Katharine Goepp has nearly two decades of experience leading government initiatives to combat money laundering, corruption, and terrorist financing at both the Department of Justice and the Department of Treasury’s Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN). Currently, as a member of FinCEN’s Technology Division leadership team, Katharine oversees the implementation and expansion of FinCEN's Advanced Enterprise Analytics Program including advanced analytic capability development and applied data science and AI projects. Her work and team leadership directly responds to mandates from the Anti-Money Laundering Act and Corporate Transparency Act of 2020.
Ms. Goepp previously served as a Senior Advisor in FinCEN's front office and its Enforcement and Policy Divisions. In the Enforcement Division, she led strategic initiatives to improve Bank Secrecy Act (BSA) supervision and enforcement for all US financial institutions, including banks, securities broker-dealers, virtual currency and cryptocurrency exchangers, money transmitters, and casinos. She also led developing supervisory information sharing agreements with foreign counterparts, including negotiating and finalizing the agreement between the United States and Australia and leading the U.S. delegation to the International Supervisory Forum Plenary in 2018. Katharine also led critical investigations under FinCEN’s BSA enforcement and USA PATRIOT ACT section 311 authorities into some of the largest domestic and international financial institutions and pioneered FinCEN's program to examine high-risk financial institutions. These investigations led to the largest non-concurrent penalty ever assessed by FinCEN and contributed to the revocation of laws protecting bank secrecy in foreign jurisdictions. While in the Policy Division, Ms. Goepp was a key component of the FinCEN team for the FATF Mutual Evaluation of the United States in 2016, including as lead drafter for the FinCEN response to Immediate Outcome 3 on Supervision.
While at the Department of Justice, Ms Goepp was Senior Policy Counsel in the Asset Forfeiture and Money Laundering Section (AFMLS) of the Criminal Division. She was instrumental in revamping the U.S. statutes and regulations concerning asset forfeiture by developing and clearing legislative and regulatory text and garnering Congressional support. She drafted and provided subject matter expertise for Congressional testimony for senior leadership, including on beneficial ownership and kleptocracy. Ms. Goepp also represented AFMLS during the interagency crafting and implementation of the White House’s Strategy to Address Transnational Organized Crime in 2011 and during the implementation of the Arab Forum on Asset Recovery in 2012. During this time, she was a senior educator at the National Advocacy Center, regularly lecturing foreign and domestic law enforcement on U.S. money laundering and asset forfeiture laws and investigative techniques and published articles for prosecutors on forfeiture topics related to child exploitation and environmental crimes.
Ms. Goepp has a LL.M. in Intellectual Property, Commerce, and Technology Law from the University of New Hampshire Franklin Pierce School of Law, a JD cum laude from Western New England University School of Law, and a Bachelor of Science in Accounting from Franklin Pierce College.
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