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First Wednesday Series - U.S. Secret Service Statutory Obligations and Investigative Scope
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Topics include statutory review of the U.S. Secret Service investigative mission to protect the nation’s financial infrastructure, and a discussion of trends in financial institution fraud, and cyber crime, and the corresponding impact to the private sector.

Joseph A. Kefer, Assistant to the Special Agent in Charge, U.S. Secret Service

Joseph Kefer has been a Special Agent with the U.S. Secret Service since 2003, and was initially assigned to the San Francisco Field Office, where he investigated counterfeit currency and credit cards, and threats against U.S. Secret Service protectees. In 2009, Kefer moved to Washington D.C., assigned to the Counter Assault Team, providing physical protection to the President, Vice President, and other Secret Service protectees. In 2013, Kefer was assigned to the Presidential Protective Division, providing physical protection to the President, his family, and members of his administration. At the conclusion of 2016, he transferred to the Chicago Field Office, and is currently the Assistant to the Special Agent in Charge of the Cyber Fraud Task Force. Since being in Chicago, he has worked a multitude of financial crimes investigations, including counterfeit currency manufacturing, counterfeit check manufacturing, counterfeit credit card fraud and manufacturing, embezzlement, and a wide variety of financial institution fraud. Kefer is also responsible for training new agents to the Chicago Field Office, and coordinate our Search and Arrest Warrant Team.

John M. Geiringer, Partner, Barack Ferrazzano LLP, Chicago

John Geiringer is a Partner at the law firm of Barack, Ferrazzano, Kirschbaum & Nagelberg LLP. As the Regulatory Section Leader of the Firm’s Financial Institutions Group, John concentrates his practice on regulatory, governance, and investigative matters involving financial institutions.

He is a frequent speaker and author in the financial institutions area on issues surrounding banking regulations, examinations, and enforcement actions. John teaches banking law and regulation at Chicago-Kent College of Law’s Graduate Program in Financial Services Law and serves on the board of advisors of its Institute for Compliance. He is the co-editor of the two-volume edition, Advising Illinois Financial Institutions, in which he wrote a chapter on bank enforcement issues, and is the co-author of the chapter “Bank Examination and Enforcement” in The Keys to Banking Law: A Handbook for Lawyers (2017). John is a vice-chair of the American Bar Association’s Banking Law Committee and a past chairman of its Enforcement, Insider Liability and Troubled Banks Subcommittee and its Bank Secrecy Act/Anti-Money Laundering Subcommittee. He also is a former chairman of the Chicago Bar Association’s Financial Institutions Committee.

John also devotes significant time to Bank Secrecy Act and anti-money laundering issues. He is on the advisory board of the Anti-Money Laundering Association and is the president of its Midwest Chapter. He has frequently lectured on the subject, including at Georgetown University’s Center for Security Studies, Boston University School of Law, and Chicago-Kent College of Law, where he serves as a co-director of its Center for National Security and Human Rights Law (and its Consortium for the Research and Study of Holocaust and the Law). John serves as a Distinguished Lecturer for the Master of Arts in Financial Integrity (MAFI) Program at Case Western Reserve University School of Law. He is the editor and author of a chapter in the upcoming book, Countering the Financing of Terrorism: Law and Policy, and is a Certified Anti-Money Laundering Specialist (CAMS).

Prior to joining the Firm in 1999, John was both a bank regulator and a compliance consultant. He served as legal counsel for the Illinois bank regulatory agency. John also obtained practical experience with respect to bank operations and compliance issues as a regulatory consultant with a regional accounting firm, performing compliance reviews and training for a variety of financial institutions.

 

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