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Richard Cohen joined the professional team at Madison Associates Inc., on December 1, 2017, upon retirement from the U.S. Department of Justice where he served as an Assistant United States Attorney (AUSA) for over thirty-seven (37) years, specializing in the prosecution of complex civil and criminal asset forfeiture and money laundering cases focusing on large narcotics trafficking organizations, complex fraud schemes and domestic and international money laundering. Utilizing his knowledge and expertise in this area, Mr. Cohen helped to create the Asset Forfeiture Unit in the Western District of Washington in Seattle in 1989 and went on to serve as the supervisor of that unit for ten years before becoming the Asset Forfeiture Coordinator for the district from 2001 to 2017.
Mr. Cohen served for many years on the Asset Forfeiture Working Group advising the Asset Forfeiture and Money Laundering Section (AFMLS), now known as the Money Laundering and Asset Recovery Section (MLARS), of the Criminal Division of the U.S. Department of Justice. He was also the co-chair of the Policy Manual Subcommittee responsible for the 2013 revision of the Asset Forfeiture Policy Manual.
Mr. Cohen has provided advanced legal instruction in the areas of asset forfeiture, complex financial investigations, and money laundering to federal prosecutors and law enforcement agents, including the FBI, DEA, IRS, OCDETF, and ATF. He was responsible for asset forfeiture and money laundering prosecution training for AUSAs in his district and also participated in training state and local prosecutors and law enforcement officers. Mr. Cohen will be, among others, a member of Madison's professional training team which provides instruction to client agencies throughout the country on forfeiture, financial investigative techniques, and money laundering.