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2020 Conference Speakers

The Dallas Chapter has organized an exciting line-up of experts and professions for the 30th anniversary of the chapter and the DFW Fraud Conference. 

Fraud and Money Laundering: What's the Connection?

Salmin Jadavji
Standard Charter Bank, Regional Head of Anti-Bribery & Corruption, Africa & Middle East Region 

Salmin Jadavji is the Regional Head of Anti-Bribery & Corruption (ABC) for Africa and the Middle East at Standard Chartered Bank. Previously, Salmin was the Head of Anti-Bribery & Anti-Corruption at HSBC Bank Canada where he was responsible for developing and implementing the bank’s ABC program. He was also the Chief AML Officer at MCAN. Before that he was Deputy Chief AML Officer at BMO, where he assessed the bank’s global AML policies, procedures, reporting processes and risk assessments. Previously he was the Senior Audit Manager at CIBC where he developed and implemented an AML independent testing program enterprise wide. Salmin also worked at Canada’s federal bank regulator, the Office of the Superintendent for Financial Institutions (OSFI) as a Senior Compliance Officer.

Salmin received his Master of Laws from the University of Toronto Law School and his Bachelor of Business Administration degree from the Schulich School of Business at York University in Toronto. He is also holds Certified Anti-Money Laundering Specialist (CAMS) and Certified Fraud Examiner (CFE) Designations. He can be reached at salminjadavji@gmail.com.

Legal Panel: Prosecutor, Defense Attorney, and Judge Discuss Fraud and White Collar Crime

Hon. W. Royal Furgeson, Jr.
Former United States District Judge, Northern District of Texas 

Jeffrey J. Ansley
Partner, Bell Nunnally & Martin 

Jeff Ansley is a white collar trial lawyer and the head of Bell Nunnally’s White Collar Criminal and Regulatory Defense practice. Before joining the firm, he served as both an Assistant United States Attorney for the Northern District of Texas and Enforcement Attorney for the United States Securities and Exchange Commission.

Jeff represents targets of government health care investigations and prosecutions. His clients include physicians, hospitals, compounding pharmacies and their personnel, and medical organizations and suppliers. In doing so, he has significant experience with matters handled by the Department of Justice, the Medicare Fraud Strike Force, the Department of Defense, and the Health and Human Services - Office of Inspector, among others. Jeff also counsels clients in securities enforcement cases arising from securities offerings and stock trading activities, representing officers, directors, independent committees and boards, and other professionals in high-stakes securities cases. This experience makes him uniquely qualified to handle not only these investigations and charges, but also the collateral regulatory, administrative and civil consequences that often come with them.

Jeff also conducts internal investigations on behalf of corporate clients involving allegations of securities, health care, and tax fraud, employee misconduct, possible violations under the Federal Corrupt Practices Act, and trade secret theft violations, among other suspected misconduct. In addition, he develops compliance and ethics programs for corporations and other business entities. Texas Monthly and D Magazine have consistently recognized him for his white collar and regulatory defense practice.

Eric R. Werner
Associate Regional Director for Enforcement SEC Fort Worth 

Topics and Trends in Data Analytics

Doug Manhart
Director, BKD 

Doug is a member of BKD’s Forensics & Valuation Services division and leads its Dallas practice. He provides forensic accounting, investigation and litigation support services as well as forensic data analytics.

He has more than 12 years of experience working for international accounting and advisory firms in their fraud investigation, dispute services and litigation consulting practices. His breadth of experience includes performing investigations and forensic analysis for clients across varying industries and around the world. The majority of these investigations focused on anti-bribery and corruption, internal audit, compliance fraud, risk assessments and payables analytics. Doug also helped develop tools for investigative use within several Fortune 500 companies.

Doug has performed consulting and advisory engagements for several large companies to improve efficiencies and processes for fraud detection, help them proactively reduce risk by monitoring financial activity, reactively trace and reclaim funds involved in major Ponzi schemes and compute economic damages.

He is a 2007 graduate of Cornell University, Ithaca, New York, with a B.S. degree in applied economics and management and is a Certified Fraud Examiner (CFE).

Best Practices for Testimony and Expert Witnesses

E.J. Janek, CPA, CFF, CFE
Principal, Ryan Fraud and Forensics Recovery 

EJ Janik, is President of the Firm, a certified public accounting and consulting firm. EJ is a CPA, CFF and CFE. Mr. Janik's more than 40 years of professional experience includes but is not limited to: financial audits, compilations and reviews, consulting / commercial litigation / antitrust matters, engineering and construction matters, real estate, and bankruptcy / business reorganizations for Fortune 500 companies, public, and private entities in a variety of industries. He holds a Master of Science in Accounting from Louisiana State University and a Bachelor of Commerce from Rice University. Mr. Janik is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and the Texas Society of Certified Public Accountants.

Bryan Finley, CPA, CFF, CFE
Director, Ryan Fraud and Forensics Recovery  

Bryan Finley is a Director in Fraud and Forensic Recovery's Dallas office, specializing in providing forensic accounting investigations and dispute services with more than 19 years of international experience.

Mr. Finley lectures on current topics in corporate litigation and investigations, accounting arbitrations, and fraud risk management. In addition to significant experience in employee training and development in these topics, he has performed in-office training for a number of top Texas law firms and corporate clients and has appeared as a speaker for many organizations.

COVID-19 Fraud Schemes & Agency Overview

Latisha Cleveland
Assistant Special Agent in Charge, Department of Health and Human Services Office of Inspector General, Office of Investigations 

Latisha R. Cleveland is a Supervisory Special Agent with 20 years of experience with U.S. Department of Health and Human Service, Office of Inspector General, Office of Investigations (HHS/OIG/OI). Latisha began her career as a Special Agent with HHS/OIG/OI in 2001 gaining significant experience investigating allegations of health care fraud, grant fraud, and sensitive investigations involving misconduct by Federal employees and contractors. Latisha’s work has resulted in numerous successful administrative proceedings, civil settlements, over 40 criminal convictions (including 75 and 80 year sentences of imprisonment for single defendants); and over $80 million in restitution to the Medicare and Medicaid programs. One of her investigations led to the largest Medicaid provider attendant services case charged in Texas history and was recognized in 2018 with an Inspector General’s Award for Fighting Fraud, Waste and Abuse.

Latisha’s current responsibilities include reviewing, conducting and coordinating investigative activities related to fraud, waste, abuse, and mismanagement in U.S. Department of Health and Human Services programs and operations, including wrongdoing by applicants, grantees, and contractors, or by agency employees in the performance of their official duties. Latisha represents the Dallas Region as a liaison to the Department of Justice and associated prosecutive offices in all matters relating to investigations of agency programs and to the Center for Medicaid, Medicare Services; and other outside organizations and entities regarding investigative activities. She is currently serving as the Northern District of Texas COVID-19 Fraud Coordinator for the Dallas Regional Office of HHS/OIG/OI.

Her collateral duties include serving as the Dallas Regional Office Diversity Recruitment Coordinator where she has developed relationships with several colleges and universities including those in the University of Texas, Texas A &M University, and University of North Texas systems; Texas Woman’s University; and the sole historically black college or university in the Dallas-Fort Worth metroplex, and her alma matter, Paul Quinn College.

Latisha is also an active member of the Dallas-Fort Worth Federal Executive Board serving in the capacity of Co-Chairperson of the Strategic Planning Committee.

Fighting Fraud through Data Analytics

Allison Mentele, MS, CFE
Statistician & Scientist, Qlarant 

Allison Mentele is the Chief Statistician for the UPIC SW. She has over eight years’ experience as a contractor with Center for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) working with healthcare data. Currently, she represents the statistical and data integrity of Qlarant’s investigations through CMS appeals and law enforcement cases. She holds a BS and MS from Michigan State University in Human Biology and Epidemiology, respectfully.

LeAndrea Smith, CFE
Lead Investigator, Qlarant  

LeAndrea Smith is a Health Fraud Lead Investigator for Qlarant. She has over seven years’ experience conducting investigations. Currently, she oversees a team of investigators who work to uncover fraud, waste and abuse for the Center of Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS). She holds a BS in Criminology from University of Texas at Arlington.

LaKishua Mercer, RN, BSN
CPC Claims Analyst, Qlarant  

LaKishua Mercer is a claims analyst for the UPIC SW. She has four years’ experience as a contractor with the Center for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) working in medical review. She has 20 years nursing experience with a Bachelor of Nursing degree from Austin Peay State University and is a Certified Professional Coder.

SSA Fraud Case Study

Adam Schneider
Special Agent in Charge, Social Security Administration Office of Inspector General 

Adam D. Schneider serves as the Special Agent-in-Charge of the SSA Office of the Inspector General’s Dallas Field Division. He manages the organization’s investigative activity for the states of Texas, Arkansas, Louisiana, Oklahoma, and New Mexico.

Adam has worked for the SSA OIG since August 2003, beginning as a Special Agent in the New York Field Office. During his time in the New York Field Office, Mr. Schneider was assigned to the U.S. Secret Service’s New York/New Jersey Electronic Crimes Task Force.

In 2008, he was transferred to OIG Headquarters where he served as a Special Agent/Regional Desk Officer and as the Assistant Special Agent-in-Charge of the OIG’s Electronic Crimes Division. He later assumed the role of Executive Officer to the Inspector General, providing advisory and consultative services to the Inspector General on all activities and concerns of the OIG. In 2012, he assumed the role of Resident Agent-in-Charge of the Manchester, New Hampshire Office. From that office he managed the investigative activity for the states of New Hampshire, Vermont, and Maine.

Mr. Schneider previously served as a Criminal Investigator with the New York State Revenue Crimes Bureau. He was also a Firefighter/EMT in Westchester County, New York.

He graduated from Northeastern University in Boston, Massachusetts with a Bachelor of Science degree in Criminal Justice, and Champlain College in Burlington, Vermont with his Master’s degree in Health Care Management.

Virtual Investigations

Michael Stockham
Partner, Thompson & Knight 

Michael Stockham is a trial attorney who focuses, both in and out of the boardroom and courtroom, on helping companies and individuals navigate the complex world of litigation and government regulation and enforcement. He has tried multi-million-dollar lawsuits to verdict and served as lead trial counsel or as a member of multifaceted trial teams in both state and federal court. He provides counsel in such areas as corporate governance, corporate compliance, fraud and breach of fiduciary duty, shareholder rights, securities fraud (including 10b-5, Section 11, Texas Securities Act), class actions, merger litigation, partnership and corporate disputes, qui tam litigation defense, and white collar defense for companies and individual executives. He is also known for his ability to conduct sensitive internal investigations for audit committees, demand review committees, or other corporate entities in a cost-effective manner that accomplishes the necessary objectives of the investigation, but that is least disruptive to the ongoing business enterprise.

Michael is a Certified Fraud Examiner, certified by the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners, the world’s largest anti-fraud organization specializing in the complex issues raised by corporate and white-collar fraud and providing anti-fraud training and education as well as compliance with anti-fraud controls.

Catherine Rowsey
Associate, Thompson & Knight  

Catherine Rowsey focuses her practice on complex commercial litigation and arbitration matters, government investigations and enforcement actions, and corporate governance and internal investigations. She has represented clients in multiple industries, including energy and healthcare, in a wide variety of commercial litigation matters, including substantial experience in cases involving fraud, breach of fiduciary duty, corporate governance, breach of contract, antitrust, misappropriation of trade secrets, and trust and estate disputes.

Fraud Prevention from the Perspective of an Individual that Embezzled $13.5 Million

Vernon Beck
Convicted Fraudster 

Note: the ACFE does not compensate convicted fraudsters for speaking opportunities.

Practical Ethics

Danny M. Goldberg, CPA, CIA, CISA
Founder, GoldSRD
Co-author, People-Centric Skills: Communication and Interpersonal Skills for Internal Auditors

Danny M. Goldberg is a well-known speaker on internal auditing and People-Centric Skills. Danny co-authored People-Centric© Skills: Communication and Interpersonal Skills for Internal Auditors, via Wiley Publications.

This is the first book published specifically to address the wide-ranging topic of communication skills for internal auditors. It has been offered through the IIA and ISACA bookstores since July 2015 and has sold over 2,000 copies (through September 2016).

Danny has over 18 years of professional experience, including five years leading/building internal audit functions. Danny was named as one of the Fort Worth Business Press 40 Under 40 for 2014. He has published numerous articles in trade magazines including the Dallas Business Journal.

Danny is also accredited as the Professional Commentator of the Bureau of National Affairs – Internal Audit: Fundamental Principles and Best Practices (Professional Commentator). This book was authored by renowned audit scholars Curtis C. Verschoor and Mort A. Dittenhofer – co-author of Sawyer’s Internal Auditing.

Danny is the Founder of GoldSRD (www.GoldSRD.com), a leading provider of Staff Augmentation, Executive Recruiting and Professional Development services.

Illuminating the Insider Threat in the Remote Workforce

Ann-Margaret Hinkle

Ann-Margaret Hinkle, retired from the Federal Bureau of Investigation after 26 years of service significantly focused in Counter-Intelligence having served as the Strategic Partner Coordinator for the Dallas Division and is considered a subject matter expert on Insider Threat Detection. Ann is currently Director of Security Services for Nomerel and is an Insider Threat Detection consultant and public speaker working with companies regarding information technology compliance and MSP/Security industries, assisting companies in a holistic approach to addressing their internal and external security vulnerabilities and compliance and policy issues. Ann has a Master's degree focused in National Security and Strategic Studies from United States Naval War College.

Presentation Description: As businesses seek to meet the new security and human resource challenges generated by the remote workforce, furloughed employees and organizational changes, new techniques and strategies to address Insider Threat Detection are needed. This presentation defines who the Insider Threat is and what behaviors they tend to exhibit as well as management strategies to address and prevent intellectual property theft. The utilization of behavioral awareness techniques, instituting appropriate policies and procedures, and employing network insight technology can go a long way in assisting commercial entities in protecting their company assets and intellectual property from the threat within. Now more than ever, companies need to examine how they are handling their remote employees, their network security and its impact on the Insider Threat.

Warranty Fraud

Cary Decuir
Dell Technologies 

Mr. Decuir has 30 years investigative and law enforcement experience beginning in 1989 as a Harris County (Houston) Sheriff’s Deputy. He obtained a Bachelor of Science degree in American Jurisprudence from the University of Houston in 1992. Cary transitioned to state law enforcement in 1993. In 1996, he obtained certification in Computer Forensics through the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center. In 2002, he expanded his knowledge base by successfully completing certification as a Certified Fraud Examiner. Throughout his career, he has investigated computer intrusion, internal malfeasance, cargo theft, crimes against children, organized crime, and several different types of fraud to include insurance, mortgage, life settlement, account take over, identify theft and credit card. In 2013, he retired from law enforcement as a Lieutenant with the State Fraud Unit in Texas holding a Texas Master Peace Officer and several specialty Instructor licenses. He joined Dell immediately after retiring, creating and developing the Service Fraud organization to address warranty and service fraud. Originally, the Service Fraud organization consisted of Cary and four contractors. Over a five-year span, he developed the team into a global team with thirty members worldwide credited with over $63M in fraud prevention and recovery, including submission of several large criminal cases successfully prosecuted in the US and abroad. In 2018, Cary and two Dell data scientist created warranty fraud machine learning methodology currently under patent review. In 2019, Cary transitioned to Dell Corporate Security building out and leading the Global Fraud and Cyber Investigations organization leveraging his technical and fraud knowledge leading a team of uniquely skilled members leveraging the combined attributes to take on fraud challenges faced in today’s world. The role includes driving and overseeing corporate fraud strategy, governance and global operational alignment for all Dell organizations with fraud risk, prevention and investigation responsibilities. Cary’s current team is credited with more than $40M in fraud cost avoidance in 2019. Cary has been married for 31 years and enjoys fishing and spending time with his grandchildren.

Principle, Paradox, Pain, & Purpose

Heidi Weber

Past Speakers


ACFE President & CEO


Civil & Criminal Trial Attorney


Former CFO of HealthSouth
Convicted Fraudster


Cyber-security expert
Former FBI operative


Former Enron CFO
Convicted Fraudster


Former FBI Special Agent

Former ACFE Regent

Former ACFE President

ACFE Speaker of the Year

Ethics Expert 

Author, Trade-Based Money Laundering

Investigations Futurist

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