Day One - Monday, October 19, 2020

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Brett Ward, CFI Vice President – Business Development & Client Relations, Wicklander – Zulawski & Assoc.

Presentation: Investigative Prep Practices:  Eliminating Bias/Hurdles In Sensitive Interviews

Brett L. Ward is a renowned speaker for Wicklander-Zulawski & Associates, Inc. (WZ), who has led over 900 seminars on Interview & Interrogation Techniques for private sector, law enforcement and government entities. Mr. Ward, also a consultant for WZ has conducted hundreds of investigations throughout his career with WZ for both the public and private sectors.  

Brett began his career in corporate investigations in 1988 with the former May Company - Foley's Division. He held multiple positions throughout his tenure including Area Investigator and Corporate Investigations. Mr. Ward was promoted to Regional Investigations Director over multiple states in 1996 before accepting his position with Wicklander-Zulawski & Associates, Inc. in April 1998. He currently runs the Private Division for WZ, a responsibility including 240+ clients and 150+ contractual and open registration programs around the globe annually.

Mr. Ward graduated from the University of Central Oklahoma in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, and received a BS degree in Finance - Business Administration. Mr. Ward currently lives in Houston, Texas with his wife Nancy, and has one son playing college baseball at Concordia University in Nebraska.

Presentation: Cyberfraud Trends in Financial Institutions

Amy Wallace, Director, Cyberfraud at Fidelity Investments

Amy Wallace, Director, Cybersecurity Fraud Fusion Center, has over 12 years experience in fraud investigations with a heavy focus in cyber crimes and incidents. She has an established background in transaction and data analysis, organized retail crime, online fraud, exception reporting, credit card/financial fraud, customer service and surveillance.  She worked previously at Citi and JC Penney.  She has an MBA in Cybersecurity from Baylor University and an undergraduate degree from the UNLV.

Maximilian Gebhardt, Director, CyberFraud at Fidelity Investments

Maxmilian Gebhardt, CISSP has a keen focus on financially-motivated cybercrime and fraud in the financial institution space. He was a US government diplomat with the US State Department, and has a strong contact network in the Central and Eastern European region, China, and Latin America. Experience managing big data and analytics infrastructure deployment to identify and mitigate fraud and security concerns, in addition to advising potential investors and businesses operating in unfamiliar markets.  Maxmilian is a graduate of Seton Hall University.

Day Two - Tuesday, October 20, 2020

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Dennis Parker, Instructor, Interviewer at EUO Solutions

Presentation: Detecting Deception during Interviews

Dennis has more than 18 years of law enforcement experience from the municipal to the federal level.  He also graduated from several law enforcement training academies and other training courses designed specifically for police or investigative interviewing.  Dennis earned a Bachelor of Science degree in criminal justice from Sam Houston State University, Huntsville Texas in 1985.

Dennis also has more than 10 years experience investigating and managing insurance fraud programs.  The validity of a suspicious claim is usually determined after in-person interviews or a more structured Examination-Under-Oath (EUO).  During those years Dennis conducted more than 1200 EUOs and interviews of claimants suspected of insurance fraud. The majority of those interviews were in the presence of the suspect’s attorney.

Dennis’ work experience includes 5 years as a police officer in and around Houston Texas and 13 years in the United States Air Force as an NCO and Commissioned Officer.  As an Air Force OSI special agent, Dennis led a group of federal investigators tasked with investigating felony criminal, major fraud and counter-intelligence cases.  His investigations included child abuse and child homicide investigations, one of which is highlighted in his 8 hour course.

Deshietha Partee-Grier, CFE, CAMS, Assistant Vice President - Financial Crime Investigations Unit at Deutsche Bank

Presentation: Synthetic Identity Fraud 

Deshietha (Dee) Partee-Grier is an Assistant Vice President at Deutsche Bank in  Financial Crime Investigations combating international money laundering via correspondent banking. She has managed teams in the Fraud & AML sector for Deutsche Bank, VyStar Credit Union, and U.S. Bank involving strategic planning, compliance application & adherence, analytics, claims, transaction monitoring, and investigations. She started her career in the financial services industry in 2009 at JPMorgan Chase in mortgage banking, and transitioned to fighting financial crime at U.S. Bank in 2015. She is certified fraud examiner, certified anti-money laundering specialist, and currently serves as the Jacksonville Florida ACFE Chapter President. Check out her profile in the 2019 July/August Issue of Fraud Magazine  https://www.fraud-magazine.com/article.aspx?id=4295006278

Day Three - Wednesday, October 21, 2020

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James Rumph, CFE, CAMS, CPA, CIA, Interim Director/Sr. Consultant, Enterprise Anti-Fraud Team

Presentation: Innovation Meets Fraud

Within Nationwide’s Enterprise Anti-Fraud Team, James Rumph has leadership and consulting responsibilities for fraud risk governance, risk assessment, control consulting and second line of defense monitoring across the enterprise. Rumph joined Nationwide at the beginning of 2016 with a wide range of financial crimes prevention, detection, and response training and experience, including from his time as both an FBI and private forensic accountant, and within an insurance special investigations unit (SIU). Rumph has a master’s of Accounting degree with a concentration in forensics, is serves on the ACFE Chapter Leader’s Committee, serves as President of the Central Ohio ACFE Chapter and on the Emerging Trends in Fraud Investigation & Prevention Conference Planning Committee, and previously served as President and Treasurer of the Des Moines ACFE Chapter.

Juliette Gust, CFE, Founder - Ethics Suite

Presentation: Confidential Reporting of Misconduct: A Cornerstone of Effective Ethics and Compliance Programs

Juliette Gust is the founder and president of Ethics Suite, a company that helps businesses identify, investigate and resolve alleged wrongdoing at their organization by providing a comprehensive solution for the anonymous employee reporting and tracking of workplace misconduct, fraud, or theft. Ethics Suite also offers assistance with internal investigations and ethics and compliance-related consulting services.

Juliette's past experience includes providing advisory services to a diverse group of clients as a Manager and subject matter specialist within PwC’s Regulatory, Forensics, and Hospitality practices, where she led investigations and engagements in the U.S. and abroad on a variety of matters including anti-money laundering, corruption and bribery, embezzlement and financial statement fraud and has presented findings and recommendations before executive boards, federal and state regulatory agencies and audit committees in response to regulatory enforcement actions.

Juliette has been a Certified Fraud Examiner since 2007.

Day Four - Thursday, October 22, 2020

Session 1 Session 2

Presentation: Overview of White Collar Fraud & Case Studies

Tina Ansari, Asst US Attorney

Tina Ansari is an Assistant US Attorney as a Healthcare Fraud Coordinator of the Fraud Section for the Southern District of Texas. She primarily investigates and prosecutes cases related to health care fraud, wire fraud, and mail fraud.  Before that she worked for the Harris County District Attorney's Office as a Felony Prosecutor, handling capital murders and other criminal felony cases.  She received her Juris Doctor at the University of Houston Law Center and her undergraduate political science degree at Yale University.   She is fluent in Farsi.

Suzanne Elmilady, Asst US Attorney

Suzanne Elmilady is an Assistant US Attorney, White Collar Crime Coordinatory, Major Fraud Division for the Southern District of Texas. She primarily investigates and prosecutes cases related to corporate embezzlement, Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) and Business Email Compromise (BEC) investigations.  Before that she worked for the Harris County District Attorney's Office as a Felony Prosecutor,  She received her Juris Doctor at the South Texas College of Law. She published, "Prosecuting Marriage Fraud Conspiracies - Lifting the Veil of Sham Marriage."  Suzanne is a member of the Middle Eastern Lawyers Association and the South Asian Women's Professional Network.

Michael Tate, CAMS, Anti-Corruption Ethics and Compliance at Western Digital

Presentation: Compliance and Investigations - A Love Story For The Ages

Michael Tate is the Ethics and Compliance Program Manager at Western Digital and is based in Irvine, CA. He holds an MBA in Business Administration from Southern Arkansas University and Bachelors in Business Administration from The University  of Central Arkansas. Michael is a Certified Anti-Money Laundering Specialist and is studying for his CFE.  

Prior to joining Western Digital, Michael worked at Hewlett-Packard Enterprises for 7 years, where he held several roles. Among them were as a Compliance Auditor and  Brand Protection Investigator. During his tenure at HPE, Michael conducted audits and investigations in North America and Latin America and sought criminal prosecutions in The United States and Canada. Michael also is an experienced SIU Investigator. He worked for a 1.5 years as a SIU Investigator at Travelers Insurance in the Los Angeles area. 

Outside of work Michael enjoys hiking, going to the beach and spending time with friends and family.

Day Five - Friday, October 23, 2020

Session 1 Session 2
Matt Storlie, CFE, CIDA Manager, Forensic & Litigation, and Risk Advisory Services, Wipfli Inc.

Presentation: Designing Risk-Based Anti-Fraud Tests

With 25 years of experience in business and accounting, fraud examinations, data analysis, internal audit, and IT systems, Matt Storlie assists clients with forensic services, internal investigations, computer forensics, e-discovery and litigation readiness, and fraud risk assessments.  As one of the firm’s subject matter experts on data analytics, he utilizes his deep experience with IT systems, internal controls, and data analytics to develop proactive, risk-based anti-fraud models and programs, including the use of IDEA┬« software.  Matt Storlie, CFE, CIDA  Manager, Forensic & Litigation and Risk Advisory Services.

Paul Pettit, Vice President, Performance Improvement, Revenew International

Presentation: Construction Fraud

Paul is a management consultant with over 25 years of progressive roles within industry and professional services where he has managed and delivered successful audit and consulting projects to clients across a multitude of industries, including oil & gas.  At Revenew, Paul leads the Performance Improvement practice and oversees business development and account management for clients seeking cost recovery, cost containment and performance improvements both with their vendors, suppliers and contactors as well as within their operations.

Since 1999, Paul has been involved in providing consulting and internal audit services within technical areas of organizations including engineering, procurement and construction.  Prior to providing those professional services, he worked for over nine years in the Engineering, Procurement and Construction (EPC) industry with KBR.  Paul holds Master degrees in Business and Environmental Management as well as a Bachelor degree in Civil/Mechanical Engineering Technology from the University of Houston.  He is certified as a Project Management Professional (PMP), Construction Controls Professional (CCP), Construction Auditor (CCA), Internal Auditor (CIA), Risk Management Assurance (CRMA) and Professional EH&S Auditor (CPEA).  Paul is an accomplished speaker and has been designated the highest professional speaking designation by Toastmasters International in 2006, Distinguished Toastmaster (DTM).

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