Michael Cooke

District Asset Forfeiture Coordinator at U.S. Marshals Service

Greater New York City Area
Law Enforcement

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Michael Cooke's Overview

  • District Asset Forfeiture Coordinator at United States Marshals Service
  • Project Lead / QC SAR Reviewer at Lookback Project - Washington Mutual Corporation
  • AML Investigator - Ocean Bank at IPSA International
  • AML Project Manager at DOHA BANK
  • Lead AML Investigator at New York Community Bank / Atlantic Bank of New York
  • AML Investigator at Vitale AML Consultants, Inc
  • AML Investigator at Union Bank of California International
  • Task Force Officer / Investigator at N.Y.P.D. / Drug Enforcement Administration
  • DETECTIVE 2ND GRADE - INVESTIGATOR at DEA: Drug Enforcement Task Force
  • Task Force Officer at US Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA)
  • Detective 2nd Grade at New York City Police Department

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Michael Cooke's Summary


analysis, consulting, criminal justice, database administration, drafting, due diligence, executive management, finance, financial, law enforcement, lawson, lexis - nexis, management, meeting facilitation, microsoft, microsoft access, microsoft excel, microsoft office, microsoft outlook, microsoft powerpoint, microsoft word, personnel, photography, police, presentation skills, prime, reports, research, rfi, statistics, treasury, upgrades, vision, vista,

Michael Cooke's Experience

District Asset Forfeiture Coordinator

United States Marshals Service

Public Relations and Communications industry

September 2011Present (3 years 1 month) Eastern District of New York

Supervisory Forfeiture Financial Specialist

Forfeiture Support Associates

Privately Held; 1001-5000 employees; Government Administration industry

September 2009September 2011 (2 years 1 month)

I am presently a Supervisory Forfeiture Financial Specialist in the Office of the Dep. Attorney General, Executive Office of OCDETF, U.S. Dept of Justice, Washington D.C.
Manager for the Financial Investigator Contractors (FIC) program
Monitor and Audit several budgetary funds for the OCDETF program.
Manage several financial investigative components, budget, and administration of primary OCDETF funded programs throughout the United States.

Supervisory Forfeiture Financial Specialist

Forfeiture Support Associates

Privately Held; 1001-5000 employees; Government Administration industry

20092010 (1 year)


Mastershield Investigative Solutions LLC

June 2006November 2009 (3 years 6 months)

I am the principal in an BSA / Anti Money Laundering investigative consulting company. I also specialize in international federal & state asset forfeiture, money laundering investigations, AML project management, case management, complex financial investigations, and data mining are amongst many other professional attributes and services.

Project Lead / QC SAR Reviewer

Lookback Project - Washington Mutual Corporation

Public Company; 10,001+ employees; JPM; Financial Services industry

August 2008November 2008 (4 months)

Review previous & newly analyzed alerts for completeness and accuracy.
* Coordinate and instruct junior level banking personnel in proper BSA/AML analysis, KYC, CIP.
* Assist WAMU personnel with bank policy and procedures managing alert review process.
* Review & guide compliance analysts in SAR recommendations.
* Subject Matter Expert for escalation process.
Conducted QC review on a large group of junior AML Analysts & case preparation for SAR recommendations/review for an AML Lookback project.

AML Investigator - Ocean Bank

IPSA International

Privately Held; 11-50 employees; Security and Investigations industry

June 2008August 2008 (3 months)

I was an AML Investigator assigned to a U.S. branch for a foreign bank in Miami, Florida. I was primarily assigned to AML investigations & numerous SAR filings.
* Review & Investigate PRIME software alerts & SAR filings for Lookback project
* Review KYC & CIP profiles & internal bank records for investigations
* Conduct research & create case files according to Ocean Bank policy & procedures
* Generate case file with SAR recommendations

AML Project Manager


Public Company; 1001-5000 employees; DHBK; Banking industry

February 2007February 2008 (1 year 1 month)

One of two Case Managers overseeing the entire Lookback Project at Doha Bank.
Assisted in the creation of Case Management Application (CMA) software utilized for all investigations (Pouch Activity, In Clearing, LC's, wire transfers, KYC, CIP) during the Lookback Project for identifying AML and Terrorist Financing violations during the project.
Created guidelines, procedures, & templates to be used for all components of AML Lookback investigations (RFI process, Case Management, SAR process, etc.).
Monitored & updated all CMA upgrades and changes for Lookback Project
Supervised a team of approximately 15 investigators & additional support staff.
Prepared & created daily statistical reports for Doha Bank Management & ICS staff.
Assisted & conducted presentations to the Doha Bank Senior Management from Qatar & Bank Examiners of the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (OCC).
Worked alongside the OCC, Doha Bank, & ICS personnel to achieve project goals.
Created SAR recommendation process & supervised all aspects of SAR process
Conducted numerous activity weekly meetings with bank management & ICS Senior staff
Supervised all aspects of the CMA system, AML software (GIFTS & IBS), & IT daily monitoring for all Lookback staff.
Recruited experienced AML Investigators to participate in Lookback Project
Assisted with the drafting of the Final Lookback Report submitted to the OCC for review.
Supported a secondary Lookback Project being conducted by ICS with CMA software.


Lead AML Investigator

New York Community Bank / Atlantic Bank of New York

June 2006February 2007 (9 months)

Coordinate & Conduct AML Lookback Project for NYCB
Create case management system for Lookback Project, KYC, CIP.
Coordinate & conduct Cash Transaction Project for Atlantic Bank of New York.
Supervise investigators, establish guidelines, & complete both ongoing projects.
Coordinate reporting & writing methodologies for both of the above AML projects.
Training BSA Dept. personnel in SAR Filings & conducting AML investigations.
AML Softwares include Searchspace, Image Depot, Metavante, Webxtender, Total Plus, GIFTs, SAR V5, MICROSOFT Excel, Outlook, Word, etc.

AML Investigator

Vitale AML Consultants, Inc

March 2005April 2006 (1 year 2 months)

Public Company; 10,001+ employees; Banking industry

February 2005April 2006 (1 year 3 months)

BSA/AML Compliance project for correspondent bank.
KYC, CIP, OFAC, Enhanced Due Diligence, Case Due Diligence, SAR Filings with FINCEN.
Trained AML Analyst & new personnel in UBOCI for ongoing BSA/AML project & data systems.
Conducting complex AML Investigations as part of the Global Profile Group of UBOCI
Numerous AML software databases/searches(LEXIS-NEXIS, GIFTS, WORLDCHECK, ETC)
Proficient in MICROSOFT Word, Excel, Access, PowerPoint, CMS, etc.; Create & research EDD files for correspondent bank customers.


Task Force Officer / Investigator

N.Y.P.D. / Drug Enforcement Administration

Government Agency; 10,001+ employees; Law Enforcement industry

October 1993August 2004 (10 years 11 months)

I was a former N.Y.P.D. Detective assigned to the DEA Asset Removal Group. During this period I was conducting money laundering & asset forfeiture related domestic & international investigations. Active member of several asset forfeiture & SAR investigation committees representing the DEA during my tenure.


DEA: Drug Enforcement Task Force

Government Agency; 10,001+ employees; Law Enforcement industry

January 1993January 2004 (11 years 1 month)

Assigned to the Asset Removal Group in the New York Field Division of the DEA:
Drug Enforcement Administration.
Conduct asset forfeiture/money laundering training for law enforcement agencies worldwide, i.e., Royal Canadian Mounted Police, Irish Police Force, British Embassy Consulate General, and others.
Involved in numerous, complex asset forfeiture, fraud, & money laundering investigations.
Conduct investigations on petitions and judicial referrals and provide effective, expert testimony in state and federal courts in the field of asset forfeiture / money laundering.
Assisted in the creation of several asset forfeiture units in the U.S. and abroad.
Act as a liaison and assist in investigations with numerous U.S. Attorneys Offices relating to asset forfeiture and money laundering. Assisted in the creation of several asset forfeiture units worldwide.
Proficient in the utilization of CATS system in asset forfeiture/money laundering investigations.
Extensive knowledge in Bank Secrecy Act, Bank Fraud, and Anti-Money Laundering investigations.

Government Agency; 10,001+ employees; Law Enforcement industry

19932004 (11 years)

Detective 2nd Grade

New York City Police Department

Government Agency; 10,001+ employees; Law Enforcement industry

19842004 (20 years)


Police Headquarters

June 1991October 1993 (2 years 5 months)

Liaison for all incidents and daily operations for the Office of the Chief, O.C.C.B.
Assigned to the personal staff of the Chief of Security for the 1992 Democratic National Convention (DNC) and committee. Main point of contact in compiling, updating, and analyzing statistics that related to crime, security breaches, and incidents during the entire DNC.


Davila & Associates, Inc

January 1981January 1984 (3 years 1 month)

Licensed and Bonded Check Cashier by New York State Banking Department.
Managed several locations in managers absence; responsible for millions of dollars in transactions.
Accountable for confirming the official count of business transactions daily for a licensed check cashing and money services business as required by the NYS Banking Department.
Identified / prevented fraud & illegal banking transactions.

Michael Cooke's Skills & Expertise

  1. Criminal Justice
  2. Police
  3. Enforcement
  4. Due Diligence
  5. Analysis
  6. Research
  7. Fraud
  8. Finance
  9. Bank Secrecy Act
  10. AML
  11. OFAC
  12. KYC
  13. Investigation
  15. Certified Fraud Examiner
  16. Interrogation
  17. Private Investigations
  18. Anti Money Laundering
  19. Banking
  20. Internal Investigations
  21. Policy
  22. Criminal Investigations
  23. Risk Assessment
  24. Internal Audit
  25. Investigative Research
  26. Forensic Accounting
  27. Operational Risk
  28. Corporate Security
  29. Intelligence
  30. Physical Security
  31. Surveillance
  32. CAMS
  33. Counterterrorism
  34. Sanction
  35. Operational Risk Management
  36. Litigation Support
  37. Asset Forfeiture
  38. Intelligence Analysis
  39. Fraud Detection
  40. Background Checks
  41. Executive Protection
  42. Criminal Law
  43. Security
  44. Investigative Reporting
  45. Evidence
  46. Risk Management
  47. FCPA
  48. Financial Risk
  49. Auditing
  50. FinCEN

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