Founder & Managing Director
West Coast AML Services, LLV
Mr. Neeley is a well-respected expert in the federal law enforcement BSA / Money Laundering Control Act field with over 25 years of firsthand experience investigating complex drug money laundering organizations, white collar financial crimes and terrorist financing. He successfully directed Departments of Justice and Treasury certified undercover financial task force operations against Mexico and Colombia drug trafficking cartels for the U.S. Customs Service Office of Investigations, Headquarters, Washington, DC. He was a key figure in the most significant drug money laundering investigation in U.S. history, which involved the indictment and conviction of foreign banks and twenty bankers for violations of the BSA/AML. He served at the U.S. Embassy Ottawa, Canada and Den Haag, The Netherlands, and briefed trade-based AML operations he ran to U.S. Ambassadors in Colombia and Panama, members of Congress, senior management at the Treasury and Justice Departments and Italy’s Anti-Mafia. He supervised Counter-Terrorist Financing investigations and undercover operations in response to the September 11, 2001, terrorist attack.
In August 2016, Mr. Neeley concluded a six-year position with the Department of the Treasury, Special Inspector General for the Troubled Asset Relief Program after working hand in glove with Department of Justice prosecutors and the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation, Inspector General, conducting highly complex grand jury investigations and prosecutions of financial institutions and bankers under Treasury’s $850 billion “Bank Bailout.” Concerned about risks to depository institutions developing BSA compliance programs to offer services to the state-legal cannabis industry, he created West Coast AML Services.
Lending to the Cannabis Industry