April’s AML Professional of the Month was awarded to Aaron Kahler, CAMS, CFE, CCI. Kahler was recognized for his knowledge of the anti-money laundering (AML) field. He is the founder of the Anti-Human Trafficking Intelligence Initiative (ATII). He also has over 15 years of experience in the financial services industry working with institutional clients within banking, capital markets, brokerage, asset management, money services businesses, cryptocurrency exchanges, hedge funds and private equity funds. He is an AML, Bank Secrecy Act (BSA), USA PATRIOT Act and Office of Foreign Assets Control regulatory compliance subject-matter expert who also specializes in financial crimes investigation, investigative due diligence and know your customer.
Prior to founding ATII, Kahler held a number of management consulting roles, private industry senior-level roles and practice leader roles in AML and BSA compliance as well as financial crimes within the financial services industry. Early in his career, he worked with the New York State Office of the Attorney General as a consumer frauds bureau investigator and he investigated child pornography while interning for Mastercard’s security and risk management department. Kahler was also a director of AML market planning for LexisNexis.
Kahler has authored a number of articles for publications such as the ABA Banking Journal, Fraud Magazine, ACAMS Today and Bank Systems & Technology. He has also been quoted in several publications on new and emerging industry news such as The Wall Street Journal, Dow Jones Newswires, Reuters and Cointelegraph. Kahler currently holds a favorably adjudicated top-secret security clearance and is a licensed private investigator in the state of North Carolina. He earned a Bachelor of Science in economic crime investigation from Utica College of Syracuse University.
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