Financial crime expert Garry Clement named as ACFCS executive director

MIAMI — The Association of Certified Financial Crime Specialists (ACFCS), a BARBRI professional association, today announced Garry W.G. Clement, CFCS, CFE, CAMS, has been named executive vice president and executive director. Clement, who has been serving as a senior strategic advisor to the association, brings to bear more than three decades of law enforcement and financial crime compliance experience and expertise. In a related announcement, ACFCS financial crime and compliance expert, Brian Kindle has been named vice president, product development and content.

“The news is filled each day with stories — whether around the Panama Papers or fraudulent activity closer to home — that demonstrate the clear need for an integrated and cohesive approach to identifying and preventing financial crime,” said Stephen Fredette, CEO and Chairman of BARBRI. “ACFCS is committed to creating a progressive approach and collaboration among professionals to solve this growing global problem. It’s obviously much bigger than just anti-money laundering. We’ve made tremendous strides in offering best-in-class resources, education and certification opportunities, and look forward to accelerating our efforts with Garry’s industry leadership and Brian’s well-known innovation and expertise in products.”

Clement is an internationally known speaker, author and trainer in the financial crime arena. He served as the national director for the Royal Canadian Mounted Police’s Proceeds of Crime Program, in addition to working as an investigator and undercover operator. Clement is certified in the Certified Fraud Examiners and Association of Certified Anti-Money Laundering Specialists, in addition to his certification as a financial crime specialist.

Since 2007, Clement has worked as a consultant with a focus on financial crime and independent money laundering reviews for the money services business industry, credit unions and securities firms. He has been consistently called upon to speak at national/international conferences, and before boards of directors and senior management forums focusing on all aspects of financial crime, including cyber-crime.

“I am excited to take an expanded role in educating our financial community on financial crime issues,” said Clement. “The more cohesive and collaborative our approach, the more success we’ll experience as an industry. ACFCS plays a vital role in that success and I look forward to continuing our contributions.”

The ACFCS will be hosting a significant and timely Financial Crime Conference in New York City at the Yale Club June 1 and 2. Highlighted sessions will include “Breaking the Shells – Assessing the Fallout of the Panama Papers for Compliance, Investigations and Policy” on June 1,with current and former federal prosecutors, legal experts and policy advocates exploring the far-reaching impact of the financial crime scandal.

About ACFCS

The Association of Certified Financial Crime Specialists (ACFCS), a BARBRI Professional Association, is a worldwide organization for private and public sector professionals who work in diverse financial crime disciplines, including anti-money laundering, FATCA-tax evasion, FCPA-corruption, fraud, data analytics and security, compliance, regulation, enforcement and more. ACFCS awards the Certified Financial Crime Specialist (CFCS) certification to qualified candidates who pass a proctored examination offered at authorized testing centers around the world. Professionals in the financial crime field from more than 50 nations have already obtained the CFCS certification.

About the BARBRI Group

The BARBRI Group companies meet the legal education needs of law students and attorneys throughout their careers with expert instruction and innovative technologies. At the core of The BARBRI Group Companies is BARBRI Bar Review, which has helped more than one million U.S. lawyers pass the exam. In addition to law school and bar review offerings, the company provides specialized ongoing skills training and certifications in areas such as financial crime and eDiscovery. The BARBRI Group affiliated companies work to improve legal learning in the United States and around the world by providing superior opportunities for law schools, law firms and law-related businesses to prosper. Founded in 1967, The BARBRI Group is headquartered in Dallas with offices throughout the United States and around the world.

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