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Conference Agenda

10th Annual Tolleson Fraud Conference: Friday, April 22

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

  • Detecting Deception: The Body Tells a Story, but the Chances of Reading it Accurately are Problematic
  • Asian Money Laundering
  • Corporate Financial Fraud from a Bank Perspective
  • Effects on Cash with a Lack of Internal Controls
  • A Little Too Much Financial Assistance

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
CPE Hours: 9

Conference Agenda

7:45-8 a.m.

Technology Check

8-8:15 a.m. Opening Remarks

8:15-9:35 a.m.
Asian Money Laundering
Presenters: Jeff Prater - Colleyville Police Department and Dara Couch, Tarrant County Criminal District Attorney's Office

Detective Jeff Prater is a law enforcement officer with the Colleyville Police Department Special Investigation Unit and is currently assigned to the United States Secret Service Financial and Cyber Crimes Task Force. Throughout his 20 year career, Detective Prater has worked in a number of capacities including: SWAT Operator, Sniper Team Leader, Criminial Interdiction Officer, Undercover Operations, TCOLE Instructor, Firearms and Armor Instructor, Police Academy Instructor, Police Explorer Advisor, and Citizens Police Academy Coordinator. As a member of both Colleyville's Police Department Special Investigations Unit and United States Secret Service Task Force, Detective Prater investigates high profile, complex and sophisticated criminal cases such as: Aggravated Robbery, Organized Crime, Sex and Human Trafficking, Money Laundering, Identity Theft and Fraud among others. Detective Prater has coordinated multi-jurisdiction operations that included: US State Departmen, Customs & Border Patrol, Federal Bureau of Investigations, Internal Revenue Services, United States Secret Services, Texas Department of Public Safety, and local law enforcement agencies. To date, Detective Prater has successfully seized and prosecuted subjects in both state and federal cases. Detective Prater is currently investigating a number of intricate and multifaceted financial crime cases includeing: International Chineses Gift Card Fraud Scam, SBA (Small Businss Administration) Fraud, BEC (Business Email Compormise), PPP (Payroll Protection Program), Aryan Brotherhood Identity Theft Ring, Counterfeiting, and International Money Laundering cases. Detective Prater has had the honor of receiving multiple awards over the course of his career including: Officer of the Year Award (x2), Mercy House Hero Award (Women's Shelter Award), 2021 International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP) Leadership in the Prevention of Transnational Crime Award (Nigerian Elder Fraud & Money Laundering), and is currently a finalist for the Fifth Annual United States Attorney General's Award for Distinguished Service in Community Policing. 

Criminal Investigator Dara Couch is a law enforcement officer with the Tarrant County Criminal District Attorney’s Office. Tarrant County is comprised of 41 incorporated areas. She is currently assigned to Elder Financial Fraud, EFF, within the White Collar Crime Unit. She spent her career in law enforcement with the Dallas Police Department where she worked in different capacities and is honorably retired since June 2017. Investigator Couch has been with the Tarrant County Criminal District Attorney’s Office since June 2017. The Elder Financial Fraud unit was created in May 2017 as a unique new piece of prosecuting a specialized crime field that focuses on the elder population, 65+, and who are victims of Financial Fraud. The EFF unit currently has 96 active cases. Investigator Couch investigates and prepares for trial these high profile, complex and sophisticated financial criminal cases such as: Engaging in Organized Crime, Money Laundering, Forgery, Misapplication of Funds, Theft, Identity Theft, Credit Card Abuse, Fraud Use/Possession of Identifying Information, Exploitation of the Elderly/Disabled and others. Other cases that fall into the EFF unit along with the financial pieces are Assault, Robbery, Burglary, Bail Jumping, False Statement to Obtain Property/Credit, Tampering with Government Record, and others. Investigator Couch has had the honor of receiving a few awards over the course of her career including; Life Saving Award (x2), Certificate of Merit, 2021 International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP) Leadership in the Prevention of Transnational Crime Award (Nigerian Elder Fraud & Money Laundering) and is a 2021 Finalist in the Fifth Annual United States Attorney General’s Award for Distinguished Service in Community Policing. Investigator Couch is a Certified Fraud Examiner, TCOLE Instructor, Field Training Officer, Master Peace Officer and graduated from the University of North Texas with a Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice – Magna Cum Laude.

Break from 9:35-9:45 a.m.

9:45-11:05 a.m.
Corporate Financial Fraud from a Bank Perspective
Presenter: Russell Estrada, Southside Bank 

Russell Estrada has over 14 years of experience in the financial services industry focusing on financial crimes and physical security. He began his career working on the retail banking side before focusing exclusively on security and fraud. Russell currently serves as Vice President, Security and Fraud Prevention Officer of Southside Bank and is based in Tyler, Texas. At Southside, Russell oversees 56 branches in East, North, Central, and Southeast Texas. He is currently a member of the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners and holds certifications as a Physical Security Professional (PSP) as well as an Anti-Money Laundering Professional (AMLP). 

Break from 11:05-11:15 a.m.

11:15 a.m. - 12:35 p.m.
Effects on Cash with a Lack of Internal Controls
Presenters: Will Nixon, Danita Wade, and Paula Graf, HUD OIG

William Nixon has served as an Assistant Regional Inspector General for Audit in the U.S. Dept. of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Office of Inspector General (OIG) Fort Worth, TX office for approximately 19 years. Prior to this, he served in various auditing capacities in OIG’s Miami, FL and New Orleans, LA offices. Will received both his Bachelor and Master Degrees in Accountancy from the University of Mississippi. Will maintains his Certified Public Accountants license in Louisiana and has maintains his Certified Internal Auditors and Certified Fraud Examiner certificates. As an Assistant Regional Inspector General, Will supervises audits in Arkansas, Oklahoma, and Texas in most of the major HUD programs. Through his 25-year career with OIG, Will has performed or supervised multiple audits on HUD programs resulting in the identification of hundreds of millions of dollars of ineligible or unsupported money and many criminal referrals, referrals to a State Board of CPAs, HUD’s Department of Enforcement Center, and/or to HUD’s Mortgagee Review Board. Will has also assisted the Office of Investigations on many investigations and his work has been the subject of several Congressional hearings and numerous news articles. Currently, Will’s focus has been disaster funding where he led the effort to develop a management analytical tool to help manage HUD OIG’s oversite responsibility for disaster funding.

Danita Wade is an Audit Director in the Fort Worth, Texas office with responsibility for audit oversight of HUD’s Disaster Recovery program.  She supervises audit staff in Texas, Louisiana, Oklahoma and New Mexico.  Prior to working for HUD OIG, Danita was an auditor for the Internal Revenue Service.  Her HUD auditing experience includes the Offices of Community Planning and Development, Public and Indian Housing, Single Family Housing, Multifamily Housing, and reviews of HUD’s management oversight.  She has been instrumental in impactful audits throughout her HUD OIG career, including efforts that were part of record multi-billion dollar settlements with the U.S. government.   Her work has also been the subject of several Congressional hearings and inquiries, including recent hearings on the government’s disaster response.  Danita has received multiple awards including the Secretary’s Award for Outstanding Program Office Achievements and the Multiple Disciplines Award for Excellence from the Council of Inspectors General for Integrity and Efficiency.  Danita has a degree in Accounting from Dallas Baptist University.  She is a Certified Public Accountant and a Certified Fraud Examiner.  Danita is also a U.S. Army veteran.

Paula Graf has over 30 years of auditing experience with Office of the Inspector General (OIG).  She has served in various Inspector General offices but has been with the U. S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) OIG for over 25 years.  She is a graduate of Texas Wesleyan, when it was still a College.  She is a Certified Public Accountant.  She performed audits on HUD programs and assist work for the HUD OIG Office of Investigation, resulting in several convictions.

12:35-1:15 p.m.

1:15-3:15 p.m.
Detecting Deception: The Body Tells a Story, but the Changes of Reading it Accurately are Problematic
Presenter: Brett Hood, 21st Century Learning & Consulting

Michael “Bret” Hood spent 25 years as an FBI Special Agent investigating complex cases while specializing in financial crimes, corruption, and money laundering violations.   Upon his retirement in 2016, Bret opened 21st Century Learning & Consulting, LLC, a training and consulting business designed to help prevent people from making the mistakes that lead that first lead them down the slippery slope. Bret was recruited to become an Association of Certified Fraud Examiners faculty member and was awarded the ACFE’s James R. Baker Speaker of the Year award in 2020.  Bret was named the top-rated speaker at both the ACFE’s Global Fraud Conference as well as the Institute of Internal Auditor’s Global conference.  In addition, Bret also serves as an adjunct professor of forensic accounting for Mt. St. Mary’s University and an adjunct professor of corporate governance and ethics for the University of Virginia.  Bret has previously served as an adjunct professor of forensic accounting for the University of Virginia and Florida Gulf Coast University.  Bret serves on the Board of Accountancy at Southern Illinois University as well as the Forensic Accounting Advisory Council at Mt. St. Mary’s University. Some of the top public and private entities in the world have sought out Bret to assist them in creating, adapting, and modifying anti-fraud, anti-corruption, and anti-money laundering programs in order to interweave the latest behavioral and neuroscience research into their prevention programs.  Bret continues to publish articles on best practices in Fraud Magazine, Compliance and Ethics Professional magazine, ACAMS Today, National Mortgage Professional Magazine, and Law Enforcement Bulletin. Bret is a federal-court certified expert in money laundering and financial crimes.  Bret is also the author of the critically acclaimed books, Eat More Ice Cream: A Succinct Leadership Lesson for Each Week of the Year & Get Off Your Horse! 52 Succinct Leadership Lessons from U.S. Presidents.

Break from 3:15-3:25 p.m.

3:25-4:55 p.m.

A Little Too Much Financial Assistance
Presenter: Max Wayman, Max M. Wayman & Associates Inc., and Mindy Henderson, Shield Engineering Group

Max Wayman is a graduate of Texas Wesleyan as well as a former special agent with the Criminal Investigation Division of the IRS.  Since leaving the IRS Mr. Wayman formed his own company, Max M. Wayman & Associates, Inc., specializing in several areas relating to financial investigations.  The area of  which Mr. Wayman is most involved is investigating white collar crimes which has taken him to such places as South America, Central America and Western Europe.  Based upon referrals from the (non-baseball) Texas Rangers, Mr. Wayman also serves as the white collar criminal investigator for District Attorney’s for several West Texas counties that cannot afford full time white collar investigators. Mr. Wayman has also been a member of the Whitewater defense team in allegations investigated by Office of Independent Counsel Ken Starr.

Mindy Henderson began working with Max Wayman after graduating from Texas Wesleyan University’s Fraud and Forensic Accounting program. Mindy’s love for solving complex accounting issues and working with data made her a valuable asset to Mr. Wayman’s firm. She has several years of experience with financial reconstruction, accounting software integration and full service accounting support. Currently Mindy holds a position as an accounting specialist for Shield Engineering Group. 

4:55-5 p.m.
Concluding Remarks/Dismissal