Karen O’Brien is an accomplished investigator with expertise in Fraud and Financial Crime. She was a police officer for sixteen year with the Toronto Police Service, Ontario, Canada, leaving with the rank of Sergeant after spending the last five years in the Fraud and Forgery Squad. She spent two years investigating financial crime in the Cayman Islands as a Detective with the Royal Cayman Islands Police before branching out to the private sector and specializing in compliance and Know Your Customer issues. Karen has assisted in investigations in the USA, Scotland, Isle of Man and the UK.
As a professional consultant, Karen has experience in the design and implementation of anti-money laundering (AML) policies and procedures, Know-Your Customer program reviews, risk analysis and risk management strategies, and AML training. Karen has created a designed Longbow Compliance Manager TM, a web-based training program and compliance tool that provides anti-money laundering training specific to various jurisdictions.
Karen is a Certified Anti-Money Laundering specialist and currently Chair of the Caribbean Task Force for the Association of Certified Anti-Money Laundering Specialists and she is also a member of the International Association of Financial Crimes Investigators. She also an Executive Committee Member of the Cayman Islands Compliance Association and sits on the Policy sub-committee.