Roy is a highly accomplished leader, investigator, compliance and risk manager, practice builder and former Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) Special Agent, with close to 30 years’ experience conducting financial and racketeering investigations involving money laundering and its predicates. He is recognized for his skills in developing and executing strategies to uncover complex and illicit financial transactions, along with weaknesses in the compliance frameworks of financial institutions, gaming entities, payment processors and labor unions.
After launching his early career at Arthur Andersen and Lehman Brothers, Roy spent 17 years in the US FBI where he investigated complex criminal cases including bank fraud, bribery and corruption, bid-rigging, money laundering, racketeering, and organized crime. He represented the FBI as the case agent in a seven-year, multi-billion-dollar, international money laundering investigation targeting the offshore, illegal online gaming industry. Liaising with U.S. and foreign government officials, Roy facilitated both the criminal and asset forfeiture investigations with the United States Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of New York (“SDNY”).
Roy was then hired by Exiger as a money laundering subject matter expert, to lead teams of Financial Crime Compliance (“FCC”) experts on the Department of Justice (“DOJ”) mandated monitorship of HSBC Bank (“HSBC”). The focus of this monitorship was HSBC’s FCC function, which included anti-money laundering and sanctions controls. Here Roy helped build and launch Exiger’s investigation’s practice which led numerous high-profile investigations including several relating to the $2.0 billion PDVSA embezzlement scheme. Whilst here, Roy won and led numerous investigations and compliance matters for payment processors and gaming companies.
Prior to joining FRA, Roy was on-line gaming company DraftKings’ Vice President and Head of Regulatory Affairs. The multi-faceted role involved leading DraftKings regulatory affairs, fraud and AML transaction monitoring, responsible gaming and payments teams. He led an end-to-end review of the Fraud and AML Transaction Monitoring functions, conducting a risk assessment and gap analyses, resulting in risk-ranked and prioritized recommendations matrix. In a short period of time he successfully increased the profile of the Fraud, AML and Responsible Gaming functions across the entire company, resulting in significantly improved efficiency and effectiveness.