Pete Bott is a Senior Associate for Cryptocurrency Investigations and Compliance based in Washington, DC. Over several years working with government agencies, technology-led and crypto-focused companies, Pete has specialized in tracing digital assets across multiple blockchains, identifying cryptocurrency laundering typologies and obfuscation techniques, fiat-to-crypto conversion, emerging crypto trends, and investigative training.
Pete is a subject matter expert in the intersection of cryptocurrency and counterterrorism, state-sponsored operations, scams, weapons trafficking, fraud and augmenting sophisticated blockchain analysis techniques with open-source intelligence (OSINT). He has worked on multinational investigations supporting law enforcement and national security organizations in North and South America, Europe, Asia-Pacific and the Middle East.
Prior to joining FRA, Pete was an analyst at leading blockchain analytics company TRM Labs, where he created a program to track and monitor cryptocurrency use by international extremist organizations, and lead over three thousand on-chain investigations. This resulted in numerous leads for international law enforcement and private sector Financial Investigation Units (FIUs) and the disruption of financial campaigns. Pete also has extensive experience authoring complex blockchain investigation reports and using visual graphs to explain complicated money laundering typologies and follow of funds.
Working with the FBI, Pete supported dozens of complex terrorism financing investigations by conducting OSINT collection and analysis, cryptocurrency tracing, and traditional financial asset tracing, resulting in multiple searches, seizures, and arrests. Pete also drafted comprehensive intelligence reports and provided cryptocurrency training for FBI Agents and federal prosecutors. Most notably, Pete played a critical role in the DOJ’s first terrorism-based cryptocurrency seizure, resulting in the disruption of three terrorist cyber-related campaigns.
Pete also previously worked for several Information Technology consulting companies supporting financial investigations for the FBI’s Counterterrorism Division, to include Sotera Defense Solutions, KeyW Corporation, and Halcyon Group International.
Pete’s cryptocurrency investigations background is fortified with certifications in Chainalysis Reactor Certification (CRC), TRM Crypto Fundamentals Certification (TRM-CFC), TRM Certified Investigator (TRM-CI), TRM Advanced Crypto Investigator (TRM-ACI), and TRM Certified Compliance Specialist (TRM-CCS). He holds a Bachelor of Arts in International Relations from George Washington University, a postgraduate certificate in Financial Crime Investigation from Utica College, and a Master of Science in Digital Forensics from the University of Central Florida.