Campbell Law School

James Candelmo

Jim Candelmo is an Executive Director and Bank Secrecy Act Officer at Ally Financial, Inc. where he is responsible for all Anti-Money Laundering Investigations, as well as other compliance activities.

Before joining Ally, Jim was the Deputy Criminal Chief (Terrorism/National Security) for the United States Attorney’s Office in Raleigh, North Carolina, where he was responsible for investigation and prosecution of all national security cases.  Prior to that, Jim served 10 years with the Department of Justice in Washington, DC, where he served as a Senior Trial Attorney with the Department’s elite Counter Espionage Section and Fraud Section.  He is a veteran of both the Department’s New England Bank Fraud Task Force and San Diego Bank Fraud Task Force.

Jim attended the University Of Dayton School Of Law where he was named to the Law Review.  After graduating law school, Jim served on active duty with the United States Navy Judge Advocate Generals Corps, during that time Jim received his Master of Law in International Law from Georgetown University.

Jim has served as a guest lecturer in the fields of Terrorism and Terrorism Financing, Espionage, SAR Review Teams, Economic Espionage and Bank Fraud,.  He is an adjunct professor of law where he teaches National Security Law and Federal Criminal Law. He is a former member of the FBI’s Joint Terrorism Task Force’s Executive Council for the state of North Carolina.

His awards include the Department of Justice’s Director’s Award for Terrorism Prevention and National Security for his work in public/private partnerships regarding Terrorism Financing and Money Laundering and the CIA Agency Seal Medal for his contributions to National Security.  Most recently Jim was named “AML Professional of the Year” by the Association of Certified Anti Money Laundering Specialists (ACAMS). 


LL.M. (Law and International Law), Georgetown University
J.D., University of Dayton
B.S. (Criminology), Indiana University of Pennsylvania