In keeping with her team approach, Bonnie frequently works with the following other attorneys, paralegals and investigators:
Ricardo has been an attorney in Bogota, Colombia for over twenty years, specializing in criminal defense, civil litigation and asset forfeiture cases. Ricardo graduated from the Universidad Nacional de Colombia and has also had extensive post-graduate training from the Universidad Autonoma de Colombia. Before becoming a private attorney, Ricardo spent several years as a public defender. Ricardo has years of experience representing high-level Colombian defendants faced with extradition to the United States on narcotics-trafficking, fraud and corruption cases. He is a vital resource for Bonnie’s Colombian clients in connection with their Colombian defense, asset forfeiture cases and cases involving OFAC.
Arturo Fontes is the founder of Fontes International Solutions, a firm which specializes in international criminal investigations, anti-money laundering due diligence, security solutions for high-risk individuals and investigations involving the Department of Treasury, Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC). Arturo is a retired Special Agent who served for over 28 years with the Federal Bureau of Investigations. He has extensive experience in international criminal investigations, with a special expertise in Mexico, Colombia and Central America, having handled numerous narcotics, terrorism and money laundering cases in both the United States and in other countries. As an FBI agent, Arturo spent over five years working in the FBI’s Guadalajara office, where he led and supervised numerous investigations involving individuals extradited to the United States. His investigative experience and contacts in Mexico, both as an FBI agent and as a private investigator, are unparalleled. During his many years working domestically, Arturo gained extensive experience in working with U.S. prosecutors and agents from other federal agencies, including the Drug Enforcement Administration and the Department of Homeland Security. Since his retirement from the FBI, Arturo has worked side-by-side with Bonnie on cases involving extraditable individuals. Arturo is a fluent Spanish speaker. See Arturo at Fontesinternational.com.
David Tilzer is a Certified Anti-Money Laundering specialist (an international certification) and the founder and owner of A.M.L. Protective Service. A.M.L. specializes in national and international anti-money laundering compliance, including both banks, non-bank financial businesses and non-financial trades and businesses, OFAC and Patriot Act compliance and money laundering detection and prevention. Before starting his own business, David worked as the Anti-Money Laundering and Bank Secrecy Manager at the Internal Revenue Service in New York for 35 years. During his time with the IRS, David participated in and ran investigations involving money laundering and compliance for bank, non-bank and non-financial trades and businesses, and stored-value businesses. He also conducted numerous audits of those businesses. David and Bonnie worked together for many years on money laundering investigations while Bonnie was a prosecutor. See David at www.amlsafe.com.
Romedio is a defense investigator who worked closely with Bonnie for over 20 years. During that time, Romedio was a senior special agent with Immigrations and Customs Enforcement (ICE). Romedio was the case agent for many of the most significant prosecutions of the past two decades, including the prosecutions of the Norte Valle Cartel. He now lends his considerable investigative expertise to those accused of a crime. Romedio also specializes in OFAC matters and has been licensed by OFAC on numerous occasions to assist those who seek removal from OFAC designation.
Georgina Corbo is Cuban-American and was raised in Manhattan’s “Hell’s Kitchen.” She is a graduate of the High School of Performing Arts and SUNY, Purchase, where she won the Harry Belafonte Scholarship for the Arts. Georgina is bi-lingual and can interpret consecutively and simultaneously. She is a nationally-certified interpreter. Georgina started her career at ABC’s World News covering the Elián González affair, translating and voicing Cuban news segments. Previously, Georgina worked closely with Bonnie as an interpreter in connection with many of the international drug trafficking cases Bonnie prosecuted as an Assistant U.S. Attorney. Georgina now works with Bonnie as well as other private defense counsel as a paralegal and interpreter.
Alonzo Peña is President and Founder of DMEP, a consulting firm which specializes in security assessments and consulting, including consulting in matters relating to Immigration Customs Enforcement, Department of Homeland Security, Citizens and Immigration Service, Customs and Border Protection, and Drug Enforcement Administration. Alonzo spent 28 years in federal law enforcement, retiring in 2010 after serving as the Deputy Assistant Secretary/Deputy Director of the U.S. Immigration and Customs Service. Alonzo also served as the Department of Homeland Security Attaché in Mexico, City, Mexico where he represented the Secretary of Homeland Security to the highest levels of Mexican law enforcement, military and political officials. Alonzo lends his considerable expertise and experience in consulting with clients who require advice, investigative services and due diligence in dealing with customs, immigration, forfeiture and criminal matters. See Alonzo at www.dmepsc.com.
Tom Bartusiak is the founder and owner of TAB Consulting LLC, a firm which specializes in international criminal investigations and investigations involving the Department of Treasury, Office of Foreign Assets Control. investigations. Tom is a retired Special Agent who served for over 24 years with the Drug Enforcement Administration. Tom joined the Drug Enforcement Administration in 1991. Before retiring from DEA in 2015, Tom worked for approximately four years as a DEA agent in Bogota, Colombia. Prior to Colombia, Tom worked approximately seven years as a DEA agent in Guadalajara. Tom has extensive experience in international criminal investigations, with an expertise in in Mexico, Colombia and Central America, handling numerous narcotics and money laundering cases. In that capacity, Tom worked closely with the foreign national police and prosecutors in those countries. In addition, Tom worked domestically as a DEA agent for approximately fourteen years, gaining extensive experience in working with U.S. prosecutors and the U.S. judicial system. Tom is a fluent Spanish speaker.