Conference Agenda

4th Annual Fraud Conference: Friday, Feb. 27

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

  • Government contracting and committing fraud unknowingly
  • Trends in payment frauds and risk management
  • Fraud and family law
  • Fraud trends now and in the future
  • Fraud from the prosecutor's perspective
  • Civil and criminal tax fraud including offshore reporting issues

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



7:15-8 a.m.

Registration and Continental Breakfast

8-9:15 a.m.

Civil and Criminal Tax Fraud

The presenter will discuss civil and criminal tax fraud as well as related tax crimes and investigatory procedures, including offshore financial asset reporting issues and structuring currency transactions." Presenter: Dan Baucum

Dan Baucum represents clients in civil and criminal tax matters and financial reporting issues related to currency structuring and offshore activities. As a former Special Assistant to the IRS Chief Counsel and Director of IRS Practice for a "Big Six" accounting firm, Mr. Baucum provides unique insight and counsel to his clients with matters before the IRS, Treasury and the Justice Department. 

Dan Baucum is a Partner and Vice Chair of the Business Section at Cantey Hanger, LLP, Attorneys, with offices in both Fort Worth and Dallas.

9:15-9:30 a.m.


9:30-10:45 a.m.

Government Contracting and Committing Fraud Unknowingly: How normal civilian business practices (or pushing the envelope) can be fraud in the government contracting arena. Presenter: Heidi Whitaker, CMA, JD

Heidi Whitaker is a certified mediator, who skillfully guides clients through both formal and informal negotiations for optimal outcomes.

Admitted to the Texas State Bar in 2006, Ms. Whitaker earned her B.S.B.A. in both Accounting and Management Information Systems from the University of Arizona and her JD from Texas Wesleyan School of Law. As a Certified Management Accountant, Ms. Whitaker balances zeal for her client's case with a business-like evaluation of the probable outcomes.

She practices in both Colorado and Texas with Brotherton Law Firm, focusing on civil litigation. 

10:45-11 a.m.


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

Trends in Payments Fraud and Risk Management: This session will not only examine recent trends in payments fraud and risk management, it will also review the progress the U.S. has made in adopting the Europay-MasterCard-Visa (EMV) standard for processing credit and debit card transactions.

The discussion will highlight some of the corporate account takeover (CATO) situations resulting in court cases. The presenter will also share how banks and corporations may implement best practices to mitigate payments fraud and CATO. 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.

Fraud and Family Law: History, Family code and Case Law: Practical Application. Presenter: Steve Naylor

Stephen J. Naylor, Board Certified in Family Law, is the recipient of the 2012 Eva Barnes Award from the Tarrant County Family Law Bar Association and has been listed as a Texas Super Lawyer by Texas Monthly Magazine and as a Top Family Law Attorney by Fort Worth, Texas Magazine, 2004 to present.

He has published numerous papers and regularly speaks on family law issues. Stephen practices at Stephen J. Nayler, PLLC, where he focuses exclusively on family law.

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: Chris Zavala, Ed Zagorski, and Donna Stone, all from Citigroup.

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 and 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. 

3-3:45 p.m.


3:45-5 p.m.

Criminal Investigations: Getting a Prosecutor to Take Your Case White-collar crime prosecutors are presented with thousands of potential cases each year. What makes them accept some cases and reject similar ones? Believe it or not, it is often the work of the fraud investigator that makes the difference.

This session will provide techniques to help best present your investigation for prosecutorial consideration and insight into what a prosecutor needs to make a case. From the initial meeting to understanding how boxes of paperwork become evidence, you will learn how to increase the number of your investigations that get accepted for criminal prosecution by learning to think like a prosecutor. Presenter: Lori Burks, JD, CPA

Lori Burks, JD, CPA, serves as an Assistant District Attorney in the Tarrant County Criminal District Attorney's Office. She is lead attorney for the Economic and Computer Crime Unit and also serves as Coordinator of the Internet Fraud/Crime Complaint Project.

5 p.m.

Concluding Remarks/Dismissal

Please join us after the last session for a complimentary networking reception.

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4th Annual Fraud Conference

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Professor of Accounting
Phone: 817-531-4840 
Fax: 817-531-6585

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