The Greater Phoenix ACAMS Chapter launched on September 12, 2012. Over 60 attendees enjoyed hors d’oeuvres and the opportunity to network with others from financial institutions, financial product service entities, regulatory agencies, casinos, the Phoenix Police Department, the IRS, Homeland Security and other businesses. An overview of chapter membership benefits was presented by chapter co-chair/membership director Will Voorhees and chapter co-chair Hemant Mirchandani. Benefits of ACAMS membership and upcoming national events were presented by Andrea Winter from ACAMS. Several attendees won raffle prizes including two registrations for the upcoming ACAMS 11th Annual AML & Financial Crime Conference to be held in Las Vegas, Nevada on October 1–3, 2012.
A presentation was made by our sponsor, Safe Banking Systems (SBS) www.safe-banking.com, on Lessons Learned Without the Pain: Finding Gaps in Your AML Program BEFORE the Regulators! The presentation discussed the Wachovia/HSBC case, the Rothstein and TD Bank case, and the Gino Carlucci case in Arizona. Each was discussed in detail and then summarized with AML red flags to be learned from the case. One attendee noted “I’m investigating a similar type of case now and hadn’t thought of viewing it in this way. This will help with my investigation!”
Thank you to all who helped to make our launch event such a success!