Virtual Pre-Conference Day One - Wed, October 19, 2022

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Annerine Dean, CFE, CAMSAnnerine Dean, CFE, CAMS

Principal, Pohlmann & Company

Ethics & Compliance, Governance, Fraud & Risk

Originally from South Africa, Annerine Dean is an expert in monitorship and audit for Pohlmann & Company.  Currently based in Frankfurt, Germany, Annerine has worked in Canada and throughout Europe.  Annerine has extensive experience leading and driving successful ethics and compliance initiatives. Building a atrong work ethic which translates into a commitment towards quality, teamwork, and trust building. Having acquired audit and consulting experience which includes both external and internal client, Annerine builds strong business relationships with employees at all levels within an organization, as well as with global business units, transcending language and cultural barriers. Annerine has a keen enthusiasm for staying abreast on the latest developments, and acquiring a deep understanding of an organization and its challenges and vulnerabilities within a chosen industry, in order to provide tailored compliance guidance and efficient, effective solutions to mitigate risks.

Ricardo Bocutti, Compliance Officer for Latam Southern Cone at Ericcson 

Presentation: Why A Culture Of Not Speaking Up Boosts Corporate Fraud And How To Tackle It.

Ricardo Bocutti is the Compliance Officer for Latam Southern Cone at Ericsson since 2019, responsible for Brazil, Argentina, Chile, Uruguay, and Perú. Ricardo has been working with Risk and Compliance for almost 10 years, with stints at companies such as Deloitte, Bayer, and JBS, and on more than one occasion, has had to initiate remediation plans for acts of corporate fraud and corruption. Ricardo is based in São Paulo, Brazil, where he resides with his wife and one daughter. He is graduated from Mackenzie University with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration and holds a postgraduate degree in Finance.

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Yoshua Garfinkel, CFE CAMS,
Criminal Investigative Division Economic Crimes Unit, Hialeah (FL) Police Department

Presentation: Emerging Trends In The World Of Fraud

Sergeant Yoshua Garfinkel has been employed by the Hialeah Police Department for the past 20 years. He is currently assigned to the Criminal Investigative Division Economic Crimes Unit, as an economic crimes detective’s supervisor and as complex financial crimes investigator. He is an accredited Certified Fraud Examiner (CFE), and an accredited Certified Anti-Money Laundering Specialist (CAMS). As a sergeant, he is tasked with various supervisory and leadership responsibilities. He oversees and assists detectives with their investigations. As a financial crimes investigator, he is also tasked with investigating various forms of complex fraud investigations and, money laundering investigations.  He leads and conducts investigative work for any asset forfeitures undertaken by the City of Hialeah. Additionally, He is a Deputized United States Marshal working under the auspice of the United States Secret Service, assigned to the Miami Electronic Crimes Task Force (MECTF) as a fraud detective. MECTF is a multi-agency task force, consisting of federal and local law enforcement officers, with the purpose of investigating local, state and federal investigations relating to various forms of economic related crimes. These crimes include, but are not limited to, access device fraud, attacks against critical infrastructure, financial payment systems, money laundering and various other forms of fraud.

Chelsea Binns, Professor, John Jay College of Criminal Justice 

Presentation: That Art of Investigation

Chelsea Binns is an assistant professor at the world-famous John Jay College of Criminal Justice. Prior to that, she was a senior vice president in Citibank's Fraud Surveillance Unit in New York City and worked as an investigator for the City and State of New York. She has a doctorate in criminal justice from the CUNY Graduate Center/John Jay College and has published three books: “Fraud Hotlines: Design, Performance & Assessment” (CRC Press, 2017), “The Art of Investigation” (CRC Press, 2020) and “Safety & Security in Hotels and Home Sharing” (Springer, 2020). Binns has been very active with the ACFE since becoming a CFE in 2009. She is a past president of the New York Chapter, former chair of the ACFE Chapter Leader’s Committee, former member of the ACFE Higher Education Committee and currently serves on the ACFE Advisory Council.

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Joseph Palmar, President, Palmer Forensics 

Presentation: The Best Defense is a Good Offense: A Playbook for Fraud Mitigation 

With over 25 years of forensic accounting, auditing and consulting experience Mr. Palmar, a Certified Public Accountant, Certified in Financial Forensics, and a Certified Fraud Examiner, specializes in fraud investigations, fraud prevention, data analytics, healthcare procurement controls, construction audits and vendor credentialing. His experience includes fraud investigations pertaining to corruption, embezzlement, vendor related schemes, and theft allegations as well as financial reporting fraud. He provides consulting and expert witness services pertaining to fraud related matters, with special concentration in healthcare and construction. Mr. Palmar has lead numerous fraud engagements in healthcare, hospitality, and institutions of higher learning. A frequent lecturer at the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners, we routinely speaks on topics related to vendor credentialing, relationship discovery, conflicts of interest, data base analytics, as well as various billing schemes. The co-developer of Vetted®, as well as Data Query Analytics software, he is well versed in all aspects fraud prevention, detection, and the software tools necessary to analyze big data. He has also led several investigations involving the Federal Bureau of Investigations (FBI) as well as the internal Revenue service. He was awarded a special commendation by the FBI for his involvement in a multi-million healthcare fraud case in South Florida. 

Christina Brown,
Trial Attorney, Antitrust Division, US Department of Justice, Washington DC

James Ryan Jim Ryan

Trial Attorney, Antitrust Division, US Department of Justice, Washington DC.

Presentation: Antitrust 101:  Recognizing Antitrust Conspiracies and Working with the Procurement Collusion Strike Force

Christina Brown is a trial attorney in the Antitrust Division’s Washington Criminal II Section, where she investigates and prosecutes violations of federal laws affecting competition, such as price fixing and bid rigging.  She also serves on the Department’s Procurement Collusion Strike Force in the Northern and Southern Districts of Texas.  Before joining the Department of Justice, Christina worked at an international law firm in San Francisco and clerked for the Honorable Keith Ellison of the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Texas.  She is a graduate of Santa Clara University and the University of California Berkeley School of Law.

Jim Ryan is a trial attorney with 18 years at the Department of Justice’s Antitrust Division, where he investigates and prosecutes violations of federal laws affecting competition. He is currently a member of the Division’s Washington Criminal II Section, which focuses on violations such as price fixing, bid rigging, and market allocation. Previously, he worked in numerous civil sections and on several high profile matters in which defendants were enjoined from violating the antitrust laws. He is a member of the Department’s Procurement Collusion Strike Force Data Analytics team. Jim is a graduate of Boston College and the George Mason University School of Law.

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Jon Scherr CFE, Associate Director, HKA Global

Presentation: Enhanced investigation techniques

Jon Scherr has more than 15 years of diverse investigative experience. Jon provides various investigative and consulting services in both domestic and international matters such as fraud investigations and litigation support.  He has conducted corporate and white-collar fraud investigations involving Ponzi schemes, the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA), the UK Bribery Act (UKBA), anti-money laundering, and fraud risk mitigation. Jon has also
provided risk assessments and internal controls evaluations for design and operating effectiveness.
  Jon’s casework encompasses the insurance, entertainment, logistics, manufacturing, government services, pharmaceutical, retail, and financial industries.

Throughout his career, he has provided expert investigative
advisory services in matters of employee malfeasance, executive breach of fiduciary duties, money laundering,
anti-bribery and corruption. Jon has also assisted clients with fraud risk mitigation, internal controls, and policies and procedures related to anti-money laundering, anti-terrorist financing, and anti-bribery and
Jon has worked on all facets of forensic investigations preparing information requests, performing forensic accounting analysis, and drafting expert reports. In addition, he has testified as an expert in a matter involving insurance fraud.  He has a master's degree in Economic Crime Forensics, LaSalle University and a Bachelor of Administration of Justice, University of Pittsburgh. 

 In Person Conference - Thursday, October 21, 2022

Norris Conference Center

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Brett Johnson: Former US Most Wanted Cybercriminal. Now Good Guy, AnglerPhish.com

Presentation: Cybercrime: A Criminal's Perspective

Former US Most Wanted Cybercriminal Brett Johnson gives a two part presentation discussing his life of crime and the lessons learned before diving deep into the criminal side of cybersecurity and online crime. Learn why cybercrime continues to succeed, the types of crimes being committed, and where online crime is going. Finally, learn what you can do to protect your family and your organization.

The United States Secret Service called Mr. Johnson "The Original Internet Godfather" for his role in refining modern financial cybercrime.  Or to put it another way: Brett was convicted of 39 felonies, placed on the US Most Wanted List, escaped from prison, and...he built the first organized cybercrime community, Shadowcrew.  Shadowcrew was a precursor to today's darknet and darknet markets and it laid the foundation for the way modern cybercrime channels operate today.

Johnson was sentenced to 90 months in Federal Prison. End of story?  Not hardly.

Brett found redemption through his sister, his wife Michele, and finally the FBI. He was given the chance to turn his life around. He took it.

Today, Brett is considered one of the leading authorities on cybercrime, identity theft, and cybersecurity on the planet.

He works hard to protect businesses and consumers from the type of person he used to be.

Sean M. Sarsfield CPA, CFF, CFE, CVASean M. Sarsfield CPA, CFF, CFE, CVA, BKD CPAs and Advisors

Presentation: TBD

Mr. Sarsfield provides a broad range of litigation support and investigative services with a focus on litigation matters which require forensic accounting, economic damage quantification, or valuation related services at BKD.  Mr. Sarsfield has also led numerous financial fraud and compliance investigations involving government entities, privately held businesses, and Fortune 500 companies.

Prior to joining BKD, Mr. Sarsfield worked for two of the largest accounting firms in the world and at a Fortune 500 Oil & Gas company. Mr. Sarsfield received a Bachelor of Arts in Economics and Management from Albion College. He is a Certified Public Accountant, Certified Valuation Analyst, Certified Fraud Examiner and is Certified in Financial Forensics. Mr. Sarsfield is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, the National Association of Certified Valuation Analysis and the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners. He is also a Candidate Member of the American Society of Appraisers.
Mr. Sarsfield has presented to attorneys, certified public accountants and professional associations on various topics including forensic accounting, business valuation and the quantification of economic damages. Currently, Mr. Sarsfield serves on the “Business Valuations, Forensic and Litigation Services” committee for the Texas Society of Certified Public Accountants.

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Founder and President of Houston Financial Forensics LLC 

Presentation: Cyber Fraud & Cryptocurrencies 

Dan is the Founder and President of Houston Financial Forensics, LLC and Dan T. Ramey, CPA, LLC. Dan is a frequent speaker to business and professional groups on fraud, cyber security / cyber fraud, risk assessment, third-party risk management, fraudulent financial reporting, internal audit, COSO 2013, valuation methodology, compliance, and due diligence. Dan was recently awarded, Educator of the Year by the Houston ACFE Chapter for his teaching at University of Houston, Bauer College of Business. Houston Financial Forensics, LLC is a professional services provider in the areas of fraud investigation, cyber security / cyber fraud risk assessment, forensic accounting, enterprise and IT risk assessment, fraud risk assessment, internal audit, enterprise risk management, internal controls design and implementation, business valuation, litigation support, third-party risk management services, internal audit department quality assurance reviews, SOX 404 services, and due diligence (buy-side and sell-side) for mergers and acquisitions. Dan is a graduate of Baylor University with a degree in Accounting and an Executive MBA from Houston Baptist University. He is a member of Second Baptist Church where he serves as a Deacon and has served on various committees since joining the church in 1981. Dan also serves on the Houston Baptist University Archie W. Dunham College of Business Dean’s Development Council and the Accounting Advisory Board at C. T. Bauer College of Business at the University of Houston where he is also the Chair of the Outreach Committee.

Gabriel Friedlander, Wizer-Training.com

Presentation:  "Let me tell you a story..."

Gabriel Friedlander founded www.wizer-training.com in early 2019 with a mission to make basic security awareness training free for everyone. Since then Wizer has been rapidly growing with over 6000 organization who signed up for our free training. And in 2020 Wizer partnered with several local counties to offer free Citizen Training. Wizer believes that in this day an age, security awareness should be a basic human skill.

Prior to founding Wizer, Gabriel Friedlander was the co-founder of ObserveIT (acquired by ProofPoint) , a company specializing in the detection and prevention of insider threats. He is also the co-author of the book, “Insider Threat Program: Your 90-Day Plan”. For more than a decade he has researched insider threat and trained numerous organizations on how to avoid and mitigate the risk it poses.

We will share real-life scam stories about how companies were scammed out of millions, and why people fell for these scams. Wire fraud is impacting everyone, not just big businesses, but also regular people and small businesses. Each year, billions are lost to this type of fraud. Through these stories, we will learn how to spot these scams and avoid them.

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Kelly Di Loreto, Interviewer & Fraud Investigator, CFE CAMS


Presentation: Your Interviewing Tools 

Kelly Di Loreto, CFE, CAMS, is a high stakes interviewer and fraud investigator. Early in her career she realized leadership in many companies felt hesitant to take action, even when fraud had been substantiated. She became a high stakes interviewer, getting the confession (almost) every time, so the fraudster would be held accountable. She has an endless fascination with fraudsters and fraud schemes and a passion for fraud prevention.

She created and managed the comprehensive Anti-Fraud Program for a publicly traded business with multiple business lines. This work included Investigations, Metrics and Reporting, Continuous Monitoring and Detection, Training, Awareness and Communications, Remediation, Anti-Fraud Controls and Prevention Activities. Preventing fraud and reducing fraud exposure does so much more than help the bottom line, this work strengthens the relationship between the company, staff, customers and shareholders. 

Sasha Gartman, CFE, CAMS

Forensics and Litigation Services Manager, Weaver

Presentation: Fraud Investigations In Foreign Subsidiaries and Abroad.

Sasha Gartman, CFE, CAMS, has more than 13 years of experience in public accounting, compliance and financial services. Before joining Weaver, Sasha served as a manager in the Fraud Investigations and Dispute Services of a Big Four firm. Her experience includes financial statements analysis, budgeting and financial planning, developing and evaluating internal controls, and implementing compliance policies and procedures. Her career focus has been on forensic investigations, litigation services, due diligence, anti-money laundering, risk management and internal control. Her strong background in forensic and litigation services has allowed her to specialize in economic damages analysis, quantification and evaluation of loss claims, cash tracing analysis, detailed review of accounting records, evaluation of complex data sets resulting from allegations of fraud, FCPA violations and financial misrepresentation. Sasha is a member of the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners (ACFE), national and Houston chapter and Association of Certified Anti-Money Laundering Specialist (ACAMS). She graduated with a Master of Economics with a minor in finance from the University of Cologne, Germany, as well as a Master of Management from Russia State University of Humanities in Moscow.
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Sophia Carlton, Manager, Fraud & Financial Crimes, Accenture

Presentation:Fraud and Financial Crimes

Sophia is a Manager in Accenture’s Fraud & Financial Crimes consulting practice, specializing in fraud strategy, fraud risk and maturity assessments, and fraud prevention solutions. She has spent the last 6+ years helping clients solve their toughest fraud challenges, with clients in both the public and private sectors – spanning from large complex federal agencies to Fortune 100 and 500 companies across multiple industries.

Sophia is a recognized and award-winning fraud risk management thought leader; winning two author awards in 2021 and contributing as a lead author in the development of industry guidance used both in government and in the private sector. Sophia is a Certified Fraud Examiner (CFE) and holds a M.S. in Accounting from James Madison University.


In Person Conference - Friday, Oct 22, 2022

Norris Conference Center

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James D. Ruotolo, CFE,

Grant Thornton

Presentation: The Best Defense Is A Good Offense: A Playbook For Fraud Mitigation 

James is a Senior Manager in the Fraud & Financial Crimes practice based in Hartford, Connecticut. Prior to joining Grant Thornton, James was a Senior Director of Product Management and Product Marketing in the Fraud and Security Intelligence Division at SAS, where he managed a portfolio of analytics products for fraud detection, AML compliance, intelligence management, and cybersecurity primarily in the banking, insurance, government and healthcare industries. James has also worked in various sales, marketing, product, and consulting roles supporting fraud and risk management offerings. James has dedicated his entire career to fraud investigation. He held several leadership roles in investigations and intelligence operations at a large US insurance and financial services company. Earlier in his career, James served as a Product and Markets Manager with the Fraud Solutions Group for a large data aggregator. James holds a Master’s degree in Fraud Management, a Bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice and has taught graduate courses as an adjunct faculty member of the Utica College Economic Crime and Fraud Management MBA program. James serves on the board of directors for the non-profit Identity Theft Resource Center. He is the co-inventor of two patented fraud detection models, a Certified Fraud Examiner, award-winning author and speaker on fraud risk and analytics technology. 

Frank S. Goldstein Frank S. Goldstein

Goldstein Law Group

Presentation: Combating Insurance Fraud Using the Courts 

Frank Goldstein is a nationally renowned fraud attorney. Frank and Goldstein Law Group have recovered tens of millions of dollars back for defrauded insurers, obtained claim walkways in the tens of millions of dollars, and have obtained many agreements from insurance fraud crime rings and medical clinics, wherein they agreed to never bill Frank's clients again.

In 2019, alone, Frank represented Allstate Insurance Company and files the first case of its kind, anywhere in the country, against a major bank, for aiding and abetting an insurance fight ring. Not only did Frank and his team win every major hearing, where the bank sought to dismiss the case, Frank obtained the largest Fraud related settlement in Allstate Insurance Company's history.

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Sergio Leal, Head of Compliance, MANA & LATAM,


Presentation: FCPA & Anti Corruption: Monitorship

Sergio V. Leal Head of Compliance for North America and Head of M&A Compliance at Ericsson. Prior to Ericsson, Sergio was involved in two successful FCPA-settlement resolutions:  first as Chief Compliance Officer of Layne Christensen Company, where he led the company through its FCPA settlement obligations for violations in Central Africa and Australia; and then as Head of Compliance for North America with Bilfinger SE, a German-based company with an Extended Deferred Prosecution Agreement for FCPA violations in Africa and Europe.

Before compliance, Sergio was as a litigator at Baker Botts LLP where he focused on commercial litigation, antitrust, and labor & employment matters. Outside of work, Sergio is the President of the Hispanic Bar Association of Houston and he helps raise 3 wonderful children with his wife, Adrea.

Rick Chapman, Compliance Officer at Ericsson

Rick Chapman is a corporate attorney skilled in helping business leaders make legal and ethical decisions by providing a unique blend of general corporate legal advice and specialist expertise.

His experience includes leading attorneys and collaborating with financial and other internal control departments to deliver high quality legal advice and manage cross-functional ethics and compliance programs and controls. He also specializes in managing anti-bribery/anti-corruption compliance programs, third party monitoring systems, merger & acquisition support, SEC-approved independent compliance consultant engagements, and software licensing negotiations.


Managing Effective Anti-Bribery/Anti-Corruption Compliance Programs
• Third Party Due Diligence – Implemented and managed online system improving speed, quality, and documentation of due diligence process for 1000+ third parties while reducing costs associated with delayed business and unmanaged spend.
• In-Person Risk Assessment/Monitoring – Conducted in-country compliance reviews in 10+ countries and performed face-to-face reviews with commercial agents, joint ventures and local content partners.
• Electronic Continuous Monitoring – Managed company’s third party ongoing monitoring system; performed targeted reviews with Supply Chain staff on high volume/high risk global vendors.

Supporting Mergers & Acquisitions Activities
• Led compliance group efforts on 25 acquisitions including handling of pre-close due diligence, interviewing targets' agents, and negotiating compliance representations and warranties.
• Managed the integration of acquired-entity third parties and application of company’s compliance policies and monitoring activities.
• Provided training and developed personal relationships with key acquired-entity stakeholders.

Building and Maintaining Trusted Advisor Relationships with Executive Management and Sales Management
• Presided over activities of company’s global executive Agent Review Committee responsible for approving all agent due diligence, periodic review of existing joint ventures, and approving of pre-merger and acquisition activities.
• Served as compliance officer providing legal advice to company’s region and country managers on compliance-related issues in Europe, Africa, Middle East and Asia Pacific.
• Negotiated strategic software license and service agreements with multinationals and national oil companies.

Rick Chapman is a graduate of the University of Houston Law Center and Rice University.

Rachel Chavarria, President of Audit Insights, LLC 

Presentation: Finding and Investigating Red Flags and Fraud Using ONSINT: Case Studies From The Trucking Industry

Rachel is the President of Audit Insights LLC, a Midland, TX-based consulting company specializing in forensic audits, investigations and DOT compliance. Prior to founding Audit Insights in 2020, Rachel held positions in accounting, data analysis, and auditing at a Fortune 500 company. She has extensive knowledge of several industries, including restaurant, oil and gas, and trucking.

Rachel graduated summa cum laude with a B.S., and has a M.A. is Sociology, a M.S. in Personal Financial Planning, and a M.S.B.A. in Finance, all from Texas Tech University. She is a Certified Fraud Examiner and a licensed private investigator.

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Jim Tarantino, Director of Risk Advisory Services, RSM

Presentation: How Digital Technologies Prevent And Detect Fraud

Jim Tarantino is a Director and the National Data Analytics Champion responsible for helping RSM clients deploy practical solutions to conduct technology-enabled audits, risk assessments and investigations. Jim has over 20 years of information technology, analytics, audit, and GRC experience through roles at multiple companies including High Water Advisors, ACL Services, RTI International, and Nortel Networks. He has implemented data analytics for over 75 companies in many industries with multiple compliance needs. He has experience working in complex data environments, extracting and analyzing data volumes in excess of 1 billion records for clients in financial services, public sector, transportation and manufacturing.  

Kathleen Anderson-Gallegos, CFE

FBI (Federal Bureau of Investigation)

Presentation: Forensic Accountants in the FBI & Case Study of Diagnostic Testing Fraud from a Forensic Accountant's Point of View.

Kathleen (Kathy) Anderson-Gallegos, has been employed as a forensic accountant with the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) for 33 years.  She began her career with the FBI in 1988.  At that time, the job was primarily an administrative position; however, the job grew into a more investigative nature in regards to the financial aspects of the fraud investigations.  Anderson-Gallegos was assigned cases involving Transportation of Stolen Goods, Robberies, Drugs, and eventually settled into Bank Fraud investigations.  After 9/11, she was reassigned to work Healthcare Fraud and has been there since 2001 – 2002.  Currently, FOA Anderson-Gallegos is assigned primarily cases on the HCF squads.  She is the primary contact for all HCF searches arranging for assistance from the FOAs.  In 2007, FOA Anderson became a Certified Fraud Examiner.

FOA Anderson-Gallegos graduated from Texas A&M with a BSA in computer science and a minor in accounting.  She recently got married to a wonderful man.  She has 2 daughters ages 22 and 16 who keep her free time very busy.  In addition, she enjoys bowling, to include league bowling and tournament bowling and crocheting.

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