Discussing the US Department of Justice's focus on crypto and what comes next.
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A year ago next month, the U.S. Department of Justice announced the creation of the National Cryptocurrency Enforcement Team (NCET), building upon their Digital Currency Initiative (DCI), with a mission to “to tackle complex investigations and prosecutions of criminal misuses of cryptocurrency, particularly crimes committed by virtual currency exchanges, mixing and tumbling services and money laundering infrastructure actors."

Over the course of the last year, the NCET, consisting of Criminal Trial Attorneys and Assistant United States Attorneys from across the nation, has worked with law enforcement partners to investigate and prosecute crypto-related cases. These cases have ranged from darknet mixing services to insider trading, ICO scams to national security threats.

Beyond investigations and prosecutions, the NCET has been charged with responding to President Biden’s crypto executive order as agencies grapple with how to regulate in the digital assets space.

On October 7, TRM Talks is joined by United States Digital Currency Counsels, members of both the DCI and NCET, to talk about DOJ’s focus on crypto and what comes next.
U.S. Digital Currency Counsel, Money Laundering & Asset Recovery Section, Digital Currency Initiative/NCET, United States Department of Justice
Paul Hemesath is counsel to the Digital Currency Initiative at the Money Laundering and Asset Recovery Section in the United States Department of Justice. Previously, Paul served as an Assistant United States Attorney at the Eastern District of California for 12 years. Paul investigated and prosecuted cases involving ransomware, hacking and intrusion, dark web marketplaces, money laundering, Bank Secrecy Act violations, cryptocurrency, and other technology-related federal crimes. Paul is also a member of the newly formed National Cryptocurrency Enforcement Team. Paul graduated from UCLA with a political science degree, and he received law and foreign service degrees from Georgetown University.
U.S. Digital Currency Counsel, Money Laundering & Asset Recovery Section, Digital Currency Initiative/NCET, United States Department of Justice
Sanjeev Bhasker serves as U.S. Digital Currency Counsel with the US Department of Justice's Digital Currency Initiative (DCI) and National Cryptocurrency Enforcement Team (NCET), providing legal guidance and support to investigators, prosecutors, and government agencies on cryptocurrency prosecutions, seizures, and forfeitures. He previously served as an Assistant U.S. Attorney, providing trial and appellate litigation throughout the United States (WDNC, SDTX).
General Counsel, TRM Labs
Sujit Raman joined TRM as General Counsel after serving as Associate Deputy Attorney General at the United States Department of Justice (DOJ) and chair of the task force that authored the 2020 DOJ Cryptocurrency Enforcement Framework, bringing his expertise in data privacy, national security, cybercrime prevention and cryptocurrency.

Most recently a partner at the international law firm Sidley Austin LLP, Mr. Raman advised clients on myriad high-stakes issues including government investigations, cyber/data protection, and multibillion-dollar transactional matters, Mr. Raman previously spent nearly a dozen years as a federal prosecutor, culminating in his service as Associate Deputy Attorney General. In that role, he personally advised the U.S. Attorney General and Deputy Attorney General in their oversight of the nation’s cyber-related criminal and national security investigations and prosecutions. Mr. Raman also led DOJ’s policy formulation in a number of critical areas, including cybersecurity, cross-border data transfers and protection, and emerging technologies such as facial recognition and encryption.
Head of Legal and Government Affairs, TRM Labs
Ari Redbord is Head of Legal and Government Affairs at TRM Labs, a blockchain analytics company. Prior to joining TRM Labs, he served as a Senior Advisor to the Deputy Secretary and the Under Secretary for Terrorism and Financial Intelligence at the United States Department of Treasury. In this capacity, he worked with teams from the Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN), Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC), and other Treasury and interagency components on issues related to sanctions, the Bank Secrecy Act, cryptocurrency, and anti-money laundering strategies.

Previously, Mr. Redbord served as a Senior Assistant United States Attorney for the District of Columbia, where he investigated and prosecuted cases related to cryptocurrency, terrorist financing, sanctions evasion, export control, child exploitation and human trafficking. He has received numerous awards from FinCEN, the FBI, and the United States Attorney's Office, including the Attorney General's Award for leading an interagency task force dedicated to prosecuting those who abuse and exploit children.