16 January 2019

No Onsite Registration Permitted  

On Wednesday, 16 January, from 11:00 AM-1:30 PM, SOFWERX will host an Illicit Finance meeting where representatives from the Department of Defense, law enforcement, institutions of higher education, and the financial services industry come to share information and discuss joint-collaboration efforts at hand. James Castaño, Special Agent and Private Sector Coordinator for the FBI, will be leading the discussion regarding topics such as civil rights, human trafficking, financial crimes, and business email compromise.

James Castaño, Guest Speaker

Mr. Castaño, a 19-year veteran of the FBI and a 20-year veteran of the United States Navy with a total of 30 years of Government service.  He currently serves as the FBI Tampa Field Office’s Private Sector Coordinator conducting outreach for the FBI.

In June 1999, Mr. Castaño was assigned to the New York Office where he served on Cyber, WCC, and JTTF squads.  He was a Secondary Relief for the Terrorist Financing Squad and served as a member of the Crisis Negotiation, HAZMAT, and Rapid Deployment Teams. Shortly after 9/11, he deployed to Khartoum, Sudan, in support of PENTTBOM.  As a RDT Team Leader he deployed to Baghdad, Iraq and Hurricane Katrina.  As a HAZMAT team member he worked on the AMERITHRAX investigation.

In February 2003, Mr. Castaño was promoted to Lieutenant Commander and mobilized with the Navy Reserve and deployed to NAVCENT, Bahrain in support of Operations Iraqi Freedom and Enduring Freedom where he advised the Fleet Commander on force protection matters in the CENTCOM AOR.  He was awarded the Navy Commendation Medal.

From 2008 to 2016, Mr. Castaño was promoted to Supervisory Special Agent (SSA) and assigned to various leadership positions within the FBI to include serving one year at CIAHQ, in Langley, Virginia.

From 2016 to November 2018, Mr. Castaño was the SSRA of the Pinellas RA, Tampa Division where he led and managed the FBI’s Pinellas Resident Agency to mitigate the criminal threat in Pinellas County, Florida to include complex financial crimes, violent crime, and civil rights.

Prior to entering the Federal Bureau of Investigation, Mr. Castaño served over seven years as a Surface Warfare Officer onboard USS SOUTH CAROLINA (CGN-37), USS ANCHORAGE (LSD-36), and USS ARCTIC (AOE-8) and a Naval Gunfire Liaison Officer with 1st ANGLICO, United States Marine Corps.  In 2013, he retired from US Navy Reserve with 20 years of combined active and reserve service.  He was born and raised in Tampa, Florida, achieved the rank of Eagle Scout in 1987, and is a 1991 graduate of United States Naval Academy, in Annapolis, Maryland.  He and his wife Paula were married in 2006 in Basking Ridge, New Jersey, and have five daughters.

What is Illicit Finance?

Illicit Finance (IF) is at the forefront of the international agenda. Governments, academia, and the financial services industry worldwide are joining forces to combat fraud, money laundering, tax evasion, cryptocurrency, international bribery, and human trafficking. Although the exact scale of the problem is unknown, IF has devastating effects on economies. Now is the time to develop best practices and determine where efforts should be targeted to make the most impact.

Tentative Schedule

10:30 AM – 11:00 AM Check-In (Auditorium Doors Open at 10:30 AM)
11:00 AM – 11:10 AM Welcome Remarks
11:10 AM – 12:00 PM Discussion Led by James Castaño
12:00 PM – 12:15 PM Q&A Session
12:15 PM – 12:30 PM Closing Remarks
12:30 PM – 1:30 PM Lunch and Networking (Lunch Available for Purchase from Food Trucks)
1:30 PM Optional SOFWERX Tour

How Can You Participate?

Submission Request: CLOSED

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