Matthew S. Simas joined the U.S. Army in 2008 as a military police after earning a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice from Rhode Island College. Following a deployment to Iraq, Simas earned a master’s degree in criminal justice from Columbia Southern University. In 2011, he completed intense training to become a special agent with the U.S. Army Criminal Investigation Command, wherein he conducted felony investigations pertaining to various crimes.
In 2013, while a special agent, Simas began taking an interest in financial crimes and earned his Certified Fraud Examiner certification. In 2014, he left the active military and entered the Army Reserves. Simas was hired as a Bank Secrecy Act (BSA)/anti-money laundering (AML)/Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) analyst for First Republic Bank in Boston, Massachusetts. He specialized in identifying regulatory OFAC compliance issues and concerns.
In 2017, Simas transitioned to Avidia Bank in Westborough, Massachusetts as a BSA analyst and then a senior BSA/ AML analyst, where he monitors account activity for fraud and suspicious activity. Conducting more complex investigations, which often results in the writing of suspicious activity reports, motivated Simas to obtain his Certified Anti-Money Laundering Specialists (ACAMS) certification in November 2018. Simas’ most recent achievement was completing the Association of Certified Anti-Money Laundering Specialists (ACAMS) Fraud Certificate course.
In addition, Simas has a passion for teaching anyone interested in learning about various topics involving fraud, money laundering and terrorist financing.