MIAMI, Aug. 14, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Association of Certified Anti-Money Laundering Specialists® (ACAMS®) will host over 1,500 financial crime professionals and thought leaders at its 11th Annual AML & Financial Crime Conference, October 1-3, 2012, at Aria in Las Vegas, including world renowned financial crime expert, Richard Weber, Chief, IRS Criminal Investigation. Weber will present a special keynote address on IRS-CI's role and efforts in the fight against financial crimes worldwide, and the intersection between tax crimes and money laundering, among other issues.
"For more than a decade, the ACAMS AML & Financial Crime Conference has been recognized as the financial crime community's trusted source for regulatory updates, peer networking and practical application of the latest best practices in AML compliance and financial crime prevention," said John Byrne, Esq., CAMS, ACAMS executive vice president. "As the industry works towards increased reporting and meeting global due diligence standards, such as those required by FATCA or jurisdictions responding to FATF, among others, the inclusion and support of Chief Weber at this year's conference reinforces ACAMS' commitment to build partnerships and facilitate an open dialogue between the private and public sectors in the fight against financial crimes," continued Byrne. "We are honored to have him participating in the conference."
A two-time recipient of the Attorney General's John Marshall Award, the highest honor for Justice Department lawyers, for his work in promoting law enforcement's use of asset forfeiture, Mr. Weber oversees a worldwide staff of over 4,000 employees, including approximately 2,700 special agents who investigate potential criminal violations of the Internal Revenue Code and related financial crimes, including money laundering, narcotics, and terrorist financing. He has had a long and illustrious career, and has conducted numerous major money laundering investigations and prosecutions, including some of the largest forfeitures ever entered against financial institutions for sanctions violations.
"2012 has been a year of significant change within the AML compliance community, and it is our mission to continue to serve our more than 13,500 members worldwide with a no-nonsense, hands-on approach to understanding all changes. The 11th Annual Conference responds to the AML and financial crime-fighting community with the ideal forum to meet their daily regulatory and legal challenges," concluded Byrne.
In addition to this year's acclaimed keynote speaker, more than 100 prominent experts are set to lead over 50 in-depth sessions on myriad of essential topics such as keeping pace with global regulatory changes, combating new forms of terrorist financing, emerging trends in digital wallets and digital commerce, and leveraging Financial Intelligence Units (FIUs).
About the Association of Certified Anti-Money Laundering Specialists® (ACAMS®)
ACAMS is an international membership organization dedicated to enhancing the knowledge and skills of AML and financial crime professionals from a wide range of industries. It serves over 13,500 members in 160 countries with extensive resources designed to develop and sharpen the skills required for superior job performance and career advancement. Its CAMS certification is the most widely recognized AML certification among compliance professionals worldwide. Visit www.ACAMS.org for more information.
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