From October 2000 until his retirement, Ray was also the Public Information Officer, dealing with the press on all levels regarding criminal cases and other IRS-CI issues in the New Orleans Field Office.
Ray conducted criminal income-tax investigations virtually throughout his career, but from about 1982 until his retirement, his criminal cases and other assignments focused almost exclusively on narcotics and money-laundering investigations. Ray was responsible for virtually all money-laundering training and was consulted on virtually every money-laundering case in the New Orleans Field Office (Louisiana and Mississippi and for part of Ray’s career, Alabama was also part of the New Orleans Field Office) and by many special agents throughout the United States on complex money-laundering cases. Ray was considered the point of expertise and conducted money-laundering (AML/BSA) training for New Orleans Field Office special agents, for local, state and federal law enforcement, including the U.S. Attorney’s offices in Louisiana, Mississippi, and Alabama and for most of the financial institutions throughout the field-office area. Since 1982, Ray has conducted more than about 850 AML/BSA training classes for financial institutions, casinos, automobile dealerships, precious-metals dealers and other businesses and organizations, including marijuana labs, throughout the United States. Ray was also an instructor at money laundering classes and conferences on more than 70 occasions since 1982, including three international money-laundering classes (in St. Petersburg, Russia; and Tallinn, Estonia). Also, since 1996 Ray has been qualified as a money laundering and cash reporting expert in Federal Court on at least four occasions and was requested and scheduled to testify on many more times, before the investigative targets in those cases pled guilty before the beginning of or during the criminal trial.
Since his retirement in December 2004, Ray has been consulting with and training numerous industries, including some of the same industries he worked with while a special agent with IRS-CI. Although the vast majority of his consulting and training is with the precious-metals industry, he continues to conduct training and AML/BSA reviews/audits for other industries, including MSBs (money service businesses). He also continues to be consulted as an expert by current and retired special agents of IRS-CI. Some of these retired IRS-CI employees now work as contract employees for other federal law-enforcement agencies, including the FBI and the U.S. Attorney’s Office.