Zia Faruqui

Former Federal Prosecutor
Zia M. Faruqui was appointed as a United States Magistrate Judge on September 14, 2020.  He received a B.A. and J.D. from Georgetown University. Following law school, he was a litigation associate at Willkie Farr in Washington, D.C., where he focused on government investigations and general commercial litigation.  Judge Faruqui then served for twelve years as a federal prosecutor in the U.S. Attorney’s Offices in St. Louis and Washington D.C.  While there, he prosecuted cases involving terrorists use of cryptocurrency, North Korean weapons proliferation, darknet sites dedicated to child exploitation, and the theft of antiquities.  He also represented the Department of Justice at numerous conferences across the globe on financial crimes, cryptocurrency, and national security issues.
11:15 AM - 12:45 PM

A Look Back Jan 26

Taking Down Terrorists in Cyberspace - A Case Study of the Largest Action Against Cyber-Enabled Terrorist Financing

Last year, US law enforcement agencies announced a sweeping takedown of cyber-enabled financing campaigns tied to multiple terrorist organizations. US agencies targeted and dismantled efforts by Al-Qaeda, ISIS and others who were fundraising via cryptocurrencies and social media, seizing millions of dollars and over 300 crypto wallets in the process. In this case study session, hear from the IRS-CI Special Agent and former federal prosecutor who helped lead the investigation and prosecution of the landmark case. You'll get an inside look at how law enforcement followed digital trails back to terrorist financiers, guidance on warning signs and red flags that may be relevant to your financial institution, and insights on fostering effective public-private sector collaboration to counter bad actors utilizing new technologies.

Zia Faruqui

Chris Janzcewski