Presentation: Fraud Investigations in the US and Mexico

Fernando Cevallos CFE

F&C Consulting Group, Mexico City

Fernando is the CEO and Founder of F&C Consulting Group, international consulting firm specialized in Forensics and Compliance in emerging markets, mainly in Latin America. Fernando is considered as one of the experts and pioneers in Forensic Investigations and Compliance in Latin America. Today, he is based in Mexico City, and has lived and worked in 6 different countries around the globe, which allowed him to lead and direct complex cross-border projects, with different stakeholders, including U.S. regulators.  He has delivered training throughout Latin America, the United States, Canada, Europe, Asia and the Middle East.

Between 2014 and 2016, Fernando was the ISO 37001 global coordinator of the communication task group.  Since October 2016, he began advising on ISO 37001, based on his knowledge acquired during the development of the global standard, allowing him to become a subject matter expert.

He is certified in ISO 37001 as an International Trainer, Lead Auditor, and Lead Implementer, Certified Fraud Examiner and Green Belt Lean Six Sigma.  He holds an MBA from the Fundacao Getulio Vargas (Sao Paulo, Brazil). 

Fernando is currently the Vice-President and Co-Founder of the Mexican Professional Association in Ethics and Compliance (“AMPEC”, Non-Profit Professional Association).

Presentation: From Data to Damages: Case Studies of Cost and Time Efficiencies Created by Digital Forensics and Data Analytics

Sheila Enriquez, JD, CPA, CFF, CVA

Briggs & Veselka, Houston, TX

Sheila is the Managing Shareholder at Briggs & Veselka Co. and has over twenty years of experience in delivering high-level assurance and consulting services.  Sheila has served as a consulting and testifying expert witness in various cases involving claims such as breach of contract, fraud, fraudulent transfer, breach of fiduciary duty, negligence, shareholder oppression, and employment cases. In her capacity as an expert, she has performed forensic investigations, valuations, asset tracing, and economic damages/lost profits calculations, and provided expert testimony in court and in depositions.

Halen Phan, GCFA, GASF

Pathway Forensics, Houston, TX

Halen is a Manager at B&V Pathway Forensics and has extensive experience in conducting digital forensics acquisitions and data analysis on a variety of matters involving civil litigation, intellectual property theft, employee misconduct, and corporate investigation and discovery requests. He also has experience in eDiscovery matters encompassing all phases of the Electronic Discovery Reference Model (EDRM). Halen is a GIAC Certified Forensic Analyst (GCFA), GIAC Advanced Smartphone Forensic Analyst (GASF), and a member of InfraGard.

Presentation: Campaign Finance Fraud Investigation and Prosecution of Congressman Steve Stockman

Melissa Annis, JD

Assistant US Attorney, Houston, TX

Melissa is a United States Attorney in the Southern District of Texas.  Her J.D. is from Texas Tech School of Law; undergraduate at Abilene Christian University.  Since 2003, Ms. Annis has prosecuted major fraud, including frauds on financial and lending institutions, government programs, corporations, and individuals. In 2018, she was part of the prosecution team of former Congressman Steve Stockman on charges of mail and wire fraud, money laundering, and campaign finance violations, convicted on 23 felony counts, sentenced to serve 120 months, and pay more than $1M in restitution. 

Ms. Annis’ federal career began in 1989, prosecuting major drug trafficking organizations operating in and through the Southern District of Texas. She was assigned to the Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force and prosecuted numerous members of the infamous Gulf Cartel, including its leader, Juan Garcia Abrego.  Ms. Annis served as the Chief of the Drug Task Force and supervised other prosecutors.  In 1999, Ms. Annis was assigned to prosecute public corruption cases within the Southern District of Texas.

Ms. Annis has received several Department of Justice awards.  In 1992 and in 1997, she received the Director’s Award for Superior Performance from the Director of the Executive Offices for United States Attorneys. Ms. Annis has received commendations for her prosecution work from the DEA, IRS, United States Customs Service, and the FBI. She was recognized by FBI Director William Sessions in 1991, 1992; FBI Director Louis Freeh in 1993, 1994, and 1995; FBI Director Robert Mueller in 2002 and FBI Director Christopher Wray in 2018.

Presentation: The Brendan Dassey Confession:  Lessons on What and What Not To Do for Interviewers

Bret Hood, CFE 

21 Puzzles 21st Century Learning & Consulting, LLC.

Hillsborough, North Carolina

After serving 25 years as a Special Agent in the FBI, Michael “Bret” Hood became a member of the ACFE faculty as well as an adjunct professor of forensic accounting for the University of Virginia and Mt. St. Mary’s University. During his tenure with the FBI, Bret worked many complex financial crime, money laundering, corruption and major cases such as the 9/11 terrorist attack, the HealthSouth fraud and the Maricopa Investments case. 

Since 2000, Bret has been a master facilitator who has traveled the world teaching public and private sector employees how to develop effective anti-fraud, anti-bribery, anti-corruption and anti-money laundering programs.  Bret has published articles in Fraud Magazine, Compliance and Ethics Professional magazine, and ACAMS Today. 

Bret is a federal-court certified expert in money laundering and financial crimes.  Bret is also the author of the critically acclaimed books, Eat More Ice Cream: A Succinct Leadership Lesson for Each Week of the Year & Get Off Your Horse! 52 Succinct Leadership Lessons from U.S. Presidents.  Currently, Bret serves as an instructor, investigative consultant, and as an expert witness for 21st Century Learning & Consulting LLC (www.21puzzles.com).

Presentation: Case Study: Embezzlement Uncovered and Investigated Using Analytics

Jeffrey Harfenist, CPA

Partner – Forensic Investigations, Global Anti-Corruption Practice Leader, RSM US, Houston, TX

Jeff is the leader of the firm’s Global Anti-Corruption practice. He has more than 30 years of forensic accounting experience, having managed teams on some of the most high-profile investigations in U.S. history, including Tyco and Enron. Advising multinational organizations and their counsel, Mr. Harfenist has extensive experience leading domestic and international engagements for public and private organizations across numerous industries.

His practice focuses on fraud-related matters, including alleged violations of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (“FCPA”), other international anti-corruption statutes, kickbacks, embezzlement, Ponzi schemes, financial statement fraud, M&A anti-corruption due diligence and joint venture audits. Mr. Harfenist guides organizations on compliance and due diligence best practices, risk assessments, assisting clients in developing and implementing anti-corruption and anti-fraud compliance programs and the ongoing testing and monitoring of these programs. He is experienced in conducting internal investigations in response to inquiries by regulatory bodies.  He is experienced in working with large data sets, having managed matters involving more than 50 million documents.

A sought after presenter on international fraud-related matters, Mr. Harfenist has published and presented extensively on managing fraud risk, including on such topics as FCPA, compliance, monitoring, electronic databases, risk assessments, among others. He was previously the National Fraud and Forensic Service Leader for a tax and business consulting firm.

Presentation: Honestly Dishonest: A Fraud Examiner's Perspective

Kelly Paxton, CFE

Licensed Private Investigator

Kelly Paxton has more than thirteen years of law enforcement experience. Kelly is a Certified Fraud Examiner, Private Investigator and Social Media Intelligence Analyst.

Ms. Paxton started her career in law enforcement as a Special Agent for US Customs Office of Investigations in 1993.  Ms. Paxton was recruited by US Customs for her expertise in finance.  She worked white collar fraud, money laundering and narcotics cases.  She also was responsible for the district’s undercover operations and financial reporting of these operations. Kelly worked as a contract investigator doing over 1000 security background investigations for the Office of Personnel Management and Department of Homeland Security.

Kelly has worked in the public and private sector.  Her investigations include embezzlement, conflict of interest, intellectual property, Open Source Intelligence and fraud. Kelly is also the proud owner of pinkcollarcrime.com, a passion of hers about embezzlers in the workplace. 

Presentation: Chain of Title: How Three Ordinary Americans Uncovered Wall Street's Great Foreclosure Fraud

David Dayen

Author, Los Angeles, CA

David is the executive editor of The American Prospect magazine.

He is the author of Chain of Title: How Three Ordinary Americans Uncovered Wall Street's Great Foreclosure Fraud (2016), winner of the Studs and Ida Terkel Prize. His next book, Monopolized: America in an Age of Corporate Power, will be released next year. His work has also appeared in The Nation, The Intercept, The New Republic, Vice, The Huffington Post, and more.  He lives in Los Angeles.

David Dayen has been writing about politics since 2004, first as a blogger and then as a freelance journalist. He is a contributing writer to Salon.com, and also writes for The New Republic, The American Prospect, The Guardian (UK), Politico, The Huffington Post, Alternet, Democracy Journal, Pacific Standard, and more.. He has contributed to two anthology books, one about the Wisconsin labor uprising and one on the fight over the Stop Online Piracy Act in Congress. He lives in Los Angeles, where prior to writing about politics he had a 15-year career as a television producer and editor.

At the conference, I will discuss corporate power and malfeasance, and the case study of the foreclosure fraud scandal that emerged after the 2008 financial crisis, as told in my book Chain of Title.

Presentation: We Know What You Really Meant!  Inside the Mind of the White Collar Criminal – And his Accuser.”

Matthew Hennessy, JD

Gerger Khalil & Hennessy, LLC, Houston, TX

Matt has broad experience representing individuals in complex investigations such as those related to the Deepwater Horizon disaster, the collapse of the Stanford Financial Group, the Enron scandal, suspected violations of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, and price-fixing allegations.  His trial experience is equally diverse.  He tries cases in state and federal court involving wire fraud, bank fraud, government contract and healthcare fraud, murder and negligent homicide, and environmental harm.

David Gerger, JD

Gerger Khalil & Hennessy, LLC, Houston, TX

David Gerger has built a national reputation handling virtually every kind of federal criminal case. 

His known clients include the CFO of Enron; BP Deepwater Horizon;  Dynegy’s Jamie Olis; the Marine Hose Price Fixing Cartel.  He has represented clients involving FCPA, antitrust, government contracting, insider trading, mail and wire fraud, conspiracy, and many others.

David, a graduate of Yale and University of Texas Law School, is a Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers and the American Board of Criminal Law and a frequent teacher, author and speaker. 

Presentation: Social Media: Ethics and Compliance Considerations in Today's World

Meredith Williams-Range

Chief Knowledge and Client Value Officer at Shearman & Sterling LLP, New York

Meredith L. Williams-Range is Shearman & Sterling's Chief Knowledge & Value Officer. She oversees & coordinates global strategy in master data management, conflicts, governance, new business intake, records, legal project management, knowledge management, research services and more.  Ms. Williams-Range also oversees many of the firm's resources that allow Shearman to partner with clients and deliver cutting-edge legal tech. She is widely recognized as a leading authority in innovation, legal tech and the practice of law changes, and is a frequent presenter and author.

Ms. Williams-Range received a Bachelor of Business Administration with concentration in Accounting followed by a Juris Doctorate from the University of Memphis. She is admitted to practice in the state of Tennessee.  Ms. Williams-Range is a member of the Association of Women Attorneys and the American, Tennessee and Memphis Bar Associations. In addition, Ms. Williams-Range is the Immediate Past President of the Board of Directors for the International Legal Technology Association. She is a recipient of the Dean’s Distinguished Service Award from the University of Memphis Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law for her volunteer work, ILTA's 2011 Distinguished Young Professional Award; ABA's LTRC's Top 10 Women of Legal Tech 2016, a 2017 Fellow of the College of Law Practice Management, 2018 ILTA Distinguished Peer Award winner and 2019.

Presentation: Fraud and Money Laundering: What’s the connection

Salmin Jadavji, LLM, CAMS, CFE

Regional Head, Financial Crime Compliance Anti-bribery & corruption Africa & Middle East at Standard Chartered Bank, Dubai

Sal is Financial Crime and Regulatory Compliance leader with 18+ years of North American and Global experience (MLRO/CAMLO) covering anti-money laundering (AML), anti-fraud, sanctions, anti-bribery & corruption (ABC), assurance monitoring, internal audit, regulatory examinations and management of regulatory reviews, risk assessment methodologies, specialized training development and execution, policy making, operational governance, project management, transaction monitoring development /implementation/assessment, technology systems rollout, data analytics. CAMS (Certified AML Specialist) and CFE (Certified Fraud Examiner) certified with Master of Laws degree.

Presentation: Red Card: How the U.S. Blew the Whistle on the World's Biggest Sports Scandal

Ken Bensinger

Author, Los Angeles CA

Ken has been a journalist for more than 20 years. He worked at The Wall Street Journal, the Los Angeles Times, and, since 2014, for BuzzFeed News, as a member of its investigations team, and has written about sports, labor, art, automobiles, and politics, among other topics. He has been a winner of the ASME National Magazine award and the Gerald Loeb Award for Distinguished Finance & Business Reporting, and a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize in national reporting. He grew up in Seattle, graduated from Duke University. 

The definitive, shocking account of the FIFA scandal—the biggest international corruption case of recent years, spearheaded by US investigators, involving dozens of countries, implicated nearly every aspect of the world’s most popular sport, soccer, the World Cup.

The FIFA case began small, boosted by an IRS agent’s review of an American soccer official’s tax returns. The humble start eventually led to a huge worldwide scandal that crossed continents and reached the highest levels of the soccer’s world governing body in Switzerland.

Remarkably, this corruption existed for decades before American law enforcement officials began to secretly dig, finally revealing that nearly every aspect of the planet’s favorite sport was corrupted by bribes, kickbacks, fraud, and money laundering. Not even the World Cup, the most-watched sporting event in history, was safe from the thick web of corruption, as powerful FIFA officials extracted their bribes at every turn. Arriving just in time for the 2018 World Cup, Red Card goes beyond the headlines to bring the real story to light, accompanying the determined American prosecutors and special agents who uncovered what proved to be not only the biggest scandal in sports history, but one of the biggest international corruption cases ever.

Presentation: Brazil’s Operation Car Wash: Lessons Learned from the Century’s Largest Corruption Investigation

Matteson Ellis, JD

Miller & Chevalier Chartered, Washington, DC

Matteson Ellis is an international anti-corruption attorney focusing on compliance and enforcement issues involving Latin America. He is often called upon by companies to conduct independent internal investigations into potential violations of the U.S. Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA). He has worked on anti-corruption matters in multiple capacities, including prevention, detection, remediation, defense, and enforcement. Mr. Ellis has spent several years in the region working for a Fortune 50 multinational corporation and a government ethics watchdog group. He speaks Spanish and Portuguese and is a frequent speaker on corruption matters in Mexico, Brazil, Colombia, Argentina, and other markets.

Mr. Ellis has performed complex, independent, and on-site internal investigations in over 30 countries throughout the Americas, Asia, Europe, and Africa. In Chambers Latin America, he is described as "one of the best compliance lawyers I have ever worked with, not just for his knowledge of the field, but also his accuracy and decisiveness in implementing compliance matters in complicated markets."

Mr. Ellis has also investigated fraud and corruption and supported administrative sanctions and debarment proceedings for The World Bank and The Inter-American Development Bank. Mr. Ellis is ranked in Band 1 of Chambers Global 2019 and Chambers Latin America 2019, was selected as a "Rising Star" in Ethisphere Institute's Attorneys Who Matter, and was named one of Latin America's top 100 lawyers by Latinvex, which recognized him as "the leading expert on the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act and Latin America."

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