Jacqueline Blaesi-Freed

Assistant Director, Consumer Protection Branch, US Department of Justice
Jackie Blaesi-Freed is an Assistant Director with the Department of Justice's Consumer Protection Branch. In her time with the Department, she has handled a variety of civil and criminal consumer protection matters, including matters involving scams targeting at the elderly, unsafe food and drugs, abusive telemarketing practices, and odometer tampering. Jackie assists the Department’s outreach and coordination efforts for its Elder Justice Initiative, Transnational Elder Fraud Strike Force, and Money Mule Initiative. A Kansas native, Jackie’s interest in consumer protection predates her interest in the law and arose when she was a housing and credit counselor for a nonprofit organization.
11:00 AM – 12:15 PM

The Future of FinCrime Threats Jan 28

Mules, Pros, and Whales - Money Laundering's Changing Ecosystem

Like much of the legitimate business world, money launderers faced a crisis when COVID shutdowns and pandemic safeguards disrupted their typical operations. But money launderers, especially sophisticated ones, will never let a crisis go to waste - instead, they innovated and adapted, using lockdowns to expand alternate money laundering channels or create new ones. Organized crime rings and professional money launderers turned in particular to money mule networks, often recruited unwittingly from those newly unemployed or scammed on social media. This rise of online money mule rings is blurring the lines between fraud and money laundering, and creating new challenges for financial institutions and law enforcement.

In this session, hear from experts from the FBI and the US Department of Justice on:

    • The steps they're taking to combat mule networks
    • How mules intersect with higher-level professional laundering operations
    • What you can do to assist in the ever-evolving battle with launderers

Jackie Blasei-Freed

Josh Macdiarmid