Michael Balas is a retired Special Agent with the Internal Revenue Service, Criminal Investigation Division of the U.S. Treasury Department. He was assigned to field offices in Houston, TX, Milwaukee, WI, Savannah, GA and Washington, DC. Balas is a Certified Fraud Examiner (CFE) and a Certified Anti-Money Laundering Specialist (CAMS). He has over 30 years' experience in law enforcement as a police officer, U.S. Customs Inspector, and criminal investigator. As an investigator and supervisor, Balas has served as a member several federal task forces including the Joint Terrorism Task Force (JTTF), the Organized Crime and Drug Enforcement Task Force (OCDETF), and the State Department's Terrorist Financing Working Group (TFWG). Balas was also assigned as a Senior Instructor with the IRS at the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center (FLETC). This included duties as a supervisor with the IRS International Training Team. While with the IRS, he has developed, coordinated, and delivered hundreds of classes at both domestic and international venues. Balas has taught numerous investigative courses in 30 different countries including courses sponsored by the United Nations Office of Drugs and Crime (UNODC), the World Bank, the International Monetary Fund (IMF), and the Organization of Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD). Balas has been qualified as an expert witness in money laundering in several U.S. courts.
Education: Bachelor of Arts Degree in Criminal Justice with a minor in Accounting at the University of Alaska, Fairbanks. Master of Science Degree in Criminal Justice from Armstrong State University. Forensic Accounting Certificate, University of North Carolina, Charlotte. Graduate Certificate in Cyber Crime, Armstrong State University. Information Security Certificate, Villanova University.
Primary teaching interests: Homeland Security, Cyberterrorism, Anti-Money Laundering, Counter Terrorist Financing, Intelligence Analysis, Financial Investigations, Fraud Investigations, Forensic Accounting