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  • Tuesday, June 25 | 7:00–7:50 AM


    CPE: 1

    Level: Overview

    Recommended Prerequisite: None

    Field of Study: Behavioral Ethics

    Psychopathy is a personality disorder traditionally characterized by persistent anti-social behavior; impaired empathy and remorse; and brazen, disinhibited, and egotistical traits. Although psychopaths are of concern to the criminal justice system, many more have managed to evade or elude conviction and incarceration by perpetrating financial crimes and fraud.

    This session will illustrate the latest fraud detection techniques used in the arrest and conviction of a Ponzi scammer who preyed on victims in three separate scams, conning them out of tens of millions of dollars. It will also include highlights from the case as it appeared on the TV show American Greed. Best practices will be demonstrated using the Hare Psychopathy Checklist-Revised (PCL-R).

    You Will Learn How To:

    • Recognize the biological, social, psychological, and environmental factors responsible for the development and maintenance of psychopathy in the white-collar psychopath, as seen through the lens of the Psychopathy Checklist Revised
    • Identify and examine effective detection and interview techniques in the arrest and conviction of a Ponzi scammer who preyed on victims in three separate, sequential scams
    • Explore the propensity for fraud and unethical behavior in white-collar psychopaths and discuss differentiation with their criminal psychopath counterparts

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    Mary Lynn Rapier, Ph.D., CFE, MAS

    Licensed Clinical and Forensic Psychologist, Mary Lynn Rapier, Ph.D., A Psychology Corporation

    As a licensed clinical psychologist specializing in substance abuse treatment, Dr. Rapier has consulted for treatment facilities nationwide, and has worked within the legal system to help her patients combat addiction and reclaim their lives. At the forefront of substance abuse treatment, she has years of hands-on experience that has led to her participation in combating fraud in violation of the California Insurance Fraud Prevention Act, Cal. Ins. Code §1871.7.


    In addition to her MA and Ph.D. in clinical psychology (with a concentration in organizational systems) she earned a second master’s degree in criminology, law, and society. As a forensic psychologist, she has specialized in concierge-type services within the criminal justice system for corporate, private, and public sectors, and individuals and their families during all phases of the criminal justice process.


    John Waugh, CFE, CAMS

    Assistant Special Agent in Charge, U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, Office of Inspector General

    John Waugh has 20 years of federal law enforcement experience and expertise in major financial crimes investigations. The most notable of these, “the Supernote” investigation, resulted in the convictions of several high-profile international targets, millions of dollars in forfeited assets and the designation of a foreign financial institution as a money laundering concern by the U.S. Treasury Department.


    Waugh was on the TV show American Greed for the arrest and conviction of a Ponzi scammer who conned victims out of tens of millions of dollars. As a member of the VA-OIG, Waugh developed a strategic initiative to combat identity theft and the theft of veteran’s benefits. This initiative has resulted in the identification of an organized criminal syndicate operating overseas, targeting both the VA and the Social Security Administration. Waugh’s current project is to combine healthcare claims data analysis with financial intelligence records, social media sites and open-source intel to target the latest healthcare fraud schemes affecting the VA.

  • mrapier headshot
    Mary Lynn Rapier, Ph.D., CFE, MAS

    Licensed Clinical and Forensic Psychologist, Mary Lynn Rapier, Ph.D., A Psychology Corporation

    As a licensed clinical psychologist specializing in substance abuse treatment, Dr. Rapier has consulted for treatment facilities nationwide, and has worked within the legal system to help her patients combat addiction and reclaim their lives. At the forefront of substance abuse treatment, she has years of hands-on experience that has led to her participation in combating fraud in violation of the California Insurance Fraud Prevention Act, Cal. Ins. Code §1871.7.


    In addition to her MA and Ph.D. in clinical psychology (with a concentration in organizational systems) she earned a second master’s degree in criminology, law, and society. As a forensic psychologist, she has specialized in concierge-type services within the criminal justice system for corporate, private, and public sectors, and individuals and their families during all phases of the criminal justice process.

  • John Waugh, CFE, CAMS

    Assistant Special Agent in Charge, U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, Office of Inspector General

    John Waugh has 20 years of federal law enforcement experience and expertise in major financial crimes investigations. The most notable of these, “the Supernote” investigation, resulted in the convictions of several high-profile international targets, millions of dollars in forfeited assets and the designation of a foreign financial institution as a money laundering concern by the U.S. Treasury Department.


    Waugh was on the TV show American Greed for the arrest and conviction of a Ponzi scammer who conned victims out of tens of millions of dollars. As a member of the VA-OIG, Waugh developed a strategic initiative to combat identity theft and the theft of veteran’s benefits. This initiative has resulted in the identification of an organized criminal syndicate operating overseas, targeting both the VA and the Social Security Administration. Waugh’s current project is to combine healthcare claims data analysis with financial intelligence records, social media sites and open-source intel to target the latest healthcare fraud schemes affecting the VA.

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