MIAMI, FL—The Association of Certified Financial Crime Specialists today announced the addition of three leading experts and innovators in emerging financial crime issues to its roster of more than 30 top speakers at the ACFCS 2014 Financial Crime Conference & Exhibition, February 5 – 7 at the Marriott Marquis in New York.

The latest speakers include Serrin Turnera federal prosecutor who led high-profile cybercrime cases against virtual currency firm Liberty Reserve and drug trafficking site Silk Road, the Honorable Ryan PinderMinister of Financial Services for the nation of The Bahamas and an expert in international tax issues, and Michael Benardo,Chief of the FDIC’s Cyber Fraud and Financial Crimes division and an authority on emerging cyber risks to financial institutions.

The experts, along with 29 others on 13 panels, will dissect timely subjects ranging from the money laundering risks of virtual currencies, to FATCA’s looming implementation and impact, to the vital importance of cybersecurity for financial institutions.

“Financial criminals are changing their tactics every day, and public and private sector professionals have to be ready to adapt with them,” says Charles Intriago, president and founder of ACFCS and a pioneer of the money laundering field. “We are pleased to have leading experts who can teach attendees to be ready for today’s challenges and tomorrow’s threats in all fields of financial crime.”

Below are brief biographical sketches of the latest speakers. Full information is available from the website here.

  • Michael Benardo, Chief, Cyber Fraud and Financial Crimes, FDIC, Washington, DC
    Chief of the FDIC’s Cyber Fraud and Financial Crimes Section of the Division of Risk Management Supervision, he oversees all aspects of the agency’s fraud-related initiatives, including establishment of regulatory policies, procedures and best practices for the more than 7,200 financial institutions insured by the FDIC. He plays an instrumental role in developing and implementing fraud-related supervisory programs for financial institutions, including examination techniques.
  • Hon. Ryan Pinder, Minister of Financial Services, Nassau, Bahamas
    Member of the Parliament of The Bahamas and Minister of Financial Services in the Cabinet since May 2012, he is responsible for establishing policy for the financial services industry. He carries a varied portfolio, including trade and industry and establishing the International Commercial Arbitration Center in The Bahamas. An attorney admitted to practice in The Bahamas and the State of Florida, where he is a Florida Bar Board Certified Tax Attorney, previously he served as an international tax and commercial consultant at OL Private Corporate Counsel, Ltd.
  • Serrin Turner, United States Federal Prosecutor, Department of Justice, New York
    A United States federal prosecutor in Manhattan, the Southern District of New York, he specializes in prosecuting cybercrime cases. He was the lead prosecutor in the celebrated criminal cases against Liberty Reserve, a digital-currency service that was indicted for money laundering and Ross William Ulbricht, the owner and operator of Silk Road, a Bitcoin-based online market for illegal drugs. A magna cum laude of Harvard Law School in 2000, he served as an Honors Program attorney of the Civil Division in the US Department of Justice. Later, he served as an Assistant US Attorney in the Civil Division of the US Attorney’s Office in Manhattan.

Conference gives comprehensive training for private and public sector professionals

Over the course of 13 panels, the ACFCS 2014 Conference gives knowledge and insight on the most critical topics in diverse financial crime fields, including one of the leading compliance issues of the day – the requirements of the US Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act.

“FATCA is not just about tax evasion, but covers the entire financial crime spectrum. Its looming deadlines for financial institutions worldwide present an unprecedented challenge, which is why we have three panels dedicated to this crucial law,” said Charles Intriago.

“Threat finance is one of the most pressing and cutting-edge financial crime issues that touches nearly every financial institution globally, and that’s why we are focusing on it, also,” he added.

The Conference will also probe how advanced data analytic tools can support counter- financial crime efforts in the panel Making ‘Big Data’ Your Ally – Using advanced analytics to improve compliance, due diligence and performance.

ACFCS is a global member organization that offers the Certified Financial Crime Specialist (CFCS) certification, the only credential that verifies the skill and competency of professionals across all fields of financial crime. ACFCS also offers training, analysis and community to its worldwide audience of private and public sector specialists.

For more information on the 2014 conference and to register now, visit

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