ACFCS Chapters: Washington DC

The ACFCS Washington DC Chapter is your direct link to the national organization. By joining our Chapter, you not only receive the benefit of both local and national membership, but you gain an entire network of individuals looking to enhance their financial crime careers.

Through education, training, certification and networking, the Washington DC Chapter is helping expand the global reach of ACFCS. Your membership will connect you with financial crime professionals locally and globally who wish to stay abreast of continuously changing financial crime trends and improve results in compliance, investigations and enforcement.



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This program explored the connection between Red Notices and the INTERPOL Wanted List.  Specific topics of discussion included international police cooperation via INTERPOL’s channels; the principle of INTERPOL’s neutrality; loopholes in

INTERPOL’s rules that make the abuse of red notices possible; member countries known for

abusing INTERPOL; the lack of transparency in INTERPOL’s disclosures; why

entrepreneurs become victims of INTERPOL abuse; the rights of individuals on the

international wanted list; and INTERPOL’s recent reforms and what else must be done to redress abuses.  This event was sponsored by the ABA Section of International Law National Security Committee and co-sponsored by the ABA Section of International Law Anti-Money Laundering Committee and the Association of Certified Financial Crime Specialists (ACFCS).



Bruce Zagaris, Berliner (moderator) – Corcoran & Lowe LLP, Washington D.C.

Yuriy Nemets – Law Office of Yuriy L. Nemets, PLLC, Washington D.C.

Michelle Estlund – Estlund Law, Coral Gables, FL

Theodore R. Bromund – Senior Research Fellow in Anglo-American Relations, Margaret

Thatcher, Center for Freedom, Washington D.C.

Matthew Klecka – Partner, Ernst & Young, Washington D.C.



This event showcased important recent developments in sanctions, especially issues about sanctions against Iran, Russia, North Korea, Venezuela, and Cuba. Less visible in the headlines, but very important, our speakers discussed important developments in the enforcement of sanctions – for example, more reliance on criminal prosecution and more extraterritorial enforcement – as well as the role of banks in sanctions compliance and related international enforcement programs.  The panel, especially Erich Ferrari, also discussed court actions challenging certain sanctions.


Mr. Perry Bechky (moderator) – Berliner, Corcoran & Rowe LLP

Mr. Erich Ferrari – Ferrari and Associates, P.C.

Mr. Andrew Jensen – Citibank

Mr. Babak Hoghooghi – Berliner, Corcoran & Rowe LLP


Lessons Learned From Recent Latin American Corruption Cases | OCtober 20,  AT Reed Smith, LLP

Recent scandals in Latin America provide lessons for business and government on methods and modes used by criminals and terrorists to raise, move, and hide the profits of their bad acts. This includes widespread corruption, as is explored in “Following the Money Trail” to Combat Terrorism, Crime, and Corruption in the Americas, a recent report by Professor Celina B. Realuyo for the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars. Professor Realuyo will discuss these cases, followed by a panel of experts who will offer practical advice for financial institutions, agencies, and those that do business in the region. Thank you to our event sponsors, Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars and Reed Smith, LLP for hosting. 


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The Washington, D.C. Chapter is a key voice and source of collaboration on combating financial crimes for the public and private sectors. The chapter board is a blend of public and private professionals in the financial crime space. Get board and chapter details

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Chapter Co-Chair
Matthew Klecka
Chapter Co-Chair
Bruce Zagaris
Events Coordinator
Hdeel Abdelhady
Events Coordinator
Ricardo Cadenas, CFCS
Events Coordinator
Kris Doucette
Eric M. Scofield, CFCS
Nicolas Cardillo, CFCS


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