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2019 Conference Speakers

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Past Speakers

Eric O'Neill
Cyber-Security Expert
Former field operative, Federal Bureau of Investigation
Inspiration for the film "Breach"

In 2001, Eric O’Neill helped capture the most notorious spy in United States history: Robert Hanssen, a 25-year veteran of the FBI. The remarkable true events of his life are the inspiration behind the critically acclaimed dramatic thriller Breach, starring Ryan Philippe as O’Neill. The film set inside the FBI -the gatekeeper of the nation’s most sensitive and potentially volatile secrets- is the story of the greatest security breach in US history.

Preceding Hanssen’s arrest, O’Neill worked with the spy within the information assurance division that protected all classified FBI intelligence. O’Neill gained Hanssen’s trust and used that relationship to slowly draw the traitor out of deep cover.

O’Neill began his career in the FBI as a graduate of the FBI’s Intelligence Program. He spent t he first five years of his career as a special surveillance group field operative tasked to surveil and monitor foreign, national, and domestic terrorists and spies. He transitioned from field operative to direct undercover work focusing on Hanssen. Although his prior training had focused on “ghosting” targets from the shadows, he engaged his target in conversation in order to elicit information needed to catch Hanssen in the act of espionage. The singular nature of the assignment, one with little backup or support, required O’Neill to draw from deep reserves of courage and confidence within himself to battle Hanssen’s mind games and aggressive probing and learn to “stop reacting to Hanssen and begin acting.”

Currently, Eric O’Neill runs The Georgetown Group, a premier investigative and security consultancy, where he specializes in counterintelligence operations, investigations into economic espionage, cyber security penetrations, internal investigations, catching the trusted insider and security risk assessment consulting out of Washington, DC.

Eric is also the National Security Strategist for Carbon Black, the leader in next generation endpoint protection, where he provides insight and advice on strategic cyber-security issues and will work to ensure Carbon Black is an active participant in the conversation about the national strategy for cyber security.

O’Neill’s story is one of patriotism, of decisive action in the face of fear, and of learning to maintain confidence in ability even if it looks like success is impossible. He has told his story in national media, in print, on radio, and on television including 20/20, Nightline, Hardball with Chris Mathews, Fox News Power Player of the Week with Chris Wallace, CNN, CSPAN’s Washington Journal, NPR’s “Fresh Air with Terry Gross,” World News Now, MTV, and Access Hollywood.

A talented motivational speaker who weaves real life experiences into a presentation that is both entertaining and rewarding, Eric O’Neill provides practical insights into real work situations relevant to many industries. In addition to his experience in the Hanssen case, he also addresses the issues of confidence and patriotism, the threat to United States security posed by terrorism, foreign intelligence services, the cyber threat to our national infrastructure and the national conscience in a monitored society.

    Deanna Sullivan

    An internationally-recognized speaker, author and trainer, Deanna Sullivan has made it her mission to ensure education is effective as well as fun. Her goal for every session is to educate, entertain and motivate the participants to achieve their personal and professional goals.

    Deanna is a frequent and highly-rated speaker for conferences and events around the globe, including the Institute of Internal Auditors’ (IIA) International Conference. In the past year, Deanna spoke at IIA events in Australia, Shanghai, Geneva, Copenhagen, Stockholm, Helsinki and Oslo, in addition to events throughout the US. Deanna conducts programs for both technical and management development. Her most popular topics are in the areas of fraud, ethics, leadership and communications.

    Deanna has a diverse background ranging from auditing and accounting to consulting and training. She serves as Chairman of the Houston Chapter of the Institute of Internal Auditors’ (IIA) annual conference which attracts 1,200 participants and was Chairman of the IIA’s highly-rated 2006 International Conference with 2500 attendees from around the globe.

    Deanna is certified to teach ethics for Texas CPAs and regularly receives comments such as, “The best ethics course I’ve ever attended!” Deanna is certified as a Ziglar Legacy Trainer; Zig Ziglar was her hero so she is delighted to be able to help carry his message around the world. Speaking is part of Deanna’s life and when not traveling she teaches a Bible Study class and is on the Speakers Committee for the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo.

    Walking the Talk – Are You Willing to Pay the Price

    Presentation Description: Ethics and integrity have been popular buzz words for over a decade. Yet we still hear about financial statement fraud, misuse of assets and theft. Why aren’t people walking the talk? As internal auditors and/or fraud examiners we have a responsibility to behave ethically and promote ethical behavior within our organizations. We also have a role in evaluating the corporate culture to ensure the control environment is conducive to making ethical decisions. But it’s not just knowing or educating people on the "right" thing to do. Are we willing to pay the price to make the "right" choice?

    Presentation Objectives:

    • Distinguish the difference between ethics and integrity and the impact on their responsibilities.
    • Evaluate the role that values play in making ethical decisions.
    • Follow a framework to assist in decision making
    • Identify ways to create a more ethical environment in their departments and organizations.

    Tom Golden
    Former Partner, PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC)
    Former Chairman of the Board of Regents for the ACFE

    Tom Golden is a retired PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) Partner and former Partner-In-Charge of the Midwest Forensic Accounting Investigations practice and resides in the Chicago area. Tom has a national reputation in forensic accounting and fraud investigations. He has extensive testifying experience and is a frequent presenter having conducted numerous fraud investigation training seminars for both U.S. and foreign corporations, and the Federal Government including the FBI and IRS.

    Tom was the lead author of the award-winning Wiley book A Guide to Forensic Accounting Investigation, now in its second edition. He has been quoted in a number of major world-wide publications including Journal of AccountancyUSA TodayThe Financial TimesBusiness WeekChicago Tribune, and The Age (Melbourne, Australia), and featured on The CBS Evening News with Dan Rather shortly after Enron came to light. He is a CPA and Certified Fraud Examiner (CFE), former chairman of the Board of Regents for the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners (ACFE) and has been given this organization’s highest honor being name Regent Emeritus. Tom was also an adjunct professor at DePaul University, Chicago after he developed and taught the school’s first Forensic Accounting course in 2002. See what others are saying about Tom.

    Website: www.tomgoldenspeaks.com

    EJ Janik, CPA, CFE, CFF
    Principal and Practice Leader
    Ryan Fraud and Forensic Recovery, LLC

    Mr. Janik has over 31 years full-time forensic accounting services, including accounting, financial, economic, construction, fraud and business dispute consulting, with expert witness experience. His experience includes over 48 trial/hearing testimonies in 8 states of: 9 Federal, 17 State, 22 Arbitrations. He has testified on over 80 total expert matters, over 685 business dispute and consulting matters (31 years), 150 financial audits (Public Accounting – 7 years) and over 11 years of engineering and construction consulting matters.

    Code of Professional Ethics and Professional Standards

    Presentation Objectives:

    • ACFE Code of Professional Ethics: related key applications and scenarios
    • ACFE training resources: lists of self-study courses, books and manuals, and live events.
    • Survey of Code of Professional Standards: including other professionals’ credentials, designations and associations including: Association of Certified Fraud Examiners, American Institute of CPAs, American Medical Association, Appraisal Institute, CCCIM Institute, CFA Institute, Forensic Expert Witness Association, National Association of Certified Valuators & Analysts, National Society of Professional Engineers, Texas Association of Licensed Investigators.

    Robert Hogan, CFE
    Hogan Consulting Group

    For more than 17 years Robert Hogan, CFE has delivered the highest-caliber forensic accounting and intelligence services. His teams have safeguarded the assets and mitigated the risks for clients, such as: Gap Inc., Nationwide Insurance, JP Morgan Chase, and Amazon.com. In addition, he has provided consultative support to government and civilian entities dealing with high level threats, and led responses to incidents like the BP oil spill.

    Mitigating Cognitive Biases in Fraud Investigations

    Presentation Description: Mitigating Cognitive Biases in Fraud Investigations explores the ways the unconscious brain can impact the results of a Fraud Examiners investigations. Participants will learn how to identify common cognitive biases, and tools that can be used to mitigate or remove the impact of bias on investigations.

    John Brocar
    Director, Ryan Fraud and Forensic Recovery, LLC

    John Brocar is a Director with Ryan LLC. He is responsible for leading the Fraud and Forensic Recovery Practice in Chicago. He is a Certified Fraud Examiner and a Certified Forensic Interviewer. John specializes in providing corporate investigations, fraud prevention and detection and disbursement risk analysis services. As a subject matter expert in the area of disbursement risk analytics, he assists clients globally identify expense reimbursement fraud, conflicts of interest, business risk vendors, fictitious vendors, ghost payroll, p-card and fleet card anomalies and other disbursement risk scenarios. He has more than 25 years of experience working with retailers in a variety of segments including traditional department stores, specialty, big box, and convenience stores.

    How to help safeguard your organization from disbursement risk and fraud

    Presentation Description: This presentation will discuss the essential elements of monitoring disbursements from a fraud, waste, and abuse perspective. You’ll also learn how to use data analytics as effective tools to reduce the risk of fraudulent activity and safeguard disbursements within Accounts Payable.

    The news is filled with stories of employee theft, collusion and corruption. To help combat this risk organizations utilize a variety of reporting systems to identify potential fraud because they know there is a real risk of loss. Every day companies process thousands of disbursement payments; from paying vendors-to-employee expense reimbursements-to-payroll, and yet very few organizations utilize a proactive form of exception reporting to monitor these payments for the risk of loss.

    Presentation Objectives:

    • What are the red flags and best practices to prevent, detect and investigate disbursement anomalies?
    • Who in your organization is responsible for monitoring disbursement risk?
    • What lessons can be learned from other disbursement fraud cases?

    Mark Jenkins, CFE
    Sr. Managing Director, GlassRatner

    Mark Jenkins joined GlassRatner in 2016 to help found the firm’s Dallas office. He has over 20 years of experience in forensic accounting, financial investigations, fraud risk assessments, anti-corruption consulting and financial analysis including eleven years with Deloitte. He has in-depth knowledge and skills in managing litigation projects and investigations in both domestic and international environments with extensive experience in Latin America. He regularly provides global anti-corruption due diligence and training to international business entities. He is fluent in Spanish. Before joining GlassRatner he co-founded Fidelity Forensics Group LLC, a forensic accounting, investigations and anti-corruption consulting firm.

    Christopher B. Meadors, Esq., CPA, CFF
    Sr. Managing Director, GlassRatner

    Christopher Meadors joined GlassRatner in 2016 to help found the firm’s Dallas office. A licensed attorney (Texas) and a Certified Public Accountant (Texas), Christopher has more than 15 years of experience advising clients in complex financial matters.  His experience includes forensic accounting; litigation consulting and expert witness work; corporate investigations; arbitrations; anti-fraud consulting; and Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) and other regulatory issues. He regularly leads teams of accounting, finance and technology professionals assisting clients in analyzing and evaluating corporate and financial data. Prior to joining GlassRatner, Christopher was a founding partner of Fidelity Forensics Group, a Dallas based firm specializing in forensic accounting, corporate investigations, and anti-fraud consulting. Previously he worked in Deloitte’s Forensic & Dispute Services and Audit practices where he gained extensive experience with the Oil & Gas, Telecom, and Real Estate industries.

    Broken windows in your ethics program?

    Presentation Description: This presentation is intended to increase the awareness among both internal and external auditors, counsel, and fraud investigators of the practical and ethical issues specific to anti-fraud and anti-corruption programs. Specifically, we will be discussing ethical challenges, pitfalls and opportunities encountered by attorneys dealing with issues of fraud and corruption in a global business environment.

    While the context and examples are based on issues of fraud and corruption, the ethical risks are common to many other areas of business conduct.

    Presentation Agenda:

    • Introduction
    • Anti-Fraud/Anti-Corruption (AF/AC) Programs
    • Common Risk Factors
    • Case Studies
    • Benefits of Well Functioning AF/AC Programs
    • Leading Practices
    • Q&A

    Marcy Phelps, CFE
    Founder and President, Marcy Phelps & Associates Inc.

    As the founder and president of Denver-based Marcy Phelps & Associates Inc. (formerly Phelps Research Inc.), Marcy helps decision-makers manage risk and prevent fraud. She started her company in 2000 after earning a Master’s degree in Library and Information Science from the University of Denver.

    Marcy is a Certified Fraud Examiner and a licensed private investigator. She blogs about investigative research sources and strategies at www.phelpsresearch.com/blog and is the author of Research on Main Street: Using the Web to Find Local Business and Market Information, published by CyberAge Books.

    Writing Reports that Get Read - and Used

    Presentation Description: Investigative findings mean nothing if you can’t communicate them to stakeholders in a way that’s accurate, easy to read and understand, credible, and actionable. In this session, Marcy Phelps will explore methods used deliver reports that meet readers’ needs and reflect your professionalism.

    Presentation Objectives:

    • Types of reports and legal considerations
    • Steps in the report-writing process, including assessing needs, planning, and writing
    • Common mistakes when writing reports and how to avoid them

    Cecily Raiborn
    McCoy Endowed Chair in Accounting, Texas State University

    Cecily A. Raiborn has a Ph.D. in Accounting from Louisiana State University. She is a CPA, CMA, and CFE. Dr. Raiborn is currently the McCoy Endowed Chair in Accounting at Texas State University, teaching Intermediate Accounting at the undergraduate and Fraud Prevention and Detection at the graduate level. She is a member of the American Accounting Association, the Institute of Management Accountants, Association of Certified Fraud Examiners, and the Texas Society of CPAs (Austin Chapter). She has published numerous fraud prevention, business ethics, and accounting articles as well as making presentations on those topics at local, national, and international meetings.

    Wine Fraud and Internal Controls

    Presentation Description: Wineries, like all organizations, are vulnerable to various types of fraud. Some of these are the “typical” employee frauds, while others are a bit on the more unusual side. Regardless of the type, wineries need to institute good internal controls to protect both profitability and product image.

    Joshua S. Roseman
    Partner, Jones Day

    Josh Roseman defends companies and their directors, officers, and employees in high-stakes criminal and civil investigations and shareholder litigation. For almost 20 years he has helped clients successfully navigate investigations by the criminal and civil divisions of the DOJ, SEC, FERC, and other federal and state enforcement agencies. Josh also has led many accounting fraud, bribery, and other internal investigations for audit committees and management of Fortune 500 companies.

    Josh recently completed high-profile internal investigations for two of the world's 10 biggest companies. Relatedly, Josh counsels clients on implementing effective corporate compliance programs. He previously represented a corporate monitor whereby he annually for three years assessed compliance and accounting controls. As a securities litigator and trial lawyer, he also has defended some of the country's largest shareholder class actions, derivative cases, and "bet the company" proxy contests.

    Josh was part of a trial team that won a jury verdict that The National Law Journal named as a "Top 10 defense verdict" of the year. He also served as an Assistant District Attorney in Dallas County where he tried more than 20 cases to jury verdict. Josh is a Certified Fraud Specialist and a member of the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners. D Magazine named him among the "Best Lawyers in Dallas" for 2015, 2016, and 2017 and Texas Monthly magazine named him a Super Lawyer Rising Star seven times. He serves on the boards of the Dallas chapters of JDRF and the Anti-Defamation League.

    Mitigating pitfalls for the non-lawyer investigator: an outside lawyer’s perspective of some of the more common and avoidable mistakes that good investigators make when investigating without the assistance of outside or inside lawyers

    Presentation Description: Josh Roseman has conducted some of the highest profile and most complex internal investigations in recent years, including most recently the Volkswagen emissions scandal in Germany. Josh will discuss that not all internal investigations require the assistance of outside counsel, but he will share some of the more common—and avoidable--mistakes that he has observed even the best non-lawyer investigators often making when conducting investigations without the assistance of counsel. Increased government scrutiny, strict foreign regulations (e.g., data privacy), and other reasons have created an increasingly difficult landscape for the non-lawyer investigator to navigate, and the stakes for missteps have never been higher. Josh discusses that many non-lawyers often don’t know what they don’t know and will use this discussion to help investigators avoid traps for the unwary.

      John Shirley
      Senior Fraud Investigator, McCann Investigations, LLC

      John D. Shirley developed his investigation expertise serving 20 years with the Houston Police Department as a criminal investigator followed by a career in the private sector as a fraud examiner. As a Sergeant Detective he supervised the Financial Crimes Unit investigating various white-collar crimes including Fraud (all types), Embezzlement, Forgery, and Identity Theft. He also worked the Homicide Division, Internal Affairs investigations, Crime Analysis Unit, and conducted internal audits while developing and revising classified and civilian policies and procedures. Mr. Shirley provided consulting services to McCann for three years prior to moving full time to the private sector. Mr. Shirley continued his investigation expertise in the private sector serving in Special Investigations Units for insurance companies and became a national manager responsible for operations in eight states. His investigation skills include analytical and statistical work, intelligence and background investigations, interview & interrogation, forensic collection, and reporting in a variety of case management systems.

      John is a Master Peace Officer and a Certified Fraud Examiner (ACFE). He is also a licensed private pilot and a certified rescue diver.

      Digital Wire Fraud Investigations

      Presentation Objectives: 

      • Common Digital Wire Fraud Schemes

      • Digital Wire Fraud Prevention

      • Investigating Digital Wire Fraud

        Miranda Bennett
        Criminal Investigator, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Office of Inspector General

        Miranda Bennett is an Assistant Special Agent in Charge for the Department of Health and Human Services, Office of Inspector General, Office of Investigations (HHS-OIG) where she supervises criminal and civil investigations of fraud waste and abuse in HHS programs. She has more than 13 years of experience conducting health care fraud investigations, supporting prosecutions, and testifying in court. Miranda led the nation’s largest criminal home health fraud investigation. Her work has resulted in 20 criminal convictions and 22 civil settlements with more than $283 million in settlement reimbursements and restitution to the Medicare program. Miranda is a recipient of the Inspector General’s Bronze Medal for Outstanding Employee of the Year and the Women in Federal Law Enforcement (WIFLE) Foundation named her Outstanding Federal Law Enforcement Employee in 2017.

        The Rise of Fraud in Home Health Care

        Presentation Description: Medicare fraud victimizes the elderly and vulnerable populations and results in higher health care costs for the American public. In this session, Assistant Special Agent in Charge Miranda Bennett presents the investigation and prosecution of the nation’s largest criminal home health fraud involving more than $375 million in fraudulent claims to the Medicare and Medicaid programs. She will highlight successful investigative techniques, challenges, and lessons learned.

        Presentation Objectives: 

        • Identifying health care fraud schemes
        • Data mining, investigative steps and preparing criminal cases for trial

        • Prosecution results and lessons learned

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