Susan Lea Smith

Senior Counsel, AML Compliance
Western Union

SUSAN LEA SMITH is the Senior Counsel for Anti-Money Laundering Compliance for Western Union.  Ms. Smith joined Western Union in April 2013. As Senior Counsel, Ms. Smith is responsible for handling legal matters, related to federal and state anti-money laundering laws and regulations, and advising the Company on compliance with state and federal financial laws and regulation, including the Bank Secrecy Act, the Patriot Act, and others. Additionally, she provides advice and training to the Compliance Department. Working with the Compliance Department, she helps to identify, assess and prioritize risk related to AML compliance. She also makes recommendations to senior legal and business management to mitigate risk. Prior to joining Western Union, Ms. Smith was a Senior Trial Attorney with the Asset Forfeiture and Money Laundering Section, Criminal Division, U.S. Department of Justice.  Ms. Smith began in the original Money Laundering Section November 1991, and during her initial years with that Section, was primarily a litigator, investigating and prosecuting money laundering cases in various districts throughout the United States.  Ms. Smith prosecuted and investigated cases involving attorneys, accountants, and businessmen who had laundered money derived from drugs and various white collar crimes.  In July 2000, Ms. Smith was awarded The John Marshall Award by Attorney General Reno for her work on "Operation Casablanca," the largest drug money laundering operation investigation then conducted by the United States. From 1994 to 2006, Ms. Smith concentrated her efforts on the Department’s international money laundering initiatives.   She was the Department of Justice representative to the U.S. Delegation at several multilateral anti-money laundering organizations, including the G-7 Financial Action Task Force, the Caribbean Financial Action Task Force, the Asia/Pacific Group on Money Laundering (APG), the Council of Europe Special Committee on Money Laundering Matters (PC-R-EV), the Organization of American States Group of Experts on Money Laundering, and the Summit of the Americas anti-money laundering initiative.  From 2006-2013, Ms. Smith’s work focused on national money laundering policy issues and she regularly taught at various seminars, both domestic and international. Prior to coming to the Justice Department, Ms. Smith was an Assistant Criminal District Attorney in Fort Bend County, Texas, for six years.  Ms. Smith also served as a member of the Judge Advocate General Corps of the U.S. Navy for five years prior to her becoming an Assistant Criminal District Attorney.  Ms. Smith recently retired from the Judge Advocate Corps in the Navy Reserves, with the rank of Captain.