Connie Fenchel has a broad range of law enforcement, regulatory and management expertise spanning 35 years in the areas of governmental and private-sector regulatory compliance, financial crimes and customs violations.She is President of AML Experts, Inc., an independent consulting firm specializing in anti-money laundering, the Bank Secrecy Act and customs matters. Her expertise includes independent reviews and investigations, threat/risk assessments, domestic and international training, monitorships, expert testimony and anti-money laundering program development. Her clients include banks, money transmitters, check cashers, jewelers, pre-paid access providers and government agencies.
Connie served as the Deputy Director of Operations and the Executive Assistant Director of Law Enforcement Policy for the Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN) from 1999-2003. She led FinCEN’s effort to more efficiently and effectively administer the record keeping, reporting and anti-money laundering provisions of the BSA and USA PATRIOT Act. In this role, she conducted numerous training seminars throughout the U.S. and internationally for law enforcement personnel and the financial industry on money laundering, the BSA and the USA Patriot Act. She also led delegations to international conferences and multi-lateral meetings throughout the world.
As the Executive Director of Operations for U.S. Customs Service (USCS), Office of Investigations, Connie was responsible for the direction and oversight of all investigations conducted by USCS Special Agents, including smuggling, illegal export and money laundering investigations. During her tenure as Director of Operations, she directed the largest undercover money laundering investigation in U.S. history. She has also held law enforcement positions as the Director of Strategic Investigations, USCS; Special Agent in Charge for USCS in Dallas, Texas; Chief of USCS Financial Investigations Branch; U.S. Customs Special Agent; Senior Special Agent and Group Supervisor.
Connie holds a master’s degree in Management from National Louis University and a bachelors degree in Criminal Justice from the University of South Florida. She is a member of several professional organizations, including the International Association of Chiefs of Police, Women in Federal Law Enforcement, Federal Law Enforcement Officers’ Association and Association for Certified Anti-Money Laundering Specialists (ACAMS).