Connie Fenchel is a Bates Strategic Advisor with more than 45 years of government and private sector experience in law enforcement, financial crimes, regulatory compliance, anti-money laundering (AML), and sanctions. Her expertise includes independent reviews and investigations, risk assessments, domestic and international training, expert testimony, and AML program development and remediation.
Connie is a former Deputy Director in the Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN) of the U.S. Department of the Treasury. She led the FinCEN effort to administer the recordkeeping, reporting, and AML provisions of the BSA and USA PATRIOT Act. She has also conducted numerous training seminars throughout the United States and internationally for law enforcement personnel, and the financial industry on money laundering. Connie has also led delegations to international conferences and multi-lateral meetings throughout the world. Before working at FinCEN, Connie has a lengthy career with the U.S. Customs Service in several senior-level positions.
Upon retirement from the government, Connie established AML Experts, Inc., an independent consulting firm assisting banks and non-banks in complying with AML laws and regulations. She has worked with hundreds of banks, credit unions, cryptocurrency companies, payment processors, money transmitters, precious metal dealers and others providing consultation and training.
Connie is active in various advocacy organizations and serves on several advisory boards for associations and financial companies.
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