Welcome to the
Sisters in Crime
Desert Sleuths Chapter!

An Organization for Writers, Readers, and Fans of Crime Fiction and Mystery 

Our Chapter is a proud member of Sisters in Crime, an international organization that promotes the ongoing advancement, recognition and professional development of women crime writers to achieve equality in the industry, raising professionalism, serving as the voice for excellence and achieving diversity in crime writing.

The Sisters in Crime Desert Sleuths Chapter is located in the Phoenix Metropolitan area and serves members throughout the State of Arizona. Our members include bestselling, award-winning authors as well as emerging writers, fans of mysteries and crime stories, and other genres. Whatever your level of experience, you are welcome to join us.

Monthly Meetings

The third Wednesday of each month Desert Sleuths convenes in the Wall Street Room at Grimaldi’s Pizzeria (4000 N. Scottsdale Rd., Scottsdale, AZ 85251) in Old Town Scottsdale. Member-authors are welcome to bring their books to sell at meetings. No RSVPs needed. Attendees pay for their own meals.

Every month we meet to hone our skills, learn how to get published, promote our work, and network with other crime fiction writers. Our speakers include law enforcement officers, publishers, editors, and other authors.

6p-6:30p Dinner, Networking
6:30p-7p Business Meeting
7p-8p Speaker

Next Member Meeting:

October 18, 2017

Rick Gonzales

Everything you want to know about filthy lucre!

How do criminals make dirty money seem clean? Learn who does it, how they do it, and how they get caught. Anti-Money Laundering Investigator Rick Gonzales’ Financial Intelligence team was instrumental in the investigation of the husband and wife team behind the 2015 San Bernardino attack and many more cases.

Rick will cover:
• What is Money Laundering?
o How it works. The stages of money laundering.
o Who’s doing it.
o The actors of money laundering – Bad Guys, Banks, and Regulators
• Current trends with cash, crypto currencies, and red flags.
• Problems on the horizon. How the crooks are several steps ahead of us.
• Stories from cases worked.

See you on Wednesday, October 18th when we hear all about bad guys and banks; stories from the trenches.

Rick Gonzales served in the USMC with the 2nd Marine Division in Camp Lejeune, NC and with the Marine Aviation Detachment in China Lake, CA. He has a BS in Finance and has worked in the Life Insurance, Securities, Retail and Operations Banking industries. He currently works on a Wire Team within the Financial Intelligence Unit for MUFG Union Bank as an Anti-Money Laundering Investigator. His team was directly instrumental in the investigation of the husband and wife team behind the 2015 San Bernardino attack, terrorist typologies involving exchange houses linked to Hezbollah using US financial institutions to launder narcotics and criminal proceeds, virtual currencies, luxury real estate, and cartel involvement with border branches. Rick Gonzales has two published short stories in a college anthology, loves sci-fi and military thrillers and is working on his first of a three book series.