By Alisha Houlihan for AMLi
THE HEAD of the United States’ IRS-Criminal Investigation (IRS-CI) is to speak at the ‘European Anti-Financial Crime Summit 2024’ in Dublin on May 16, it was announced today.
Chief Jim Lee is responsible for overseeing a worldwide staff of nearly 2,900 CI employees, including approximately 2,000 special agents in 21 Field Offices and 11 foreign countries who investigate crimes involving tax, money laundering, public corruption, cyber, ID theft, narcotics and terrorist financing.
IRS Criminal Investigation (CI) serves the American public by investigating potential criminal violations of the Internal Revenue Code and related financial crimes in a manner that fosters confidence in the tax system and compliance with the law.
Earlier this month Chief Lee received the 2023 Presidential Rank Award as a Distinguished Executive (SES) Recipient from President Joe Biden. The award is among the most esteemed recognitions in career civil service.
The ‘European Anti-Financial Crime Summit 2024’ takes place at the RDS Convention Centre in central Dublin on May 16. It will hear from the top global speakers on AFC, FCC and AML. Dr Marcus Pleyer (FATF President 2020-2022) described this year’s summit, attended by more than 400 delegates, as “the event of the year.”
Chief Lee began his IRS Criminal Investigation career in 1995 and joins the stellar line-up of global AFC leaders for the upcoming May summit.
In 2003, James ascended to the role of Supervisory Special Agent in the New Orleans Field Office, Baton Rouge Post of Duty.
By 2006, James transitioned to the role of Headquarters Senior Analyst in the International Section, contributing to the Headquarters Financial Crimes Section.
His career advanced in 2008 when he became the Assistant Special Agent In Charge in the Boston Field Office, managing operations in Massachusetts, Maine, New Hampshire, and Vermont.
In 2010, he accepted the role of Special Agent In Charge of IRS Criminal Investigation’s New Orleans Field Office, responsible for Louisiana and Mississippi. His trajectory continued in 2013 as the Special Agent In Charge of IRS Criminal Investigation’s Chicago Field Office, entering the Senior Executive Service.
By 2015, James took on the role of Director of Strategy within IRS Criminal Investigation, overseeing critical program areas and fostering collaboration within the organization and with IRS counterparts. James holds a Bachelor of Business Administration Degree from Tiffin University.
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