John F. Tobon is the Special Agent in Charge (SAC) for Homeland Security Investigations (HSI), John oversees HSI financial crime and money laundering investigations in the South Florida area. He leads a team of almost 100 multi-agency investigators and analysts focused on both proactive and reactive investigations targeting the financial structure of transnational criminal organizations.
Prior to this assignment he was assigned to the Illicit Finance & Proceeds of Crime Unit (IFPCU) at ICE-HSI Headquarters in Washington, DC, where he had programmatic oversight of HSI financial investigations and financial crime capacity building efforts around the world. Mr. Tobon has also served as the Assistant HSI Attaché in Bogota, Colombia and as a Special Agent within the HSI led El Dorado Task Force in New York, NY and the office of the Special Agent in Charge, Seattle, WA. He started his career in the U.S. Customs Service in 1994.
During close to 20 year law enforcement career he has participated in numerous high profile money-laundering investigations targeting trans-national criminal organizations as a case agent, undercover operative and supervisor. He regularly shares his experience at conferences and seminars sponsored by private industry as well as foreign and domestic law enforcement agencies. He’s recognized as a subject matter expert in his field, his analysis of money laundering risks are often featured in national and international television and print media.
In 1997, John earned a combined Bachelor of Arts/Master of Arts degree in Criminal Justice from the City University of New York (CUNY), John Jay College of Criminal Justice. He is a native Spanish speaker.