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, Academy Award-winning actor Richard Dreyfuss, 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 28th Annual ACFE Global Fraud Conference below.

Keynote Speakers

Andrew Jennings

Investigative Journalist
First to Uncover Corruption Within FIFA

Andrew Jennings has been chasing bad men around the world for more than three decades. The 1980s were spent investigating the curious relationship between London's top gangster and the city's top detective. Jennings made a one-hour documentary but the BBC refused to show it. He resigned and, with Paul Greengrass (United 93, The Bourne Ultimatum, more Bournes), remade it in 1986 for Granada TV's World In Action programme. That brought the first award.

Next he went digging into the Sicilian Mafia – and filming nose-to-nose with the Mob in Palermo as they exported tons of heroin to England and America. This was essential preparation for his next investigation: the International Olympic Committee.

Since March 2003 Jennings has been the only reporter in the world banned from FIFA president Sepp Blatter’s press conferences. FOUL!, his book about FIFA corruption, has now been published in 15 languages despite efforts by Mr. Blatter and FIFA to persuade a Swiss court to issue an injunction prohibiting its sale.

After 20 years elsewhere Jennings was welcomed back into the bosom of the BBC and his first Panorama programme in 2006 had violence and bad language – all off the pitch, by FIFA officials and directed at him. There have been four more since, the most recent on November 29, 2010, days before FIFA voted the 2018 World Cup to Russia and the 2022 edition to Qatar.

At other times he’s been traumatised by Syrian artillery in Beirut, charmed by the Sandinistas on the shores of Lake Nicaragua, devoured illicit fistfuls of caviar with Chechen gangsters in the Caucasus mountains and been disgusted by a Utah polygamist parading his five teenage brides in a trailer park at the end of 100 miles of dirt track. The sixth was sulking and wouldn’t come out to be interviewed.

Andrew Jennings has won lots of awards in Europe and America. He writes for media everywhere, tabloid and highbrow, his television films are shown globally, he delivers polemics at academic conferences, contributes peer-reviewed essays to academic publications and urges journalism students to write investigations stylishly and humorously.

Dauntless digger: Journalist exposes FIFA
Fraud Magazine | January/February 2017

How a curmudgeonly old reporter exposed the FIFA scandal that toppled Sepp Blatter
Washington Post | June 3, 2015

Jennifer Shasky Calvery

Global Head, Financial Crime Threat Mitigation, HSBC
Former Director, FinCEN

Jennifer Calvery is the Global Head of Financial Crime Threat Mitigation (FCTM) at HSBC. She has been instrumental in setting up and leading FCTM, which protects the bank from financial crime risk by harnessing intelligence, advanced analytics, technology, investigations and public-private partnerships.

Prior to joining HSBC in 2016, Calvery served as the Director of the Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN). As Director, she oversaw FinCEN’s work to protect the U.S. financial system from money laundering and other forms of illicit financial activity and to advance U.S. national security interests. While at FinCEN, Calvery led efforts to create critical systems to receive and maintain financial transactions data and to analyze and disseminate that data for law enforcement purposes.

Previously, Calvery worked at the Department of Justice (DOJ) where she ultimately served as the Chief of the Asset Forfeiture and Money Laundering Section. During her 15-year career at the DOJ, she focused on combating money laundering and organized crime.

Eric O’Neill

National Security Strategist, Carbon Black, Inc.
Founding Partner, The Georgetown Group LLC

Eric O’Neill is an attorney, security consultant and professional public speaker. In 2001, he helped capture the most notorious spy in U.S. history: Robert Hanssen, a 25-year veteran of the FBI. The remarkable true events of his life are the inspiration behind the critically-acclaimed dramatic thriller Breach, starring Ryan Philippe as O'Neill. The film is the story of the greatest security breach in U.S. history.

O’Neill began his career in the FBI as a “ghost” — an undercover field operative tasked to surveil and monitor foreign, national and domestic terrorists and spies. During the Hanssen investigation, he worked directly undercover with the spy within the FBI’s Information Assurance Division, created to protect all classified FBI intelligence.

Currently, O’Neill runs The Georgetown Group, a premier investigative and security consultancy out of Washington, D.C. He is also the National Security Strategist for Carbon Black, the leader in next generation endpoint protection.

A talented motivational speaker who weaves real life experiences into a presentation that is both entertaining and rewarding, O’Neill provides practical insights into real work situations relevant to many industries.

Spying on a master spy
Fraud Magazine | March/April 2017

Interview: Eric O'Neill, Carbon Black
Infosecurity Magazine | April 4, 2016

Eugene Soltes

Author, Why They Do It: Inside the Mind of the White-Collar Criminal
Jakurski Family Associate Professor of Business Administration, Harvard Business School

Eugene Soltes is the Jakurski Family Associate Professor of Business Administration at Harvard Business School where his research focuses on how individuals and organizations confront and overcome challenging situations. He teaches in several of the school’s executive education programs and was awarded the Charles M. Williams Award for outstanding teaching in 2015.

Soltes’ work on corporate misconduct and fraud culminated in the book Why They Do It: Inside the Mind of the White-Collar Criminal, which was described by Kirkus Reviews as “a groundbreaking study” on white-collar criminality. The book explores why often wealthy and successful executives engage in deception. The investigation draws on more than seven years of interaction with nearly 50 of the most high-profile former executives responsible for the most significant corporate crimes. The book refutes popular explanations of why seemingly successful executives engage in fraud and instead shows that most executives make decisions the way we all do—on the basis of intuitions and gut feelings. The trouble, Soltes shows, is that these gut feelings are often poorly suited for the modern business world and often lead to the harmful acts that we so often read about in the news.

At the organizational level, Soltes examines how firms voluntarily disclose information to investors, employees, regulators and the media. This research has been published in leading finance, accounting and economics journals and resulted in numerous awards including the Hillcrest Behavioral Finance Award, California Corporate Finance Conference, and the Financial Research Association Best Paper Award.

Soltes and his work have been widely quoted by the media including in The Wall Street Journal, Financial Times, Economist, Bloomberg and USA Today.

Prior to joining the faculty of the Harvard Business School, Soltes received his PhD and MBA from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business, and his AM in statistics and AB in economics from Harvard University.

Criminal business executives just don’t get why they’re in jail
The Washington Post | December 9, 2016

A Harvard Professor Studied Infamous White-Collar Criminals. Here's What He Learned.
Fortune | October 11, 2016

Eugene Soltes on Why They Do It
Counterpunch | October 13, 2016

Letters from Prison
Harvard Magazine | November-December 2016

Cliff Lansley

Body Language Expert

Cliff Lansley is a psychologist and head of the real-life ‘Lie to Me - Lightman Group’, which is part of the Emotional Intelligence Academy (EIA) Group. The EIA Group international team works with a range of military, intelligence, security, commercial, fraud and police agencies in the fight against terrorists and fraudsters. He is also Managing Director of Paul Ekman International plc (PEI). PEI specializes in using reliable science in developing and delivering programs in emotional awareness and deception.

He was featured as the Behavioral Analyst Expert for ITV’s documentary "Lying Game – Crimes that Fooled Britain" and also with BBC and Discovery. He has worked with police, security and other personnel from military, airport, intelligence and commercial sector organizations in more than 20 countries across all continents.

Dr. Samuel H. Foote, MD

Physician and U.S. Veterans Affairs Whistleblower

Dr. Samuel Foote worked as a physician in the Phoenix Veterans Administration Medical Center for nearly 23 years before he began noticing questionable procedures beginning in December of 2012. He saw a disconnect between the waiting times that the director was bragging about and the actual reports of patients. Relying on trusted contacts inside the organization, he pieced together the various scams that the administrators were using to falsify waiting times. He discovered that they, along with the Veterans Integrated Service Network directors and some Washington officials, could receive bonuses paid for by the lives of 293 veterans at the Phoenix center who died while waiting for care.

He brought his concerns to the attention of the Veteran Affairs (VA) Office of Inspector General. They sent out a team from San Diego, but they said that there was nothing they could do. After retiring in December 2013, he wrote letters to members of the U.S. Congress and went to the media with his story in hopes of forcing the VA’s hand. His diligence in exposing the story and the corruption leading to patient deaths led to a full congressional investigation and the resignation of VA Secretary Eric Shinseki, along with VA Chief of Staff Dr. Randy Petzel. Dr. Foote called for the removal of all five members of the Phoenix leadership team and the Chief of Health Administrative Services.

Educational Session Speakers

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Kellie Aindow

Senior Delivery Manager
i-Sight

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Kellie Aindow is Senior Delivery Manager who works with i-Sight customers to implement and manage the i-Sight Investigation Case Management software.

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Michael Akpata

Team Leader Public Safety, Investigations, and Counterfraud
IBM Canada

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Michael Akpata joined IBM Canada after serving more than 20 years with the Windsor Police Service in Windsor, Ontario. Then Senior Constable Akpata was recently assigned to the Financial Crimes and Arson Unit where he served as both an Arson and Fraud investigator. He specialized in power of attorney fraud and financial crimes against seniors. He has also investigated and secured convictions in various fraud related offenses including corporate, individual, credit card and a number of Ponzi schemes.

Speaker
Steve Albrecht, Ph.D., CFE, CPA, CIA

Gunnell Endowed Professor and Wheatley Fellow
Brigham Young University

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Steve Albrecht is the Gunnell Endowed Professor in the Marriott School of Management and a Wheatley Fellow at Brigham Young University. Albrecht previously taught at Stanford University and the University of Illinois and worked for Deloitte. As a professor, he has held many leadership positions at both BYU and in the broader academy, including being national president of Beta Alpha Psi and the American Accounting Association. He has published more than 125 academic and professional articles and more than 25 books and monographs. He has been named an outstanding accounting educator in the U.S. by five different groups. He has received the highest teaching and research honor given by BYU and was both a dean and department chair at BYU for a total of 20 years.

In his professional life, Albrecht has been an expert witness in 37 large fraud cases, has consulted with numerous corporations and has served on the boards of directors of nine different corporations. He has served as a member of FASAC, the FAF, COSO and was the first president of the ACFE.

Speaker
Waheed Alkahtani, CFE, CCEP-I

Senior Auditor
Saudi Aramco

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Waheed Alkahtani works as an auditing consultant with internal audits. He is currently a member of the IA/Advisory Group that provides self-assessment advisory services in the areas of controls, fraud and compliance risks. Before that, he was responsible for administrating the General Auditor Hotline as well as developing and presenting an internal auditing fraud awareness program. Alkahtani joined Saudi Aramco in 2000 and carries the knowledge and experience of more than 15 years of work with Saudi Aramco and 10 more years with other companies in Saudi Arabia.

Alkahtani has jointly conducted several studies related to fraud prevention including ethics hotlines, codes of conduct and anti-fraud programs. In addition he was responsible for the design, deployment and implementation of the General Auditor Hotline 2010. In 2009, Alkahtani reactivated the local chapter of the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners ACFE in Dhahran, later named as ACFE Saudi Arabia Chapter 86, and currently serves as president of the chapter.

Speaker
Robert Beckett, CFE

Senior Director Global Content - High Risk & Fraud Unit
Dun & Bradstreet

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Bob Beckett’s background includes three decades of turning business information into actionable insight for clients. He has held key leadership positions in sales/business development, government and data operations. Currently he leads D&B’s High Risk & Fraud Insight unit with operations in the U.S. and U.K. Beckett has presented at a number of conferences, workshops and training events as well as authored a number of white papers about mitigating fraud and business malfeasance including bust-out fraud, business identity theft, mitigating business fraud, insurance and payment fraud, and trade-rings.

Speaker
Jay Bienkowski, J.D.

Senior Vice President
Citibank

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Jay Bienkowski began his work in the anti-fraud field with the FBI in 1989 where he investigated and supervised investigations concerning money laundering, corporate fraud, financial institution fraud, economic crimes, public corruption, health care fraud, international terrorism, cybercrime, transnational organized crime, violent crime, intellectual property rights and the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act. From 2012 through January 2016, Bienkowski acted as the FBI’s Liaison to FinCEN, where he was responsible for all 314(a) requests and Egmont requests for the FBI as well as creating a new asset recovery system for business email compromise fraudulent wires.

Speaker
Jacqueline Blionk, CFE, CHC, RHIA, CMRS

Owner and President, Jacqueline Bloink, LLC  

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Jacqueline Nash Bloink has worked in the health care industry since the mid-1990s in such roles as practice administrator, coding manager, auditor, instructor/instructional designer and director of compliance. Her passion is health care compliance and fighting health care fraud. Bloink is a published author and national speaker on the topic of health care compliance and health care fraud – including co-presenting with CMS and OIG on the topic of health care compliance. She is the co-author of the AAPC’s Certified Professional Compliance Officer (CPCO) curriculum.

Speaker
Sandy Boucher, CFE

Senior Investigator
Grant Thornton LLP

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Sandy Boucher is a seasoned investigator with 33 years of experience in both the public and private sectors. He manages a broad range of complex investigations and is a specialist in fraud, corruption and workplace investigations, compliance and due diligence enquiries, asset tracing and recovery. He has worked with many whistleblowers and has managed a number of complex investigations stemming from whistleblower complaints during his career. He is also on the Grant Thornton Confidential Anonymous Reporting for Employees (CARE) team. Boucher started his career with the Royal Hong Kong Police where he specialized in Asian organized crime, narcotics and money laundering investigations before moving to Canada in 1995.

Speaker
Mary Breslin, CFE, CIA

President
Empower Audit Training and Consulting

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Mary Breslin has more than 20 years of experience in internal auditing, fraud examination, management and accounting for companies such as ConocoPhillips, Barclays Capital, Costco Wholesale, Jefferson Wells and Boart Longyear. She specializes in internal audit transformations, operational and financial auditing, fraud auditing and investigations, and corporate accounting.

In addition to audit, fraud and accounting, she has significant international experience and has managed audit programs in more than 30 countries. Prior to becoming a full time instructor, Breslin held the title of Vice President and Chief Audit Executive in a global financial services company, where she transformed a checklist audit function into a value add audit department which delivered measurable business results through the use of risk based auditing, data analytics, continuous education and skill development for her leadership team and staff. Through her senior audit leadership roles, Breslin has implemented numerous baseline internal audit functions and year-one Sarbanes-Oxley programs, both domestically and abroad.

Additionally, Breslin has extensive fraud audit and investigation experience and has conducted major fraud investigations on multiple continents including large-scale federal cases domestically. She has developed and implemented fraud auditing programs in various industries focused on both accounting and operations.

Speaker
Steve Browne, CFE, CPA, CITF, CISA

Partner
Meara. Welch. Browne PC

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Stephen Browne is a Certified Public Accountant and a partner with Meara.Welch.Browne, PC where he directs the firm's attestation, forensic accounting and litigation support departments. Browne is accredited in Business Valuation, is a Certified Information Technology Professional, Certified Information Systems Auditor, and a Certified Fraud Examiner and Certified in Financial Forensics. He has served as an expert witness for the U.S. government and the Attorney Generals of Kansas and Missouri, as well as several Fortune 500 companies and privately-held organizations. He has also served as a speaker and instructor for the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners and the Federal Bureau of Investigation and has instructed dozens of courses for continuing professional education for accountants and lawyers.

Speaker
Eric Burns, CPA

Special Agent
Federal Bureau of Investigation

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Since 2009, Eric Burns has been a Special Agent with the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) where he specializes in the investigation of white-collar crime. Prior to joining the FBI, Special Agent Burns worked as an external auditor at Deloitte & Touche. He received degrees from Pepperdine University in Accounting and Business Administration.

Speaker
Brian Callihan, J.D.

Director of Special Projects, Office of General Counsel
Sutter Health

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Brian Callihan joined Sutter Health, a large integrated health care provider in northern California, in 2013 after a 28-year career as a Special Agent with the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI). In his role, he is responsible for conducting and directing a variety of internal investigations including complicated human resources investigations, privacy and information security investigations, and compliance investigations. During his career with the FBI, he was assigned in Dallas, Washington, D.C. and Sacramento. Among his responsibilities during his assignment at the FBI’s Office of General Counsel in Washington, D.C. was the nationwide coordination of the defense of lawsuits against the FBI. For the last 18 years of his career, as a Supervisory Special Agent, he served as the regional counsel for the FBI’s field office in Sacramento covering the Eastern District of California. His duties included providing legal and investigative training to FBI agents and other law enforcement officers on criminal and national security investigations, legal review and legal oversight over criminal and national security investigations, the review and settlement of legal claims against the FBI, the review and disclosure of information from investigative files, and all other legal and compliance matters involving the FBI.

Speaker
Mauriceo Castanheiro

Director, Fraud Analytics
Verafin

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Mauriceo has more than 15 years of experience in fighting fraud. In his previous role at Royal Bank of Canada (RBC), Mauriceo held key positions within Fraud Management including Operations, Analytics and National Office Strategy. He represented RBC on the Interac Risk Management Group which is Canada's national debit card network. He was responsible for various portfolios at RBC including debit card and account fraud, loan fraud and insurance fraud. He led various initiatives that resulted in hundreds of millions in savings within RBC and across the industry. In his role at Verafin, Mauriceo is responsible for the overall Analytics strategy and assisting in bringing new solutions to market.

Speaker
Michael Capote CIPT, CFE, PMP, MPA, MCJ

Managing Partner – Technology & Cybersecurity
Data Query Analytics

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Michael Capote has nearly 20 years of international IT leadership experience in a variety of government, private and public organizations. Mike has extensive experience driving the effective use/management of information technology solutions through partnerships with IT departments, Internal/External Auditors, and Legal Counsels to deliver technology, security, and infrastructure and compliance strategic plans, assessments and remediation engagements.

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
Lisa Chafin

Financial Investigations Manager, Internal Audit
Google, Inc.

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Lisa Chafin leads the Internal Audit team's global efforts to investigate allegations of financial fraud and other financial misconduct. She has conducted hundreds of cross-functional investigations in partnership with Google's legal, security, human resources and other internal compliance teams involving a broad spectrum of financial topics. She plays a key role in developing remedial action in response to specific instances of misconduct and implementing appropriate controls to mitigate the risk of future misconduct. Chafin also supports the company’s fraud risk management program including education, risk assessments and fraud focused audits. Prior to Google, she was a manager in PwC’s forensic consulting group in New York and San Francisco, focusing on investigations and contract compliance.

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
Denise Cicchella, CFE, CIA, CCA, FLMI

CEO
Auspicium

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Denise Cicchella has audited construction projects ranging in process from a few million to billions. She has worked tirelessly to improve performance, accountability, monitoring and procedures to ensure costs are correct and refunds are collected from vendors. She has also helped clients streamline processes and eliminate red tape where necessary. Cichella is the author of Construction Audit Guide: Overview, Monitoring and Auditing; Auditing for Corporates; and Essentials of Construction Management along with several articles and white papers. She has spoken at numerous ACFE conferences in the past along with local ACFE chapters. She has also spoken for the Institute of Internal Auditors, Healthcare Financial Management Association, Association of College and University Auditors and Association of Healthcare Internal Auditors. She is the founding president of the New York/New Jersey Chapter of the National Association of Construction Auditors.

Speaker
Jeremy Clopton, CFE, CPA, ACDA

Director
BKD, LLP

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As a member of BKD Forensics & Valuation Services division, Jeremy Clopton leads the Big Data & Analytics and Digital Forensics practices. He specializes in data analytics with applications in fraud prevention and detection, risk assessment and business intelligence. Clopton has experience using ACL, IDEA and Tableau software for analysis, data visualization, visual analytics and dashboard development. Working with both IT and finance/accounting, he frequently assists with data gathering and extraction from accounting systems.

His project experience includes 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 criminal justice organizations. Clopton’s industry experience includes all major industries.

Clopton is a frequent speaker on the topics of data analytics, continuous auditing, data visualization and the value data can bring to an organization. He has spoken at global and national conferences, as well as regional and local conferences and webinars. He also contributes to the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners’ Fraud Magazine and a variety of blogs on the topic of data analytics. Clopton is an ACFE Faculty member, leading courses on data analytics for fraud detection.

Speaker
David Cotton, CFE, CPA, CGFM

Chairman
Cotton & Company LLP

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David 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. He is presently serving on the AICPA’s Performance Audit Standards Task Force and chaired the Fraud Risk Management Task Force, sponsored by ACFE and COSO. He was a principal author of the ACFE/COSO Fraud Risk Management Guide. Cotton 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 is Principal at Acuity Forensics, a Pacific Northwest forensics accounting firm with a national presence. She has more than 20 years of experience in the field of accounting with the last 13 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. Professional background and experience includes audit, tax and business consulting services for government entities and privately-held business entities in a range of industries including aerospace, agriculture, automotive, banking, biotechnology, broadcasting, computer technology, construction, health care, insurance, manufacturing, newspaper, professional service providers, retail, timber and transportation.

She has provided expertise as a source to the New York Times, NPR, Wall Street Journal, Forbes MagazineFinancier Worldwide Magazine and First Business News. She is also a regular contributor to Fraud Magazine and the Vancouver Business Journal and has been interviewed for CNBC, KING 5-TV in Seattle and News Talk in Alberta, Canada. 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. She serves as a faculty member for the ACFE and recently completed a 2-year term as Vice-Chair and Chair of the ACFE’s Board of Regents.

Couch is the author of The Thief in Your Company, available at Amazon.

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
Robert DeCicco, EnCE

Managing Director
Berkeley Research Group

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Robert DeCicco’s focus and expertise is in digital forensics and incident response consulting. He specializes in providing services related to data acquisition and forensic examinations for a variety of high-profile and confidential clients. His responsibilities span from hands-on examination and analysis of computer data to day-to-day management of DFIR staff and the enforcement of policies and procedures. DeCicco has actively managed, participated and defended collection and subsequent analysis of electronic evidence from thousands of items gathered from extremely complex, disparate and sensitive technology environments throughout the world.

DeCicco regularly works in conjunction with regulatory and law enforcement agencies to provide acceptable practices and forensically sound data and analysis protocols. He also maintains active involvement in the standard operating procedures group related to acceptable methodologies related to ESI collection and analysis in the field and in the lab.

Speaker
Christopher Deery, CFE

Director, Corporate and Financial Investigations
Independence Blue Cross

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Chris Deery is the Director of Corporate and Financial Investigations at Independence Blue Cross and AmeriHealth New Jersey. He has been involved in the investigation of health care fraud and abuse with those organizations since 2005. Prior to joining Independence and AmeriHealth, Deery served as a Captain on Active Duty in U.S. Army, specializing in combat logistics. He is a graduate of Lehigh University (B.S. Accounting, 2001), Drexel University (M.B.A., 2008), and is a Certified Fraud Examiner.

Speaker
Walt Denekas, CFE, CMA, CTP, RPE

Chief Executive Officer
Sawtooth Forensics, LLC

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Walt Denekas is a veteran of more than 40 turnaround engagements in companies from small businesses to divisions of Fortune 500 companies, five of which involved executive-level fraud. He serves on the Zions Bank Advisory Board, Fly Sun Valley Alliance, and the Hailey (Idaho) Urban Renewal Authority.

He is a graduate of the California Institute of Technology and has an MBA in Finance and Marketing from Northern Illinois University. He studied Russian in Leningrad during the Soviet era, and was one of the first Americans brought into post-Soviet Russia to finance newly privatized Russian companies.

Speaker
Lisa Duke, CFE, CPA, MAFF

Supervisor Forensic Accountant
FBI

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Prior to her current appointment, for the last 10 years Lisa Duke 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
Jen Dunham, CFE

Principal Solutions Architect
SAS

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Jen Dunham focuses on providing subject matter expertise and assistance to government teams globally in addressing various security risks, focusing on insider threat targeting, analytics lead generation, cybercrime, all-source (fusion) analysis and similar applications of SAS Security Intelligence. As a Certified Fraud Examiner, she also assists government teams with traditional fraud challenges, such as procurement and occupational fraud.

Moderator
Paul Dunlop

Independent Consultant

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Paul Dunlop has 30 years of diverse experience across the financial crimes domain acquired during roles in Europe and North America. His private industry experience has seen him cycle between both strategic and operational leadership roles, most recently leading Citi’s global fraud management efforts, including the transformation of its fraud management policies and framework with responsibility for the company’s Identity Theft FACTA Program.

As a subject matter expert and trusted advisor, Dunlop has held progressive leadership roles across corporate security and investigations, and risk management. Early in his financial services career, he specialized in designing enhanced due diligence, employment background screening, intelligence and analytics, and operations and technology programs in corporate security. He has conducted major corporate investigations (e.g. Panama Papers), and led transformative initiatives as diverse as fraud risk assessment, enterprise case management and cross-border privacy, and the adaptation of systemic root cause methodologies for fraud and operational risk in financial services.

Dunlop joined Citi from the Travelers companies in 2001 where he established the medical and legal provider fraud programs for Travelers across the U.S. Working with industry partners he helped bring the first convictions of medical professionals for insurance fraud in New York.

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.

Moderator
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, 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 Course. 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 Prep Course. He is also a contributing author to Fraud Magazine.

Speaker
William J. Guinan, Esq., CFE
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William J. Guinan provided legal support to the External Audit Mission of the US Army Audit Agency from 1977 to 2011. This included reviewing legal issues of various levels of complexity and sensitivity that arose in the execution of the global audit mission of the US Army Audit Agency. He has presented more than two hundred lectures on the topics of Ethical Decision Making, Federal Ethics Standards, Criminal Law, Contract Fraud, Appropriations Law and cases, Government Contracting, Human Resource Law, adverse actions against federal employees, Mediation, Interest Based Negotiation, Interest Based Communication for Managers.

Speaker
Joseph Gutheinz, CFE

General Partner
Gutheinz Law Firm, LLP

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Joe Gutheinz is the General Partner in the Gutheinz Law Firm, LLP and is licensed to practice law in 10 courts, including the Texas Supreme Court, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Armed Forces, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 5th, 8th, 10th and 11th Circuits, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit and the U.S. Supreme Court. He has a perfect AVVO rating (Superb) as an attorney, and is listed as a Top Lawyer by Houstonia Magazine and as a Top 100 Trial Lawyer by the National Trial Lawyers Association.

Gutheinz is a retired Senior Special Agent with NASA’s Office of Inspector General and a former Special Agent with both the U.S. Department of Transportation Office of Inspector General and FAA Civil Aviation Security. He is a former Army intelligence officer and aviator.

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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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Jack Healey, CFE, CPA/CFF

CEO
Bear Hill Advisory Group

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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 of a publically traded company, brings a unique perspective which addresses the operational, governance and human behavior which lead to crisis events. He developed the Business Crisis Diagnostic and Prevention Model™ which provides 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.

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Cynthia Hetherington, CFE

President
Hetherington Group

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Cynthia Hetherington has more than 20 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. She was the leader of Aon Consulting’s Corporate Strategic Intelligence group. Hetherington was also named the 2012 James Baker Speaker of the Year for the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners.

Hetherington applies her expertise in library science and information systems to provide clients with strategic insight into research and complex investigations. During her career, she has assisted a vast number of clients with internet investigations related to employee theft and intellectual property loss. Hetherington has also applied her research skills while conducting online and database research to uncover well-hidden relations among fraudulent associates, their assets and secrets. She has experience overseeing international investigations for Fortune 500 companies and other organizations in the Middle East, Europe and Asia.

A widely published author, Hetherington authored The Guide to Online Due Diligence Investigations (2015), Manual to Online Public Records (2008), and Business Background Investigations (2007) published by Facts on Demand Press. She is the publisher of Data2know.com: 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.

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Bret Hood, CFE

Director, 21st Century Learning & Consulting
Retired FBI Supervisory Agent for the FBI Academy's Leadership & Communications Unit

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Former 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

Global Internal Audit Manager | Data Analytics
Schlumberger

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Ryan Hubbs has more than 16 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 and compliance programs and measures, corporate investigation programs and protocols, and fraud data analytics. He has extensive experience investigating and researching anonymous shell company networks as well as developing analytics and process improvements to combat this emerging fraud risk area. Hubbs also previously served 13 years as a commissioned law enforcement officer in both Louisiana and Texas.

Hubbs is a member of the ACFE Faculty where he co-presents the CFE Exam Review Course, as well as specialized training such as Interviewing Techniques for Auditors, Auditing for Internal Fraud, Contract and Procurement Fraud, Detecting Fraud Through Vendor Audits, Principles of Fraud Examination and Conducting Internal Investigations. Hubbs co-wrote the guidance to the ACFE Standards and developed the ACFE Chapter Leaders Resource Guide. He has served 10 years as an ACFE Chapter President and officer for both the New Orleans and Houston ACFE Chapters. In his role as President of the Houston ACFE Chapter, he helped guide the chapter to be recognized as the ACFE’s 2014 Chapter of the Year and the recipient of the ACFE’s 2015 Chapter Newsletter of the Year. Hubbs’ continued involvement and contributions in the anti-fraud profession resulted in him being awarded the Greater Houston Fraud Impact Award in 2014.

Hubbs is also active in education, training and research. Hubbs 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. He was also the recipient of the 2013 ACFE Hubbard Award for having the most recognized article in Fraud Magazine

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Emily Irving, CFE, CTPRP, CAMS, CCS

AVP - Manager of Vendor Risk & Oversight
Wellington Management

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Emily Irving is a seasoned risk professional with more than 16 years of experience managing people and processes. She brings more than 11 years combined experience in the risk management and fraud prevention field. In her career, she has created and implemented enterprise-wide vendor risk management programs for three financial industry companies — improving processes and implementing technology to validate the appropriateness of vendor controls and to identify potential risks prior to on-boarding and throughout the life of significant relationships. Irving is a steering committee member for the Shared Assessments program, Vice-Chair of the Shared Assessments Third-Party Risk Management Best Practices Group and originator of an informal third-party risk management program focus group for the asset management industry.

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Patricia Johnson, CFE, CPA, CGMA

Assistant Professor
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.

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Jason Jordaan, CFE, CFCE, MCSFS, GCFE

Principal Forensic Scientist
DFIRLABS

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Jason Jordaan is considered a leading authority in the field of digital forensics and cybercrime investigation and prevention, in a forensics career that began in 1991. As the principal forensic scientist of DFIRLABS, he is responsible for the leadership of the practice, digital forensics quality assurance, complex digital forensics engagements, research and development, and digital forensic practitioner training and proficiency. He regularly testifies as an expert witness. Jordaan founded DFIRLABS in 2014, after leaving the Special Investigating Unit, where he was the national head of the Cyber Forensic Laboratory. In this role, he was responsible for the development and implementation of the digital forensics capacity of the Special Investigating Unit, and in conducting digital forensics engagements on several high-profile cybercrime, fraud and corruption cases within the South African public sector. He is a published author, researcher and academic in digital forensics.

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Andrew Kautz, CFE

Manager, Special Investigations Unit
Great-West Life Assurance Company

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Andrew Kautz has more than 30 years of investigative experience and since 1991 has dealt primarily with employee theft and fraud investigations. His work has taken him across Canada and into the U.S. investigating frauds ranging from a few hundred to several million dollars, including loan frauds, Ponzi schemes, phony vendor scams and investment dealer frauds. In addition to investigation, Kautz pursues recovery from perpetrators as well as third parties that may have played a role in the fraud scheme. These efforts include the recovery of funds from Nigeria that had been sent to this country by a dishonest employee in response to one of the infamous Nigerian Letters.

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John Kilchenman 

Senior Analyst
HPE

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John Kilchenman is a Global Brand Security Analyst with Hewlett Packard (Enterprise). He is a Lead Special Investigator on the Global Brand Security Program who works around the world protecting the HPE brand from the bad guys who want steal, fake or fraud HPE products.

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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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Kathy Lavinder

Executive Director
Security & Investigative Placement Consultants

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Kathy Lavinder is an executive search specialist who founded SI Placement in 2000 after working as an investigator with a leading investigations firm in the 1990s. After a decade of conducting and managing complex investigations for corporations, financial institutions and law firms, Lavinder turned to the challenges of talent acquisition. Today Lavinder is frequently interviewed and often invited to speak about security and investigative topics as well as career issues. Lavinder holds a leadership role within a special interest group for Women in Security and is active with the ACFE, the New York Electronic Crimes Task Force, and the State Department's Overseas Security Advisory Council (OSAC).

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Donn LeVie Jr.

Consultant/Trainer/Author
Donn LeVie Jr. STRATEGIES

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Author, speaker and seminar leader Donn LeVie Jr. (“The ONE Hire Authority”) has held hiring manager positions for more than 30 years for Fortune 500 companies (Phillips Petroleum, Motorola Corporation, Intel Corporation and others). In addition, he has worked for the U.S. Department of Commerce (NOAA) and been an adjunct faculty lecturer with the University of Houston system.

LeVie is the author of Confessions of a Hiring Manager Rev. 2.0 (Second Edition) and Strategic Career Engagement: The Definitive Guide for Getting Hired and Promoted. He has new books coming out for 2017: Mindworm: Burrowing Deep into Client Mindshare, and The Valueocity Quotient: Turbo-Charge the Value of Your Expertise to Clients and Customers. In addition, LeVie is a regular contributor to Fraud Magazine and has been a career strategist and speaker at ACFE annual conferences every year since 2010. .

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Robert Luu

Senior Solutions Consultant
ACL

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Robert Luu has been with ACL as a Solutions Consultant for six years, providing strategic solutions and integrating technology platforms for data-driven risk, audit and compliance management solutions across the globe. Over the years, Luu has worked closely with organizations in designing and implementing complex analysis and continuous monitoring solutions in a variety of business process areas.

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Rodrigo Macias, CFE

Director, Risk Advisory & Fraud Prevention
MGO CPA's & Advisors

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Rodrigo Macias is a Director with MGO’s Risk Advisory & Forensic Services Practice with more than 11 years of experience. He has provided risk advisory services Fortune 500 companies, the gaming and hospitality industry, manufacturing corporations, financial institutions, nonprofits and global corporations.

Macias’s experience includes developing enterprise risk and fraud management, performing internal audits and compliance reviews, and designing fraud prevention internal controls and audits.

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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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Jonathan Marks, CFE, CPA, CFF, CITP

Partner
Marcum

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Jonathan Marks has almost 30 years of experience working closely with his clients, their board, senior management and law firms on fraud and misconduct investigations, including global bribery, corruption and compliance matters. Marks then assists his clients in mitigating future potential issues by conducting root cause analysis, developing remedial procedures, and designing or enhancing governance, global risk management and compliance systems along with internal controls and policies and procedures.

Marks has educated and advised individuals, law firms, and some of the world’s largest companies in these and other areas including: complex accounting, auditing, disclosure, and internal control issues related to financial reporting, and regulatory compliance with the Securities Act of 1933, the Exchange Act of 1934, the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act of 1977, the Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002, Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act of 2010 and the U.K. Bribery Act.

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

Deputy Attorney General
State of Alabama

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Alice H. Martin served as the Chief Deputy Attorney General for the State of Alabama from 2015 to April 2017. She brings experience as a prosecutor, white-collar defense lawyer and in-office management. She serves as principal adviser to the Attorney General in managing the office’s legal and administrative staff, and as liaison to the Governor’s office and the legislature.

Prior to joining the Office of Attorney General, Martin was the U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of Alabama (2001-2009), serving as the Chief Federal Law Enforcement Officer responsible for prosecuting federal crime and defending the U.S. in civil litigation. During her tenure as U.S. Attorney she served on the Attorney General’s Advisory Committee, advising the U.S. Attorney General on emerging policy issues, and served as Co-Chair of the Health Care Fraud Working Group; and was a member of the Subcommittees on White Collar Crime, Counterterrorism, Resource Allocation, and Office of Management and Budget.

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Jeffrey Matthews, CFE, CPA

National Partner-in-Charge - Forensic and Litigation Services
Weaver LLP

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Jeffrey G. Matthews is Partner, based in Weaver’s Dallas office, and leads the firm’s forensic accounting, compliance and financial advisory services practice. He 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. Matthews was instrumental in developing proprietary anti-fraud and compliance tools for two of the five largest accounting firms in the world. As such, he has served as a consulting expert in developing and implementing numerous risk management programs for companies in various industries.

His clients include the U.S’s top law firms, Fortune 100 legal departments and government investigative agencies. Mr. Matthews is a four-time national All-Star speaker, voted on by members of the Institute of Internal Auditors. Further, he developed and currently teaches the University of Texas at Arlington’s Forensic Accounting and Fraud Investigations Class for the MBA program. 

Matthews was also the 2013 Certified Fraud Examiner of the Year, the prestigious award given to annually to one of more than 80,000 members of the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners. He is also the executive creator and producer of “The Forensic Forum,” a web-based CPE/CLE production that airs quarterly across the globe. The Forum has featured current and former SEC enforcement directors, attorneys and luminaries from many industries.

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Tom McClellan, CPA, CFE, CGMA

Director, Compliance Assurance
General Motors

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Jim McConnell, CFE, CISSP, CISA, CISM

Corporate Security
Verizon

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Jim McConnell is a 34-year technology industry veteran with expertise in security and fraud detection, prevention and investigations. McConnell has worked on or volunteered for most facets of a comprehensive and successful corporate security program and has developed and supported security operations in-country in Asia, the Americas and Europe.

McConnell currently provides M&A/divestiture security operations management, insider fraud analytics and investigations, supply chain security and fraud management, and threat intelligence information sharing for a Fortune 15 multinational corporation where he has been in their Corporate Security organization for more than 22 years. He also counsels federal government, military and law enforcement agencies on critical infrastructure, key resources security and information sharing. Additionally, McConnell provides resources to and teaches on security and fraud issues at MyChurchSecurity.com, is involved in development of DHS’ Information Sharing Analysis Organization for faith-based organizations, provides Texas Law Enforcement Training and provides executive protection in the Dallas-Ft. Worth area.

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Janet McHard, CFE, CPA, CFF

President
McHard Accounting Consulting, LLC

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Janet McHard is the founding partner of McHard Accounting Consulting, LLC, a firm specializing in forensic accounting, fraud prevention and accounting reconstruction. McHard provides assistance, including expert testimony, in the areas of fraud and forensic accounting. 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.

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Mary Kay McSherry, CFE

Bankruptcy Analyst
U.S. Department of Justice

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Anthony Menendez, CFE, CPA

Forensic Litigation Consultant

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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 (GM), overseeing the accounting and reporting for all U.S. sales, services, & marketing covering the reporting of over $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 joined GM in 2009 as part of the global technical accounting effort to help GM emerge from bankruptcy successfully and complete one of the largest IPO’s in history.

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Linda Miller, MPP

Director
Grant Thornton LLP

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Linda Miller leads Grant Thornton’s fraud risk and forensics practice in the public sector. Prior to joining Grant Thornton, Miller spent 10 years with the Government Accountability Office (GAO), most recently as an Assistant Director with GAO’s Forensic Audits and Investigative Services team. She was the principle author of GAO’s recently issued Framework for Managing Fraud Risks in Federal Programs, which describes leading practices that agency managers can use to develop a fraud risk management program.

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David Mills, CFE, CCEP

Senior Manager, Global Ethics and Compliance
Bunge Limited

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David Mills has extensive ethics and compliance experience, and has conducted or managed numerous high-profile criminal and workplace investigations. In addition to fraud and corruption investigations, he is responsible for fraud risk assessments and detection computing forensics, third-party due diligence, project management, and the overall success of the ethics and compliance program.

Before joining Bunge, Mills spent 15 years with The Boeing Company as a Senior Manager in Ethics and Business Conduct where he directed global teams conducting complex, sensitive and high-profile investigations. He was a member of the leadership team, developing and executing the ethics and compliance strategies for the company.

In both roles, Mills has been responsible for creating and maintaining investigative policies, processes and monitoring tools. Other career highlights include establishing root cause analysis tools, program assessment tools, leading risk assessment programs, reorganizing a global investigative team, and developing ethics and compliance training programs.

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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, and the SVP, Cyber Intelligence and Emerging Threats Manager at one of the country’s largest financial institutions, Moore is currently the Associate Partner at IBM. 

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Diana Ngo

Associate Director
Blackpeak

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Diana Ngo leads the execution of pre-investment due diligence and post-investment litigation support projects for PE, IPO, corporate M&A and multinational clients in South and Southeast Asia, as well as Oceania. She advises clients on reputational risks that may affect their operations and strategic business decisions. Ngo is particularly proficient in social media research. Before working at Blackpeak, Ngo was the China Program Manager and a research analyst at the Lincoln Institute of Land Policy, an energy policy analyst at the U.S. Department of Energy, and an energy and climate change analyst at UNESCO in Bangkok. Ngo has given multiple seminars on investigative due diligence techniques for the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners.

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Joseph M. Palmar, CFE, CPA, CFF

Managing Partner – Fraud & Forensics
Data Query Analytics

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Joseph Palmar has operated Palmar Consulting Group Inc., a boutique firm specializing in forensic accounting services, for the last 15 years. He has more than 20 years of accounting, finance, audit and forensic experience in both public accounting and industry. He has an extensive background in forensic accounting services, with a focus on vendor related fraud.

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Liseli Pennings, CFE

Training Director
Association of Certified Fraud Examiners

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Liseli Pennings is the 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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David Pollino, CFE

Deputy Chief Security Officer, Senior Vice President
Bank of the West

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David Pollino is responsible for security operations, including fraud prevention, third-party due diligence, governance, analytics and education at Bank of the West. Pollino was named a top ten influencer by Bank Information Security. Prior to joining Bank of the West, Pollino served in senior fraud prevention positions for Wells Fargo, Washington Mutual and Charles Schwab. During his career, Pollino has also worked as an information security consultant at @stake and UUNET advising Fortune 100 companies on information security issues. Pollino is the author of RSA Press: Wireless security, The Hacker's Challenge Books 1, 2 and 3, and Hacking Exposed: Wireless.

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Andrew Price, J.D.

Senior Counsel
Google Inc.

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Andrew Price is a senior counsel on Google's Ethics and Compliance team based in San Francisco, California. The team’s core mission is to enable Google's business to achieve its objectives in a manner that’s consistent with its core values (including "Doing the Right Thing") and to responsibly manage compliance risk. In his role, Price focuses on leading the team's global internal investigations function, managing the company's anonymous helpline, and providing advice and counsel on topics such as attorney-client privilege, confidentiality, conflicts of interest, proper use of company assets, insider trading and other compliance-related matters.

Price joined Google in August 2011. From 2008 to 2011, he was an associate with the Washington, D.C. law firm of Arnold & Porter LLP where he focused on securities enforcement defense and litigation. From 2003-2008, Price was an Assistant U.S. Attorney in the Eastern District of Virginia and a Civil Division attorney at the U.S. Department of Justice.

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Don Rabon, CFE

President
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 five interviewing-related texts.

Over a period of 39 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.

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Jerri Rowe, RHIA

Senior Online Adjunct Instructor
Ultimate Medical Academy

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Jerri Rowe has been in the health care industry for more than 25 years. She has extensive managerial experience in both the administrative and clinical arenas with an emphasis on medical coding and billing. Her proficiency includes operation of various facilities to include a multispecialty physician group practice, an outpatient diagnostic center, urgent care and clinical department in a medical school.

Rowe is also an educator and currently teaches medical billing and coding online to those entering the field. As an ethicist she emphasizes the importance of ethical behavior for all health care professionals, especially during this time of rampant fraud and abuse. Rowe also serves as a consultant to physician practices in auditing of documentation for reimbursement purposes in an effort to educate, identify and prevent fraud.

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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 responsible for compliance, financial, operational, SOX, construction, technology and other audits at MGM Resorts and its owned and operated resorts. He also has responsibility for auditing MGM Resorts’ controlled REIT, MGM Growth Properties. Rudloff has been an internal auditor in the gaming and hospitality industry for more than 35 years, including five years at PricewaterhouseCoopers, where he was Director of Internal Audit Services serving clients operating land-based, riverboat, tribal and cruise ship gaming operations, as well as hotels and food and beverage services.

Rudloff served the Institute of internal Auditors as a volunteer at the local and international levels for more than 30 years. In 2015 he was inducted into the IIA’s American Hall of Distinguished Audit Practitioners. He currently serves on the audit committee for the International Association of Gaming Advisors. 

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Michael Schidlow, CFE, CAMS

Senior Manager
HSBC Bank USA

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Michael Schidlow is an accomplished investigator, professor of ethics and criminal justice, and licensed attorney. He currently serves as the Head of Financial Crime Compliance (FCC) and Emerging Risk Audit evelopment at HSBC, directing the FCC training program for the global internal audit function. Schidlow is responsible for the overall governance of the training program, including the design and delivery of FCC training to Audit. In this role, Schidlow spearheaded the development of an exemplary FCC Bootcamp course which is delivered across the entire HSBC global footprint on an annual basis. Schidlow also provides ongoing financial crime risk subject matter expertise through the delivery of monthly awareness sessions, the production of a weekly FCC newsletter and ad hoc advisory. In addition, Schidlow leads the emerging risk consultation for Audit’s North America region.

Schidlow previously served as an investigator for Bank of America’s Global Financial Crimes Compliance division, specializing in high-profile client compromises, complex fraud and insider abuse allegations. Schidlow started his career working as an attorney concentrating on regulatory compliance and white-collar litigation matters. .

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Frank Schurgers, CFE

Managing Director
Integris International LLC

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Frank Schurgers is an internationally-recognized expert for counter-espionage, corporate security, global intelligence, due diligence investigations, fraud prevention, ethics and compliance, management and intellectual property protection. His career spans two decades in both the public and the private sector. Before transferring into the private sector he served as a career Intelligence Officer, gaining extensive operational experience in Europe, the Middle East and Asia.

Today, Schurgers consults for global Fortune 500 companies from all industry sectors in complex security and risk management issues. He has led hundreds of complex and multi-jurisdictional investigations related to large-scale economic crime, fraud and corruption. He uncovered a $60 million fraud scheme by a Russian organized crime group. For a Fortune 100 company, he designed and implemented a best-practice compliance and ethics program. He has assisted numerous international corporations in establishing benchmark crisis management and business continuity organizations.

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Paul Seckar

Senior Manager, Advisory Services | Business Risk Services
Grant Thornton LLP

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Paul Seckar leads the Applied Analytics service offering within Grant Thornton’s Public Sector Practice. He has more than 25 years of consulting experience solving complex business problems with a variety of analytics, including technology- based solutions and applications as well as decision-analytic studies and engagements that deliver implementation recommendations for improved performance, streamlined operations and strategic decision making. Prior to working for Grant Thornton, Seckar led the Predictive Analytics service area within IBM’s Public Sector Strategy and Analytics practice where he was responsible for designing and leading efforts to address client challenges through the use of advanced mathematical techniques including data mining, predictive modeling, forecasting, statistical analysis, cost analysis and simulation. As a thought leader, Seckar has architected analytic solutions in the fraud, retail, marketing and IT domains, most notably as the solution architect and executive responsible for tax fraud detection and protection systems which employed sophisticated data mining algorithms for fraud prevention.

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Charles Shugg, Brig. General, U.S. Air Force (Retired)

Partner, Chief Operating Officer
Sylint Group, Inc.

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Brigadier General Charles Shugg, U.S. Air Force (Retired), is a Partner and Chief Operating Officer of the Sylint Group, Inc. In that capacity he provides strategic guidance and insight for an elite team of cybersecurity and digital data forensic professionals providing security strategy and incident response to Fortune 500 companies, nonprofit organizations and government entities. In his last Air Force position, he was responsible for providing trained and ready cyber forces to plan and conduct worldwide cyberspace operations. Shugg was a key architect and strategic planner of the U.S. Air Force’s cyberspace operations program and crafted concepts of operations for multiple worldwide organizations to include USCYBERCOM. In addition, he was the Commander of DoD's Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) Center of Excellence charged with creating unified UAS concepts of operation.

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Joe Sremack, CFE

Director
Berkeley Research Group

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Joe Sremack is an IT system and data analysis expert in Berkeley Research Group’s Technology Services practice. With more than 15 years of information technology and consulting experience, he has developed and implemented technology solutions to assist and advise corporate and legal clients in matters involving complex technology issues. Sremack’s expertise is in IT assessments, source code analysis, electronic discovery and complex data analytics involving disparate and voluminous data sets. A computer scientist by training, Sremack has conducted numerous matters involving system investigations, source code analysis, data analysis and the evaluation of technology solutions. He has advised clients across the U.S. and internationally in matters such as class-action settlement distribution, cybersecurity investigations, intellectual property theft, bankruptcy, financial fraud, health care regulatory investigations and anti-trust disputes. Sremack is the author of the book Big Data Forensics (2015), a guide to conducting investigations involving Hadoop and other Big Data systems.

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Paul Starrett, Esq., M.S. Predictive Analytics CFE, EnCE, LLM

CEO/Founder
Starrett Consulting, Inc.

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Paul Starrett is a licensed private investigator and attorney specializing in high-profile investigations and legal consulting especially where electronic data is central. He is founder and CEO of Starrett Consulting, Inc., a Silicon Valley-based, full-service investigations firm that leverages API’s from open-source and commercial data-science applications to analyze structured and unstructured data. He is former General Counsel and Chief Global Risk Officer of an international, publicly-held data management corporation heading their global legal, operations and risk-management groups. His 25-year career began in law enforcement and corporate security and later progressed into information-security engineering, electronic discovery and information management.

Starrett is Founding and Current Chair of the Big Data Committee of the American Bar Association and active in the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners and Python Meetup Group (San Francisco). He is nationally published in the areas of interview and interrogation, electronic evidence, private investigations and e-commerce law / technology.

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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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Dalit Stern, CFE, CPA

Director of Enterprise Fraud Risk Management
TIAA Financial Services

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Dalit Stern has more than 20 years of experience in mitigating fraud risks, conducting internal investigations into allegations of accounting irregularities, fraud, corruption and conflict of interest and in assisting organizations respond to regulatory proceedings. She is responsible for the build-out of the enterprise risk mitigation and detection of fraud. She leads teams focused on assessment of fraud risks, defining and monitoring of fraud metrics and KRIs, risk appetite statements development of root-cause analysis procedures and review of the effectiveness of counter-fraud controls.

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Ralph Summerford, CFE, CPA/CFF, CIRA

President
Forensic Strategic Solutions, LLC

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Ralph Q. Summerford works primarily in the area of forensic accounting, fraud examination and bankruptcy. He works closely with both plaintiff and defense attorneys, corporate boards and audit committees, insurance company special investigation units, government inspector generals and government agencies such as the U.S. Attorney’s Office, Federal Bureau of Investigation, Internal Revenue Service, Federal Trade Commission and the Pension Benefit and Guaranty Corporation.

Summerford testifies as an expert witness in federal and state courts on matters involving complicated financial transactions. He is a Certified Fraud Examiner and is on the faculty of the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners. He has been quoted in publications such as the Journal of Accountancy, USA Today and HR Magazine. Additionally, he has published articles that have appeared in Institute of Management and Administration’s (IOMA) Report on Preventing Business Fraud, Bank Fraud & IT Security Report, Financial Fraud, Internal Auditing & Business Risk, AccountingToday and Fraud Magazine.

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Weiyi Tan

Principal
Baker & McKenzie.Wong & Leow

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Weiyi Tan is a principal in Baker & McKenzie.Wong & Leow’s dispute resolution practice group, and specializes in international commercial disputes and investigations. She has been involved as counsel in numerous complex and high-stakes litigation and arbitration, and regularly assists clients on cross-border investigations and enforcement actions focused on corruption, financial fraud and other white-collar criminal offenses.

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Peter Temminck, CFE, RFA

Investigator
NN Group N.V.

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Peter Temminck has more than 15 years investigative and anti-fraud experience. He has worked at several financial institutions as well as for the Economic Investigative Services (FIOD-ECD), specializing in economic crimes. At NN Group, Security & Investigations, his role is to maintain and coordinate an independent investigation for internal incidents for all business units within the NN Group all over the world

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John Tonsick, CFE, CPA

Deputy General Auditor
Metropolitan Water District of Southern California

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John Tonsick has published numerous articles on the subjects of fraud and corporate governance and he 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. His unique perspective is shaped by a life-long fascination with magicians and con-artists and more than 30 years of experience as a “Big 4” auditor, consultant and Fortune 50 executive.

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Daniel Torpey

Partner
EY

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Daniel Torpey is a Forensic Accountant, CPA and former auditor with more than 30 years of public accounting experience. He is a partner with EY and the SW Region Leader for EY’s Fraud Investigation & Dispute Services. Torpey has testified as an expert witness in state, federal and international proceedings and has published articles in Fraud Magazine, Internal Auditor, Claims Magazine and Risk Management.

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Martin Vaughan

Executive Associate
Forensic Interview Solutions

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Since his retirement in 2013 after 30 years in law enforcement, Martin Vaughan has become a sought-after expert in the field of forensic investigative interviewing. As a Detective Sergeant attached to the Major Incident Team, he performed the role of Interview Adviser on numerous high-profile investigations including cases of child abuse, high-stakes fraud, sexual abuse, counterterrorism and internal investigations. He delivers training to law enforcement agencies across the U.K. and to various universities on forensic psychology. Internationally, Vaughan has delivered training to the Australian Federal Police, the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission, the Independent Broad-based Anti-Corruption Commission, and the Malawian Police Service and Anti-Corruption Bureau.

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Vincent M. Walden, CFE, CPA, CITP

Partner, Fraud Investigation and Dispute Services
EY

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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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Peter Warmka, CFE, CPP

Director of Business Intelligence
Strategic Risk Management, LLC

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Following a distinguished career as a Senior Intelligence Officer within the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA), Peter Warmka joined Strategic Risk Management in 2010 as Director of Business Intelligence. In this capacity, he has led numerous due diligence investigations on behalf of corporate clients pursuing mergers and acquisitions that have uncovered significant fraud within target entities. Warmka’s professional expertise includes the areas of cybersecurity, intelligence collection, competitive intelligence and asset protection management. With his extensive background in social engineering, Warmka joined Webster University in 2015 as an Adjunct Professor where he lectures on intelligence and counter-intelligence as it relates to cybersecurity.

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David P. Weber, J.D., CFE

Academic Director - Fraud and AML Management Programs
Robert H. Smith School of Business, University of Maryland

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David P. Weber is the Academic Director of Smith’s graduate certificate programs in Fraud Management and Anti-Money Laundering Management, an executive education partnership with the American Bankers Association. Recently, Weber served as the U.S. banking expert who assisted journalists in reviewing information now known as the Panama Papers, pertaining to hundreds of current and former world leaders.

Weber developed and teaches the fraud and forensic investigation electives in Smith's Executive and Online MBA programs, as well as Maryland's new Graduate Certificate Program in Risk, Compliance and the Law. He also teaches in Smith’s Master of Science in Accounting, and undergraduate accounting programs. A Certified Fraud Examiner, attorney in private practice, and registered private investigator, he previously served as the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission’s Assistant Inspector General for Investigations, the SEC’s Chief Investigator.

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Natasha Williams, CFE, CIA

Global Compliance Manager
Bio-Rad Laboratories

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Natasha Williams is a certified professional with more than 20 years combined experience in auditing, banking, compliance, risk assessment, fraud examination and accounting. She served nearly five years with KPMG LLP working on various consulting and SOX engagements prior to joining Bio-Rad Laboratories in 2005. She has been a key audit manager at Bio-Rad for more than a decade. She has managed audits across the globe including Eastern Europe, Latin America, Africa, the Middle East and the Asia-Pacific region. Her specialty is auditing, compliance, risk management, fraud prevention and detection, and overall development of strong internal controls. She has experience consulting small start-ups as well as working with large, matrixed, complex, multi-location and global companies.

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Kimberly White

Director Market Planning, Fraud & Identity
LexisNexis

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Kimberly White is responsible for developing the market strategy and guiding the product roadmap for the Fraud & Identity product portfolio at LexisNexis for commercial markets. These solutions include fraud analytics, consumer identity verification and authentication. Kimberly has over 20 years of experience in corporate finance, presales consulting, and product marketing and has focused the last 5 years in the areas of developing product strategy and managing products in commercial and government markets. Her vertical market areas of expertise include over 10 years of experience working with retail technology solutions and over 4 years of experience developing strategy for technology solutions for online bill payment in the financial services market. A graduate of Miami University in Oxford, Ohio, Kimberly holds a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration in Finance. She also holds a Masters of Business Administration Degree from the Goizueta Business School at Emory University.

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Andy Wilson, CFE, CPP

Vice President, 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.

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Geoff Winkler, CFE, CIRA

Director, Fraud & Forensics Practice Leader
Bates Group

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Geoff Winkler is the Director of Bates Group’s Fraud and Forensics practice, where he draws on his extensive legal and financial industry experience across a diverse range of businesses to provide strategic and focused consulting as well as investigative and asset recovery analyses related to securities litigation and other sensitive business issues.

Before coming to Bates Group, Winkler was a business consultant and turnaround professional. He has extensive experience working with a wide array of businesses suffering financial, organizational or management issues. He often functioned as interim CFO, COO or general manager while working to either restore the company to financial and organizational health or determine and execute the best plan to close or sell the business. He has experience working closely with the Securities and Exchange Commission, Federal Trade Commission, state and federal agencies and local businesses and professionals.

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Gerard 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, D.C. 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.

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.

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.

James Scalzo

Convicted Fraudster*

Between April 2008 and October 2009, while employed as a bank officer at Fox River State Bank in Burlington, Wisconsin and then Consumer’s Credit Union in Round Lake Beach, Illinois, James Scalzo originated and approved multiple fraudulent loans. He then directed funds to be taken from the loans and transferred by cashier’s check or wire to accounts in which he had a personal interest and control. More than $1.4 million in loan funds was involved.

Among the victims was a couple whose home Scalzo had pledged as collateral for one of the fraudulent loans and then allowed to go into foreclosure.

Scalzo pled guilty to one count of bank fraud and one count of money laundering scheme. He faced up to 30 years for the bank fraud offense and up to 20 years on the money laundering count; he was sentenced to 35 months in prison and three years supervised release. Scalzo is currently out of prison after serving 27 months.

*The ACFE does not compensate convicted fraudsters.

*The ACFE does not compensate convicted fraudsters.