New York City

Join a community that stays on top of Fincrime trends and offers unique career development opportunities

New York City

Join a community that stays on top of Fincrime trends and offers unique career development opportunities

The ACFCS New York 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 New York Chapter is helping to 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.

OUR MISSION

To enhance our members understanding of financial crime and to deliver the latest in detection and prevention strategies.

OUR VISION

To promote information sharing and networking among a diverse membership base featuring experts from the private sector, regulators, and law enforcement.
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Arlington Gordon

Co-Chair

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Arlington Gordon (Co-Chair) is the Manager for ABN AMRO’s Corporate and Investment Banking, KYC onboarding team in New York.

He has 13 years of banking experience, having worked at JPMorgan Chase, Itau Unibanco and BNY Mellon to name a few. Previous roles involved KYC/AML programs, OFAC, audit & regulatory projects; AML systems launch and being a team leader.

Arlington has a Bachelor of Arts in Government from John Jay College of Criminal Justice and a master’s in international Affairs from The New School. He is a Certified Financial Crimes Specialist (CFCS), Certified Anti-Money Laundering Specialist (CAMS) and Certified Compliance and Regulatory Professional (CCRP).

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Robert Loh

Co-Chair

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Robert Loh (Co-Chair) is based in Huron Consulting Group’s New York City office and focuses his practice on assisting clients who face complex and highly sensitive matters including allegations of financial crimes including the misappropriation of funds, money laundering, Ponzi schemes, bribery, campaign finance violations and employee misconduct. He has conducted investigations in coordination with federal law enforcement and regulatory agencies such as the Department of Justice, various United States Attorney’s Offices, Securities and Exchange Commission, and the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

Rob also has been retained as an expert or consulting witness in a range of litigation matters including white-collar criminal defense cases, wage and hour disputes, shareholder disputes, breach of contract claims, ability-to-pay, and the analysis of economic damages.

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Sharon S. Burrell

Programming Director

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Sharon S. Burrell (Programming Director) recently joined American Water as Head of Quality where she is overseeing Corporate Quality. She was previously employed by State Street Corporation responsible for 15 agile teams in China, India, and US. Sharon spent 5 years with TD Bank as VP of Quality for Front office and Commercial Business Units. She was responsible for Regulatory and Fraud testing for all customer facing applications.

Prior joining TD Bank, Sharon worked for Bellcore and Telcordia where she was Executive Director of Software Quality Assurance and managed over 250 people. Sharon championed a quality process infrastructure and assurance operation representing over 150 million lines of code that standardized processes, and assured quality and customer satisfaction. During her time at Bellcore, Sharon was instrumental in Bellcore achieving CMM Level 5 and received the President’s Award for her work and innovation.

Sharon is known as a high energy, fiscally conscious, problem-solving individual. She is a goal-drive technology profession who approaches each business challenge and opportunity with her passion and confidence.

Sharon devoted herself to her community; she is a former board member for New Jersey Odyssey of the Mind (a creative problem- solving competition for grades 3-12. Sharon enjoys Volleyball and reading in her spare time.

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Lisa Concepcion

Programming Director

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Lisa Concepcion (Programming Director) is a Director at UBS serving as a PMO for a consent order remediation of Americas clients as well as managing the Enhanced Due Diligence onboarding team for the Financial Crime Prevention Private Bank and Financial Services Market Access Group. Prior to that she worked at JP Morgan as the Global Head of the Financial Crime Risk Review for Wholesale and Retail Banking.

Lisa has 14 years of compliance experience and holds a Bachelor of Arts from Wellesley College. She is a Certified Anti-Money Laundering Specialist (CAMS), Certified Compliance and Regulatory Professional (CCRP) and in US Law and Methodologies.

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Glenn Dinetz

Programming Director

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Glenn Dinetz (Programming Director) started his law enforcement career with the Washington County Sheriff’s Office while attending Marietta College in Ohio as part of a government grant program. Upon returning to New Jersey, while attending Rutgers University in Newark, he was a Special Patrolman with the Millburn Police. Shortly after receiving his MBA, he was recruited into the New Jersey Division of Criminal Justice as an Investigator. While there, he investigated all types of fraud as well as high-profile criminal cases. For several years, he was assigned to a joint State-FBI Healthcare Fraud task force.

Mr. Dinetz transitioned from law enforcement into the private sector where he concentrated on governance, risk and compliance matters. Commencing with American Management Systems, where he worked his way to Principal in the Insurance Technology Group, he was recruited by KPMG where he became a Partner in KPMG’s Strategic Services Consulting Group. Mr. Dinetz also held positions with Deloitte Consulting as a Partner and was Head of Compliance Solutions at Dun & Bradstreet.

As a result of the events of 9-11, Mr. Dinetz formed Greystone Intelligence, a private investigation and intelligence firm. Greystone Intelligence is focused on the prevention and detection of Financial Crime. Over the past 20 years, he has provided services for many of the top global financial services in the areas of anti-money laundering and anti-bribery and corruption. Greystone Intelligence also provides enhanced due diligence services for companies across the globe.

Mr. Dinetz has provided training and lectures in the EU, India and China focused on Identity, Money Laundering, and other areas of Financial Crime.

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Beth Berenbaum

Communications Director

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Beth Berenbaum (Communications Director) is the owner and principal consultant at BDB Global Consulting LLC. She has an in-depth knowledge of Financial Crime (AML/BSA/Fraud, CTF), Risk Management, EDD/CDD, CIP, OFAC, as well as extensive experience with several automated KYC (Customer OnBoarding), AML (Transaction Monitoring), and OFAC (Sanctions Screening) monitoring systems. With over 20 years of learning & development, training, business analysis and consulting experience in software, financial services, staffing and healthcare organizations, Beth is highly respected by her clients and peers as a subject matter expert in many areas.

Beth began to focus her career on Compliance and Financial Crime when she joined Prime Associates (now FIS, formerly Metavante) as the Director of Educational Services. While there. she created training programs for the Prime Compliance Suite of software and delivered training to over 50 clients during her time there. Beth immersed herself in learning as much as possible about the reasons the software was needed by institutions, as well as what the clients needed the software to do. She worked with the development team at Prime to improve the product so that it better met the clients’ needs.

Beth left Prime for a position with Fortent, where she managed the Training Staff and was part of the team that ensured clients’ needs were met. In this regard, she worked with clients individually and in User Groups, bringing their feedback and her knowledge to the leadership committee to help improve the products. Beth worked with her Training Staff to create and deliver high quality training programs for both customers and internal staff. Feeling it was necessary for the implementation team to understand what the customer used the software for, she developed internal training on related regulations and programs in KYC, AML and OFAC, as well as customer relations.

Since leaving Fortent, Beth has worked as an independent consultant, performing independent reviews, testing, and system validations, as well as creating and writing AML programs and manuals, policies and procedures, and risk assessments.

Beth is a Certified Financial Crime Specialist (CFCS) and Member of the Charter Class, being one of the first to take and pass the exam in April 2013. She was one of a group of industry SMEs to help create the initial exam and exam prep manual. Most of her contributions remain to this day. She also founded the original ACFCS NY Chapter and was President of the Chapter for four years.

Beth received her Certified AntiMoneyLaundering Specialist (CAMS) in November 2005.

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Frank Finizia

Membership Director

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Frank Finizia (Membership Director) is a Vice President managing the New York financial crimes regional testing team within the Global Financial Crimes Department at Mitsubishi UFJ Financial Group (MUFG). In that role he is responsible for developing and executing testing programs for all areas of financial crimes. Frank has over 15 years of experience in Internal Audit and Compliance performing all aspects of operational and compliance audits for high-profile institutions. Previously, he was an Internal Audit project manager responsible for KYC/AML program plan development, department build out and reengineering.  

Throughout his career he has managed cross-functional teams and has been instrumental in streamlining internal control processes, enhancing productivity, and implementing system-based solutions. He is a Certified Financial Crimes Specialist (CFCS) and Certified Anti-Money Laundering Specialist (CAMS).

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Ryan Menke

Membership Director

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Ryan Menke (Membership Director) is currently the Assistant BSA Officer at Kearny Bank where he developed, implemented, and maintained a successful BSA/AML/OFAC Compliance Program. In this role, he maintains extensive knowledge of bank compliance regulations including Bank Secrecy Act, USA PATRIOT Act, and OFAC.

Ryan has over 10 years of industry experience working with International Financial Institutions as well as small Financial Institutions. He also maintains his CFE and ACAMS certifications in addition to the ACFCS.

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Francisco Ventura

Event Coordinator

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Francisco Ventura (Event Coordinator) is a Senior Director at FTI Consulting and is based in the New York office. He is a member of the Financial Services practice within the Forensic & Litigation Consulting segment.

Francisco’s expertise is in Financial Crimes, notably assessing Money Laundering risk of products for Financial Services clients and supporting adherence to U.S. statutes and regulations encompassing U.S. PATRIOT ACT, Dodd-Frank, Office of Foreign Assets Control and Foreign Corrupt Practices Act. Client types served include Capital Markets and Investment Banking, Corporate Banking, Retail Banking, Broker Dealer, Money Service Business and Correspondent Banking, among others.

Prior to FTI Francisco most recently served as Associate Director, in the role of AML Surveillance Manager for a foreign broker-dealer where he oversaw the annual AML Risk Assessment for the enterprise and New York Branch Capital Markets Division. Additionally, Francisco previously worked at a large U.S. financial institution where he was part of the implementation team responsible for conducting a gap analysis against core operations of a foreign affiliate’s Compliance program and integrating these into the parent company where he co-lead efforts in testing and fine-tuning of newly acquired Actimize Anti-Money Laundering solutions across various lines of business, focusing on Client Onboarding, Client Due Diligence, Sanctions, Transactional Monitoring and corresponding rule parameters, Suspicious Activity reporting and systemic on-going monitoring.

Francisco’s expertise is derived from many years of assisting financial institutions and working with regulatory bodies, including the OCC, FDIC, FRBNY, SEC, FINRA, CFTC and FinCEN. He has worked on AML compliance monitorships for domestic and foreign banks under enforcement actions. He has led cross-functional process and procedure implementation projects involving global sanctions operations, and best practices and compliance with U.S. regulations, ongoing audits and protocols in response to consent orders. Francisco has executed multiple annual AML/BSA/OFAC Risk Assessment Initiatives resulting in enhanced surveillance monitoring, identification, and resolution of policy gaps.

He has advised domestic and foreign financial institutions on exposures to high risk scandals, such as Madoff Ponzi scheme, Panama Papers, FIFA corruption, FCPA non-compliance and/or other suspicious activities identified through reviews of books and records. He has evaluated hundreds of high-risk relationships, advising businesses on corrective actions required to strengthen money laundering controls exposed through regulatory examinations. Francisco has conducted over 500 large-dollar investigations of complex high-risk cross border transactions, resulting in hundreds of Suspicious Activity Report filings, offsetting exposure to money laundering, legal, operational, and reputational concerns.

Francisco holds a M.B.A. from Whitman School of Management, Syracuse University. As a Certified AML Specialist and a Certified Financial Crimes Specialist, he brings expertise critical to combating white collar crime. Francisco serves as Event Coordinator to the Association of Certified Financial Crime Specialist New York Chapter.

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Bijesh Krishnan

Secretary

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Bijesh Krishnan (Secretary) is a Senior Manager in the Office of the Chief Operating Officer (COO), where he oversees operational resiliency and leads Business Continuity Management (BCM) for the Combined U.S. Operations (CUSO) of the Bank of Nova Scotia. Responsibilities include monitoring 30+ BCPs across five offices and 1,600+ employees within all U.S. businesses and functions. With a focus on mitigating risk for the Bank across the U.S. footprint and upholding a robust control environment, further responsibilities include compliance with all corporate and regulatory requirements and developing and maintaining associated frameworks supporting these initiatives.

With 17+ years of experience, Bijesh’s expertise is primarily in regulatory and risk-management across the following risk disciplines: Enterprise Risk, Liquidity, Model, Data, Third-Party, Operational Risk and Business Continuity. Prior experience includes auditing these risk stripes within Scotia and Standard Chartered Bank. Bijesh was also a Product Controller at Citigroup in the Institutional Clients Group managing the Corporate Loans portfolio and has experience in the BSA/AML space for the Consumer Bank. Bijesh began his career with Deloitte, serving banking, private equity, and real estate clients within the Audit & Enterprise Risk Services (AERS) practice.

Bijesh holds certifications with IIA’s Chartered Institute of Internal Auditors, Moody’s Analytics Credit Skills Assessment, and accounting from Siena College and holds a Bachelor in Science in Economics and Business from the University at Albany.

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Brian Golden

Treasurer

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Brian Golden (Treasurer) and his team have managed many of the IT and business process change initiatives for Morgan Stanley’s Global Financial Crimes Team since 2016. Prior to joining the Firm, Brian spent the last 11 years at various companies managing or providing consulting services across several financial crime related areas.

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See What Certified Financial Crime Specialists Are Saying

"The CFCS tests the skills necessary to fight financial crime. It's comprehensive. Passing it should be considered a mark of high achievement, distinguishing qualified experts in this growing specialty area."

KENNETH E. BARDEN 

(JD, Washington)

"It's a vigorous exam. Anyone passing it should have a great sense of achievement."

DANIEL DWAIN

(CFCS, Official Superior

de Cumplimiento Cidel

Bank & Trust Inc. Nueva York)

"The exam tests one's ability to apply concepts in practical scenarios. Passing it can be a great asset for professionals in the converging disciplines of financial crime."

MORRIS GUY

(CFCS, Royal Band of

Canada, Montreal)

"The Exam is far-reaching. I love that the questions are scenario based. I recommend it to anyone in the financial crime detection and prevention profession."

BECKI LAPORTE

(CFCS, CAMS Lead Compliance

Trainer, FINRA, Member Regulation

Training, Washington, DC)

"This certification comes at a very ripe time. Professionals can no longer get away with having siloed knowledge. Compliance is all-encompassing and enterprise-driven."

KATYA HIROSE
CFCS, CAMS, CFE, CSAR
Director, Global Risk
& Investigation Practice
FTI Consulting, Los Angeles

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