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LA ACFE Money Laundering Panel

April 25, 2018
5:00 PM PDT to 8:00 PM PDT
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The California Club
538 S. Flower Street
Los Angeles, CA 90071

Money laundering prosecutions are on the rise globally and fraudsters are devising increasingly complex schemes and abusing the financial system to obscure the origin of illicit gains. This month we will have a panel discussion with Stephanie Yonekura, partner at Hogan Lovells and former Assistant US Attorney, Anthony Orlando, Director of Nationally Coordinated Investigations Unit for IRS Criminal Investigation, and Victor Cardona, Vice President of BSA Corporate Governance and Training at Opus Bank. Each expert comes with case studies and war stories of the special challenges of money laundering investigations.



 Stephanie Yonekura

Stephanie Yonekura is a partner at Hogan Lovells US LLP in the Investigations, White Collar and Fraud practice group. Stephanie represents clients in white collar defense, internal investigations, and civil business litigation. Her practice focuses on securities and financial institution fraud, cybercrime, and national security matters.

Prior to joining Hogan Lovells, Stephanie was the Acting United States Attorney for the Central District of California and a line Assistant U.S. Attorney for 14 years. She served on national committees for white collar fraud, cybercrime and intellectual property, and border and immigration and was the founder and chairwoman of the office’s first Diversity Committee to highlight diversity, to assess the diversity needs of the office, and to reach out to minority groups at law schools and bar organizations to educate them about the mission of the U.S. Attorney’s Office.

Stephanie is a member of the Board of Directors for the Library Foundation of Los Angeles and the Japanese American Bar Association.  Stephanie received her undergraduate and law degrees from UCLA.  


 Victor Cardona

Victor Cardona is currently Senior Vice President, BSA Officer at Mechanics Bank located in Irvine, CA. Victor has been in banking since 2004, specializing in BSA/AML compliance since 2005.

Victor has oversight responsibility of Mechanics Bank’s BSA/AML and OFAC compliance program, along with their Financial Intelligence Unit (FIU). Prior to this, Victor was the Vice President of BSA Governance and Training at Opus Bank in Irvine, Ca where he managed the bank’s enterprise wide BSA Risk Assessment program, Quality Control program, policies and procedures, and training. Prior to joining Opus Bank, Victor was the BSA Officer for Plaza Bank in Irvine, CA. Victor joined Plaza Bank from City National Bank in downtown Los Angeles where he was their Assistant Vice President, BSA Risk Officer. Victor was promoted to this position within City National from Senior Compliance Analyst where he investigated the bank's most complex and high-profile SAR investigations.

Victor started his banking career with Farmers & Merchants Bank of Long Beach as a teller before quickly moving into their BSA Department. While at Farmers & Merchants Bank, Victor also represented the bank as the Financial Institution Liaison with the Long Beach Elder Abuse Prevention Team.

Victor received his Bachelor's Degree from Cal State Dominguez Hills in Accounting and his MBA from Utica College in Economic Crime & Fraud Management. Victor also attended the police academy at the Golden West College Criminal Justice Training Center where he received a Certificate of Achievement in Criminal Justice. He has been a member of ACAMS since 2007 and is a Certified Anti-Money Laundering Specialist (CAMS). Victor also sits on the Executive Board for the ACAMS Southern California Chapter and has served on the faculty of the BankersOnline BSA/AML Top Gun Conferences since 2015.


 Anthony Orlando

On May 1, 2017, Anthony J. Orlando was named to the newly formed position of Director of Nationally Coordinated Investigations Unit for IRS Criminal Investigation.  Mr. Orlando is responsible for the strategic program planning, development, coordination and the implementation of programs that are national and international in scope. As Director, Mr. Orlando is responsible for identifying and developing high impact tax and money laundering investigations in diverse areas such as international, employment taxes, virtual currency and corporate fraud.  In addition, Mr. Orlando is tasked with identifying new and emerging threats and piloting innovative ideas.

Criminal Investigation's top law enforcement priorities are designed to promote tax compliance, address emerging areas of fraud, and meet the needs of the law enforcement community by supporting national crime initiatives. The Criminal Investigation Program Strategy is comprised of three interdependent programs: Legal Source Tax Crimes; Illegal Source Financial Crimes; and Narcotics-Related/Counterterrorism Financial Crimes.  These enforcement programs encompass CI’s investigative jurisdiction in the areas of tax, money laundering, and currency crime violations.  Criminal Investigation must investigate and assist in the prosecution of those significant financial investigations that will generate the maximum deterrent effect, enhance voluntary compliance, and promote public confidence in the tax system.

Mr. Orlando began his career with the Internal Revenue Service in 1995 as a Special Agent in San Diego, California.  In 2005, Mr. Orlando was selected as a Supervisory Special Agent in the St. Paul Field Office.  In 2008, he was selected as a Senior Analyst in Special Investigative Techniques Section based in Washington, DC, where he worked until his appointment to Assistant Special Agent in Charge in the Los Angeles Field Office in January 2011.  In February 2016, Mr. Orlando began a 14-month acting detail as the Acting Special Agent in Charge of the Los Angeles Field Office where he directed the activities of CI’s 175 employees spanning across two federal judicial districts—the Central and Southern Districts of California.

Mr. Orlando has a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science with a Minor in Economics and a Master’s of Science Degree in Accountancy.  Mr. Orlando is also the recipient of an Honor Award bestowed by the Secretary of the Treasury for his overseas work on a Treasury Financial Jump Team.

The learning portion of the evening will qualify for 2 hours of CPE (Continuing Professional Education).

5:00 to 6:00 PM: Registration and Networking
6:00 to 8:00 PM: Meeting, Dinner, and Discussion

Ticket price includes dinner, beverages, and dessert. Entrée choices are Veggie, Chicken, or Salmon.


THE CALIFORNIA CLUB 538 S. Flower Street Los Angeles, CA 90071
Please do not park at the California Club itself.

Established in 1887, the beautiful California Club is located in the heart of downtown Los Angeles and serves as an outstanding home for our monthly meetings. The California Club is located at 538 South Flower Street in Los Angeles. Many parking structures are located within one block of the Club, the nearest (next door) being the Westlawn Garage at 524 South Flower Street. The after 4:00PM rate at the Westlawn Garage is $8.The dress code is business casual (no denim, shorts, sneakers, etc.)

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