Rachel Crabtree is Manager with Alvarez & Marsal Disputes and Investigations in Washington, DC. She specializes in financial crimes compliance and investigations, which includes anti-money laundering (AML), counter-terrorism financing (CTF), sanctions, fraud, bribery, and corruption. Ms. Crabtree brings more than five years of experience providing organizations with advisory, investigative services, and program improvement. She applies an innovative perspective to operational and conceptual problems, leveraging her sanctions expertise and investigative background.
Her notable work includes conducting an independent test of the compliance program for a securities broker dealer; contributing to the drafting of guidance on AML program operations for a government contractor; assisting in a high-profile fraud investigation on behalf of one of the largest metropolitan areas in the United States; resolving Ultimate Beneficial Ownership (UBO) and sanctions issues for eastern European financial service firms; collaborating in a broad-scope OFAC investigation involving Middle Eastern and Asian banks; performing enhanced due diligence (including blockchain analysis), supporting the legal team on requests from regulators, and assessing the compliance program for cryptocurrency exchanges; and analyzing documentation and financial statements for multiple small claim fraud investigations.
Prior to joining A&M, Ms. Crabtree served as a Senior Investigator at a Fortune 200 global financial institution in their Financial Crimes Investigation Unit. In this role, she advised, recruited, and coached financial crimes investigative teams on the transaction monitoring program for correspondent banking, and evaluating activity for risk indicators of financial crimes (i.e. money laundering, fraud, sanctions, terrorist financing, and all forms of trafficking). Ms. Crabtree also developed the tracking platform for sanctions escalations from the transaction monitoring unit in Florida while acting as the primary liaison to the sanctions advisory team in the New York office. She co-drafted and delivered presentations and training on U.S. sanctions laws to existing and incoming investigators.
Ms. Crabtree earned her bachelor’s degree in International Affairs and Economics from Florida State University and her master’s degree from the John C. Whitehead School of Diplomacy at Seton Hall University specializing in International Economic Development and Law. She is a Certified Anti-Money Laundering Specialist (CAMS) and a Certified Fraud Examiner (CFE). She is a member of the Association of Certified Anti-Money Laundering Specialists (ACAMS) and of the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners (ACFE). She is also a published industry author.