as the Manager for the Risk & Compliance platform. She was also a Senior Legal Writer and Editor. Additionally, she spent a combined 11 years as a deputy district attorney handling both misdemeanor and felony cases and later, her own legal practice defending clients in criminal matters.

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