GeoComply hires leading cryptocurrency fraud investigator from Secret Service

By | April 11, 2023


GeoComply, a market leader in geolocation, fraud, and risk services has hired leading cybercrime expert and former US Secret Service Special Agent Michael Dawson to its Risk Services team.

Former Senior Special Agent Dawson joins GeoComply as Law Enforcement Liaison following over 23 years with the Secret Service, where he became one of the leading investigators of cybercrime, fraud, and money laundering related to cryptocurrencies.

“While automating fraud alerts is a big part of what we do to protect our customers, we have found that machines still don’t learn as fast as fraud evolves. Our fraud-fighting capabilities are therefore rooted in a blend of human analysis meshed with the very best that data science can provide,” said GeoComply’s Director of Risk Services, Danny DiRienzo.

The GeoComply Risk Services team has grown rapidly over the past year to cover all aspects of fraud and risk management, field compliance services, and law enforcement liaison. The team is designed to help our customers identify and address high-risk behavior from their customers, mitigate that risk, and escalate it to law enforcement agencies when required.

Dawson commented, “This feels like such a good fit for me because it allows me to continue the fight against fraud using GeoComply’s cutting-edge technology. Geolocation is such an effective tool. If more of the banks and platforms I helped had used GeoComply, it would have made investigations a lot simpler and the life of the criminals a lot harder.”

Dawson served as the lead case agent for a multi-agency Priority Transnational Organized Crime investigation called “Operation Crypto Runner”, which focused on identifying, mitigating, seizing, arresting and disrupting cybercrime money laundering globally.

Dawson joined the US Secret Service in 1999 as a member of the Electric Crimes Taskforce when the internet was still in its infancy. His experience over the next 23 years working with local and federal law enforcement, academia, and the corporate sector has seen him become a recognized subject-matter expert and frequent guest lecturer on fraud, money laundering, cryptocurrencies, and organized crime.

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