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Gregory Coleman
Founder, Coleman Worldwide Advisors
Former Special Agent, Federal Bureau of Investigation

Gregory Coleman is the FBI Special Agent responsible for the criminal investigation of Jordan Belfort. Belfort’s rise to power and subsequent arrest and conviction were chronicled in the movie, “The Wolf of Wall Street.” The movie was directed by Martin Scorsese and starred Leonardo DiCaprio. Mr. Coleman was portrayed by Kyle Chandler.

Mr. Coleman recently retired from the FBI with over 25 years of experience investigating financial crimes and money laundering. Mr. Coleman specialized in complex stock market manipulation and international money laundering investigations with a special emphasis on investigations where the proceeds of crime were laundered using offshore shell corporations and bank accounts. As the case agent in charge of those investigations, Mr. Coleman was responsible for the overall direction of all investigative activities, including the tracing of illicit funds, witness interviews, confidential source development, and document analysis.

Coleman Worldwide Advisors offers anti-money laundering (AML)/Bank Secrecy Act (BSA) training and consulting services to the financial community and other firms subject to AML/BSA regulations. The training is unique in that it is based on the real-life experiences of law enforcement officers, regulatory authorities, and financial industry participants.

Mr. Coleman is a frequent keynote speaker and guest lecturer on “The Wolf of Wall Street” investigation as well as topics including International Money Laundering; Risks Associated with Bitcoin; and Understanding and Using Body Language & Statement Analysis. Mr. Coleman has spoken to audiences in 14 countries and has significant experience giving presentations utilizing simultaneous translation.

The Investigation of the Wolf of Wall Street

Presentation Description: This presentation will take you inside the actual FBI investigation of Jordan Belfort, the infamous "Wolf of Wall Street." You’ll hear intimate details of Belfort's rise to prominence and how the FBI subsequently brought down one of America’s most notorious boiler-room stock fraudsters.

Presentation Objectives:

  • If you're involved in detecting and preventing fraud and money laundering, then understanding how a fraudster or money launderer thinks is important. This presentation will explore Belfort's thought processes.
  • It takes a network of professionals to orchestrate a complex, multi-national fraud. This presentation will show how professionals--including accountants, lawyers, and bankers--crossed the ethical line to engage in fraud.
  • Law enforcement needs to adapt and improvise to address the ever-changing nature of criminal activity. This presentation will show how small details can yield big results.

Cynthia Hetherington, MLS, MSM, CFE, CII
President, Hetherington Group
2012 ACFE 'Speaker of the Year'

Cynthia Hetherington, CFE has more than 20 years of experience in research, investigations, and corporate intelligence. She is the founder of Hetherington Group, a consulting, publishing, and training firm focusing on intelligence, security, and investigations. Cynthia was the leader of Aon Consulting’s Corporate Strategic Intelligence group. She was also named the 2012 James Baker Speaker of the Year for the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners.

Cynthia applies her expertise in library science and information systems to provide clients with strategic insight into research and complex investigations. During her career, she has assisted a vast number of clients with Internet investigations related to employee theft and intellectual property loss. Cynthia has also applied her research skills while conducting online and database research to uncover well-hidden relations between fraudulent associates, their assets, and secrets. She has experience overseeing international investigations for Fortune 500 companies and other organizations in the Middle East, Europe, and Asia.

A widely-published author, Cynthia authored The Guide to Due Diligence Online (2015), Business Background Investigations (2007) and the Manual to Online Public Records, 4th Ed. (2017), published by Facts on Demand Press. She is the publisher of Data2know.com: Internet & Online Intelligence Newsletter and has co-authored articles on steganography, computer forensics, Internet investigations, and other security-focused monographs. She is also recognized for providing corporate security officials, military intelligence units, and federal, state, and local agencies with training on online intelligence practices. In addition, Cynthia is also a faculty member at the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners, where she teaches a program on advanced Internet fraud investigations.

Ethics Online: Practicing Legitimate Online Investigations

Presentation Description: Everyday an investigator, attorney or accountant is written up in the news for crossing the line using the Internet to research, contact or connect with their target. They find themselves using technology workarounds, finding holes in the system or outright hacking to gain information. It all seems good, until you get caught. This seminar will discuss the current laws, acceptable practices and pitfalls that can occur in your investigation. This is targeted to the professional who never wants to see their name in questionable terms.

Presentation Objectives:

  • Identify pitfalls in taking shortcuts in online investigations
  • Understand the laws and compliance requirements in order to stay inline online
  • Garner the resources for staying abreast of current issues and legal requirements

Kelly Paxton, CFE
Founder, Financial CaseWorks LLC
Founder, PinkCollarCrime.com

Kelly Paxton is a Certified Fraud Examiner. She has a background as a commodities trader, stock broker and bond trader. 

While Kelly was working at a financial services firm, a client was arrested on wire fraud charges. This led Kelly to a new, much more exciting career as a special agent for US Customs. Kelly specialized in white collar crime, narcotics and undercover operations. Kelly has also been a contract investigator for the Department of Homeland Security where she carried out background investigations. She performed hundreds of top secret clearance background investigations for the federal government. 

From 2007 to 2009, Kelly was the fraud analyst at the Washington County Sheriff’s Office Fraud and Identity Theft Enforcement team. Kelly was responsible for preparing cases for prosecution. This included testifying before Grand Jury.

Since 2009, Kelly has had her own firm, Financial CaseWorks LLC, which specializes in financial and workplace investigations. 

What started as a research project for Kelly, investigating women embezzlers or “pink collar crime”, has now become a website and a very relevant and popular speaking topic.

Website: www.pinkcollarcrime.com  Twitter: @pdxcfe

Catch Her If You Can - Today's Pink Collar Criminal

Presentation Description: The term Pink Collar Crime was introduced in 1989 by Kathleen Daly. This was 50 years after Sutherland coined the term White Collar Crime. Pink Collar Crime is increasing. Why is that? Women now make up approximately 47% of the workforce. Women steal differently than men. Women only steal approximately 42 cents on the dollar. Women also steal for different reasons than men. Men steal for the 3 W’s but while women in the past have stolen for a relationship issue now they are stealing for lifestyle. Women are not more honest than men. With all the changes in today’s workforce you need to be aware of approximately half of the embezzler demographic out there. This is the information you need to investigate that demographic.

Presentation Objectives: 

  • Definition of Pink Collar Crime
  • Who is a Pink Collar Criminal
  • How to identify a Pink Collar Criminal
  • “Pink" Flags

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.

Dennis Parker 
Internal Fraud Analyst, Kemper Services Group

Dennis Parker brings a unique perspective to the understanding of investigative interviewing because of his diverse experience in law enforcement and insurance fraud investigation. Dennis has more than 18 years of law enforcement experience from the municipal to the federal level. He also graduated from several law enforcement training academies and other training courses designed specifically for police or investigative interviewing. Dennis earned a Bachelor of Science degree in criminal justice from Sam Houston State University, Huntsville Texas in 1985.

Dennis also has more than 10 years experience investigating and managing insurance fraud programs. The validity of a suspicious claim is usually determined after in-person interviews or a more structured Examination-Under-Oath (EUO). During those years Dennis conducted more than 1200 EUOs and interviews of claimants suspected of insurance fraud. The majority of those interviews were in the presence of the suspect’s attorney.

Dennis’ work experience includes 5 years as a police officer in and around Houston Texas and 13 years in the United States Air Force as an NCO and Commissioned Officer. As an Air Force OSI special agent, Dennis led a group of federal investigators tasked with investigating felony criminal, major fraud and counter-intelligence cases. His investigations included child abuse and child homicide investigations, one of which is highlighted in his 8 hour course.

Dennis provided a 16 hour class to the Austin Children’s Protective Services main office in Austin Texas on Munchausen Syndrome by Proxy and has been a conference speaker at the annual Texas Adult Protective Services conference in San Antonio Texas for the past two years.

Understanding Deception in Verbal and Non-Verbal Behavior During Interviews

Presentation Objectives:

  • Recognize verbal indicators of deception
  • Recognize non-verbal behaviors indicative of deception
  • Interview methods for non-law enforcement (but still get the truth)

Bob Beckett, CFE
Sr. Director Global Content – High Risk & Fraud Insight, Dun & Bradstreet

Bob Beckett’s background includes some three decades of turning business information into actionable insight for clients. He has held key leadership positions in: sales/business development, government and data operations.

Currently Bob leads D&B’s High Risk & Fraud Insight unit with operations in the United States and United Kingdom. His team includes experienced investigators including Certified Fraud Examiners who focus on detecting and preventing business-to-business fraud. The unit focused on both proactively alerting customers of extreme business risk as well as protect the D&B content base from material misrepresentation.

Bob has presented at a number of conferences, workshops and training events as well as authored a number of white papers about mitigating fraud and business malfeasance including: Bust-out Fraud, Business Identity Theft, Mitigating Business Fraud, Insurance and payment fraud and Trade-Rings.

Annually D&B identifies some 27,000 suspicious business entities in the US & UK. The team Leverages all three intelligence types (open-sources, signal sources and human sources) to investigate each case. In turn, confirming and alerting customers to some 21,000 business entities as high risk. D&B leverages a number of modern tools and analytics to detect, analyze and prevent malfeasance. D&B curates best-in-class high risk commercial entities and predictive attributes in the Extreme Risk Consortium & Repository.

Mitigating Business-to-Business High Risk & Fraud

Presentation Objectives:

  • Approach - Leveraging Content - Open, Signal & Human sources to 1) Identify (KYC/KYV/TP), 2) Investigate (Process), and 3) Learn (Adapt)
  • Deployment – Tools, Technology, Analytics
  • Results - Use-Cases, Trends & Methods – Business Identity Theft, Non-Transparency, Shell & Shelf, Organized B2B Fraud

Bert Lacativo, CPA, CFE, CFF
Partner, RGL Forensics
Emeritus member, ACFE Board of Regents

Bert Lacativo has more than 35 years of financial and forensic accounting experience with a focus on providing independent investigative assistance to address allegations of suspected or actual wrongdoing. Bert has been responsible for the conduct of high profile, sensitive, international and domestic white-collar fraud investigations, often in conjunction with in-house or outside counsel.

Bert has also consulted with clients regarding the development and implementation of fraud prevention, deterrence and detection techniques and programs, including anti-corruption compliance. Additionally, he has developed fraud related training programs and is a frequent speaker on fraud related topics.

Bert is a former FBI Special Agent and Emeritus member of the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners Board of Regents. He initially obtained his investigative experience during his tenure with the FBI where he was responsible for the investigation of “Fraud Against the Government” related matters, including Department of Defense and healthcare fraud. He is credited with leading the first Fraud Against the Government RICO related investigation in the Southern District of New York and has received two Special Recognition Incentive Awards from FBI Director William H. Webster for investigative excellence.

In addition to his governmental and consulting experience, Bert has also worked in the corporate environment. This experience allows him to provide clients with a well-rounded investigative perspective.

Anti-Corruption: The Government’s Still Coming – Are You Prepared?

Presentation Description: U.S and global regulatory authorities continue to focus their efforts on addressing bribery and corruption. The expectations to have effective compliance programs in place to uncover improper activity have never been higher as is the expectation to cooperate with regulatory investigations.

Presentation Objectives: 

  • Gain an understanding of the magnitude of the anti-corruption enforcement activity including fines and penalties assessed.
  • Be provided with an overview of anti-corruption laws such as the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act and the UK Bribery Act.
  • Learn about the components comprising an effective anti-corruption program.

Tom Smith, CPA, CFE, CAMS
Senior Vice President, First National Bank of Central Texas

Tom has been in and around Texas banking for 38 years – 13 in the industry itself and 25 in public accounting representing banks on credit risk, acquisition due diligence and regulatory compliance issues. He grew up in Waco, graduated Baylor University with a Bachelors of Business Administration, majoring in Accounting with concentrations in Economics and Information Systems. He is a Certified Public Accountant, licensed in Texas, as well as a Certified Fraud Examiner and Certified Anti-Money Laundering Specialist (CAMS). Tom is currently Senior Vice President of the First National Bank of Central Texas in Waco, serving as the Bank’s BSA Officer. He has a daughter who just graduated Baylor with a degree in Accounting and a son who is a sophomore at Vanguard College Prep in Waco.

Craig Derrick
Team Leader - Ground Operations, Southwest Airlines

Craig Derrick has over 18 years of airline experience, which includes Ramp, Operations, Customer Service, Baggage and Baggage Claims. He has also held leadership roles for the majority of his tenure at Southwest Airlines.

Craig has played an active role in presenting, teaching and mentoring best practices for Southwest Airlines, as well as other carriers, on ways to identify fraud and claims handling. He has spoken at multiple Global Baggage Conferences and events, including conferences that were held in Dallas, San Francisco, Orlando and Atlanta. In addition, he was a guest speaker at the 2014 IATA Baggage Conference in Lisbon Portugal and the 2016 WACRA conference in Helsinki Finland.

Fraud Receipts

Presentation Description:

In this session, it will give you a perspective of what some of the more egregious receipts that are being submitted to help support their claims. Therefore It’s important to be diligent and stay engaged with fraudulent activity, trends, and behaviors.

Presentation Objectives:

  • To help visually recognize anomalies within a fraud receipt.
  • Common mistakes that are made with fraudulent receipts.
  • How to battle receipt fraud.

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