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June 18, 2020 42 min
Everything You Need To Know About Cryptocurrency Compliance

Welcome to the episode that is everything related to Cryptocurrency and AML. Episode 3 of “WE WERE ON A BREAK” - Ross Voice. The series where the host, Stephen Brent Sargeant talks to industry professionals during the CoronaVirus (COVID-19) quarantine and gains industry insights and expertise. In this episode, we sit down with one of the first Financial Crime Compliance specialists in the USA to specialize in only cryptocurrency, Joseph (Joe) Ciccolo. He is the entrepreneurial founder of BitAML and ComplyFit, which are industry leading products and services that support the compliance needs of Blockchain and Cryptocurrency businesses. Joe discusses the varying cryptocurrency regulations in the USA, the positive impact FinCEN is having on the industry and he gets you up to speed as to why Bitcoin ATMs/Kiosks are emerging in certain states. Joe mentions some of the best crypto compliance professionals in Canada and we talk about how to operate a successful crypto business without ending up behind bars. Of course we end with how professionals can transition from traditional AML to crypto investigations and what it is like to run social media and be an entrepreneur. If you are looking to get into the Crypto Compliance industry, this is the man and episode for you. Enjoy and don’t forget to provide feedback, share with a friend or leave a review.

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Time Stamps (Return back to your favorite point of the episode):
• (1:45) – Intro To Joe And BitAML
• (3:05) – Why Only Provide Compliance Consulting For Cryptocurrency
• (5:55) – How To Switch The Narrative That Compliance Is A Cost Center
• (7:06) – Why FinCEN Has Done A Good In Setting The Compliance Tone
• (9:33) – How To Start A Crypto Business Without Ending Up In Jail
• (12:26) – Why Are ICOs So “Frothy”
• (15:34) – All You Need To Know About Bitcoin ATMs/Kiosks
• (18:36) – The Scene Of Cryptocurrency Compliance In 2015
• (22:12) – What Are Hiring Managers Looking For In Crypto Compliance Candidates
• (27:35) – What Is ComplyFit And What Does It Has To Do With The Sacramento Kings (nba)
• (31:16) – Branding And Marketing In Compliance
• (34:05) – What Are The Best Cryptocurrency Companies (MSB) Doing Well
• (37:07) – Where Does Joe Go When He Needs Updated Compliance Information


Stephen Brent Sargeant (Host)
• Linkedin (Best way to reach me) - linkedin.com/in/stephen-brent-sargeant-cams
• Instagram (Everyday type stuff) https://www.instagram.com/stephen_b_sargeant/
• Twitter (I communicate in GIFs) - https://twitter.com/lifesgt
• Business Related Matters (Let’s Collab): stephenbsargeant@gmail.com

Joe Ciccolo (Guest)
• LinkedIn: linkedin.com/in/joeciccolo (Loves LinkedIn)
• Email: joe@bitaml.com (best way to reach him)
• Personal Twitter: https: @AML_Report
• Company Twitter: @BitAML
• BitAML Website: https://bitaml.com/
• ComplyFit Website: complyfit.com
• Industry Leading Blog: https://bitaml.com/blog/

Resources
• Sample SAR Narrative (need to download): https://bitaml.com/resources/#edd-free-download-modal
• Cryptocurrency Certified Continuing Education: https://bitaml.com/banking-law-enforcement/
• OFAC’s Bitcoin Blacklist Could Change Crypto (Article): https://www.coindesk.com/goodbye-fungibility-ofacs-bitcoin-blacklist-remake-crypto
• ACFCS (Member Spotlight): https://www.acfcs.org/member-spotlight-for-joe-ciccolo-a-passion-to-learn-share-leads-to-growing-crypto-aml-practice/
• LAB Radio (Episode 13 Podcast) https://coinstructive.com/labradio-ep13-joseph-ciccolo-bitaml/
• A Beginner’s Guide to Operating Your Own Bitcoin ATM (99 Bitcoins Article): https://99bitcoins.com/beginners-guide-operating-bitcoin-atm/https://99bitcoins.com/beginners-guide-operating-bitcoin-atm/

Background Music
• Goose Goddi (Music Producer) - https://instagram.com/goosegoddi?igshid=1paia8lwy2x3o
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