Christopher W. Knight, CFE, CAMS, CFCI, CHTI, CCTA

Christopher W. Knight, CFE, CAMS, CFCI, CHTI, CCTA

Founder & President

chris@kvfinvestigations.com

Christopher is an award-winning and distinguished executive-level risk and compliance operational and strategic leader with expertise in the innovation, design, implementation, overhauling, and ultimate leadership of best-in-class fraud, waste, abuse, and investigation programs. 

He is a subject matter expert in financial crimes with numerous professional certifications and a history of providing measurable results and impacts for every organization and level.  He has a proven track record of reducing and mitigating fraud losses while continuing to partner and foster positive relationships with stakeholders. 

Christopher is an experienced and tested leader in Anti-Money Laundering (AML), E-Commerce Fraud, organized crime, loss prevention, risk management, Compliance, regulatory requirements, internal investigations, and Healthcare/Insurance Fraud to name a few. He is also recognized as having special talents and exceptional skills in fraud program design & implementation, data analytics, emerging technologies, risk assessment, strategic initiatives, and program management for both seasoned and start-up companies.

Christopher has led new buildouts as well as overhauled established programs including the creation and updating of internal controls and fraud detection, strategy development, use of highly developed analytical skills.

Although he found his calling in financial crimes, he attained his Bachelor’s Degree from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University in Daytona Beach where he majored in Professional Aeronautics and double minored in Aviation Safety and Aeronautical Studies.  He is an avid SCUBA diver, traveler, and pilot, as well as professional mentor with the ACFE.  He was also a Transport Mission Pilot with the United States Air Force Auxiliary- Civil Air Patrol.

He currently resides in Mesa, Arizona with his wife, Dr. Zoe Knight, and their animals.

PROFESSIONAL ADVANCEMENTS

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CERTIFICATIONS

Certified Fraud Examiner (CFE)

Association of Certified Fraud Examiners (ACFE)

Certified Anti-Money Laundering Specialist (CAMS)

Association of Certified Anti-Money Laundering Specialist (ACAMS)

Certified Financial Crimes Investigator (CFCI)

International Association of Financial Crimes Investigators (IAFCI)

Certified Counterintelligence Threat Analyst (CCTA)

McAfee Institute

Certified Human Trafficking Investigator (CHTI)

McAfee Institute

Certified Reserve Police Officer

Maine Criminal Justice Academy

ADVANCED COURSES COMPLETED

Advanced Scientific Content Analysis for
Interrogation & Deception Detection (SCAN)

LSI Laboratory for Scientific Interrogation, Inc.

Interview & Interrogation Techniques

Wicklander-Zulawski & Associates

HIPAA Security & Awareness

DigitalCompliance

OSHA 30-Hour Card

Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA)

ENGAGEMENTS/PUBLICATIONS

 

Guest Speaker (2018)

Topic: Data Security & Privacy Issues in International
Internal Investigations

Compliance, Governance, & Oversight Council (CGOC)

Guest Speaker (2022)

Topic: Fraud and Shifting Ethical Norms

LearnFormula

Guest Speaker (2023)

Topic: Fraud and Compliance Oversight Partnerships

Compliance Today

Author/Instructor (2023)

Topic: Fraud Fighter Series

LearnFormula

Guest Speaker (2023)

Topic: Why Ethics Matter

LearnFormula

Guest Speaker (2023)

Topic: Fraud Program Essentials

Greater Fort Myers Chapter of the ACFE

Guest Speaker (2023)

Topic: CFE, Investigations, and Business Ownership

Embry-Riddle Aeronautical Univeristy (Prescott Campus)

Check out the Learning Center for videos/recordings on some of these engagements!

PROFESSIONAL ADVANCEMENTS

*Expand the sections below to see a list of his professional advancements*

CERTIFICATIONS

Certified Fraud Examiner (CFE)
Association of Certified Fraud Examiners (ACFE)

 

Certified Anti-Money Laundering Specialist (CAMS)
Association of Certified Anti-Money Laundering Specialist (ACAMS)

Certified Financial Crimes Investigator (CFCI)
International Association of Financial Crimes Investigators (IAFCI)

 

Certified Counterintelligence Threat Analyst (CCTA)
McAfee Institute

 

Certified Human Trafficking Investigator (CHTI)
McAfee Institute

 

Certified Reserve Police Officer
Maine Criminal Justice Academy

ADVANCED COURSES COMPLETED

Advanced Scientific Content Analysis for
Interrogation & Deception Detection (SCAN)
LSI Laboratory for Scientific Interrogation, Inc.

 

Interview & Interrogation Techniques
Wicklander-Zulawski & Associates

HIPAA Security & Awareness
DigitalCompliance

 

OSHA 30-Hour Card
Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA)

ENGAGEMENTS/PUBLICATIONS

Guest Speaker (2018)
Topic: Data Security & Privacy Issues in International
Internal Investigations
Compliance, Governance, & Oversight Council (CGOC)

Guest Speaker (2022)
Topic: Fraud and Shifting Ethical Norms
LearnFormula

Guest Speaker (2023)
Topic: Fraud and Compliance Oversight Partnerships
Compliance Today

Author/Instructor (2023)
Topic: Why Ethics Matter
LearnFormula

Author/Instructor (2023)
Topic: Fraud Fighter Series
LearnFormula

Check out the Learning Center for videos/recordings on some of these engagements!

CURRICULUM VITAE

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Executive Level Experience & Accomplishments

Sidecar Health Insurance- Chief Fraud Officer (Sr. Director/Head of Fraud)

Recruited to join this insure-tech startup to design, implement, and lead the inaugural fraud and loss prevention program and manage a domestic staff.  Reporting to CEO and C-Suite Executives.

  • Designed and implemented over 30 alerts to prevent, detect, and correct fraud while also integrating and configuring a companywide case management system (incident management) for all business units.
  • Achieved an 867% increase in fraud case velocity referrals while also identifying the company’s largest fraud collusion case.
Amazon- Head of Occupational Fraud & Abuse (OFA) Investigations

Tapped by Amazon to design, implement, and lead a new loss prevention investigative department specializing in workers’ compensation fraud, identity theft, COVID-19 fraud, and bereavement fraud.

  • Reclaimed and mitigated over $4.5M in losses and achieved a 2,306% increase in realized savings and accountability back to the business within the first year.
  • Achieved a 98% team success rate and was presented with an award from Amazon for advanced program development.
Amazon- Sr. Program Manager of Global Internal Investigations & Prevention

Drove the development of loss prevention investigators specializing in internal fraud and theft conducted by employees and vendors while also managing global teams and staff.  This included managing payment processors and fraud rules, overseeing fraud prevention and detection tech implementation, and working with retail banking partners to ensure AML and corporate card compliance. 

  • Identified and led Amazon’s largest recorded case of internal embezzlement which included managing all investigation aspects, including building the case for law enforcement referral, delegation of investigation areas, conducting manager and external interviews, interviewing the suspect and gaining admission as an interviewer, gathering intelligence and data, and authoring reports.
  • Implemented new technology and systems resulting in increased fraud prevention, detection, and reimbursement efficiency which immediately identified a $250,000 false invoice fraud.
Game Show Network / GSN Games- Chief Fraud Officer (Director/Head of Fraud) & AML Compliance Officer

Led and overhauled the fraud department which investigated all types of fraudulent activity related to transactions while managing a global staff.  This included managing payment processors and certain vendors, project management of tech implementations, conducting internal and external investigations, risk assessments, loss prevention, AML compliance, and other regulatory requirements.  Reporting to CFO and C-Suite Executives.

  • Developed, wrote, and implemented GSN Games’ first official “Policy on Anti-Money Laundering” and improved internal controls.
  • Reduced the company’s fraud financial losses by 49% and overhauled the program which resulted in a $500k/year program savings.

Additional Professional Experience

Consulting- AML & BSA Subject Matter Expert

Subject matter expert covering, but not limited to, know your customer (CIP/KYC), enhanced due diligence (EDD), Bank Secrecy ACT (BSA), US PATRIOT Act, Suspicious Activity Reports (SARs), emerging trends, product risk, and risk assessments.  Main engagements with Boston Private Bank & Trust, Santander Bank, and Citizens Bank.

  • Provided expert analysis of a financial institution merger uncovering high-risk customers and needed compliance remediations.
  • Received recognition from the US Office of the Comptroller of the Currency for exemplary work.
TD Bank- Bank Officer of Global AML & Terrorist Financing Investigations

Part of a specialized investigative unit conducting the company’s most complex and high-risk cross-border financial crimes investigations related to AML.  The special unit team consisted of 5 investigators for the entire company engaged in full cycle of Know Your Customer (KYC+), AML/EDD Investigations, Customer Identification Program (CIP), SAS reports (risk management programs), Suspicious Activity Reports (SAR) and Suspicious Transaction Reports (STR) for US and Canada, respectively.

  • Identified, investigated, and reported on a suspected international terrorist organization resulting in, what is believed to be, nearly $1M in proceeds of crime and funding of terrorism. Was reported to both US and Canadian task forces.
Oxford Police Department & County E911- Police Officer & Emergency Telecommunications Specialist

Sworn police officer for the city of Oxford, Maine & Emergency 9-1-1 Dispatcher and Operator for Oxford County, Maine.  Upheld Maine Criminal and Civil statutes through detective work, physical security, reactive and proactive investigations, and more.  Included routine patrol, alarm responses, community engagement, and other law enforcement activities.

  • Volunteered during time off to lead the local Maine Child Identification Program (CHIP) which provides critical information to the public and to law enforcement if a child goes missing.
  • Uncovered a multi-state drug trafficking ring through investigative prowess, interviews and admissions, and analytical methodology resulting in multiple felony arrests in partnership and collaboration with the Maine Drug Enforcement Agency (MDEA).