John Tobon

Homeland Security Investigations


In his position as Special Agent in Charge for Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) Honolulu, Mr. Tobon oversees HSI criminal investigations in an area of responsibility (AOR) encompassing the five island counties of the State of Hawaii, eleven U.S. territories, and three Freely Associated States.

Mr. Tobon––a member of the Senior Executive Service––is a recognized subject matter expert on issues related to money laundering and financial crime, his analyses of money laundering vulnerabilities and risk often appear in national and international television and print media. Since January 2023, Mr. Tobon has also been serving as a Senior Advisor to the Department of Treasury, Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN). In this role, he is advising on the implementation of multiple aspects of the Anti-Money Laundering Act of 2020 and the Corporate Transparency Act.

During his more than 25-year law enforcement career he has participated in numerous high-profile money-laundering investigations targeting transnational criminal organizations as a case agent, undercover operative, and supervisor. He has helped shape international anti-money laundering policy as a member of U.S. delegations to inter-governmental policy-making bodies, to include the Financial Action Task Force (FATF); he regularly shares his knowledge and expertise at conferences and training sessions attended by public and private industry personnel from around the world.

Mr. Tobon holds a Master of Arts degree in Criminal Justice from the City University of New York (CUNY), John Jay College of Criminal Justice.