Fraud Conference



The ACFE Global Fraud Conference traditionally hosts the foremost experts in the anti-fraud field. These leaders share their insights and address the key anti-fraud issues relevant to you. Previous keynote speakers include: former FBI director Louis J. Freeh, U.S Attorney Preet Bharara, Senator Christopher J. Dodd, John Walsh, Michael Chertoff, Harry Markopolos, Senator George Mitchell, Senator Paul Sarbanes, the Honorable Michael Oxley and many others.

Learn more about keynote speakers confirmed for the 26th Annual ACFE Global Fraud Conference below, and check back soon as additional speakers are added.

Keynote Speakers
Brian Krebs

Krebs on Security

From the “control room” in his Virginia home, Brian Krebs is exposing some of the world’s largest data breaches and the hackers behind them. The former Washington Post journalist now reports independently for his cybersecurity blog, Krebs On Security, and is considered to be a leading authority on data breaches and cybercrime.

Through Krebs On Security, Krebs was the first to break the news of major data breaches at a string of retailers over the past year, including Target Corp., Neiman Marcus, Michaels, Sally Beauty, P.F. Chang’s, Dairy Queen, Jimmy John’s, Goodwill and — most recently — the card breaches at Home Depot and Kmart.

Prior to founding KrebsOnSecurity, Krebs worked as a reporter for The Washington Post from 1995 to 2009, authoring more than 1,300 blog posts for the Security Fix blog, as well as hundreds of stories for and The Washington Post newspaper, including eight front-page stories in the dead-tree edition and a Post Magazine cover piece on botnet operators.

Krebs is also the author of the upcoming book Spam Nation: The Inside Story of Organized Cybercrime.

Reporting from the Web’s Underbelly
The New York Times | February 16, 2014

The Cybersecurity Blogger Hackers Love to Hate
BusinessWeek | January 16, 2014

Cybersecurity Reporter Brian Krebs Wins National Journalism Award
PRNewswire | January 9, 2015

Hacking the hackers: An interview with Brian Krebs
Fraud Magazine | March/April 2015

Leslie R. Caldwell

Assistant Attorney General
Criminal Division, U.S. Department of Justice

As head of the Criminal Division, Caldwell oversees nearly 600 attorneys who prosecute federal criminal cases across the country, help develop criminal law and formulate criminal enforcement policy. She also works closely with the nation’s 93 U. S. Attorneys in the investigation and prosecution of criminal matters in their districts.

Caldwell has dedicated most of her professional career to handling federal criminal cases, both as a prosecutor and as defense counsel. From 2002 to 2004, she served as the director of the Justice Department’s Enron Task Force. When she worked at the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Northern District of California in 1999 to 2002, she served as the Chief of the Criminal Division and the Chief of the Securities Fraud Section. During her 11 years in the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of New York, her positions included Senior Trial Counsel for the Business & Securities Fraud Section and Chief of the Violent Criminal Enterprises Section. For her work on the Enron Task Force, Caldwell received the Attorney General’s Award for Exceptional Service. She is also the recipient of the Attorney General’s John Marshall Award for Trial of Litigation and the Attorney General’s Award for Fraud Prevention.

Prior to joining the Criminal Division, Caldwell was a partner at Morgan Lewis & Bockius LLP, a position she held since 2004. From 2004 to 2009, she was co-chair of the firm’s Corporate Investigations and White Collar Practice Group.

James T. Reese, Ph.D.

Former FBI Criminal Profiler

Dr. James T. Reese is an internationally known author, speaker and trainer in the specialty areas of stress management, leadership, workplace violence and motivation. He is a Board Certified Expert in Traumatic Stress and is a Fellow of the American Academy of Experts in Traumatic Stress. He has addressed the National Executive Institute for more than two decades, and has been faculty of the International Critical Incident Stress Foundation, the Institute for the Advanced Study of Crisis and Disaster Management, the prestigious FBI Academy and more. He has presented to more than 350 Fortune 500 companies, fire, police, rescuers and companies of all sizes worldwide. Dr. Reese blends wit and wisdom as he addresses groups of all compositions, from rank-and-file, to supervisors and managers, to Chief Executive Officers. A pioneer criminal profiler with the FBI's Behavioral Science Unit, Dr. Reese worked with the cast of Silence of the Lambs and is often quoted on the popular television series, Criminal Minds. He retired as Assistant Unit Chief of the FBI Behavioral Science Unit. He is now CEO of James T. Reese and Associates, providing more than 100 keynote and seminars each year.

Lesley Stahl

Broadcast Journalist
Co-Editor, 60 Minutes

Lesley Stahl has been a "60 Minutes" correspondent since March 1991. She won an Emmy for her timely interview of Hewlett-Packard head Pattie Dunn in 2006. Her other exclusive "60 Minutes" interviews include former Bush administration officials Paul O’Neill and Richard Clarke, and Nancy Pelosi before she became the first female Speaker of the House. She was the first to report that Al Gore would not run for president, in a "60 Minutes" interview.

Prior to joining 60 Minutes, Stahl served as CBS News White House correspondant. Her reports appeared frequently on the "CBS Evening News", first with Walter Cronkite, then with Dan Rather, and on other CBS News broadcasts. During much of that time, she also served as moderator of "Face The Nation", CBS News’ Sunday public-affairs broadcast . For "Face The Nation", she interviewed such newsmakers as Margaret Thatcher, Boris Yeltsin, Yasir Arafat and virtually every top U.S. official, including George H. W. Bush and Vice President Dan Quayle.From October 1990 to March 1991, Stahl supplemented her work at the White House and on "Face The Nation" by joining Charles Kuralt as co-anchor of “America Tonight,” a daily CBS News late-night broadcast of interviews and essays.

She has a collection of Emmy Awards for her interviews on "Face The Nation" and her "60 Minutes" reporting, including a Lifetime Achievement Emmy given in September 2003. Her 60 Minutes reports How He Won the War, about former FDA Commissioner David Kessler’s battle with the tobacco industry, and Punishing Saddam, which exposed the plight of Iraqi citizens, mostly children, suffering the effects of the United Nations sanctions against Iraq, were both Emmy winners. Her profile of search engine giant Google earned her a 2005 Business and Financial Emmy award, and her 2006 interview of ex-Hewlett-Packard Chairwoman Patricia Dunn won an Emmy for coverage of a breaking news story. Most recently she won an Emmy for her 2011 60 Minutes story, Gospel for Teens.

James Holzrichter

Whistleblower, Author, Consultant

James H. Holzrichter, Sr. courageously blew the whistle on his employer, Northrop Grumman, a major defense contractor that allegedly fraudulently overcharged the U.S. government on several defense programs, including the B-2 bomber. As chronicled in his book, A Just Cause: A True Story of Courage, Hope, & the Integrity of the American Dream, Holzrichter tenaciously pursued his False Claims Act case for 17 and a half years, one of the first and now the longest running FCA case in history. Northrop Grumman ultimately paid $134 million for its fraudulent activities, but Holzrichter's whistleblowing entailed tremendous personal sacrifice. When his employer discovered that he was cooperating with the criminal investigators from the Department of Defense, Holzrichter was terminated and was unable to find other work in his profession. His family eventually went from living a comfortable life in the Chicago suburbs to living in homeless shelters. Holzrichter now uses the unique insights he gained in pursuing his case to mentor other whistleblowers and strengthen whistleblower rights. In conjunction with Taxpayers Against Fraud, he launched the Whistleblower Mentoring Initiative Project in 2007 to assist these whistleblowers nationwide to navigate and cope with the process of litigating these long term types of fraud cases.

Carolyn W. Colvin

Acting Commissioner
Social Security Administration

On June 20, 2014, President Obama nominated Carolyn W. Colvin as the Commissioner of Social Security. Since February 14, 2013, Colvin has served as the Acting Commissioner. Prior to this designation, she served as the Deputy Commissioner, confirmed by the U.S. Senate on December 22, 2010 as President Obama’s nominee. In addition to her role as the Acting Commissioner of Social Security, Colvin serves as a Trustee to the Social Security Board of Trustees.

Throughout her career, Colvin has managed programs that help people with their health care and financial needs. She previously held key executive positions at Social Security Headquarters: Deputy Commissioner for Policy and External Affairs (1994–1996), Deputy Commissioner for Programs and Policy (1996–1998), and Deputy Commissioner for Operations (1998–2001).

Prior to returning to SSA, Colvin was the Director of Human Services for the District of Columbia (2001-2003), the Director of the Montgomery County Department of Health and Human Services (2003-2007), the Chief Executive Officer of AMERIGROUP Community Care of the District of Columbia (2007–2008), and the Special Assistant to the Secretary of Maryland’s Department of Transportation (2009-2011). In addition, Colvin served as the Secretary of Maryland’s Department of Human Resources (1989-1994).

Concurrent Session Speakers
Taka Ariga

Senior Manager – Forensic Data Analytics
Ernst & Young LLP

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Taka Ariga leads the forensic data analytics service for EY in Washington, D.C. He has more than 16 years of experience helping clients apply a big data approach to enhance internal audit, investigations and compliance monitoring capabilities. He understands how to develop risk-based insights by integrating the right techniques, technology, tools and talent. Having worked with regulators and counsels on complex investigations, he recognizes the importance of delivering defensible, repeatable and precise solutions.

Daniel Benny, Ph.D., CFE, CPP, PCI

Private Investigator & Security Consultant

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Dr. Daniel J. Benny is Program Chair for the Bachelor of Science Aviation Security degree program at Embry Riddle Aeronautical University and is a licensed private investigator and security consultant working from Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. He also served ten years a U. S. Naval Intelligence Officer. He is the author of Industrial Espionage: Developing a Counterespionage Program, The Complete Guide to Physical Security, General Aviation Security: Aircraft, Hangars, Fixed Base Operators, Flight Schools and Airports, Cultural Property Security: Protecting Museums, Historic Sites, Archives and Libraries, and Maritime Security: Protection of Marinas, Ports, Small Watercraft, Yachts and Ships, all published by CRC Press.

Martin T. Biegelman, CFE

Director, Forensic Investigations
Deloitte Financial Advisory Services LLP

Martin T. Biegelman, CFE, CCEP, has spent a lifetime detecting and preventing fraud and corruption in various roles in law enforcement, consulting and the corporate sector. His work on behalf of corporate management and boards includes internal investigations alleging FCPA, corruption, fraud, conflicts of interest, whistleblower retaliation and other employee and vendor misconduct. His work also includes developing and enhancing corporate ethics and compliance programs including internal investigative and anti-bribery compliance programs. He has conducted and managed complex and high risk investigations in more than 70 countries. 

Sherry Brandon

CEO / President

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Sherry Brandon is known as the "Business Behaviourist" because of her proven approach to affect change in morale and productivity in the organizations she helps. As a strategic advisor, executive coach and corporate trainer, she empowers individuals and corporations to thrive and grow through courage, leadership, vision and teamwork. She has taught more than 20,000 people and worked with many companies across North America. Her portfolio includes essential soft skill topics such as leadership, project management, stress management, time management, master communications, people management and train the trainer. Brandon is a body language expert, a former certified fraud examiner and private investigator as well as a recognized international keynote speaker. 

Allen Brown, CFE, CPA

AFB Consulting

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Allen Brown is the former Assistant Legislative Auditor for Local Government Services for the state of Louisiana Legislative Auditor’s Office. In this position he oversaw local government audits and directed the Investigative Audit group, which he helped establish. During his tenure with the Louisiana Legislative Auditor he participated in hundreds of fraud investigations including one that resulted in the closing of a state agency. Brown retired from the Louisiana Legislative Auditor’s Office in January of 2014. Previously, Brown was Practice Leader for Forensic and Investigative Services for the firm of Deloitte & Touche. During his time at Deloitte & Touche he directed projects in the continental United States, Hawaii, Mexico, Bermuda, Morocco and England. He has testified before legislative committees, grand juries and during trial.

Rebecca Busch, RN, CFE, CCM, CPC

President and CEO
Medical Business Associates, Inc.

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Recognized as an expert in her field, Rebecca S. Busch has developed data management practice standards for emerging CDO’s, medical data scientist and auditors that ultimately support and defend complex issues impacting the bottom line. She currently provides technical investigative, audit and review expertise to various government agencies and expert testimony on health related issues in both state and federal court. She attributes her company’s success to the development and implementation of a unique analytical work-flow process, “Interactive and Iterative Behavioral Model, System and Method for Detecting Fraud, Waste and Abuse”, that identifies all critical tasks, conditions and standards that promote a stable, dynamic and scalable health care business.

Tom Caulfield, CFE, CIG, CIGI

Executive Director
Council of the Inspectors General on Integrity and Efficiency  

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Tom Caulfield has more than 37 years of government service, including the U.S. Marine Corps, the U.S. Air Force, the National Reconnaissance Office and the Central Intelligence Agency. He is an Executive Board member of the Association of Inspectors General. He served as a member of the Department of Justice National Procurement Fraud Task-Force and was the originating architect to what became an amendment to the Federal Acquisition Regulation requiring mandatory disclosure of certain violations of federal criminal law and the civil False Claims Act. He has held various training committee positions and designed several procurement integrity courses at all levels of the government both domestically and internationally.

Fernando Cevallos, CFE

Regional Director of Compliance, Intelligence, Investigations and Technology
Control Risks

Fernando Cevallos has 15 years of experience in forensics, auditing, finance, tax and treasury. He is continuing the expansion the leadership and knowledge of forensics and compliance challenges in Latin America. Based in Mexico City today, he has worked in Ecuador and Brazil in tax, assurance, outsourcing and forensic services. Cevallos currently participates in compliance initiatives within Latin America, and has developed and identified partnerships with key market players. He has led and worked with teams from the U.S., Belgium, Germany, France, Australia and throughout Latin America including Argentina, Colombia, Chile, Ecuador, Mexico, Nicaragua, Peru, Uruguay and Venezuela.

Denise Cicchella, CFE, CIA, CCA, PMP

CEO, Auspicium

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Denise Cicchella has been involved in construction audit for fifteen years, working for private and public companies. She has audited billion dollar projects and numerous other high-profile projects. She authored the IIA Handbook: Construction Audit: Overview, Monitoring and Auditing. She is also a co-author for Essentials of Construction Management (by Informa), and Auditing for Corporates (by QFinance). Cicchella is the founding president of the New York/New Jersey Chapter of the National Association of Construction Auditors. She is an active member of NACA and acted in an advisory role for the startup and development of the association.

Cicchella is a Certified Fraud Examiner and member of the Advisory Council, Certified Construction Auditor, Certified Internal Auditor and Project Management Professional.

Garry Clement, CFE, CAMS, AMLP

President and CEO
Clement Advisory Group

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Garry Clement is an internationally recognized expert in the areas of money laundering, interviewing, white-collar crime, organized crime and detection of suspicious activity and is one of the pioneers of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) proceeds of crime program. In addition to managing his firm, Clement Advisory Group, he is the Executive Vice President of TAMLO International Inc. which focuses on designing comprehensive online anti-money laundering courses. In 2012, he was appointed as a Special Advisor to ACAMS with a Canadian. Clement has thirty-four years of policing experience, thirty with the RCMP where he worked in the areas of proceeds of crime and money laundering as an investigator, undercover operator and manager .

Jeremy Clopton, CFE, CPA, ACDA

Senior Managing Consultant

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As a member of BKD’s Forensics & Valuation Services division, Jeremy Clopton specializes in data analytics with applications in forensic investigations, fraud prevention and detection, litigation support, continuous auditing, internal control assessment and risk assessment. His use of data analytics is built on a solid foundation of fraud examination experience, including investigating allegations of misappropriation through interviewing, document examination and data analysis. Clopton’s project experience includes the development and implementation of continuous auditing programs for Fortune 500 companies, development of analytics for compliance with anti-bribery and corruption regulations and investigative experience working with the FBI and U.S. Department of Justice.

Charles Cochran, CFE, CPI

Private Investigator
C.R. Cochran & Associates

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Chuck Cochran is a licensed private investigator and the owner of C.R. Cochran & Associates, a private investigations firm located in Southern California. He has more than 40 years of investigative experience in military intelligence, law enforcement, the hospitality industry and the private sector. In addition to fraud examinations, Cochran specializes in fire investigations, traffic collision reconstruction, forensic photography and evidence technology. He is a member of the San Diego chapter of Association of Certified Fraud Examiners and currently serves on the chapter board of directors.

Gregory A. Coleman

Special Agent (Retired)
Federal Bureau of Investigation

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Gregory Coleman is the FBI Special Agent responsible for the criminal investigation of Jordan Belfort chronicled in the movie “The Wolf of Wall Street.” On January 30, 2015, Coleman retired from the FBI with more than 25 years of experience investigating financial crimes and money laundering in the FBI’s New York City office. During his career, he specialized in complex market manipulation and international money laundering investigations with a special emphasis on investigations where the proceeds of crime were laundered using offshore shell corporations and trusts. As the case agent in charge of those investigations, Coleman was responsible for the overall direction of all investigative activities, including the tracing of illicit funds, witness interviews, confidential source development and document analysis. Coleman is currently developing an educational program that will provide interactive anti-money laundering (AML)/Bank Secrecy Act (BSA) training to the financial community and other firms subject to AML/BSA regulations.  

Jim Conversano, CFE, CFA

Berkeley Research Group, LLC

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For more than 20 years, Jim Conversano has provided expert regulatory, financial, investment management, compliance and forensic investigation services to attorneys and clients in a number of major civil and criminal litigation matters involving securities litigation, alleged breach of fiduciary duties, regulatory inspections and examinations, insider trading investigations, complex financial fraud investigations, and compliance and risk assessments. Conversano provided expert analysis for the SEC Office for two reports relating to the Bernie Madoff Ponzi scheme.

Tiffany Couch, CFE, CPA, CFF

Acuity Forensics

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Tiffany Couch, founder of Acuity Group PLLC, has more than 17 years of experience in the field of accounting, with the last 10 years focused completely on forensic accounting-related engagements. Her expertise is in matters involving fraud investigation, forensic accounting, contract and regulatory compliance, internal control risk assessment and complex litigation. Her professional background and experience includes audit, tax and consulting work for government entities and privately-held businesses in a range of industries.

Couch is the winner of the 2014 James R. Baker Speaker of the Year, presented by the ACFE to honor an individual who has demonstrated the true spirit of leadership in communication, presentation and quality instruction. .

Jared Crafton, CFE, CAMS, EnCE

Senior Manager
Ernst & Young LLP

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Jared Crafton is a senior manager in Ernst & Young’s Fraud Investigation & Dispute Services and leads the Forensic Technology & Discovery Services practice in the Boston office. He specializes in forensic data mining, text analytics and electronic discovery services. He has extensive experience handling the information management and electronic discovery needs for large scale litigations, investigations and proactive anti-fraud programs. Crafton is experienced with providing clients discovery and complex data analytics in disparate systems, applying link analysis, text mining, metadata analysis, entity extraction and predictive modeling. He has led a number of large investigations and compliance reviews at leading institutions to address issues such as FCPA, AML, loan origination, foreclosure and securities trading.

Jonathan Davison

Managing Director
Forensic Interview Solutions

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Jonathan Davison has more than 12 years investigation and interview experience as a Detective with the Greater Manchester Police. In his last role with the Greater Manchester Police, he was an Advanced Specialist Tier 3 Interviewer and a Qualified Trainer in the field of Investigative Interviewing. Davison founded Forensic Interview Solutions (FIS), a collaborative team of international experts specializing in investigative interviewing and delivering bespoke training, consultancy and solutions to public and private sector organizations worldwide. He specializes in the forensic application of the "science of interviewing" in the workplace to improve investigative decision-making, efficacy and quality.

Ken Dieffenbach, CFE

Senior Special Agent
U.S. Department of Justice Office of the Inspector General

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Ken Dieffenbach is a Senior Special Agent with the U.S. Department of Justice, Office of the Inspector General, Fraud Detection Office located in Arlington, Virginia. This office is primarily responsible for prevention, detection, and investigation of procurement and grant fraud related to Department of Justice vendors, grantees, and employees. SSA Dieffenbach serves as the “Fraud Awareness Briefing Program Manager” where he regularly teaches courses on how to prevent, recognize and report fraud in both the procurement and grant processes. He has made presentations at conferences hosted by the Association of Independent Certified Public Accountants, the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners, the Association of Government Accountants, as well as the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Federal Law Enforcement Academy, the National Science Foundation, DOJ’s National Advocacy Center, the Federal Bureau of Prisons, FBI, DEA, USMS, ATF, and others. Prior to his current position SSA Dieffenbach served 6 ½ years as an active duty officer with the United States Air Force Office of Special Investigations. He received his undergraduate degree in business and accounting from the Citadel in Charleston, South Carolina and his graduate degree in criminal justice from the University of Alabama at Birmingham.

Christopher DiLorenzo, CFE, CPA, CIA, CRMA

Chief Audit Executive
Bally Technologies

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Christopher M. DiLorenzo is currently the Vice President and Chief Audit Executive (CAE) for Scientific Games Corporation (SG). SG recently acquired Bally Technologies where DiLorenzo had been a member of the internal audit function for the prior 11 years and CAE for the last five years. Prior to working for Bally Technologies, he worked in the internal audit department of the Mandalay Resort Group and was also in public accounting with both Andersen and Deloitte.

David Dixon

IBM Worldwide
Counter Fraud Management

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David Dixon is an established expert in global anti-fraud, anti-money laundering and anti-terrorism programs with prior work as MD Global Solutions for Norkom/BAE and at Bank of Montreal where he established their Distribution Risk Group.

D. Bruce Dorris, J.D., CFE, CPA, CVA

Vice President and Program Director
Association of Certified Fraud Examiners

Bruce Dorris is the Vice President and Program Director for the ACFE and is an advisory member to the ACFE Board of Regents. Following a judicial clerkship after law school, Dorris was commissioned an Assistant District Attorney for the Caddo Parish District Attorney’s Office in Shreveport, Louisiana. He created and was the Director of its Financial Crimes Screening Section. Dorris was an Adjunct Instructor in the Accounting and Business Law Department of Louisiana State University in Shreveport and has taught with the Becker CPA Review Program. He formerly served on the Board of Directors with the National White Collar Crime Center, and was the Vice Chairman of its Audit Committee. He is a Past President of the Louisiana District Attorneys’ Association ADA Section, and has worked in the Louisiana House of Representatives Fiscal Division. He has testified numerous times before legislative committees and was a frequent lecturer with prosecutor and accountant training associations. Dorris is a member of the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners, the Louisiana State Bar Association, the Texas State Bar Association, the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and the National Association of Certified Valuation Analysts.

Lyndsay Dowd

Global Alliance Manager

Lyndsay Dowd is the Global Alliance Manager for Counter Fraud at IBM. She helps business partners design anti-fraud and compliance monitoring systems through IBM’s new Counter Fraud platform. She is responsible for the anti-fraud go to market strategy for IBM’s Business Partner channel. Her 17 year career at IBM has included multiple diverse roles in IBM’s Software Group. Over the course of the last 7 years, she was responsible for the software practices of several of IBM's most strategic Business Partners. Through her sustained high-performance, she has received numerous awards and recognition. 

Janine Driver

The Body Language Institute

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Janine Driver is the author of the New York Times best-selling book You Say More Than You Think and You Can’t Lie To Me. She is The Today Show's "human lie detector" and founder, president and lead instructor for the Body Language Institute. World-renown, The Body Language Institute is an elite training certification program that offers award-winning advanced communications training for executives, sales people and other professionals to build executive presence, improve selling skills and create and deliver presentations that win new business. Driver is a retired federal agent whose 20-year career in law enforcement included working for the U. S. Department of Justice where she trained thousands of lawyers, judges and law enforcement officers to read body language and detect deception.

Lisa Duke, CFE, CPA, MAFF

Examiner in Charge
New York State Comptroller’s Office

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Lisa Duke is a subject matter expert in fraud and forensics and has worked on cases involving fraud investigations, conflict of interest, and waste and abuse of public funds. Duke looks at white-collar crimes at multiple government agencies, government contractors, public authorities, and nonprofit organizations. She is a certified trainer by NYS Governor’s Office of Employee Relations (GOER) and Rutgers University and presents on a variety of audit and fraud related topics for the NYS Office of the State Comptroller and the New York & New Jersey Intergovernmental Audit Forum Conference.

Eric Feldman, CFE, CIG

Senior Vice President and Managing Director, Corporate Ethics and Compliance Programs
Affiliated Monitors, Inc.

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Eric Feldman retired from the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) in 2011 after a distinguished thirty-two year career with both the Executive and Legislative branches of the federal government. Included in his experience is his service as a federal Inspector General, specializing in the oversight, audit and investigation of government programs, contracts and operations. He has served in executive positions with Offices of Inspector General at the Department of Defense, Defense Intelligence Agency and CIA, and was the longest serving Inspector General of the National Reconnaissance Office (NRO). At the NRO, he presided over a highly successful procurement fraud prevention and detection program, widely recognized by the Department of Justice as a model throughout the federal government. Feldman is currently the Senior Vice President and Managing Director, Corporate Ethics and Compliance Programs for Affiliated Monitors, Inc., a nationwide independent compliance monitoring practice headquartered in Boston, Massachusetts.

James Gallo, CFE

Associate Director, Investigations & Fraud Risk Management

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Jim Gallo focuses on investigations, anti-bribery and corruption compliance solutions and fraud risk management initiatives. He has 25 years of experience with a primary focus on leading internal investigations and ethics matters and directing teams to execute a risk-based approach for auditing fraud globally. He developed a fraud risk assessment methodology and monitoring program to ensure compliance with UK Anti-Bribery Act and identify potential violations for remediation. Prior to joining Protiviti, Gallo was the Global Director for Financial Crimes in the financial services industry, where he developed a forensic data lab that produced predictive analytics to search for expense reduction opportunities and potential employee embezzlement, resulting in substantial savings for the company.

Joe Goldberg

Security, Compliance and Fraud

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Joe Goldberg does Anti-Fraud, Cybersecurity, and Compliance evangelism and technical product marketing at Splunk, a Big Data platform that ingests logs and machine data to reduce fraud and security risk, and to improve IT operations. He is also a published contributor for Wired Magazine, Dark Reading, and SC Magazine, and has spoken at industry events including RSA Conference and SecureWorld. Joe previously did Product Marketing for Symantec, VMware and Sun Microsystems.

Tom Green

Director of Vendor Risk Management

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As Director of Vendor Risk Management at Information Management Consultants Inc. (IMC), Green is responsible for defining the direction and scope for clinical and fraud prevention e-solutions. His most recent work has focused on helping organizations manage risk tolerance levels in their vendor population. In this role, Green is responsible for thought leadership and product management of VETTED®, a vendor risk reduction e-solution for the prevention of fraud and corruption, and vendor fraud business re-engineering.

Geoff Gentry

Regional Director
Independent Security Evaluators

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Geoff Gentry is Regional Director for Independent Security Evaluators, responsible for driving initiatives that advance security conditions across several industries. He is currently spearheading a National Pilot Program that will revolutionize how a 2+ trillion dollar industry handles our private data. Gentry has led many initiatives in the private sector, including developing and implementing a go-to-market strategy for an Austin, Tex. start-up that captured 70% of market share.

Michael K. Hansen

Digital Forensic Analyst
H-11 Digital Forensics

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Jack Healey, CFE, CPA, CFF

Managing Director

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Jack Healey is an expert in operational, financial and organizational crisis management, strategies and tactics. His unique background as a trained operation and financial expert, fraud examiner, audit partner, negotiator and former COO/ CFO brings a unique perspective which addresses the operational, governance and human behavior which lead to crisis events. Healey developed the Business Crisis Diagnostic and Prevention Model™ which provide businesses with the framework necessary to identify impending business crises before they occur. This model can help identify the hidden risks inherent in an organization in order to develop containment plans prior to the loss of profits, reputation or associate well-being. This model has been used effectively by his clients to resolve complicated business crises and manage the consequences associated with fraud, product recall, data breach, workplace violence and activist shareholders.

Edward Herbst, CFE, CPA, CFF

Executive Director
Ernst & Young LLP

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Based in Washington, D.C., Ed Herbst focuses on client service in the areas of fraud and forensic investigations, fraud mitigation and compliance strategies to help both ensure the security of client assets and to foster the strength of their operations, reputation and brand. Prior to EY he was an FBI Agent for nearly 27 years, leading both national security programs and criminal investigations. During his FBI service he rose to the Senior Executive Service as the Director of the Foreign Terrorist Tracking Task Force (FTTTF). Herbst also led field terrorism, cyber and intelligence branches, and has 20 years of experience leading criminal investigations specializing in white-collar crime, including corruption and sophisticated financial crimes.

Cynthia Hetherington, CFE

Hetherington Group

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Cynthia Hetherington has more than 17 years of experience in research, investigations and corporate intelligence. She is the founder of Hetherington Group, a consulting, publishing and training firm focusing on intelligence, security and investigations. A widely-published author, Hetherington authored The Guide to Online Due Diligence Investigations (2015), the Manual to Online Public Records (2008) and Business Background Investigations (2007). She is the publisher of Internet & Online Intelligence Newsletter and has co-authored articles on steganography, computer forensics, Internet investigations and other security-focused monographs. She is also recognized for providing corporate security officials, military intelligence units, and federal, state and local agencies with training on online intelligence practices.

Hetherington was named the 2012 James Baker Speaker of the Year, an honor presented by the ACFE to an individual who has demonstrated the true spirit of leadership in communication, presentation and quality instruction. .

Lawrence Hoffman, CFE, CPA, CGMA, CVA

Senior Partner
Raffa, PC

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Lawrence Hoffman has more than 35 years of forensic accounting, audit and accounting, and tax experience in public accounting and the private sector. He began his career with Coopers & Lybrand (now PWC) in Washington, D.C. Hoffman founded his own firm in 1982 where he developed a nationally-recognized practice in litigation support, fraud investigations, business valuation, and reorganization and insolvency services. He merged his practice with Raffa in 2008. He has been involved in numerous high-profile cases as a consulting and testifying expert, and has conducted and led teams of forensic accountants on fraud investigations ranging from small family-owned businesses to large governmental organizations with losses of more than $500 million.

Paul Homoly, CSP

Homoly Communications

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Dr. Paul Homoly, CSP, is a world-class leader in coaching leadership and communication to highly educated professionals. With 20 years of experience, he brings a fresh voice to the field of leadership and communications, springing from his 20 years of experience, and offers a unique communication process valuable to every provider and leader of sophisticated services. His book titled Just Because You’re Leading… Doesn’t Mean They’ll Follow has become a classic and his clients are now raving about his latest book, Just Because You’re an Expert… Doesn’t Make You Interesting.

Homoly holds the highest earned designation in professional speaking – Certified Speaking Professional (CSP) – from the National Speakers Association; fewer than ten percent of professional speakers are distinguished at the CSP level.

Bret Hood, CFE

Supervisory Special Agent
Federal Bureau of Investigation

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Supervisory Special Agent (SA) Bret Hood is a 24-year veteran of the FBI. In his time with the FBI, he has been able to work significant and high profile white-collar, money laundering, public corruption, counterterrorism and organized crime cases. He is a court-recognized expert in money laundering and fraud as well as a certified fraud examiner. Hood serves as an adjunct professor for the University of Virginia teaching leadership, psychology, and ethics courses to attendees of the FBI National Academy. In addition, Bret has created interactive training programs for the Public Corruption Unit, Money Laundering Unit, Crisis Management Unit and the Terrorist Financing Operations Section.

Ryan Hubbs, CFE, CIA, CCSA, PHR

Sr. Manager, Fraud Investigation & Dispute Services
Ernst & Young LLP

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Ryan Hubbs has more than 14 years of experience managing corporate investigations, forensic audits and compliance initiatives within the energy sector. He is a subject matter expert on organization-wide anti-fraud and anti-corruption programs and measures, corporate investigation programs and protocols, and ethics and compliance programs. He is highly sought after for consultation on investigative approaches and anti-fraud program design.

Hubbs is also active in education, training and research. He is a member of the ACFE Faculty where he co-presents the CFE Exam Review Course and several two-day seminars. He has published articles in both Fraud Magazine and Security Management Magazine, and is an ACFE Hubbard Award Winner for having the most recognized article in Fraud Magazine.

Hal Humphreys, CFE

Lead Investigator
FIND Investigations

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Hal Humphreys is the founder and lead investigator of [FIND] Investigations, a PI agency in Nashville, TN. He is a Certified General Real Estate Appraiser, a Certified Fraud Examiner and a licensed private investigator. He serves as a hearing officer for the Davidson County Board of Equalization and is a contract investigator for the State of Tennessee Department of Commerce and Insurance.

Patricia A. Johnson, CFE, CPA

Program Coordinator
Canisius College

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Patricia Johnson is an assistant professor of accounting at Canisius College in Buffalo, New York, where she has taught for more than 19 years. She was instrumental in developing and registering the Masters of Science in Forensic Accounting program with the New York State Education Department and currently serves as its program coordinator. In addition to teaching at local colleges and universities, she has a small accounting practice that focuses on small businesses and not-for-profit entities.

Bethmara Kessler, CFE, CISA

Chief Audit Executive
Campbell Soup Company

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Bethmara Kessler is the Chief Audit Executive at the Campbell Soup Company and is on the ACFE Faculty and Advisory Council. Prior to joining Campbell’s, Kessler served as the CAE and Co-Chief Compliance Officer at Warner Music Group. Her extensive experience includes leadership roles in audit, compliance, risk management, corporate investigations, business process improvement and IT in a range of businesses including The Fraud and Risk Advisory Group, L Brands, EMI Group, Avon Products, Nabisco and Ernst & Young.

Kessler is a passionate fraud fighter and frequently speaks on a variety of topics related to fraud prevention and detection, investigations, auditing, compliance, and risk. She is a contributing author to the ACFE’s Fraud Examiners Manual and Fraud Casebook: Lessons From the Bad Side of Business as well as several articles that have appeared in Internal Auditor Magazine, The Journal of Accountancy, and other specialty publications.

Steven Konecny, CFE, CIRA, ACE

Ueltzen & Company

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Steven Konecny, CFE, CIRA, ACE is a high-tech Investigator and business consultant that specializes in the utilization of information technology and information analysis within complex corporate disputes, investigations, litigation, receiverships and business turnarounds. He has extensive experience in computer forensics, cybercrime and fraud investigations, ediscovery, complex data analytics and providing expert technology consulting services for distressed companies. Prior to joining Ueltzen & Company, he founded and worked for over a decade at a boutique technology investigations and software development firm and had worked within the Forensics Technology Solutions group of a Big Four accounting firm where he managed complex litigation and investigative cases.

Scott Lane

Executive Chairman
The Red Flag Group

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Scott Lane started The Red Flag Group in 2006, and has developed the firm to more than 200 employees in four continents. He has personally been involved in building the client base of the ¬firm to more than 600 clients, many of whom are household names and some of the largest companies in the world. He has more than 15 years of experience in legal, compliance, internal audit, export control, ethics and corporate governance, providing counsel and advice to senior management throughout the world in the development of legal and compliance practices.

Richard Lanza, CFE, CPA, CGMA

Cash Recovery Partners, LLC

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Rich Lanza helps companies identify their hidden financial assets, mostly using technology and referring them to specialists. He has more than two decades of experience in audit technology and recovery auditing, becoming a leading authority in these areas. In addition to making videos for, Rich now spends much of his time building customized continuous monitoring solutions for companies that are self-sustaining through cost recoveries. He is the author of 13 publications and training courses in audit software, and has more than 75 articles for major audit and accounting publications.

Kathy Lavinder

Executive Director
Security & Investigative Placement Consultants LLC

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Kathy Lavinder has more than 15 years’ experience identifying and placing investigators and security managers. Lavinder’s clients have included multinational corporations, financial institutions, accounting firms, law firms, consulting firms, academic institutions, insurance companies, health care organizations and non-profits in the U.S. and internationally. Lavinder founded Security & Investigative Placement Consultants in January 2000 after working in investigative roles and journalism. In a career that has bridged these worlds, Lavinder has developed unique insights and extensive contacts in many industries.

Richard Leach


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Richard Leach is a director with the Government Advisory Practice of CohnReznick Advisory Group with more than 35 years of government auditing experience. Leach enhances the firm’s capabilities in providing government audit, accounting and compliance services to U.S. Department of Defense and key civilian agencies. He served as the Auditor General with the U.S. Navy for 14 years and was a member of the Navy Senior Executive Service for more than 25 years.

Donn LeVie Jr.


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Donn LeVie Jr. is a former hiring manager for Phillips Petroleum (now Conoco-Phillips), Fisher Controls, Motorola, and Intel Corporation. He was also an adjunct faculty lecturer with the University of Houston System in the College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics. LeVie has reviewed thousands of cover letters and résumés and hired hundreds of professionals for scientific, engineering, marketing, and communications positions. He has authored more than 80 industry-specific papers, 800 general-interest articles, and seven non-fiction books, three of which were written under the pseudonym “J.T. Kirk.” LeVie is also a contributor to the “Ask the Expert” page of the ACFE website.

David Long, J.D., CFE, CAMS

NCFPS-Digital Currency AML Consultants, LLC

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David M. Long is an experienced investigator, attorney and professor of criminal justice and legal studies. He is principal of Northern California Fraud Prevention Solutions (NCFPS), an anti-money laundering and fraud prevention consultancy specializing in addressing the specific AML compliance and fraud prevention challenges facing companies operating in the virtual currency environment. During Long’s nearly decade of government service as a Special Agent with the federal Office of Labor Racketeering, he investigated cases pertaining to the influence of organized crime in labor unions. Many of his cases were complex financial investigations involving money laundering violations, the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations (RICO) Act, public corruption, extortion, bribery and witness tampering. Long served with distinction as a Special Agent and received several awards for meritorious service.

Walt Manning, CFE

Investigations MD

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Walt Manning is the President of Investigations MD, a consulting firm research related to future crimes while also helping investigators market and develop their businesses. He has 35 years of experience in the fields of criminal justice, investigations, digital forensics and e-discovery. He retired with the rank of lieutenant after a 20-year career with the Dallas Police Department. Manning is a contributing author to the Fraud Examiners Manual, which is the official training manual of the ACFE, and has articles published in Fraud Magazine, Police Computer Review, Police Chief magazine and Information Systems Security, which is a prestigious journal in the computer security field.

Alice Martin, J.D., CFE, CHC, CHPC

Chief Deputy Attorney General                           
State of Alabama

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Alice Martin serves as the Chief Deputy Attorney General for the State of Alabama.  She has previously served in the private legal and hospital compliance sectors overseeing white-collar government investigations and compliance program development in for profit and not-for-profit hospital companies. Martin also spent 15 years with the U. S. Department of Justice and spearheaded a nationally recognized health care fraud task force as U.S. Attorney for Northern Alabama from 2001-2009. She oversaw the HealthSouth litigation, including the $350 million qui tam recovery and the $2.8 billion securities fraud investigation, which resulted in the nation’s first Sarbanes-Oxley conviction.  

Jeffrey Matthews, CFE, CPA

Vice President
Charles River Associates

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Jeffrey G. Matthews has significant experience in financial investigations, forensic accounting and litigation support. Matthews has spent many years practicing for Big Four accounting firms and state, local and federal governmental bodies. He has investigated and provided oversight for investigations of federal and state criminal violations, including many types of fraud. He has calculated damages resulting from breach of contract, breach of fiduciary duty, diminution of value and misappropriation of trade secrets.

Tamara May, CFE, PMP

T.R. Turner and Associates, Inc.

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Tamara May, President of T.R. Turner & Associates Inc., holds an MBA from Old Dominion University, has acquired the certifications of PMP (Project Management Professional), CPC-P (Certified Coder), Six Sigma, and CFE (Certified Fraud Examiner). She brings more than 15 years of professional experience in the areas of information technology, fraud, health care and training. May has held numerous leadership positions, where she has received many Host Leadership Awards, served on a variety of Fraud Task Force and Compliance Committees, and has managed several Audit and Training Departments.

Katherine McLane

Founding Partner
The Mach 1 Group

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Katherine McLane, named “2013 PR Professional of the Year” by the Public Relations Society of America, is a leading media, branding and public affairs expert with experience in political campaigns, government, non-profits and the private sector. As Vice President for Communications & External Affairs for the LIVESTRONG Foundation, she led strategic communications planning and rapid response operations during years of global attention surrounding its founder, and successfully steered a course that kept the foundation’s mission front and center. McLane served as press secretary for the U.S. Department of Education under Secretary Margaret Spellings in 2006 and 2007, promoting President Bush’s signature bi-partisan education law, No Child Left Behind. From 2003 to 2006, she served as a key member of Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger’s communications staff and lead media relations in the areas of education, military affairs, homeland security, federal relations, emergency response and the environment.

Sherman McGrew, J.D., CFE

Program Analyst

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Sherman McGrew entered military service as a Reservist in 1979, retiring as a U.S. Army Lieutenant Colonel in 2010. He is a graduate of Army Command and General Staff College and has had three active duty deployments, working extensively with the UK Military and UK Civilian Police Contingent in Basra, Iraq. McGrew retired as a Captain with the Waterbury Police Department in 2009, having also served as a Patrolman, Detective, Sergeant and Lieutenant. He has conducted thousands of interviews with suspects and has lectured on interview and interrogation to the police, military and international audiences. As a detective, he extensively investigated financial crimes, securing convictions while at all times respecting the rights of the accused.

Janet McHard, CFE, CPA, MAFF, CFF

Founding Partner
McHard Accounting Consulting, LLC

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Janet M. McHard is the founding partner of McHard Accounting Consulting, LLC, a firm specializing in forensic accounting, fraud prevention and accounting reconstruction. Together with her partner and staff, she conducts forensic and investigative accounting in matters concerning alleged white-collar crime, embezzlement, employee theft and other disputed accounting issues. She provides expert witness testimony and consulting expert services in cases where fraud is suspected. She also has experience in database management and class action administration. McHard has received special training in fraud prevention and investigation from the ACFE, the National Association of Certified Valuation Analysts and through the University of New Mexico’s Financial Investigators Certificate Program.

Victoria Meyer, CFE, FCCA

Swiss International Business Academy

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Victoria Meyer is a Director of the Swiss International Business Academy. She trained in the Forensic Services Department of KPMG London before moving on to coordinate the European Forensic Technology practice for PricewaterhouseCoopers. After more than a decade in Big 4 Forensic practices, she now works mainly in the financial services sector and has worked with the UN, OFAC and other government agencies on a new format for anti-terrorism sanctions information. She began working with identity data on social security fraud investigations and has since used increasingly sophisticated linguistic matching techniques to support investigations as diverse as FCPA, insider trading and mortgage fraud enquiries, as well as high profile assignments for the UN and the search for dormant bank accounts dating from the Second World War.

William Monks, CPA, CFF, CVA

CohnReznick LLP

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William Monks leads the firm’s corporate investigations and anti-corruption service areas. Previously, he worked sophisticated white-collar forensic matters involving fraud, bribery and corruption for the FBI where his technique was recognized as a “Best Practice” nationwide. Having performed 10,000 interviews incident to white-collar criminal and civil matters Monks is an authority on detecting deception. He received a commendation from FBI Director Louis Freeh for his prosecution of the largest police corruption investigation in New Jersey.

Cary Moore, CFE, CISSP, EnCE

SVP, Emerging Threats Manager

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Cary Moore is a Cybersecurity, Enterprise Forensics, and Technical Surveillance Countermeasures Professional with more than ten years of specialized experience, of which seven were in Federal Law Enforcement. Focusing on counterintelligence and counterespionage, he brings a unique perspective to insider threats and protecting some of the most sensitive data. Formerly the Technical Director of Cybersecurity at Guidance Software, makers of EnCase Enterprise Forensic Software, he currently holds the role of SVP, Cyber Intelligence and Emerging Threats Manager at one of the country’s largest financial institutions.

Steve Morang, CFE, CIA, CRMA

Senior Manager
Frank, Rimerman + Co. LLP

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Steve Morang has more than 20 years of auditing, consulting and management experience working with companies in the U.S. and Europe. He has led multiple internal audit, risk management, internal control and fraud investigation projects. Morang specializes in leveraging his expertise in fraud prevention, detection and investigation into an array of areas in the GRC fields. He is a frequent speaker at local, regional and national events, as well as a published author on the topics of internal audit, risk management and fraud.

Carol Morgan, CFE, CPA, CIA, CCEP

VP Audit & Risk Management Services
World Vision

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In her role at World Vision, Morgan has responsibility for the planning and completion of operational, compliance and financial audits conducted at all World Vision US sites as well as oversight for compliance and PCI data security. She began her auditing career working for the Defense Contract Audit Agency and SAFECO Insurance. Returning to government auditing as Director of Internal Audit for Todd Pacific Shipyards, Morgan reestablished the internal audit function and was responsible for operational and government contract compliance audits. She gained external auditing experience as a manager with the public accounting firm McGladrey and Pullen, LLP by performing financial statement audits of credit unions prior to accepting her current position.

Iyad Mourtada, CFE, CIA, CMA, CCSA

Managing Director

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Iyad is an international speaker, trainer and consultant with a diverse background in internal auditing, risk management and fraud examination. He had taught many unique auditing and fraud related courses to international corporations and government entities. His innovative and creative teaching approach proved to be effective in adding value to the learning process of more than 10,000 professionals in the last 8 years. Iyad is the General Manager of OpenThinking, a leading business training company in Dubai. Additionally, Iyad is an authorized trainer with the ACFE to teach the CFE Exam Review Course and is listed as a global public speaker on the IMA Speaker's Bureau.

Mark Nigrini, CA

West Virginia University

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Mark J. Nigrini teaches managerial accounting and forensic accounting. His current research involves advanced theoretical work on Benford’s Law and the legal process surrounding fraud convictions. Nigrini is the author of Forensic Analytics (Wiley, 2011) which describes tests to detect fraud, errors, estimates, and biases in financial data. Nigrini is also the author of Benford's Law and Losing the War Against Fraud. His work has been featured in national media including The Financial Times, New York Times and The Wall Street Journal, and he has published papers on Benford’s Law in accounting academic journals, scientific journals pure mathematics journals and professional publications.

Rabiu Olowo, CFE, ACMA, CICA

Head Internal Audit & Business Integrity
GlaxoSmithKline Nigeria & Other West Africa

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Rabiu Olowo is an anti-fraud instructor, internal audit practitioner and risk management expert, specializing in fraud prevention and detection controls, conducting internal investigations and interviewing at disciplinary/enquiry proceedings. His experience includes managing internal audit engagements, financial control procedures, investigations, fraud risk assessment projects, compliance programs and anti-bribery and corruption framework in the banking, pharmaceutical and manufacturing sectors in Africa.

John O'Neill

Senior Red Cell Intelligence Analyst

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John O'Neill has worked in the banking industry for more than 20 years, and has filled a variety of positions. Early in his career with MBNA, O'Neill was responsible for developing strategies that were used to detect and prevent fraud. After being acquired by Bank of America, O'Neill moved to the Consumer Bank Fraud Detection team where he continued his work developing fraud strategies. He was promoted within the group and spearheaded an organized crime ring detection group within Bank of America, which was successful in identifying thousands of crime rings over several years. O'Neill was then hired by the company's Global Financial Crimes and Compliance Intelligence team as the Director of Operations and Strategies. In this role, O'Neill was responsible for developing relationships with a variety of organizations outside Bank of America with the express purpose of sharing financial crimes intelligence. He was also responsible for liaising with the bank's cybercrimes group where he provided critical experience and expertise to their team as they worked to mitigate financial crimes across the enterprise. 

Paul O'Sullivan, CFE

Senior Consultant
Paul O'Sullivan & Associates

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Although an engineer by profession, Paul O’Sullivan is recognized as one of South Africa’s leading crime fighters. With more than 40 years of experience in law enforcement (which includes diverse areas such as counter espionage, counter-terrorism, trafficking, syndicated crime, fraud, robbery and murder) he is also one of the world’s leading security experts. He currently owns and runs a medium sized forensic and loss control consultancy with offices in Johannesburg, London and Nairobi.

Joe Palmar

Palmar Consulting Group

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Joseph M Palmar is President of Palmar Consulting Group, Inc., a boutique firm specializing in accounting, financial forensics, and outsource CFO services. He is a Certified Public Accountant, Certified Fraud Examiner, and Certified in Financial Forensics with more than 20 years of accounting, finance, audit and forensic experience. Recently Palmar received a special commendation from the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) for his assistance in uncovering a multimillion dollar fraud and is a graduate of the FBI’s citizen academy.

Liseli Pennings

Special Agent
U.S. Department of Treasury

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Liseli Pennings recently joined the U.S. Treasury Inspector General’s Office for Tax Administration as a special agent and was previously a career special agent with the State Department’s Diplomatic Security Service. She is a subject matter expert in international investigations and physical security, and was a law enforcement attaché in both Europe and Latin America. Pennings was awarded seven of the U.S. Department of State’s Meritorious Honor Awards, a Superior Honor Award and 4 letters of commendation.

Steven Pesklo

InfoZoom /SoftLake Solutions

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Steven Pesklo is President of SoftLake Solutions which specializes in providing data visualization software and consulting solutions in the areas of fraud and criminal investigations, internal audit, and privacy and compliance. He holds a bachelor’s degree in Computer Science and an MBA in International Management and Finance.

Gerhard Pilcher

Vice President and Senior Scientist
Elder Research

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Gerhard Pilcher enjoys predictive analytics and data mining, especially related to the areas of fraud detection, financial risk management and health care outcomes using various analytical methods, working with people, leading change and timely management of complex projects. His work experience spans both private and government sectors including international experience. He has extensive industry experience in government oversight and financial industries.

Don Rabon, CFE

Successful Interviewing Techniques

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As an instructor, author, and former investigative director, Don Rabon's instructional areas include interviewing, rapport building, interrogation, persuasion, detecting deception, investigative reasoning, and investigation discourse analysis. He is retired from the North Carolina Justice Academy, North Carolina Department of Justice, where he served as Deputy Director. In addition to his training and investigative work, Rabon has authored four interviewing related texts. Over a period of 33 years, Rabon has provided instruction and investigative assistance to investigators in 45 states, Puerto Rico, the Virgin Islands, Belgium, France, Germany, Australia, New Zealand, Canada, Singapore, Ireland, Trinidad, Barbados, and England. He has also trained federal, state, and local criminal justice personnel; NATO counterintelligence personnel; and private sector investigative, audit, and corporate security personnel.

Robert Rudloff, CFE, CIA, CRMA

Senior Vice President, Internal Audit

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Based in Las Vegas, Bob Rudloff is a 30-year veteran of the gaming industry. Currently he is responsible for directing the company-wide internal audit program at all owned and operated properties. Prior to joining MGM Resorts International, Rudloff was Director of Internal Audit Services with PricewaterhouseCoopers. Rudloff is a recognized leader in the internal auditing profession, having held positions of leadership within the Institute of Internal Auditors at the local and international level for more than 20 years.

David Sawyer, CFE, CPA, CIA, CAMS

Partner and Practice Leader, Forensic and Special Matters
Frazier & Deeter LLC

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David Sawyer leads Frazier & Deeter LLC’s Forensic and Special Matters practice. During his career as a forensic expert, he has investigated fraud, corruption or financial damages in more than 200 cases. He has provided expert testimony in more than 20 of those matters. With his background as a practicing CPA, licensed private investigator and internal auditor, he also consults with organizations on improvements of internal controls, as well as fraud prevention and detection. Currently, David is working as an advisor to the Cyber Economic unit of a global consulting firm on the initiative to combat, prevent and detect multinational economic and military espionage, as well as the proliferation of WMD, terrorist financing and money laundering.

Amber Schroader, PCME

Paraben Corporation

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Throughout the past two decades, Schroader has been the driving force behind some of the most innovative Digital Forensic technology to be introduced into the industry. Schroader has developed over two-dozen software programs designed for the purposes of recovering digital data from hand-held devices such as cellular phones and PDAs, computer hard drives, and large-scale computer networks capable of storing data from several thousand computers. Schroader coined the concept of the “360-degree approach to digital forensics”, pushing for a big-picture consideration of the digital evidence acquisition process.

Alton Sizemore, CFE, CPA, CFF

Alton Sizemore & Associates

Alton Sizemore specializes in the areas of forensic accounting, fraud examination and litigation support. He works closely with both plaintiff and defense attorneys, corporate boards, governmental agencies and Federal, State and Local Law Enforcement Agencies. Retired from the Federal Bureau of Investigation with 25 years of experience, Sizemore served as Assistant Special Agent in charge of the Birmingham division of the FBI, managing programs for Counterterrorism, Foreign Counterintelligence, Cyber Crime, Public Corruption, Civil Rights, White-Collar Crime, Violent Crimes/Major Offenders and Drugs. His broad range of FBI experience includes criminal investigations into white-collar crime in many sectors, including business, government, medical and banking. He is currently on the ACFE Board of Regents and will serve in that capacity into 2015. In addition to the ACFE, Sizemore is a member of the American Institute of CPAs, Florida Institute of CPAs, Alabama Society of CPAs, InfraGard, High Technology Crime Investigative Association, Metropolitan Criminal Justice Executives Association and the Society of Former Special Agents of the FBI.

Ron Steinkamp, CFE, CPA, CIA, CRMA

Brown Smith Wallace

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Ron Steinkamp leads the Public Sector Group at Brown Smith Wallace where he focuses on providing fraud and forensics, internal control improvement, internal audit, process improvement and risk management services to governmental entities. He has more than 20 years of experience in internal audit, fraud and forensic prevention and detection, process improvement, risk management and consulting with companies and public sector organizations of all sizes including more than seven years as the Chief Audit Executive for the City of St. Louis. His extensive experience spans areas such as developing, enhancing and directing internal audit functions, business process improvement initiatives, compliance reviews, operational audits, construction audits and fraud investigations.


Manager and Advisor
Federal Housing Finance Agency

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Ed Stolle serves as Senior Analyst for the Federal Housing Finance Examination Program, Division of Bank Regulation. Stolle was a Branch Chief for the Securities and Exchange Commission’s Examination Program for ten years and was awarded the SEC’s “Examination Award of Excellence” during that time. Prior to joining the SEC, Stolle was employed in the Audit Divisions of both Ernst & Young and the Small Business Administration’s Office of Inspector General and he received SBA’s Inspector General “Auditor of the Year” Award for his work in detecting fraud on audits and investigations. Stolle is an accomplished speaker, giving presentations to many organizations including banking, securities, and insurance regulators; inspector general offices, foreign financial regulators, district attorney groups and the FBI.

Donna Strittmatter Max, J.D.

Assistant District Attorney, Chief- Specialized Crime Division
Dallas County District Attorney's Office

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In her current role, Strittmatter Max handles the intake of thousands of criminal prosecutions of fraud, often directing the investigation for law enforcement and victims. She is involved in various regional task forces relating to health care fraud, consumer fraud, banking and economic computer crimes. She has served on the Adult Protective Services Special Task Unit and is the National White Collar Crime Center Agency Representative for her office. While serving as Dallas County’s first elder abuse prosecutor, Strittmatter Max became passionate about elder victims of fraud.

Virginia Tate, CFE, CIRA, EA

Elk Point Consulting, Inc.

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Ginny Tate leads the consulting division of Elk Point Consulting, which focuses on litigation support, taxation and investigation with clientele all over the world. She is a Certified Fraud Examiner, a Certified Insolvency and Restructuring Accountant, and an Enrolled Agent licensed by the U.S. Treasury. Her extensive professional development and training experience includes fraud detection, cross-border insolvency, forensic accounting, internal controls, audits, interrogation and interviews, and psychology of a fraudster.

John Tonsick, CFE, CPA

Forensic Audit Director
Broadcom Corporation

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John Tonsick is a forensic accountant and one of America’s leading experts on fraud. He has published numerous articles on the subjects of fraud and corporate governance and is a contributing author to Fraud Casebook: Lessons from the Bad Side of Business. He has been interviewed by MSNBC, the Wall Street Journal, CFO Magazine and the Los Angeles Business Journal. As Director of Forensic Auditing, Tonsick helps Broadcom Corporation prevent, detect and investigate fraud. His unique perspective is shaped by more than 30 years of experience as a Big 4 auditor, consultant and Fortune 50 executive.  

Vincent M. Walden, CFE, CPA, CITP

Fraud Investigation & Dispute Services, Ernst & Young LLP

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Vincent Walden is a Partner at EY specializing in forensic technology, business intelligence and fraud detection analytics. He leads a national team of skilled forensic technology and data mining professionals. With a focus on anti-fraud analytics, forensic data mining, third-party due diligence and electronic discovery services, he has more than 17 years of experience handling the information management, forensic analysis and electronic discovery needs for large scale, complex litigations, investigations and proactive anti-fraud and compliance programs. He has been featured in many publications including FRAUD Magazine, Internal Auditor Magazine, Compliance Week, Forbes, The Economist, The FCPA Report, ABC News Online, CNBC and other leading media outlets.

David Wall, CFE, CPA

Singerlewak LLP

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David Wall has been employed in the field of financial investigations in Southern California for more than 20 years. He is a fraud specialist, with credentials as a certified public accountant, certified fraud examiner and licensed attorney. Currently, Wall is a director in the forensics practice of SingerLewak LLP, a 55-year-old accounting firm headquartered in Los Angeles, with six offices throughout California. He represents clients in relation to white-collar crime in the state and federal criminal courts, as well as civil court litigation involving fraud, embezzlement, breach of fiduciary duty, fraudulent transfer and similar claims. His specialties include the acquisition, reconstruction and analysis of financial records, and the presentation of observations and opinions to judges and juries.

R. A. (Andy) Wilson, CFE, CPP

VP Fraud & Compliance
Sedgwick Claims Management Services, Inc.

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For more than twenty-five years, Andy Wilson has conducted and supervised criminal, civil and financial investigations for the government and as a corporate consultant. His major focus includes financial fraud investigation and employee dishonesty schemes. He is an expert in fidelity insurance claims and recovery, and has assisted financial institutions, corporations and organizations with multi-million dollar recoveries on a global basis. In an effort to prevent fraud and provide early warning signs of workplace dishonesty, he designed a 100 Point Fraud Examination, which has been used by companies to detect fraud and abuse.

Gerry Zack, CFE, CPA, CIA

Managing Director – Global Forensics
BDO Consulting

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Gerard (Gerry) Zack is the president of Zack, P.C., which specializes in providing internal control, internal audit, fraud prevention consulting and fraud investigation services for businesses, nonprofit organizations, and government agencies throughout the U.S., Canada and Europe. He has provided audit and anti-fraud services for all types and sizes of entities since 1981. Zack also is the founder of the Nonprofit Resource Center, through which he provides antifraud training and consulting and online financial management tools specifically geared towards the unique internal control and financial management needs of nonprofit organizations. Gerry Zack is the 2009 recipient of the James Baker Speaker of the Year Award from the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners and is recognized as one of only nine ACFE Fellows.

Jason Wojdylo, CFE

Chief Inspector
Asset Forfeiture Division, U.S. Marshals Service

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Jason Wojdylo is the Chief Inspector of law enforcement operations within the Asset Forfeiture Division of the U.S. Marshals Service. He is a subject-matter expert and principal advisor on the law enforcement aspects of the government’s use of the asset forfeiture sanction. He supervises a program of more than 60 Deputy U.S. Marshals throughout the country who are trained financial investigators. Chief Inspector Wojdylo is also the U.S. Marshals Service representative on the President’s Financial Fraud Enforcement Task Force, chaired by the Attorney General, where he is a member of the Victims’ Rights Committee.

Guest Speaker: Convicted Fraudster*

In addition to leaders in the fight against fraud, each year the ACFE Global Fraud Conference invites a convicted fraudster to present during a general session. This unique learning opportunity allows fraud fighters a first-hand look at how the minds of these criminals work, from their motivation to their rationalization. By hearing their story in their own words, and through their eyes, you’ll gain a deeper understanding of how they think and learn to recognize red flags in their behavior.

Nathan Mueller

Convicted Fraudster*

After the reinsurance company Nathan Mueller worked for was purchased by ING for $6 billion, he played a key role in transitioning its operations onto ING’s enterprise resource planning system. He began embezzling money to pay off personal debt and fund a passion for gambling. What started as a $1,100 check to a credit card, spiraled into an $8.5 million fraud over the next four years. It was only a co-worker’s suspicions that brought the fraud to an end. After being caught, he pleaded guilty and was sentenced to 97 months in federal prison. He was released in September of 2014.

While serving his sentence, Mueller played an integral role in the development and expansion of a community outreach program where white-collar inmates spoke on the subject of business ethics. With the integrative approach as the core of his message, he has delivered more than 60 speeches and ethics workshops to a broad spectrum of organizations and groups including Chambers of Commerce, Allete, Inc./Minnesota Power, University of Minnesota-Duluth’s MBA program, 148th Air National Guard leadership training and the University of Wisconsin-Superior’s accounting and business ethics classes.

*The ACFE does not compensate convicted fraudsters.