Conference Agenda

5th Annual Fraud Conference: Friday, April 29

The objective of the conference is to provide attendees a comprehensive overview of:

  • The Familiar Faces of Fraud
  • Fraud in the Not-for-Profit Sector
  • Combatting Payments Fraud
  • FBI Forensic/Fraud Presenters Topic: TBD
  • Fraud Trends Now and in the Future
  • Healthcare Fraud

Designed for: Practitioners and financial professionals who want to learn more about how fraudulent activities may impact their firms and/or clients.
Prerequisite: None
Course Level: Basic

Conference Agenda

7:15-8:00 a.m.

Registration and Continental Breakfast

8:00-9:15 a.m.

The Familiar Faces of Fraud

This session will focus on who is committing fraud, how they are doing it, and how it is being detected. Presenter: Robert Metz, CPA

Robert Metz, CPA 

is a Senior Manager in Whitley Penn’s Forensic, Litigation, and Valuations Services Department.  Mr. Metz obtained both his undergraduate and Master’s degrees in accounting from Brigham Young University in April 2005. Prior to joining Whitley Penn, Robert was at PricewaterhouseCoopers. 

In addition to performing business valuations, Mr. Metz also provides forensic accounting, damages and lost profits calculations, and other litigation support services in connection with marital dissolutions, commercial litigation, partner disputes, and other types of litigation. He provides expert witness testimony at depositions, hearings, and trials and provides assistance with settlement negotiations and mediations.

Break from 9:15-9:30 a.m.

9:30-10:45 a.m.

Fraud in the not-for-profit sector - Tell me it's not true

Nonprofits live in a glass house and would like all headline news to be positive. The session will focus on public sector fraud, data and cyber security. When the event happens at your organization and discussion will focus on being the calm presence during the storm. Presenters: P. J. “Trish” Fritsche, CPA, CFF, CGMA, CITP and Lindsay Little Parker, CPA 

P. J. "Trish" Fritsche has over 25 years of experience with Public Sector clients.  She is the Managing Director of FMG CPA, LLC, a full-service CPA firm. Her years of experience range from forensic investigations and expert testimony to attest engagements, taxation,   consulting engagements and outsourced services. She has served as the Chair of the TSCPA Business Valuation, Forensic and Litigation Services Committee, Fort Worth Chapter PAC Committee and the Business and Industry Committee in Austin Texas.  Trish is an alum of the University of North Texas with a Bachelor of Science in Accounting Control Systems cum laude.

Lindsay Little Parker is the Controller at Meals-on-Wheels of Johnson and Ellis Counties, where she holds financial, human resource, and operational responsibilities.  She graduated from Texas State University in 2007 with a Bachelor in Business Administration and then worked for PS Faris, LLC as an analyst performing financial forensics, analysis and consulting. In 2010, Lindsay entered graduate school at the University of Texas at Arlington and earned her Masters in Professional Accounting in 2012. After earning her masters, she worked as an Audit Associate at Weaver and Tidwell, LLP before joining Meals-on-Wheels.  

Break from 10:45-11 a.m.

11 a.m.-12:15 p.m.

Combatting Payments Fraud: EMV, Mobile & Beyond

This session will provide an overview of the current landscape of payments fraud, including an update on the United States' move to EMV/chip cards, business e-mail compromise (BEC) and mobile payments. Presenters: Matt Davies, AAP, CTP, CPP

Matt Davies has more than 16 years of experience in the payments industry, nearly 14 of those with the Federal Reserve Bank in Dallas. He has also served as a product manager in the bankcard and commercial banking industries.

Matt is an Accredited ACH Professional (AAP), a Certified Treasury Professional (CTP), and a Certified Payments Professional (CPP). He serves on the board of Dallas Association for Financial Professionals and frequently speaks at industry events.

A native of St. Bouts, Missouri, Matt graduated from William Jewell College in Liberty, Missouri, with a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and History. He is also an alum of the Graduate School of Banking at the University of Wisconsin, Madison.

12:15 a.m. - 12:45 p.m.

Lunch catered by Blue Mesa Grill

12:45-2 p.m.

FBI Forensic/Fraud Presenters

Topic: Forth Coming

Break from 2-2:15 p.m.

2:15-3:30 p.m.

Fraud Trends: Now & In the Future

The co-presenters will examine the Fraud Shift Post EMV from a consumer's perspective. With increasing emphasis on digital payment fraud deterrence, where will the criminal fraudster turn his attention, and how can we strengthen banking and credit card fraud controls to compensate? Presenters (All from Citigroup): Chris Zavala, Ed Zagorski, and Donna Stone

Chris Zavala is the Head of North American Fraud Prevention at Citi. In this role, he is responsible for Fraud policies, practices and tools to ensure a risk management approach that balances client experience and loss mitigation.  

Chris began his career with Citi 24 years ago. During his tenure, he has managed diverse operations functions including:

  • Customer Service
  • Collections
  • Credit
  • Fraud
  • Customer Disputes

Ed Zagorski is the Head of Operational Risk for Citigroup's US Consumer and Commercial Bank. He is responsible for creating solutions that result in minimizing losses from failed internal processes, inadequate controls and emerging risks.

He and his information security partner implemented Citi's first customer-facing malware detection software solution in the Commercial Bank in 2013, which has resulted in a significant decrease in fraud losses. His 35-year experience in the financial services industry includes audit, controllership, M&A, operations, sales, credit risk and human resources roles.

Ed is an alum of the University of Notre Dame and holds an MBA in Finance from the University of Chicago.

Donna Stone is a Senior Controller at Citigroup supporting several of its North America consumer finance businesses. Donna has over 30 years of experience in financial services. She is a Certified Public Accountant and has also earned a Certification in Financial Forensics. 

Break from 3-3:45 p.m.

3:45-5 p.m.

From Health Care to Health Scare

Changes made by Obamacare have tightened the rulebooks. But with nearly $3 trillion spent annually on healthcare, tens of billions of dollars is still lost to fraud. Learn what health care entities are required to do to guard against improper payments and what you can do to spot a sham. Presenter: Michelle Atkins, CPA, CIA, CGAP, CCSA, CHC

Michelle Atkins is the Director of the Internal Audit (Chief Audit Executive) for JPS Health Network. With 22 years of audit experience, Michelle was selected to transform the internal audit activity at JPS, reporting functionally to the Tarrant County Hospital District's appointed Board of Managers. Michelle spent nearly 22 years on active duty in the U. S. Marine Corps with prominence in the auditing and accounting field specialties. Prior to joining JPS, Michelle spent over five years as the internal audit manager for Children's Medical Center, Dallas and was instrumental in launching automation and data mining best practices within the audit function. Michelle was recruited to establish a best practice internal audit and compliance activity at MedSynergies, a thriving physician revenue cycle company located in Irving, Texas, before joining JPS.

5 p.m.

Concluding Remarks/Dismissal

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5th Annual Fraud Conference

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