Conference

Speakers

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, former FBI profiler James T. Reese, John Walsh, Michael Chertoff, Harry Markopolos, Senator George Mitchell, Senator Paul Sarbanes, the Honorable Michael Oxley and many others.

Learn more about keynote and concurrent session speakers confirmed for the 27th Annual ACFE Global Fraud Conference below.

Keynote Speakers
Richard Dreyfuss

Academy Award-Winning Actor

Richard Dreyfuss has relied on intelligence, energy, and incredible talent to gain and keep his place among the leading actors of the American cinema. Three of his films, in fact, are included in the American Film Institute's list of the greatest 100 films. One of his notable roles was as the teacher in Mr. Holland's Opus, for which he received Academy Award and Golden Globe nominations for Best Actor. At the young age of 29, he won an Academy Award for Best Actor in The Goodbye Girl.

One of the many dimensions Dreyfuss has displayed throughout the years has been his political and social activism. He has campaigned for candidates and causes and given testimony advocating for national and community service before congressional and other governmental committees. His Imagining the Future Fund has focused on public affairs broadcast media in the Middle East. He is co-founder of LA Works, a nonprofit, public action and volunteer center in Los Angeles. He sits on the board of the National Constitution Center in Philadelphia, which built the first national museum dedicated to the US Constitution. He has also spoken in venues across the country about the need for civic engagement. He serves on the board of directors of the Los Angeles ACLU Foundation and is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations..

Dreyfuss most recently portrayed notorious fraudster Bernie Madoff in the ABC movie Madoff.

Richard Dreyfuss On Playing Bernie Madoff: He Was An 'Inexcusable Monster'
Forbes | February 3, 2016

Richard Dreyfuss on Being Bernie Madoff
Smithsonian Magazine | January 2016

Judge Jed S. Rakoff

U.S. District Judge, Southern District of New York

Jed S. Rakoff has served since March 1996 as a United States District Judge for the Southern District of New York. He also frequently sits by designation on the 2nd, 3rd and 9th Circuit Courts of Appeals. In addition, Judge Rakoff holds the position of Adjunct Professor at Columbia Law School, where he teaches courses in white collar crime, science and the law, class actions, and the interplay of civil and criminal law. He has co-authored five books, written more than 130 published articles, delivered more than 520 speeches, and authored more than 1500 judicial opinions.

Judge Rakoff holds a B.A. degree from Swarthmore College (1964), an M.Phil. degree from Oxford University (Balliol, 1966), and a J.D. degree from Harvard Law School (1969). Following law school, he spent a year clerking for the late Hon. Abraham L. Freedman, US Court of Appeals, Third Circuit, and two years as an associate at the Debevoise law firm. From 1973-80, he served as an Assistant United States Attorney Office in the Southern District of New York , the last two years of which he was Chief of Business & Securities Fraud Prosecutions. Thereafter, before going on the bench, he was a partner at two large law firms in New York, specializing in white collar criminal defense and civil RICO.

Judge Rakoff serves on the National Commission on Forensic Science and served as co-chair of the National Academy of Science’s Committee on Eyewitness Identification. He serves on the New York City Bar Association’s Executive Committee, and was previously chair of the Association’s Honors and Criminal Law Committees. He was also Chair of the Second Circuit’s Bankruptcy Committee, and Chair of the Southern District of New York’s Grievance Committee and Criminal Justice Advisory Board. He has also served on Swarthmore College’s Board of Managers, on the Governance Board of the MacArthur Foundation’s Project on Law and Neuroscience, and on the Committee on the Development of the Third Edition of the Manual on Scientific Evidence. He assists the U.S. Departments of Commerce and State in training programs of Iraqi judges in Baghdad and in Istanbul. He is a Member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and of the American Law Institute, and is a Judicial Fellow for the American College of Trial Lawyers and the American Board of Criminal Lawyers. He was a Director of the New York Council of Defense Lawyers from 1990-1994.

Truth revealed
Fraud Magazine | March/April 2016

Jed Rakoff and the Lonely Fight for Wall Street Justice
The Nation | June 18, 2014

Steve van Aperen

Body Language Expert

Steve van Aperen is an author, speaker, media commentator and trainer. He is known as an expert in the field of behavioral interviewing, reading body language, detecting deception and changing behaviors through rapid induction hypnosis. He has conducted behavioral interviews on 68 homicide and 2 serial killer investigations and consults his services to Fortune 500 companies, police departments, intelligence agencies and government departments throughout the world on how to read body language and detect deception by analyzing verbal, nonverbal and paralinguistic behaviors.

Van Aperen has appeared on CNN, Access Hollywood, The News Room and many other programs and is affectionately referred to as the “The Human Lie Detector”. As a former police officer having trained with the FBI, LAPD and the U.S. Secret Service he has emerged as a leading authority on reading and analyzing human behavior. Today he devotes his knowledge to helping police departments, intelligence agencies, investigators and corporations in how to read body language and analyze the content and structure language when people engage in deception.

Video: Interview with Steve van Aperen
3News New Zealand | June 15, 2014

The Human Lie Detector
CNN | January 13, 2012

David Barboza

Investigative Journalist, The New York Times
Pulitzer Prize Winner

David Barboza has been a correspondent for The New York Times based in Shanghai, China, since November 2004.

In 2013, Barboza was awarded the Pulitzer Prize for International Reporting “for his striking exposure of corruption at high levels of the Chinese government, including billions in secret wealth owned by relatives of the prime minister, well documented work published in the face of heavy pressure from the Chinese officials.” He was also part of the team that won the Pulitzer Prize for Explanatory Reporting.

Barboza was a freelance writer and a research assistant for The New York Times before being hired in 1997 as a staff writer. For five years, he was the Midwest business correspondent based in Chicago. Since 2008, he has served as the paper’s Shanghai bureau chief.

Barboza won two awards in The Society of American Business Editors and Writers (SABEW) 2007 Best in Business Journalism Contest: one for a New York Times article, "A Chinese Reformer Betrays His Cause, and Pays.” He was also part of the team that won the 2008 Grantham Prize for environmental reporting for the series "Choking on Growth: China’s Environmental Crisis." In 2002, he was part of a team that was named a finalist for a Pulitzer Prize for coverage of the Enron scandal.

In 2008, Barboza won The Times’s internal business award, the Nathaniel Nash Award. He has twice won the Gerald Loeb Award for business reporting.

Uncovering hidden billions in China
Fraud Magazine | January/February 2016

China's Corruption by David Barboza of NY Times
Bloomberg TV | May 3

Pursuing Truth in China
China Hands | October 24, 2013

Anthony Menendez, CFE, CPA

Halliburton Whistleblower   

Best known as the “Accountant Who Beat Halliburton,” Anthony Menendez is widely recognized for his decade-long legal battle with Halliburton as a corporate whistleblower under Sarbanes-Oxley. Despite having no formal legal training, as a pro-se litigant during the appeals process, he ultimately prevailed in the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals. His case has had a significant and positive impact on the corporate whistleblower body of law.

Menendez is currently a top controller for General Motors Company, overseeing the accounting and reporting for all U.S. Sales, Services, & Marketing covering the reporting of more than $100 billion in annual revenues in one of the most complex pricing and incentive environments in addition to the reporting of one of the largest media and promotional budgets in the world. He came to GM in 2009 as part of the global technical accounting effort to help GM emerge from bankruptcy successfully complete one of the largest IPO’s in history.

Immediately prior to GM, he served as a litigation consulting expert working with attorneys representing shareholders in complex nationally litigated cases involving allegations of improper financial reporting and auditing. As a consultant, he also provided continuing education seminars to professionals across the globe covering U.S. GAAP, IFRS, SOX, and SEC reporting. He is also a former audit executive at Ernst & Young were he focused on entrepreneurial and emerging growth companies; working with numerous companies across various industries in differing stages in the IPO journey and post-IPO environment.

He fought Halliburton and won
Fraud Magazine | May/June 2016

The Whistleblower’s Tale: How An Accountant Took on Halliburton
ProPublica | April 21, 2015

Concurrent Session Speakers
Speaker
Adam Kendall Abplanalp, CFE, CPA, CISSP, CIA

Managing Principal
The Cobalt Group

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Adam Kendall Abplanalp has more than 10 years of experience in the fraud, risk management, information security and audit professions. While working for the largest community bank in the U.S. Pacific Northwest, he oversaw the bank’s fraud monitoring and prevention programs, with responsibility for mitigating card, check, and online fraud. He also has experience at the staff and supervisory levels in internal audit, enterprise risk management, and information security. He started his own firm, Kendall Consulting LLC, in 2015. His current practice focuses on providing a wide range of accounting, tax and business consulting services to companies in the Portland, Oregon area.

Speaker
Jarrod Baker, ACA

Senior Managing Director
FTI Consulting

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Recognized as one of the leading forensic accountants in Who’s Who Legal: Investigations 2016, Jarrod Baker provides specialist support to clients operating in the Asia-Pacific region who face high stakes litigation, complex investigations and regulatory scrutiny. He has consulted across the globe helping corporates with their investigative response to high-profile corruption scandals and also worked in an in-house anti-corruption compliance role for a Fortune 100 company. He is a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales and also of the Governance Institute of Australia. He currently serves as Non-Executive Director of the Australian affiliate of Transparency International, the global coalition against corruption.

Speaker
John Bandler, CFE, CISSP, CAMS, CIPP/US

Founder/Owner
Bandler Group LLC

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John Bandler founded a legal and consulting practice to bring his experience to the private sector to help corporations and individuals with cybersecurity, data privacy, investigations and anti-money laundering. Bandler has 20 years of government experience, including 13 as a prosecutor at the New York County District Attorney's Office, where he was hired by the legendary Robert M. Morgenthau. He gained unique insights into cybercrime, cybercrime intelligence, digital currency money laundering and identity theft, and prosecuted a wide variety of cases from inception through resolution, ranging from global cybercrime data trafficking and money laundering to violent street crime.

Prior to his time as a prosecutor, Bandler served as a State Trooper in the New York State Police for eight years, serving in one of the busiest stations in the state. He was also a commissioned U.S. Army officer, serving in infantry and military intelligence reserve units. He is licensed to practice law in New York, Connecticut and Washington D.C., and holds professional certifications in fraud investigation, information security, privacy, anti-money laundering and information technology.

Speaker
Meric Bloch, J.D., CFE, CCEP-F, PCI

Principal
Winter Compliance LLC

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Meric Bloch has conducted more than 400 internal investigations of fraud and serious workplace misconduct. He developed the “Winter Method” for workplace investigations, a comprehensive methodology for investigating misconduct. The Winter Method considers the range of stakeholder interests when planning the investigations and emphasizes both a reactive and proactive strategy when examining the causes of misconduct and similar unacceptable business risks. Bloch also has extensive professional experience counseling business executives on the legal and business issues arising from investigations. Bloch has published numerous articles on investigation topics and is the author of two books on investigations: An Insider’s Guide to Workplace Investigations and The First Information Is Almost Always Wrong.

Speaker
Allen Brown, CFE, CPA

Owner
AFB Consulting

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Allen Brown, now retired, was Assistant Legislative Auditor for the Louisiana Legislative Auditor’s Office. In this position, he oversaw investigations and matters related to local government audits and issues. Brown spent 21 years with the Legislative Auditor’s Office and has participated in more than 250 investigative audits. Results of these audits included felony convictions of four sheriffs, three of whom went to prison. As a result of an investigative audit of the Department of Elections, the statewide elected Commissioner of Elections was also convicted of felony charges and sentenced to prison, and more than 25 others were indicted and convicted, including vendors from New Jersey, Florida and Alabama. Subsequent to this project, the department was eliminated by the state legislature.

Brown's experience also includes 8½ years as Director of Internal Audit for the Louisiana Community and Technical College System. Prior to joining the Community & Technical College System, Brown was Practice Leader for Forensic and Investigative Services for the international firm of Deloitte & Touche. While with Deloitte & Touche, he directed projects in the continental United States, Hawaii, Mexico, Bermuda, Morocco and the U.K. Brown also worked with one of the major U.S. law firms in three major lawsuits involving the tobacco industry.

Speaker
Rebecca Busch, RN, CFE, CCM

President and CEO
Medical Business Associates, Inc.

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Rebecca S. Busch founded MBA in 1991 with the vision of delivering a multi-disciplined approach to improved profitability to health care clients by conducting comprehensive audits. The highly-developed niche areas are derived by combining multi-specialty clinical professionals and integrating finance, audit and fraud examination into the scope of practice resulting in a blended clinical and financial perspective. This edge, combined with her proprietary methodology, employs statistical analysis of claims, e-health data, PHI, compliance requirements and procedural data specifically targeted to identify the most probable areas of operational breakdowns, fraud exposure, financial errors, and medical errors and cost savings.         

Busch continues to maintain academic and professional development through various credentials, certifications and participates as a professional mentor. Her entrepreneurial professional driven career has resulted in proprietary audit platforms in multi-market verticals in health care, patents and authorship of more than 200 articles and books. Recognized as an expert in her field, she has provided public testimony, participation in the development of best practice standards, public policy discussions and forensic expert testimony in both Federal and State court.

Speaker
Emanuel Callejas

Attorney, Associate
Carrillo y Asociados

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Emanuel Callejas is an attorney at Guatemalan law firm Carrillo y Asociados. He is a member of the firm´s Bankruptcy, Insolvency, Fraud & Asset Recovery practice group, focusing on main aspects of asset recovery, investigations and litigation strategy involving multijurisdictional parties. His practice also involves anti-corruption investigations and compliance matters. His experience includes the gathering and preparation of evidence in collaboration with forensic experts, preparation of witness testimony, coordination of international legal assistance requests and analysis of electronic evidence.

Speaker
Tom Caulfield, CFE, CIG, CIGI

Co-Founder
Procurement Integrity Consulting Services, LLC

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Tom Caulfield has more than 38 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 ended his government service when he retired in 2015 as the Executive Director for the CIGIE Training Institute. During his government service, his assignments included a full range of responsibilities at both the senior executive and program management levels in law enforcement, criminal investigations, anti-fraud strategies, white-collar crime investigations, polygraph, counter-intelligence, internal oversight, and professional development and training. Today, Caulfield is the co-owner of Procurement Integrity Consulting Services, LLC, a company specializing in developing, assessing and structuring strategies to assure contracting integrity.

Speaker
Benjamin Chou

President
Personable, Inc.

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Benjamin Chou has more than 27 years of experience in the computer information industry and has significant experience with executive management positions. He has served as a systems developer, engineering manager, director, vice president of engineering and CEO of several leading hardware and software companies including Hewlett Packard, Convergent Technologies, WYSE Technology, NuTek Computers and Kingston Technology.

Speaker
Gregory A. Coleman

Founder & CEO, Coleman Worldwide Advisors
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. Belfort’s rise to power and subsequent arrest and conviction were chronicled in the movie, The Wolf of Wall Street. Coleman is a frequent keynote speaker and guest lecturer on The Wolf of Wall Street investigation as well as topics including international money laundering, risks associated with Bitcoin, and body language and statement analysis. Coleman has spoken to audiences in 14 countries and has significant experience giving presentations utilizing simultaneous translation.

Coleman retired from the FBI with more than 25 years of experience investigating financial crimes and money laundering. Coleman Worldwide Advisors offers anti-money laundering (AML)/Bank Secrecy Act (BSA) training and consulting services to the financial community and other firms subject to anti-money laundering regulations.

Speaker
Michael Comer

Managing Director
Cobasco Group Limited

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Mike Comer is the Managing Director of Cobasco Group Limited, a community of anti-fraud and compliance specialists that mentors relationships with clients to prevent, detect, investigate and recuperate from corporate fraud. Since 1979, he has worked with hundreds of clients on a wide range of preventive assignments and successfully investigated scores of high profile frauds in Europe, Asia, Africa, and in South and North America. He was the founding editor of the “Computer Fraud and Security Bulletin” which he edited for eight years, and has written nine books on fraud, corruption and forensic linguistics including Corporate Fraud III, Investigating Corporate Fraud and An HR Guide to Workplace Fraud and Criminal Behaviour.

Speaker
David Cotton, CFE, CPA, CGFM

Chairman
Cotton & Company LLP

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Dave Cotton is chairman of Cotton & Company LLP, Certified Public Accountants. Cotton & Company is headquartered in Alexandria, Virginia. The firm was founded in 1981 and has a practice concentration in assisting Federal and State government agencies, inspectors general, and government grantees and contractors with a variety of government program-related assurance and advisory services. Cotton is presently serving on the AICPA’s Performance Audit Standards Task Force and chairs the Fraud Risk Management Task Force, sponsored by COSO and the ACFE. He has testified as an expert in governmental accounting, auditing and fraud issues before the U.S. Court of Federal Claims and other administrative and judicial bodies.

Speaker
Tiffany Couch, CFE, CPA, CFF

Principal
Acuity Forensics

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Tiffany Couch, founder of Acuity Group PLLC, has more than 18 years of experience in the field of accounting, with the last 11 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 has provided expertise as a source to the New York Times, NPR, Wall Street Journal and First Business News and is a regular contributor to Fraud Magazine. She 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. She serves as Vice Chair on the ACFE’s Board of Regents and is also a faculty member.

Speaker
Kris Curry

Partner, Fraud Investigations & Dispute Services
EY

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Kris Curry is a compliance professional specializing in global risk assessments and analyses, with more than 20 years of life sciences experience. Prior to joining EY, Kris was the Vice President and Chief Compliance Officer for the Pharmaceutical Sector of Johnson & Johnson.

Speaker
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.

Speaker
David Debenham, J.D., CFE, CFF

Chair of Supreme Court of Canada Group
Partner, McMillan LLP

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David Debenham has been a practicing commercial litigation trial lawyer for the past 23 years and is a partner in the McMillan law firm’s Ottawa office. Debenham’s fraud practice eventually inspired him to become a Certified Fraud Examiner, and acquire his diploma in Investigative and Forensic Accounting from the Rotman Business School’s Graduate Program at the University of Toronto. He has published a text directed at fraud investigators and expert witnesses called “The Law of Fraud and the Forensic Investigator” along with the leading articles in the United States and Canada on the subject of detecting and reporting fraud in a law firm. He has spoken at ACFE chapter meetings in Ottawa, Toronto, and Saskatoon, as well as the ACFE national conference.

Speaker
Toby DeRoche

TeamMate Market Development Consultant
Wolters Kluwer

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Toby DeRoche is a Certified Internal Auditor who holds an MBA with an Internal Audit specialization from Louisiana State University. He is also certified in Control Self-Assessment, Risk Management Assurance and is a Certified Internal Control Auditor. DeRoche is skilled in the identification and documentation of weaknesses that result in heightened business risk, while recommending solutions to such situations.

Speaker
Bruce Dubinsky, CFE, CPA, CVA, CFF

Managing Director
Duff and Phelps, LLC

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Bruce G. Dubinsky is a managing director and leader of Global Business Development & Strategy for Duff & Phelps' Disputes and Investigations practice. He sits on the leadership committee for the practice and serves as the city leader for the firm's Washington D.C. office. Dubinsky has more than 33 years of financial investigative and dispute consulting experience.

Prior to joining Duff & Phelps, Dubinsky was the managing director of Dubinsky & Company, P.C, a dispute consulting firm specializing in forensic accounting, fraud investigations and commercial dispute consulting. Earlier in his career, he held leadership positions for various real estate development and accounting firms. Dubinsky has been qualified and testified in court as an expert witness in nearly 50 bench and jury trials involving criminal and civil fraud, accounting malpractice and standard of care cases as well as a variety of other disputes. He has given deposition testimony in more than 100 cases.

Speaker
Lisa Duke, CFE, CPA, MAFF

Supervisor Forensic Accountant
FBI

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Prior to her current appointment, for the last 10 years she worked as a subject matter expert at the New York State Comptroller’s Office. Her engagements have included cases involving fraud investigations, conflict of interest, waste and abuse of multiple government agencies, contractors, public authorities, and not-for-profit organizations. Duke is a certified trainer by the NYS Governor’s Office of Employee Relations (GOER) and Rutgers University. She has done multiple presentations on a variety of audit and fraud related topics for the NYS Office of the State Comptroller, as well as the NY Chapter of Association of Government Auditors (AGA), the NY & NJ Intergovernmental Audit Forum, and the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners (ACFE). She is a member of ACFE, AGA, the Institute of Internal Auditors (IIA), and the National Association of Certified Valuators and Analyst (NACVA).

Speaker
Corey Dunbar

Senior Manager, Fraud Investigations & Dispute Services
EY

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Corey Dunbar is a compliance professional specializing in data analytics and technology solutions pertaining to the detection of fraud and compliance risks within structured and unstructured data.

Speaker
Steve Durney

SVP, Issuer Relations
Ethoca

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Steve Durney is responsible for expanding Ethoca’s financial institution customer base. Over a 20-year career at JP Morgan Chase & Co., Durney was a champion of innovation to maximize fraud prevention, dispute recoveries, and cost reduction. He led groups for fraud, disputes, and collections that covered internal case management system design, large technology deployments, workforce management and capacity planning, self-service including SMS and email outreach, data infrastructure, and off-shoring.

Speaker
Keith Elliott

VP Operations & Business Development
Reed Research Limited

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Keith Elliott has been a Licensed Private Investigator in varying capacities for more than 24 years. He has extensive experience with property-casualty, criminal, life, health and disability insurance investigations across Canada and internationally. He has presented evidence and testified in precedent setting cases at the Supreme Court of Ontario and Financial Services Commission of Ontario.

In addition to overseeing the daily operations and company’s development, Elliott is the primary point of contact for many clients. He is regularly asked to provide in-house training to various insurance company staff on the function and use of investigations, surveillance and social media surveillance for insurance purposes.

Speaker
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.

Speaker
Marc Filer, CFE, CPA, ABV, CFF

Manager
PwC

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Marc Filer has approximately 10 years of public accounting experience. His practice focuses on anti-corruption/FCPA matters, including internal investigations, compliance program assessments and due diligence. He routinely manages matters involving the SEC and the U.S. DOJ. Filer has worked on anti-corruption/FCPA matters in more than 20 countries in Asia, Europe, the Middle East, Latin America and Africa. In particular, he has anti-corruption/FCPA experience in pharmaceutical/medical products, manufacturing, industrial products, retail and consumer, hospitality, and the oil and gas industry.

Speaker
Tabitha Gaustad, CFE, CPA, CIA, CRMA

Director
KPMG LLP

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Tabitha Gaustad, a Director in KPMG’s Forensic practice, is a specialist in the anti-fraud, anti-corruption, and compliance and ethics space. She spends a significant portion of her time assisting clients with the development of compliance and monitoring programs, especially the design and build of data analytics capabilities. Gaustad has more than 20 years of experience providing clients with financial, economic, accounting and auditing services to clients in a wide variety of matters including corporate internal investigations and regulatory compliance.

Speaker
John D. Gill, J.D., CFE

Vice President — Education
Association of Certified Fraud Examiners

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Prior to working for the ACFE, John Gill was an attorney in the Austin, Texas office of the law firm of Bragg, Chumlea, McQuality, Smithers and Curry where he was involved with civil fraud, insurance and deceptive trade practices cases. He was the editor of the DTPA Forms and Practice Guide written by David Bragg and Michael Curry.

In 1995, Mr. Gill joined the ACFE and served as both its General Counsel and the manager of the Research Department for nine years. When the Research Department expanded in 2003, he took on the role of Research Director. In 2009, he was promoted to Vice President – Education. In that capacity he oversees the production and development of all of the books, manuals, self-study courses, and seminar and conference materials produced by the ACFE. He serves on the faculty of the ACFE and is a co-instructor of the CFE Exam Review class. He is a co-author of The Fraud Examiners Manual and serves as the editor-in-chief for the CFE Exam and the CFE Exam Preparation Course. He is also a contributing author to Fraud Magazine.

Speaker
Chris Gobble

Former Whistleblower
ProtectUS Law PLLC

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When pharmaceutical sales representative Chris Gobble recognized that some of the off-label marketing and other practices didn’t seem right, he started to collect information, which he kept at home separate from his other work files. When he complained to his superior, he learned that his boss was the brother-in-law of one of the pharmaceutical representatives that encouraged the off-label marketing and kickbacks mentioned above, and his concerns were ignored. Eventually, Gobble was terminated. The day he was fired, people from his company came to his house to repossess company property, including files and his company car. Fortunately, he had saved his evidence separately from his other company files.

At this point, Gobble thought his case was only for wrongful termination and he sought out an employment attorney. He eventually won his wrongful termination case but more importantly, his attorney recognized that there was also a qui tam (FCA) case and helped him find a qui tam attorney, who prepared and filed the case. The U.S. Government eventually reached a settlement with Forest Laboratories in the amount of $313 million dollars. Gobble’s case was the largest in the history of the state of Virginia.

Speaker
Joe Goldberg

Anti-Fraud Evangelist
Splunk

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Joe Goldberg is an anti-fraud and cybersecurity consultant and evangelist for Splunk, a vendor of a big data solution that ingests logs and machine data to reduce fraud and security risk. He has spoken at industry events including ACFE Global Fraud Conference, RSA Conference and SecureWorld. He is also a published contributor for Wired Magazine, Dark Reading and SC Magazine. Goldberg previously worked in product marketing for Splunk, Symantec, VMware and Sun Microsystems.

Speaker
Peter Goss, ICFP, CFIP

Managing Director, Forensics
SizweNtsalubaGobodo (SNG) Audit, Advisory Forensics

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Peter Goss is a forensic investigator, forensic auditor and corporate governance specialist with more than 25 years of combined experience in the fields of forensic investigations, forensic auditing, anti-corruption solutions, fraud risk management and fraud prevention. He has led more than 1500 forensic, fraud and corruption investigation assignments. Prior to SizweNtsalubaGobodo, he was as a director/partner at a Big 4 audit firm where he developed and led fraud risk management, fraud prevention and anti-corruption solutions. Peter is a publisher and the author of the book: The Forensic Investigation Process: Step-by-step guide for conducting investigations, originally published in 2013 and re-printed in 2015.

Speaker
Tom Green

Division Director, Health Applications
CALIBRE Systems, Inc.

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As Division Director of Health Applications at CALIBRE Systems, Inc., Tom 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, he 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.

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John Grimes, CFE, CFI

Owner
Fraud and Loss Prevention Solutions

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John E. Grimes III has more than 45 years of law enforcement, criminal investigation and fraud examination experience. He is a former Baltimore City Police Detective, Special Agent with the Amtrak Police Dept. (APD) Fraud and Organized Crime Unit, and Captain of the APD Criminal Investigation Division. He joined the Amtrak Office of Inspector General in 1993 and retired in 2011 as the Chief Inspector. Currently, Grimes is the owner of Fraud and Loss Prevention Solutions where he consults and provides training in a variety of fraud and interview topics. He is also an Adjunct Instructor of Forensic Studies at Stevenson University where he teaches the graduate level course, Investigative Interview Techniques. In addition, he is an Advisory Committee member for the Center for Forensic Excellence at Stevenson University and a member of Stevenson’s Forensic Advisory Board.

Speaker
Bill Hardin, CFE, CPA, CFF, PMP

Vice President
Charles River Associates

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Bill Hardin has worked on hundreds of forensic engagements in the areas of data breach and cyber incident response, theft of trade secrets, white-collar crime, FCPA investigations and enterprise risk management. Many of his cases have been mentioned in The Wall Street Journal, Financial Times, Forbes, and Krebs on Security, amongst other publications. With a background in finance, operations and software development, he brings valuable insights to clients from multiple dimensions. In addition to his forensic engagement assignments, Hardin has served in numerous interim management roles for organizations experiencing disruption. He has assisted companies with various management consulting assignments pertaining to strategy, operations and software implementations.

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Tim Harvey, CFE

Director of UK Operations
Association of Certified Fraud Examiners

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Tim Harvey is a fraud consultant with experience investigating fraud in both the private and public sectors. He joined the Metropolitan Police in 1979 and was a career detective, spending a third of his service at New Scotland Yard’s Fraud Squad and as the Detective Superintendent of the Economic Crime Department, he managed more than 120 investigators. He joined the City of London Police when they obtained government lead status for fraud in 2004. After retiring from the force he became the Director of UK Operations for the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners as well as a Justice of the Peace on the bench of Northamptonshire Magistrates Court.

Speaker
Erich Heneke, CFE, CMA

Senior Manager - Supply Chain
Mayo Clinic

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Erich Heneke’s financial emphasis is in supplier risk management, audit/controls and financial planning and analysis. He has worked in Mayo supply chain management (SCM) for seven years, focusing his efforts on sound SCM controls, fraud prevention/detection, accuracy of balance sheet accounting and other controls-related work, including Mayo’s voluntary SOX compliance. During his time at Mayo, Heneke and his team have completed several projects addressing proper controls with supply chain, including development of an award-winning credit card risk scoring platform.

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Robert Hogan, CFE

Hogan Consulting Group

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Robert Hogan has been leading fraud management efforts in the public and private sector for 16 years. He ferreted out fraud in the BP oil spill claims process, tracked down valuable U.S. assets in Middle East war zones, developed a fraud prevention and detection program at Amazon.com, and most recently is aiding in the turnaround of the Atlanta Public School system after a fraud and cheating scandal. His dedication to clients and pursuit of justice have earned him numerous awards and accolades. More than anything else, Hogan enjoys sharing his passion for his work with other fraud professionals.

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Bret Hood, CFE

Supervisory Special Agent
Federal Bureau of Investigation

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Supervisory Special Agent (SA) Bret Hood is a 25-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. For the last 15 years, Hood has been a master instructor for the FBI. In 2012, he accepted a position to serve as an adjunct professor for the University of Virginia teaching leadership courses to law enforcement executives who attend the FBI National Academy and has developed a number of interactive courses based on the latest adult learning methodologies.

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Ryan Hubbs, CFE, CIA, CCEP, CCSA

Senior Manager - Fraud Investigations and Dispute Services
EY

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Ryan C. Hubbs has more than fourteen years of experience managing corporate investigations, forensic audits and compliance initiatives. He has conducted hundreds of sensitive internal engagements concerning fraud, corruption, contracts, vendors and suppliers, and employee-related issues. Hubbs also has extensive experience with organization-wide anti-fraud programs and measures, corporate investigation programs and protocols, and ethics and compliance programs. Hubbs also previously served thirteen years as a commissioned law enforcement officer in both Louisiana and Texas.

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. He was the recipient of the 2015 ACFE James R. Baker speaker of the year award as well as the 2013 ACFE Hubbard Award for having the most recognized article in Fraud Magazine.

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John Hurlimann, CFE

Sr. Investigations Manager
Intel Corporation

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John Hurlimann is a 23-year veteran of Intel and a Certified Fraud Examiner with 10 years of experience in global investigations. He oversees investigations throughout North and Latin Americas, Asia, Europe and the Middle East. He has extensive experience in investigating conflict of interest and kickback schemes, as well as specialized expertise in forensics and data analytics. He frequently speaks on the topics of investigations and conflict of interest.

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Scott Johnson

Director of Cyber Investigations & Incident Response
Prudential Insurance

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Scott Johnson has an extensive background in the forensics, eDiscovery and technology investigations arenas, including a law enforcement career spanning 25 years. Fifteen of his law enforcement years were in technology investigations, including main frame application development, high-technology crime investigation, network incident response, network forensics, and “dead box” computer forensics. Johnson is recognized as a computer forensic examiner and has testified as an expert witness. He has served as a technology leader, architect and administrator of mixed-platform network environments. He has significant experience in planning, building, and overseeing the operations of large-scale enterprise networks.

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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.

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William Killian

Shareholder
Polsinelli

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With a keen eye toward helping clients achieve their business goals, Bill Killian's strengths lie in his ability to assemble the intricate components that encompass complex corporate defense strategies. Killian understands that clients seek practical and business-centric legal advice when crafting plans to meet their objectives. He is a trial lawyer and litigator who recently served as the United States Attorney for the Eastern District of Tennessee subsequent to a substantial civil and criminal trial practice. He utilizes this unique perspective to effectively advise clients and guide them toward outcomes that strategically align to their goals. Prior to becoming United States Attorney, Killian was a certified civil and criminal trial lawyer from 1995 to 2010. He has personally negotiated and mediated several of the largest civil and criminal financial settlements in the history of his district. He has an unwavering commitment to the firm's clients to provide them with complete representation in order to satisfy their needs.

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Kenneth Krys, CFE, CPA, CFA, CAMS

Founder & Executive Chairman
Krys Global

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A trailblazer in the global world of insolvencies and fraud investigations, Ken Krys has successfully chased and recovered in excess of a billion dollars for victims of white-collar crime. His diverse experience, including a stint as the head of enforcement for the local financial services regulator, gives him a unique perspective in pursuing assets and untangling the web that can arise from complex offshore structures and limited information. His efforts have resulted in many precedents and new case law in the areas of cross-border recognition, asset recovery and international litigation. Recognition of his dedication and promotion of these fields are denoted by his membership in International Insolvency Institute (III), designation as Cayman’s exclusive insolvency expert for Legal’s Finest, and his annual invitation from the NYU School of Law to speak as a Guest Lecturer.

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Leah D. Lane, CFE

Director, TI Global Investigations
Texas Instruments

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Leah Lane has more than 25 years of combined public and private sector investigation and fraud examination experience. She began her investigative career as a U.S. Customs Service special agent — a position she held for more than seven years before moving to the private sector. During her career, she has assisted, conducted and managed hundreds of investigations globally involving alleged Foreign Corrupt Practices Act violations, multifaceted internal and external fraud, and employee misconduct cases.

Lane is the Texas Instruments (TI) director of global investigations responsible for managing a group of investigators in the U.S. and Asia with global investigative responsibility. Lane is also responsible for fraud awareness within TI. Prior to joining TI, Lane served as JCPenney’s first audit fraud manager and worked for more than a decade in several security positions at Hewlett-Packard (formally Electronic Data Systems).

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Scott Lane

Executive Chairman
The Red Flag Group

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Scott Lane, Executive Chairman of The Red Flag Group, has a background in legal, compliance, internal audit, export control, ethics and corporate governance, providing counselling and advice to senior management throughout the world in the development of legal and compliance practices. Lane is the founder of the firm and remains actively involved in its strategic direction.

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Anne Layne, CFE, CPA, CFF

Senior Manager
McHard Accounting Consulting LLC

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Anne M. Layne is a Senior Manager at McHard Accounting Consulting LLC, a firm exclusively practicing forensic and investigative accounting. She has more than 10 years of experience in accounting, with the last 5 years focused on forensic accounting and litigation support. Her experience includes work as a forensic accountant for the New Mexico Securities Division, where she performed investigations related to accusations of securities fraud at the local, state and federal levels. She has testified in both state and federal jurisdictions.

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Donn LeVie Jr.

Consultant/Trainer/Author
Donn LeVie Jr. STRATEGIES

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Award-winning author, career strategist and former Fortune 500 hiring manager Donn LeVie Jr. is a highly sought-after keynote speaker and seminar leader. He has more than 25 years of experience reviewing more than a thousand cover letters and résumés, conducting hundreds of job interviews, and hiring countless professionals in science/technology, marketing and communications positions for such companies as Phillips Petroleum, Motorola and Intel Corporation. He has also had positions in the federal government (NOAA) and academia (University of Houston system).

LeVie is the author of the book that rewrote the rules for getting hired: Confessions of a Hiring Manager Rev. 2.0 (Second Edition), which was the Winner of the 2012 International Book Award and the 2012 Global eBook Award for Careers/Jobs. His most recent book, Strategic Career Engagement: The Definitive Guide for Getting Hired and Promoted, was released in September 2015.

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Phil Lim

Content Solutions Manager
ACL

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Phil Lim has more than eight years of experience advising audit, risk, compliance and finance groups of global organizations and all levels of government. He has deep experience implementing programs aimed at monitoring for anti-bribery, privacy, and fraud waste and abuse risk. Recent speaking engagements include 2015 IIA Dallas SuperConference, 2015 Vancouver Island IIA Fraud Awareness Seminar and the 25th Annual ACFE Global Fraud Conference.

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Walt Manning, CFE

President
Investigations MD

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Walt Manning has more than 35 years of experience in both law enforcement and private consulting, focused on the fields of investigations, digital forensics and e-discovery. He retired with the rank of lieutenant after a 20-year career with the Dallas Police Department. After his years of investigative experience in both the public and private sectors, Manning founded Investigations MD with the simple goal of helping other investigators to be more successful.

Manning has been published in Fraud Magazine, Police Computer Review, Police Chief and Information Systems Security. He has coordinated and taught more than 100 seminars all over the world on subjects related to computer and Internet investigations, as well as digital forensics.

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Pamela Mantone, CFE, CPA, MAFF, CITP

Director - Forensic Investigations
Elliott Davis Decosimo

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Pam Mantone specializes in litigation support services with emphasis on forensic accounting and fraud examinations. She has performed forensic and fraud auditing services for organizations, including the gathering of forensic evidence and testifying to findings. Mantone also provides consulting services regarding implementation of fraud prevention and fraud detection internal control systems. Her experience includes conducting and supervising audits of local banks, credit unions, local not-for-profit organizations and HUD audits. She manages and performs external and internal audits of financial institutions. Her book, Using Analytics to Detect Possible Fraud – Tools and Techniques, was published in 2013 and provides a common source of analytical techniques used in forensic accounting investigations.

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Dr. Diane A. Matthews, CFE, CFF, CPA

Associate Dean
Carlow University

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Dr. Diane A. Matthews is a professor at Carlow University, Associate Dean, and Director of Carlow’s Master of Science in Fraud and Forensics program. She is a founding member of the Forensic Accounting Academy, which trains professionals in “Forensic Accounting/Investigative Methodology.” Matthews has 27 years of teaching experience. She began her career as an auditor with Touch Ross & Co., and then Arthur Young & Co., where she specialized in the banking industry. After leaving public accounting, she was named a Vice President for Equibank, and, later, she directed Fisher Scientific’s international Customer Systems and Telecommunications Division. She has also worked with the Allegheny County District Attorney’s Office in their Fraud Investigation Unit working on white-collar crime cases.

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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.

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Victoria Meyer, CFE, ACCA

Director
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.

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Cary Moore, CFE, CISSP

Associate Partner
IBM 

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Cary Moore is a cybersecurity, enterprise forensics and technical surveillance countermeasures professional with more than 14 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.

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Steve Morang, CFE, CIA, CRMA

Senior Manager
Frank Rimerman & Co LLP

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Steve Morang is passionate about leading the battle to fight fraud. He is a global leader in fraud prevention, detection and investigation. Over the past 15 years Morang has developed multiple methodologies to help organizations stay ahead of the latest trends in fraud. His areas of specialization include enterprise risk management and fraud risk assessment workshops using specialized balloting technology to enhance value as well as the building and evaluation of custom compliance programs concerning FCPA, UK Bribery Act and various other U.S. Government orders and regulations.

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Joe Morrissey, CRMA, CGAP

Director of Internal Audit
NYS Department of Agriculture and Markets

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Joe Morrissey joined the Department of Agriculture and Markets (Department) in 2015 as the Director of Internal Audit. In this capacity he is responsible for identifying and helping the Department prevent fraud, waste and abuse. He also provides independent, objective assurance and consultation services intended to help strengthen the Department’s ability to efficiently and effectively promote a viable agricultural industry, foster agricultural environmental stewardship, and safeguard our food supply. In his short tenure, Morrissey has coordinated with federal and state agencies on audits and fraud investigations, raised the control consciousness of the Department’s employees, and assisted divisions in refining their risk assessments resulting in improved business processes.

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Iyad Mourtada, CFE, CIA, CMA, CCSA

Managing Director
OpenThinking

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Iyad Mourtada is an international speaker, trainer and author with a diverse background in internal auditing, risk management and fraud examination. Over the last decade, he has taught various unique auditing and fraud-related courses to multinational corporations and government entities globally. Mourtada uses modern psychology theories related to fraud combined with innovative, interactive and creative teaching methods to add value to the learning process of more than 10,000 professionals globally. He is the General Manager of OpenThinking, a leading business training company in Dubai and an authorized trainer with the ACFE to teach the CFE Exam Review Course in the UAE. He is the author of several internal audit and anti-fraud books and frequent speaker in many international conferences for IIA, IMA and ACFE.

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Jay B. Myers

Founder/CEO
Interactive Solutions, Inc.

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Jay B. Myers — and his company — are victims of fraud. He is the Founder/CEO of Interactive Solutions, Inc., a Memphis based firm specializing in video conferencing, distance learning, telemedicine and audio-visual sales and support. The company began in 1996 and over the past 20 years Myers has built it into a $16 million company with 45 employees and offices in Memphis, Nashville and Chicago. In 2007, Myers published his first book” Keep Swinging” and was awarded the 2010 Ethan Award for success as an entrepreneurial author.

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David Nolan

Vice President
Klink & Co., Inc.

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David Nolan is Vice President of Klink & Co., Inc., a global risk-consulting firm with offices in New York, London and Hong Kong. With 30 years of experience, he directs the firm's global risk consulting and corporate investigations practices. A former corruption investigator for the City of New York and a former Director with a public consultancy he is a frequent speaker on fraud investigations and prevention, FCPA compliance, international due diligence, employee misconduct investigations and asset investigations. Nolan has directed investigations and due diligence projects for numerous Fortune 500 companies in more than 90 countries.

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Cynthia Navarro

President
Finnegan's Way

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Cynthia Navarro has worked in the area of investigations for more than 30 years and is currently the president of Finnegan’s Way, an investigative consultation and training firm located in California. In this role she manages both civil and criminal investigations and consults worldwide, specializing in anti-piracy, business and intelligence backgrounds. Prior to Finnegan’s Way, Navarro held various management positions at several Silicon Valley firms. In these positions, she was responsible for managing business intelligence gathering, intellectual property theft investigations, interviews, cyber investigations, background investigations and training. She has taught using the internet as an investigative tool to law enforcement and corporate investigators worldwide.

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Simon Padgett, CFE, CPA, FCCA

Head of Internal Audit, Risk and Compliance
Bahrain Finance Company

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Simon Padgett is Head of Internal Audit, Risk and Compliance for Bahrain Finance Company and was previously Head of Forensic Services for PwC in Vancouver, Canada and prior to that Head/Director of Forensic Services at Protiviti in the United Arab Emirates. Prior to this he held positions of Head of Internal Audit, Risk Management and Forensic Services for large public companies and has worked for the Big 4 accountancy firms including six years at Ernst & Young in South Africa and KPMG in the Caribbean Region. His experience crosses the spectrum of forensic accounting, auditing, risk management, corporate governance and more. His career for the last 20 years has had a focus on forensic accounting, fraud and corruption investigations.

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Joe Palmar, CFE, CPA, CFF

President
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 outsourced CFO services. Palmar 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 he received a special commendation from the FBI for his assistance in uncovering a multimillion dollar fraud and is a graduate of the FBI’s citizen academy.

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Nick Panneri, CFE

Data Analytics Manager
Enterprise Holdings

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Nick Panneri has been performing anti-fraud and audit work for Enterprise Holdings, the parent company for Enterprise, Alamo and National rental car companies, for more than 12 years. He currently manages a team performing data analytics to detect and defeat fraud and theft. Panneri has spoken at the ACFE Global Fraud Conference, was the President of the St. Louis Chapter of ACFE from 2013-2015, and has taught fraud examination coursework at Fontbonne University.

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Stephen Pedneault, CFE, CPA, CFF

Owner
Forensic Accounting Services, LLC

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Stephen Pedneault’s technical expertise and intuitive investigative awareness have garnered him the respect of the legal, accounting and law enforcement communities. Through his investigative work, Pedneault has examined frauds ranging from a few thousand dollars to millions. His expertise also lies in preventing and investigating embezzlements and financial statement frauds, evaluating financial disclosures in matrimonial and probate concerns, as well as other types of forensic accounting matters. He has written three books: Fraud 101, Anatomy of a Fraud Investigation, and Preventing and Detecting Employee Theft and Embezzlement, A Practical Guide and is often referenced and quoted in articles appearing locally, regionally and nationally.

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Liseli Pennings, CFE

Deputy Training Director
Association of Certified Fraud Examiners

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Liseli Pennings is the Deputy Training Director for the ACFE. She was a Special Agent with the U.S. Treasury Inspector General's Office for Tax Administration (TIGTA) 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.

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Charles E. Piper, CFE, CRT

Retired Federal Special Agent
Owner, Charles Piper’s Professional Services

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Prior to opening his company in 2011, Charles Piper served for more than 30 years in law enforcement. He served as a U.S. Army military policeman and investigator, a city police officer, a supervisory detective and for 20 years as a Federal Special Agent, Criminal Investigator with the Office of Inspector General, Department of Defense (DoD). Piper has conducted investigations from coast to coast and his investigations have resulted in the identification and conviction of numerous criminals and the recovery of millions of dollars. He is the author of two anti-fraud books: Investigator & Fraud Fighter Guidebook: Operation War Stories and Healthcare Fraud Investigation Guidebook. In June 2014, Piper was the recipient of the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners’ Hubbard Award.

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Tali Ploetz, CFE, CPA, CIA, CRCM

SVP Enterprise Risk Management
Santander Consumer USA

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Tali Ploetz is the SVP of Enterprise Risk Management for Santander Consumer USA where she facilitates the identification, assessment, management, monitoring and reporting of enterprise risks in compliance with the company’s risk appetite and regulatory expectations for well-capitalized financial institutions. Previously Ploetz served as the Chief Compliance Officer for Think Finance where she was responsible for designing, implementing and overseeing a robust financial services regulatory compliance function, covering compliance audit, service provider oversight, policies and procedures, and compliance training teams. Ploetz spent 9 years at General Motors Financial Company, Inc. (formerly AmeriCredit) as the Vice President of Operations Audit. She was responsible for managing GM Financial's internal audit function for all financial and operational internal audit engagements within the company. She also spent 9 years at Bank One, where she was Vice President of Internal Audit assigned to the bank’s cash management, regulatory compliance and deposit operations functions.

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Brett Ray

COO
Integrity Furniture Group, Inc.

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Brett Ray — and his company — are victims of fraud. He is the COO of Integrity Furniture Group, Inc., a 15 year-old furniture company specializing in the residential, hospitality and student housing markets. Ray’s experience includes operations management for multiple mattress and upholstery manufacturing facilities, furniture warehousing and import logistics, product development and international sourcing, financial planning, sales management, marketing, and business administration. Ray has been involved with community and business development with several organizations, most recently having completed a 3-year term as a board member for the Desoto County Economic Development Council.

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Brigeeta Richdale, J.D., CFE

Associate
Bennett Jones

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Brigeeta Richdale practices corporate and commercial litigation with an emphasis on securities and regulatory matters, fraud and enforcement proceedings, employment matters, corporate/commercial disputes and representation of financial institutions and investment advisors. She has extensive experience in matters involving investigations and enforcement proceedings before the RCMP's Commercial Crime division, the Investment Industry Regulatory Organization of Canada and the Mutual Fund Dealer's Association, and well as national and international agencies including Canada Revenue Agency, Internal Revenue Service, U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, Federal Bureau of Investigation and Interpol. As a former litigator in the Enforcement Department at the British Columbia Securities Commission, Richdale successfully prosecuted a variety of complex and high profile cases. As a former Criminal Investigator, Certified Fraud Examiner and Special Provincial Constable, she investigated breaches of the Securities Act and Criminal Code.

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Lester Rosen, PI

Attorney at Law, CEO
Employment Screening Resources (ESR)

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In addition to being an attorney and CEO, Lester Rosen is also a consultant, writer and frequent presenter nationwide on pre-employment screening and safe hiring issues. He has qualified and testified as an expert witness on issues surrounding safe hiring and due diligence. He is the author of The Safe Hiring Manual: The Complete Guide to Employment Screening Background Checks for Employers, Recruiters, and Jobseekers, the first comprehensive book on employment screening. His speaking appearances have included numerous national and statewide conferences. Rosen was the chairperson of the steering committee that founded the National Association of Professional Background Screeners (NAPBS) and served as the first co-chairman in 2004.

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Robert Rudloff, CFE, CIA, CRMA

Senior Vice President, Internal Audit
MGM Resorts International

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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.

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Michael Schidlow, CAMS

Senior Manager
HSBC Bank USA

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Michael Schidlow is an accomplished investigator, professor of criminal justice and licensed attorney. In his role as the Head of Financial Crime Compliance and Emerging Risk Audit Development at HSBC, Schidlow directs the financial crime compliance training program for the global internal audit function. Under his leadership, Schidlow spearheaded the development of an exemplary financial crime compliance Bootcamp course, which has been delivered across the entire HSBC global footprint. Schidlow previously served as the U.S.’s foremost investigator for Bank of America’s Global Financial Crimes Compliance division, specializing in high-profile client compromises, high net-worth investigations, complex fraud cases and insider abuse allegations.

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Amber Schroader, PCME

CEO
Paraben Corporation

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Throughout the past two decades Amber Schroader has been a driving force for innovation in digital forensics. She has developed over two dozen software programs designed to recover digital data from mobile phones, computer hard drives, email and live monitoring services. She has taught and designed the established protocols for the seizure and processing of digital evidence that have been used by numerous organizations throughout the world. Schroader coined the concept of the “360-degree approach to digital forensics” as well as started the momentum and push to the “Forensics of Everything (FoE)” with her focus to unique problems in digital evidence and solutions. She has been a huge industry influence in pushing for a big-picture consideration of the digital evidence and the acquisition process and analysis techniques used.

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Ryan Schwoebel, CFE

AML Officer
Protective Life Corp

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Ryan Schwoebel is a Certified Fraud Examiner and the Anti-money Laundering Compliance Officer for Protective Life Corp’s investment firm, ProEquities. Previously, he worked as an Assistant Vice President for Regions Bank’s anti-money laundering department, where he worked in fraud and anti-money laundering investigation and compliance. Prior to his transition to the private sector, Schwoebel worked in law enforcement, including roles as a police officer, deputy sheriff and special agent with the Naval Criminal Investigative Service (NCIS). He volunteers with the AARP’s Fraud Watch Network, and is a member of the ASIS Economic Crimes Council, the U.S. Postal Inspection Service’s ID Theft/Economic Crimes Task Force, and the Alabama chapter of the International Association of Special Investigation Units.

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Gregory Shelton

Director, First Party Collections
LexisNexis

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Greg has more than 35 years of experience within the credit and collections industry. He is considered an industry pioneer and a seasoned leader spearheading more than 35 acquisitions in the receivables management sector. Today he is the director of Emerging Opportunities at LexisNexis Risk Solutions. He is responsible for strategy and product development that helps financial institutions detect, assess and prevent risks, like fraud. He has spent more than 25 years directly managing operations, strategy and logistics of consumer portfolios. While at major global bank he held a national directors role for recoveries and fraud/ restitution functions of a $40 billion credit card portfolio.

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Michael Sherrod, CFE, CPA

Senior Director, Corporate Security Services
Capital One Financial Institution

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In his role at Capital One Mike Sherrod is the Fraud Specialist for Corporate Audit and Security Services. He assists the internal audit team’s brainstorm around fraud risks and how to address fraud during the course of their audits. He assists the technology group in identifying ways to prevent, detect and monitor for potential fraud exposures in the various lines of business throughout Capital One using data analytics. He conducts fraud awareness training for all members of Corporate Audit throughout Capital One. Sherrod also leads investigations of significant matters where his fraud and accounting expertise is required. Prior to joining Capital One, Mike was a senior manager at EY in the Fraud Investigation & Dispute Services practice where he worked with clients in conducting anti-fraud program assessments, fraud risk assessments and fraud awareness trainings, and in developing and assessing fraud response plans.

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Doug Squires, J.D.

Adjunct Professor of Law/ Federal Prosecutor
Ohio State University Moritz College of Law

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For the past fifteen years, Doug Squires has been a federal prosecutor in Columbus, Ohio. Squires focuses on white-collar crime, corruption and terrorism cases and is in charge of legal training at the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of Ohio. In 2009, he received the U.S. Department of Justice Distinguish Service Award. From 1994 to 2000, he was a state prosecutor in California prosecuting violent crimes and narcotics offenses.

Squires is also an Adjunct Professor at the Ohio State University Moritz College of Law where he teaches white-collar crime. He has authored several published materials on white-collar crime and fraud, including a chapter entitled "Forensic Accounting" in Scientific Evidence in Civil and Criminal Cases, 6th Ed., 2013, Foundation Press, the leading legal text on scientific and technical evidence.

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Sheryl Steckler

Co-Founder
Procurement Integrity Consulting Services, LLC

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Sheryl Steckler has built her career on creating and improving government programs that directly impact the public and private sectors.  Beginning her career in the criminal justice field with internships at the State Attorney’s office and the Florida Legislature, she became a certified police officer in 1984 as well as an auditor and subsequently a senior investigator for the Florida Auditor General.  

In 2010, Steckler became the first Inspector General for Palm Beach County, a county commonly referred to as “Corruption County”. Within four years, Steckler and her team questioned, identified and cost-avoided more than $20 million, covering 41 separate jurisdictions.  In 2014, she was hired as an Inspector General Advisor for the City of Jacksonville and the State Attorney’s Office and in 2015, she retired from Florida government with more than thirty years of dedicated service.   

Today, Steckler is the co-owner of Procurement Integrity Consulting Services, LLC, a company specializing in developing, assessing, and structuring strategies to assure contracting integrity.  


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Donna Strittmatter Max, J.D.

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

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Donna Strittmatter Max is an Assistant District Attorney with the Dallas County, Texas District Attorney’s Office. She has been with the office for more than 12 years and is currently the Chief of the Specialized Crime Division, a position she has held since 2009. In her role, she has handled the intake of thousands of state level criminal prosecutions of fraud, often directing the investigation for law enforcement and victims. Strittmatter Max is involved in various regional task forces relating to health care fraud, consumer fraud, banking and economic computer crimes. As a member of the Publications Committee for the Texas District and County Attorney’s Association, she has co-authored the association’s manual, Predicates, and written for The Texas Prosecutor magazine. While serving as Dallas County’s first Elder Abuse prosecutor, Donna became passionate about elder victims of fraud. She frequently gives presentations on the topics of fraud and prosecution to a wide variety of audiences.

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Virginia Tate, CFE, CIRA, EA

President
Elk Point Consulting, Inc.

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Ginny Tate is the president of multi-division corporation and heads up the Tax, Accounting and Forensic Division which focuses on litigation support-taxation-investigation with clientele all over the world. She has Extensive professional development and training in fraud, damages and loss calculations, and investigation. Tate regularly speaks on fraud detection and prevention and taxation and provides expert witness services related to economic damages in civil and criminal cases including fraud detection and case administration.

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Sharon Tibbits, CFE

Executive Director, Fraud Control Group
MGM Resorts International

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Sharon Tibbits’ career in the casino industry started in 1996 in a small Laughlin casino where she served as Casino Controller. In 2002, she moved to Las Vegas and joined MGM Resorts International family. She held the positions of Casino Controller/Compliance Officer at New York New York Casino and Director of Compliance at Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino. In 2010 she cofounded the MGM Resorts International Fraud Control Group where she serves as Executive Director. Her team is responsible for fraud investigations of employees, patrons, vendors and tenants at 10 Las Vegas and three regional properties.

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Jonathan E. Turner, CFE, CII

Senior Director, Corporate Compliance
Wright Medical Technology

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Jonathan Turner is an expert in the investigation and documentation of financial fraud and computer crime matters. He concentrates on the prevention, detection and resolution of financial fraud schemes, and specializes in commercial crime and fidelity bond claims. Working with Fortune 500 and other leading companies, his efforts have led to numerous multi-million dollar recoveries from fraud losses. He has been retained to provide expert testimony regarding fraud on behalf of governmental, public and private organizations for matters before U.S. state, federal and bankruptcy courts, as well as international courts.

Seen on ABC News and CNN, Turner is a commentator on fraud-related topics, including financial fraud schemes, employee fraud issues and complex fraud schemes, for the industry as well the national media. He has written and contributed to more than three dozen articles for professional publications of the risk management, security, investigation and claims industries.

Speaker
Vincent M. Walden, CFE, CPA, CITP

Partner
EY, Fraud Investigation and Dispute Services

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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, Tech Data, and other leading publications.

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Steven Weisman, J.D.

Professor
Bentley University

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Steve Weisman is a lawyer, college professor at Bentley University, author and one of the country's leading experts in cybersecurity, identity theft and scams. He writes the blog Scamicide where he provides daily updated information about the latest scams and identity theft. He is the author of nine books including his latest book, Identity Theft Alert. His book The Truth About Avoiding Scams was chosen by Smart Money Magazine as one of the ten best money books of 2008. Weisman is also a columnist for USA Today and Bankrate.com as well as a weekly commentator on cybersecurity, scams and identity theft for WGGB, the Springfield, Massachusetts ABC affiliate and regular commentator on New England Cable News and NewsMax.

Speaker
Andy Wilson, CFE, CPP

VP Fraud & Compliance
Sedgwick Claims Management Services, Inc.

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For more than 25 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.

Speaker
Gerry Zack, CFE, CPA, CIA, CCEP

Managing Director – Global Forensics
BDO Consulting

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Gerard Zack is a managing director in the global forensics practice of BDO Consulting, a division of BDO USA, LLP, and is based in Washington, DC. He has more than 30 years of experience providing fraud prevention, detection and investigation services, as well as forensic accounting, fraud risk assessment, auditing and risk management. He brings a rich investigative and audit background to provide proactive anti-fraud services for his clients, such as designing data analytics programs, fraud awareness training programs, and performing fraud and compliance risk assessments, all aimed at prevention and early detection of corrupt behavior. He has worked with businesses in many industries, nonprofit organizations, and government agencies globally. Prior to joining BDO, he ran his own anti-fraud services firm, Zack P.C., since 1990.

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.

Speaker
Alan Zipp, J.D., CFE, CPA, CVA

CPA, Attorney
Alan Zipp, CPA, PC

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Since 1970, Alan Zipp has provided specialized tax and financial planning advice to individuals and small businesses. In addition to tax matters, he has developed a specialty in the area of divorce tax and financial planning and related litigation support services. He has written two books, numerous articles on topics ranging from tax matters, litigation support issues, business valuation and legal issues. In the course of his practice, Zipp has been called on to provide expert witness testimony at divorce trials on a wide range of tax and financially-related issues including pension and business valuations.

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.

Roomy Khan

Convicted Fraudster,
Galleon Group Insider Trading Scandal

Roomy Khan has more than 20 years of combined professional experience in technology industry and Wall Street. She was intimately involved in the Galleon insider trading case, the biggest case successfully prosecuted by the government, which resulted in more than 90 convictions throughout hedge funds, corporations and individual investors. She cooperated with the federal government for more than 6 years during which she expounded the mechanics of the financial industry, various conduits of information and ultimately testified in federal court.

Khan was personally charged with wire fraud and insider trading and she served one year in the federal prison in Coleman, Florida.

Inside Edge
60 Minutes | May 22, 2016

Can a Stock-Trader-Turned-Convict Start a New Life?
The New York Times Magazine | February 27, 2015

*The ACFE does not compensate convicted fraudsters.