Monita Varence (Communications Director) is a Financial Investigations Supervisor with the Royal Bahamas Police Force trained in cryptocurrency crime investigations and is experienced in assessing financial crime risk. She is a member of the Tracing and Forfeiture Task Force in the Financial Crime Investigations Branch. She is tasked with investigating complex money laundering, fraud, corruption, stealing and identity theft matters, utilizing highly specialized investigative techniques while complying with relevant legislation. She is presently an RBPF observer for CFATF regulatory meetings for the Bahamas delegation as it relates to the AML/CTF regime of the country. She has had numerous successful investigations and convictions of money laundering and fraud related offences in the jurisdiction.
She is the holder of an Associates of Arts in Office Administration (Honors) from the Bahamas Technical and Vocational Institute, Bachelor of Business Administration in Economics (Honors) from Omega College, and is presently pursuing the Bachelor of Laws at the University of the Bahamas. She holds numerous financial crime certifications including those from the United States Secret Service – Investigating Cryptocurrencies Course – (ILEA) and Certified Financial Investigator – (CFATF & European Union). She also holds numerous insurance designations from the Life, Management Institute including: FLMI, Level 1; Associate, Life Management Institute; Associate, Customer Service; and holds an Underwriting Certificate. She also has training from United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime in financial crime investigations and FATF Standards Training.