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Chris Swecker has nearly 40 years of experience in criminal prosecutions, law enforcement, national security, legal and corporate security/risk management positions and focuses his practice on financial crimes, security issues/compliance and securities law, as well as Director and Officer Liability. He draws on his extensive experience as a former FBI insider and corporate risk management director to support many of Miller & Martin's Litigation and Corporate practice areas including White Collar & Corporate Investigation, Privacy & Data Security, Crisis Management and Financial Institutions.
Chris served 24 years with the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) before retiring as Assistant Director of the FBI's Criminal Investigative Division. In this position, he was the top FBI Executive over all FBI criminal investigations including public corruption, corporate fraud, electronic crimes, money laundering, organized crime and financial crime matters.
Following his service with the FBI, Chris directed his attention to security and risk management as the Global Security Director for a multinational financial services company headquartered in Charlotte leading fraud investigations, physical and cyber security, international security, employment screening, enhanced due diligence for significant bank clients and executive protection. Tapping into his FBI experience handling Ponzi, investment and mortgage fraud cases, Chris successfully spearheaded bank efforts that resulted in multi-million-dollar reduction in fraud losses across all fraud categories such as robberies, ATM thefts, anti-money laundering and IT/data security. Clients in the financial sector benefit from his deep understanding of the challenges and highest risk areas for banks and other financial institutions.
- Regarded nationally as a subject matter expert in cyber/physical security, anti-money laundering, criminal investigations, financial crimes, counterterrorism/terror financing and operational risk management, Mr. Swecker has testified before U.S. Congress on topics such as cyber crimes, identity theft, crimes against children, mortgage fraud, human trafficking, financial crimes, information privacy, terrorism, data compromise, crimes on the Internet, drug trafficking on the southwest border and gangs.
- Independently appointed as chairman and one of five civilian experts to serve on the Fort Hood Independent Review Committee to review the cultural climate and the Criminal Investigations Division (CID) at the Fort Hood Army installation, in the wake of SPC Vanessa Guillen’s murder and her family’s allegations of sexual misconduct at the base.
- While serving as a senior executive with the FBI, he was responsible for eight FBI divisions including Cyber and Criminal Investigations, International Operations, The FBI Academy, Crisis Management/Hostage Rescue Team and Crisis Operations, Operational Technology, The FBI Forensic Lab and Criminal Justice Information Systems.
- Serving as FBI Special Agent in Charge of North Carolina Operations from 1999 to 2005, he presided over two of the most significant terrorism cases in the country, one involving the capture of the Atlanta Olympic bomber and another that dismantled a Hezbollah terrorist financing cell utilizing the RICO statute for the first time in a terrorism prosecution. Located in Charlotte which is the nation’s second largest banking center, he oversaw the handling of some of the most sophisticated financial crime cases in the FBI involving Ponzi, investment and mortgage frauds.
- Served in the Civil Litigation Unit at FBI headquarters in Washington from 1985-1987 and as an Assistant District Attorney from 1981-1982 in the First District of North Carolina.
- He is a frequent CNN, Fox and CNBC commentator, public speaker and author on financial crimes, Ponzi/investment schemes, money laundering, physical/cyber security and electronic crimes. He also has appeared on 60 Minutes, CBS This Morning, Oprah Winfrey, GMA, Piers Morgan, CSPAN Washington Journal and North Carolina People.
- Appalachian State University
- ASU’s Distinguished Alumni, 2003
- Wake Forest University School of Law, Juris Doctor
- Appalachian State University
- North Carolina
- Prestigious Presidential Rank Award for service in Iraq, 2003
- NCTA – The Internet & Television Association's Special Service Award
- ASIS International
- International Association of Chiefs of Police
- Matthews Athletic Association, Commissioner - Baseball AAA and AA Divisions
- Charlotte Mecklenburg Police Foundation, Board of Directors
- Visitors of Appalachian State University, Board of Directors
- The North Carolina Technology Association (NCTA), Board of Directors
- Allied Barton Security Services
- NC Governor’s Crime Commission, Past Chair
- NC Attorney General, Campus Violence Task Force
- The Governor’s Blue Ribbon Commission, NC Highway Patrol and The Mecklenburg County Criminal Justice Task Forces
A lover of the game, Chris actively coaches two Cal Ripken baseball teams and serves as Commissioner of the Matthews Athletic Association baseball AAA and AA divisions.