January’s AML Professional of the Month was awarded to Stephen Brent Sargeant, CAMS, CBP. Sargeant was recognized for his experience in the anti-money laundering (AML) field. He presently works as an AML investigator and law enforcement liaison at industry-leading cryptocurrency exchange Bitfinex. He has previous AML experience working for HSBC as an AML investigations manager and has acquired many AML and cryptocurrency designations including the Certified Anti-Money Laundering Specialist (CAMS), Certified Bitcoin Professional (CBP), Certified Cryptocurrency Forensic Investigator (CCFI) and Certified Cryptocurrency Investigator (CCI).
He is a fintech enthusiast and enjoys learning about bitcoin, blockchain and the future of the financial ecosystem. Passionate about helping others, he has written articles and produced podcasts on LinkedIn for professionals in the financial crime compliance field. He has also collaborated with many industry leaders in creating events for foreign professionals and women in compliance. He is a frequent speaker on blockchain investigations at national AML and cryptocurrency conferences.
In addition, Sargeant has coauthored ACAMS Today articles with Peter Warrack (chief compliance officer of Bitfinex) and others that discuss cryptocurrency suspicious indicators and is a contributing author to the Project Participate report, which is a compilation of suspicious indicators, typologies and other significant risks in the cryptocurrency industry. It was created with other industry leaders for regulators, law enforcement and other industry stakeholders.
Do you have a mentor who has actively influenced your AML career path in a positive way? Does someone in your network exemplify excellence in AML? Recognize their commitment: Nominate them for ACAMS AML Professional of the Month.