Introduction to Bitcoin / Blockchain

· Virtual Asset: FATF definition of Virtual Assets
· Bitcoin / Blockchain 101: Non-technical description of Bitcoin and how the Blockchain operates
· Characteristics: List and explain the various features of Bitcoin (specifically)

Bitcoin and AML

· AML Risks / Concerns: Go into detail about the financial crime implications and risks of Bitcoin and similar virtual assets/cryptocurrency
· Financial Crime: Discussion about the several ways illicit actors facilitate money laundering using Bitcoin and other cryptocurrency
· Risk Based Approach: Not all Cryptocurrency transactions are suspicious. How we approach obtaining source of funds info etc
· Risk Assessments: Balancing privacy ethos of cryptocurrency and Compliance. Being able to identify counter-party risks (small exchanges using big exchanges to access liquidity)

Differences Between Cryptocurrency and Traditional AML investigations:

· Real-Time Investigations: Centralized nature of exchanges allow them to conduct investigations as they process the transaction
· Non-Face to Face On-boarding: Having an understanding of global identifications and using image verification tools
· Blockchain Analytic Tools: You can’t track cash, but you can track Bitcoin and determine if it has exposure to any illicit service providers. Challenges with privacy coins like Monero
· Information Sharing: Project Participate and open sharing because you can provide cryptocurrency addresses to other third parties, which can’t be done by financial institutions

Regulations / Legislation

· FATF: Discussion about the new and proposed amendments to guidance that FATF has released about Virtual Assets/ Cryptocurrency
· Jurisdictional Specific  Regulation: Discussion about the changes in legislation specifically in APAC / MENA and how that impacts Compliance Programs

Case Study

· Case Study (if applicable time): A case study on how some get involved in money laundering using crypto and Darknet Markets
· Flow of Funds: Understanding how money laundering happens in the traditional financial ecosystem and on the blockchain


· Career Development: How to develop your skills, personal brand and increase your connection during COVID-19 and beyond.
· So You Want To Get Into Crypto: Brief discussion on some of the resources, certifications and soft skills that would be needed to enter the Blockchain and/or Cryptocurrency Compliance world

Takeaway / Handouts

· After Presentation: You will receive a copy of the presentation materials, including slides and links to all applicable resources.
· Q + A: There will be a Q + A at the end of the presentation to address additional questions.


About the Presenter:
Stephen Brent Sargeant, Deputy Manager, AML Investigations, provides consultancy services to industry leading cryptocurrency exchange, Bitfinex. Stephen has experience conducting complex blockchain investigations and actively contributes to working groups and public private partnerships. He shares insights into the intersection of Cryptocurrency and AML in his training programs.

CE Credit:
This program has been accredited for HRCI, SHRM, CLE, and CPE credit. A certificate of completion will be provided via email after completing the program. If you have questions about how to receive credit, please contact Antoinette Smith at [email protected] or [email protected].

  • Prerequisites: None
  • Program Level: Intermediate
  • Field of Study: Computer & Software Applications
  • Format: Live Webcast
  • Credit Type: QAS Self-Study


Faculty Member
Stephen Sargeant

Stephen Brent Sargeant, Deputy Manager, AML Investigations, provides consultancy services to industry leading cryptocurrency exchange, Bitfinex. Stephen has experience conducting complex blockchain investigations and actively contributes to working groups and public private partnerships. He shares insights into the intersection of Cryptocurrency and AML in his training programs.

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AZ 1.25 General
CA 1.25 General
CO 1.5 General
CT 1.25 General
DE 1.3 General
FL 1.5 General
GA 1.3 General
HI 1.25 General
IA 1.25 General
ID 1.25 General
IL 1.25 General
IN 1.3 General
KS Not Available General
KY 1.25 General
LA 1.3 General
ME 1.25 General
MN 1.25 General
MO 1.5 General
MS Not Available General
MT 1.25 General
NC 1.25 General
ND 1.25 General
NE 1.25 General
NH 1.25 General
NJ 1.5 General
NM 1.2 General
NV 1 General
NY 1.5 General
OH 1.25 General
OK 1.5 General
OR 1.25 General
PA 1 General
RI 1.5 General
SC Not Available General
TN 1.25 General
TX 1.25 General
UT 1 General
VA Not Available General
VT 1.25 General
WA 1.25 Law and Legal Procedure
WI 1.5 General
WV 1.5 General
WY 1.25 General

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HR Credits

Credit Value Type Format
HRCI 1.25 Business
SHRM 1.25 General

Accounting Credits

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