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  • Wednesday, June 26 | 10:05–11:20 AM


    CPE Credit: 1.5

    Level: Overview

    Recommended Prerequisite: None

    Field of Study: Specialized Knowledge

    This session will walk you through a real-life Texas Ranger elder fraud and murder investigation, told by a financial crime analyst who was directly involved in the investigation. The session will begin by showing how the perpetrator selected the elderly victim after learning of the victim’s sizable estate. It will cover how the perpetrator “befriended” the victim and began plotting to liquidate his estate. It will cover the day of the murder, and the subsequent actions taken by the perpetrator to deprive the estate from the victim’s actual family and beneficiaries. The session will also touch on a twist to the investigation, and the perpetrator’s possible original motive: using the victim’s estate to cover up a sizable prior embezzlement. The session will end by discussing the arrest and trial, including details of trial testimony by a CPA and a financial crime analyst.

    You Will Learn How To:

    • Recognize the red flags of elder financial exploitation
    • Identify the methods by which the perpetrator selected the victim and carried out the crime
    • Assess several case studies where organizations and individuals got reporting right—and where they got it wrong
    • Compare tips for court and trial testimony by CFEs and other financial crime specialists
    Jason Zirkle, CAMS

    Criminal Intelligence Analyst, Texas Department of Public Safety, Intelligence and Counterterrorism Division

    Jason Zirkle is an Intelligence Analyst with the Texas Ranger division of the Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS). At DPS, he works alongside Texas Rangers and DPS Special Agents, providing investigative support and financial analysis on major financial crime investigations, including money laundering, fraud, embezzling, public corruption, identity theft, illegal gambling and other white-collar crimes. He also provides financial expertise to non-financial criminal cases, such as murder investigations, narcotics, and human smuggling and trafficking.


    Zirkle is the FinCEN Agency Coordinator for the DPS, and conducts training within DPS on FinCEN and financial crime, updates senior DPS personnel on the latest money laundering and illicit finance trends and works directly with multiple federal law enforcement agencies.


    Zirkle is a Certified Crime Analyst and a Certified Anti-Money Laundering Specialist (CAMS). He received his B.S. in Criminal Justice from Texas State University. Prior to DPS, he was an Army intelligence analyst, with combat deployments to Iraq and Kosovo.

  • Jason Zirkle, CAMS

    Criminal Intelligence Analyst, Texas Department of Public Safety, Intelligence and Counterterrorism Division

    Jason Zirkle is an Intelligence Analyst with the Texas Ranger division of the Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS). At DPS, he works alongside Texas Rangers and DPS Special Agents, providing investigative support and financial analysis on major financial crime investigations, including money laundering, fraud, embezzling, public corruption, identity theft, illegal gambling and other white-collar crimes. He also provides financial expertise to non-financial criminal cases, such as murder investigations, narcotics, and human smuggling and trafficking.


    Zirkle is the FinCEN Agency Coordinator for the DPS, and conducts training within DPS on FinCEN and financial crime, updates senior DPS personnel on the latest money laundering and illicit finance trends and works directly with multiple federal law enforcement agencies.


    Zirkle is a Certified Crime Analyst and a Certified Anti-Money Laundering Specialist (CAMS). He received his B.S. in Criminal Justice from Texas State University. Prior to DPS, he was an Army intelligence analyst, with combat deployments to Iraq and Kosovo.

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