Cynthia joined HSBC in 2014, serving first as the U.S. Head of the Financial Intelligence Unit, and then in 2017, moving to a global role as Head of Investigative Reporting, with oversight of embedding globally consistent investigative processes to ensure high quality reporting, both internal and externally, across regional and market level teams, handling cases generated from automated transaction monitoring, production orders, and internal referrals. Since 2021, Cynthia has also been involved with the design and implementation of a new transaction monitoring model – the Dynamic Risk Assessment.
Cynthia obtained a law degree from Brooklyn Law School. She was an Assistant District Attorney, New York County District Attorney’s office and a Trial Attorney at the U.S. Department of Justice, where her cases included prosecutions of Banco Popular, Riggs Bank and ABM AMRO Bank and she was the lead prosecutor on a case involving joint cooperative efforts with the People’s Republic of China on the prosecution of large-scale embezzlement and money laundering scheme committed by managers employed by Bank of China. She became the Organized Crime Strike Force Chief at the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of Florida where she supervised attorneys tasked with prosecutions of organized crime groups as well as served as a member of the SAR Review Team which consisted of prosecutors and law enforcement agents tasked with the review of and initiation of criminal cases based upon suspicious activity reports filed by financial institutions.
During the course of her career as a criminal prosecutor, Cynthia was a visiting law professor at European Humanities University, Minsk, Belarus and spent one year as the U.S. Department of Justice Resident Legal Advisor at the U.S. Embassy, Tashkent, Uzbekistan.
Global Head of Investigative Reporting