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February 2022 ACFE Houston Virtual Training "Case Study of Successful Investigation and Conviction"

  • February 22, 2022
  • 11:55 AM - 1:00 PM
  • Virtual Event - Zoom link sent upon registration


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The Houston ACFE invites you to join us for our Monthly Lunchtime Virtual Training, 4th Tuesday of each month

Speaker: William Ponder USPS-OIG

Title:  "USPS-OIG. Case Study of Successful Fraud Investigation and Conviction"

Description:  This case was initiated based a January 13, 2017, interview of Former CEO and owner of Team Work Ready (TWR) through a proffer agreement. (This former CEO is currently serving a 19-year sentence because of his conviction in that case. and while interviewed, he stated that his company had agreements to receive money (kickbacks) for sending patients from Team Work Ready to Piney Point Pharmacy in Houston, TX.  Team Work Ready, a federally approved worker's compensation provider, treated primarily injured federal employees receiving federal benefits through the Department of Labor.   Several of the co-defendants hatched a scheme where TWR would send prescriptions for compounded pain medications to Piney Point Pharmacy in return for kickback payments of $20,000 per month. CEO entered into an agreement with George Tompkins (Pharmacist-in-Charge and owner) and Anoop Chaturvedi (Marketer) to refer TWR patients to Piney Point Pharmacy.  Both were convicted for their roles in this scheme.

Speaker Bio:   William W. Ponder Jr. begin his Law Enforcement career with Department of Homeland Security - Federal Protective Service as an Inspector in California and Texas.  In 2010, he was hired as a Special Agent with the Department of Labor OIG, conducted criminal investigations in Unemployment Insurance Fraud, Union Corruption, Workers’ Compensation Fraud (Claimant and Provider), Black Lung, and Disaster Relief Funds.  In 2013, he transferred to the USPS-OIG assigned to work claimant fraud.  In 2016, he was selected to work Provider Fraud based on his experience with DOL. Currently, he is a Provider Fraud Specialist. 

Previously, he completed six years in the Air Force, the unit Sniper and heavy gunner on four deployments in Iraq.  Ponder is a graduate of The Military College of South Carolina, The Citadel with a degree in Criminal Justice, two master's degrees - Security Management and Information Technology Management from American Military University and Trident University International. 

 Learning Objectives: 

  • Learn how worker's compensation fraud investigations in the federal government differs from the private sector
  • How is it determined moving forward with an investigation to federal prosecution 
  • Learn how provider fraud cases move from investigation to prosecution and conviction


11:50 am Zoom Opens

11:55 am: Houston ACFE Board Member Remarks

12:00 pm - 1:00 pm - Presentation

Recommended CPE hours: 1.0 credits.  

Event Policies:

Program Cancellation Policy

If you have registered and/or paid for an event and you need to cancel, you MUST cancel online through your account no later than 5 days prior to the event, unless otherwise indicated in specific event policies, to request a refund and/or cancel your registration. The Chapter must confirm event registrations with the venue prior to the event and any changes after this time period can become a financial cost to the Chapter. The Chapter reserves the right to make the final determination on what percentage charge/refund will be returned for cancellations made after the cutoff. The default condition is that cancellations made after cutoff will be charged at 100% and/or no refunds will be allowed. In the event the Chapter determines that partial charges or refunds will be allowed, they will be made on a case by case basis.

In the event of having to cancel one of the events,  the Chapter would immediately send an email blast to all registrants with the emails they used for registration.  The Chapter media relations officer would post on all social media platforms notifying members of the cancellation, and the Chapter webmaster would also post cancellation on the Chapter website.

In the event an attendee does not show up to the event, the registration cost will be forfeited. If payment at the door was the selected method, then the attendee will be billed for the full cost of the event. The Chapter reserves the right to bar future registrations for any attendees who routinely register and fail to pay and/or attend the event.  If you have any questions you may email events@houstonacfe.org."

For more information regarding refund, complaint and/or program cancellation policies, please visit the Terms & Conditions section of the website, or email us at events@houstonacfe.org.  

Additional Information:

Delivery Method:  Group Internet Based
Prerequisites: Not Applicable
Field of Study: Specialized Knowledge
Who Should Attend:  Anti-fraud professionals, Auditors, Accountants, Attorneys, Investigators, Law Enforcement, Educators, Students
Advanced Preparation: None
Program Level: Basic

NASBA Sponsor No.  125230

The Houston Area Chapter of the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners is registered with the National Association of State Boards of Accountancy (NASBA) as a sponsor of continuing professional education on the National Registry of CPE Sponsors.  State boards of accountancy have final authority on the acceptance of individual courses for CPE credit.  Complaints regarding registered sponsors may be submitted to the National Registry of CPE Sponsors through its web site: www.nasbaregistry.org

For concerns regarding course offerings, certifications or complaints, please contact:  Gabriella Marshall, Training Director at the Houston ACFE.

Houston Area ACFE Chapter
PO Box 22853
Houston, Texas 77227-2853

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