The mission of the ACFCS Phoenix Chapter is to bring together private sector, law enforcement, and regulatory professionals to collaboratively enhance the education and effectiveness of the multi-dimensional fight against financial crime. Our purpose is to help industry professionals improve results in financial crime detection, investigation, and prevention. The Chapter promotes ACFCS as a platform for collaboration between public and private sector financial crime specialists to facilitate the sharing of best practices.
The Chapter Board
Tony Diefert (Co-Chair) is a Senior Manager at Charles Schwab, working in financial Crimes Risk Management. He conducts complex Enhanced Due Diligence and Periodic Reviews on new and existing high-risk clients, collaborates with the Special Risk Team, and frequently assists the Global Sanctions team. Tony is a marijuana-related businesses subject matter expert and a mentor in the company’s Aspiring Leader Program.
Prior to joining Charles Schwab, Tony spent 20 years as a Detective on the Phoenix Police Department. During his tenure, he infiltrated and successfully prosecuted criminal organizations, identity theft and fraud rings, as well as narco-traffickers.
Tony holds a Bachelor’s degree in Communication Studies, minor in Political Science from Northeastern University in Boston, M, a MBA from the University of Arizona, and is a Certified Financial Crimes Specialist.
Elias Kokaly (Co-Chair) is an Anti-Money Laundering Specialist and deployment strategist for TRM Labs, a blockchain analytics company that provides anti-financial crime solutions to crypto businesses, financial institutions, and government agencies. In this role, Elias guides TRM’s private sector clients through onboarding and ensures they are successfully leveraging the TRM platform — from establishing a risk-based anti-money laundering program to efficiently conducting crypto investigations. Prior to joining TRM, Elias was Special Investigations Team Lead at cryptocurrency exchange Bittrex. In this role Mr. Kokaly lead a team engaged in complex investigations, acted as a law enforcement liaison, and managed special projects.
Rob DeCampos (Programming Director) has over 11 years of compliance experience in Financial Institutions, large MSBs and general FinTechs. Rob currently serves as The Head of The AML Office for Intuit Inc (makers of TurboTax, Quickbooks, Mint, Credit Karma and MailChimp). Rob is responsible for leading the AML Office at the enterprise level and all of Intuit’s subsidiaries which involves reporting to each independent board entity. Additionally, Rob oversees all BSA/AML elements involved in strategic partnerships associated with various Intuit products both foreign and domestic. Rob is also in charge of enterprise compliance oversight related to Card Brand, NACHA and Brand Risk Management.
Prior to his role with Intuit, Rob held the Group Manager responsibilities at PayPal for Operational Compliance for BSA/AML, Sanctions and Brand Risk Management managing expansive operational departments in the US as well as APAC. Before joining Intuit, Rob began his AML career as a Senior Investigator for American Express’ Financial Intelligence Unit. Rob holds a JD from Northeastern University and has been CAMS designated since 2012.
Rich Lebel (Event Manager) is the Executive Director of the Transaction Record Analysis Center (TRAC), an organization that manages a financial transaction database, accessible to law enforcement only, and which contains global money service business remittance data. Additionally, TRAC provides training to law enforcement and the financial sector throughout the United States on detecting criminal activity found within the global remittance sector.
Prior to joining TRAC, Rich enjoyed a 22-year law enforcement career in the State of Connecticut and with the Phoenix Police Department, including time working on multiple task forces. Rich’s investigative experience primarily included investigating large scale drug trafficking and money laundering organizations operating along the Southwest Border. Rich has presented at law enforcement and financial conferences, both nationally and internationally, on methods utilized by criminal organizations to move illicit funds through the financial system. Rich is a Certified Anti-Money Laundering Specialist (CAMS), and earned a Bachelor of Science in Justice Studies from Arizona State University.
Gabriella Westfall (Event Manager) was a City of Phoenix Police Officer/Detective for 22 years, retired in August of 2021. She worked as a Detective for 16 years of her career working major cases in Crimes Against Children, Homicide, Money Laundering and Racketeering. Her training and experience include Cryptocurrency, Human Trafficking, Money Laundering, Conspiracy and Counter Threat Finance Investigations.
Gabriella is the founder and sole proprietor of Justice Tax Services, a Phoenix based business specializing in Income Tax Preparation and IRS representation. She has been in business since 2014.
The Chief Financial Officer for Addison’s Army Against Melanoma, a 501c3 nonprofit started in 2012 to bring education and awareness to melanoma (skin cancer). Her responsibilities have included fundraising (golf tournaments, motorcycle rides), grant writing, educational seminars and creation of educational materials, and lobbying on Capitol Hill for funding.
She is also the Treasurer/Secretary/ Board member of the Residences at Belmonte HOA. Here duties include annual budget preparation, selection of vendors for services in the Community, enforcing and complying with association governing documents.
Matt Coates (Communications Director) here! Soon to be based back in the Phoenix area after a stint in Tucson. I am excited to join the ACFCS Phoenix Chapter board and looking forward to helping grow this community! A little about myself: I have been in the anti-financial-crimes space for the last 7 years. Starting out in insurance fraud investigations & AML compliance reporting in the US and globally to now building out global compliance programs. The majority of this time has been spent working for firms such as PayPal, Intuit, and now Etsy. I currently lead Etsy’s compliance efforts to build out their CDD, EDD, & AML functions within the EU and US. I have obtained my CAMS certification and am currently studying for the CFCS certification.
In my free time, I enjoy spending time with my family (4 kiddos) getting outdoors hiking, fishing, camping and exploring US National Parks. Huge Star Wars & Marvel fan and you often find me watching a Liverpool game on the weekends or reading/listening to a book when a quiet moment is found.
Premkumar "Prem" Subramanian
Premkumar “Prem” Subramanian (Secretary) has over 2 decades of professional experience in Compliance, Risk Management and Internal Audits. He currently works with Oracle in their Financial Services Global Business Unit for the last 14 years. Previously, he started his career as a banker and worked in various compliance and audit related roles. In Oracle he spear heads the compliance related projects for various financial services across North America and Europe. He loves to travel and has widely travelled almost all the continents across the globe. He loves to update himself and always considers a student in both personal and professional life. By qualification, he is a Chartered Banker, UK, Certified Management Accountant, Certified Anti Money Laundering Specialist, Certified Fraud Examiner, Certified Information System Auditor, Certified Data Privacy Solutions Engineer, Project Management Professional, TOGAF Certified Architect, Certified Cryptocurrency Investigator, Professional Risk Manager, CCSK and MBA from Indian Institute of Management. His mission in life is to save people from being victims / predators of financial crimes. He wants to spend his rest of life towards fulfilling his mission as way of giving back to the society.
Aaron Ludwig (Treasurer) is the founder and Managing Director of The Counterracketeering Group, the Managing Member of Ludwig Law Offices, and a professor at Arizona State University teaching criminal law, white collar crime, and organized crime.
Aaron headed the racketeering and asset forfeiture section of the Arizona Attorney General’s Office (a nationally recognized counterracketeering pioneer responsible for the then-cutting edge racketeering prosecution of, and $94 million settlement with, Western Union for aiding and abetting money laundering by human traffickers) and in combination with his previous, C-level executive and entrepreneurial experience, Aaron is highly successful at solving business, government, and law enforcement problems with innovative solutions.
Prior to joining the Attorney General’s Office, Aaron was appointed as a Maricopa County trial court judge (pro tem) for nine years, served as a securities fraud and street crimes prosecutor in other law enforcement offices, and founded and operated his own law firm specializing in management and risk consulting, transactions, and litigation, all after he rose to Vice President, General Counsel, and Chief Legal Officer of the Phoenix-based pension/retirement funds investment accounting firm Fiduciary Advisors, for which he previously served as Business Development and Finance Manager.
Vic Maculaitis (Chapter Advisor) is the Founder and Co-Managing Partner of i3strategies, a strategy consultant that advises financial institutions, investors, and FCRM solutions providers. After starting his career in the USG after 9/11, Vic entered the private sector in 2006 and has served as a board-appointed Chief AML Officer at both FDIC and OCC supervised banks. Vic has done five in-house tours of successfully remediating and transforming AML programs under regulatory scrutiny and/or enforcement. Vic has also been a principal advisor to numerous global bank clients during enforcement actions and congressional inquiries.
Vic was the Founding Partner of the Financial Crimes Advisory practice at AML RightSource, prior to the firm being acquired by Clarion Capital Partners. Vic subsequently founded and operated a data and tech startup for four years. An alum of UCLA Anderson School of Management, Vic also holds degrees from Walsh University and The University of Akron.
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