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Conference Agenda

7th Annual Fraud Conference: Thursday, April 26

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

  • Insurance Fraud
  • Illusions Leading to Fraudulent Behavior
  • Cybersecurity Tips
  • Detecting Deception
  • IRS Strategies Used to Follow the Money
  • Elder 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 a.m.

Registration and Continental Breakfast

8-9:15 a.m.
Insurance Fraud, The Texas Department of Insurance Fraud Unit, and Recent Insurance Fraud Cases

This session will focus on Insurance Fraud, the Texas Department of Insurance Fraud Unit, and four recent insurance fraud cases. Presenter: William (Doug) Wallace

William (Doug) Wallace has been in the insurance industry for twenty-six years. Presently, he is a member of the Texas Department of Insurance (TDI) Fraud Unit's Prosecution Team. He is embedded with the White Collar Crime Section of the Tarrant County Criminal District Attorney's Office, where he prosecutes primarily insurance fraud and cases arising from an insurance transaction. Prior to joining the TDI Fraud Unit, in June 2015, Doug was with Nationwide Insurance Trial Division handling fraud, EUO, large loss property subrogation, and some defese cases. Prior to Nationwide Doug was General Counsel for US Lloyds Insurance Company and Standard Insurance. Prior to the law, Doug was a claims adjuster, supervisor, and manager at Associates Insurance Company, Unitrin Specialty, and Farmers Insurance. He is a graduate of the University of Oklahoma College of Law and an adjunct professor of insurance law at Texas A&M University School of Law.

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

9:30-11:30 a.m.
Five Illusions that Lead to Fraudulent Behavior
Presenters: Greg Yates 

On May 16, 2014, Greg Yates, 54, a Bourbonnais, Illinois businessman and his son, Terrance Yates, 33, were sentenced to prison for defrauding a federal business loan program of $1.7 million. U.S. District Judge Michael P. McCuskey ordered Gregory Yates ot serve 12 months and one day in prison, followed by three years of supervised release; Terrance Yates was sentenced to one day in prison, followed by three years' supervised released to be served as home detention. Both were ordered to pay restitution in the amount of $1,387,816.

In this session Mr. Yates shares his personal story of his fraudulent behavior, including what he perceives as illusions that contributed to his fraud.

Break from 11:30-11:45 a.m.

11:40 a.m.-12:15 p.m.
Cybersecurity Tips
Presenters: Joshua Stone 

This session will provide participants with information about cybersecurity tips. Presenters: Joshua Stone

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


12:45-2:00 p.m.
Detecting Deception
Presenters: Bert Lacativo

Mr. Lacativo has more that 38 years of financial and investigative experience gained during his public accounting, corporate, consulting and government service. He is a former FBI Special Agent and Association of Certified Fraud Examiners Board of Regents Emeritus member. He 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. Mr. Lacativo 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.

Since leaving the FBI, Mr. Lacativo has held senior forensic accounting related positions including as a partner in PricewaterhouseCoopers' Forensics practice, where he led investigations spanning many industries. His areas of investigative experience include revenue recognition, Qui Tam matters, false billing, falsification of documentation, kickbacks, bribery, embezzlement, FCPA violations, conflicts of interest, unbundling of services, upcoding and time/cost allocation.

Break from 2-2:15 p.m.

2:15-3:30 p.m.
Following the Money

The presentation is a case synompsis on how forensic accounting can uncover some of the most unsuspecting criminals. Special Agents with the IRS will walk us through the strategies they use to follow the money. Presenter: Candace Curry and Demetira Jones

Candace Curry has been a Special Agent for the Internal Revenue Service Criminal Investigative Division since September 24, 2009. She began her Special Agent career in the Atlanta Field Office, Birmingham Post of Duty. While in Birmingham, Candace served as Treasurer and Vice-President of the Birmingham Urban League Young Professionals, and volunteered with the Birmingham Education Foundation. Currently, Candace works in the Dallas Field Office, Fort Worth Post of Duty, and is the Public Information Officer and Recruiter. Candace graduated from Texas Wesleyan University with a BBA and MBA in Accounting. During her personal time you can find her in kitchen baking goodies, at the gym burning off the cookie calories, or simply spending time with family.

Demetria Favors has also served as a Special Agent for the Internal Revenue Service Criminal Investigation Division since September 24, 2009. She has worked in the Dallas Field Office, Fort Worth Post of Duty since the beginning of her career. Demetria has served as the Return Preparer Coordinator, Health Care Coordinator, and as an On-The Job Instructor (OJI) for the Dallas Field Office. Demetria received a Bachelor's degree in Business from Northwestern State University (LA) and a Master's degree in Business from Texas Southern University. During her personal time you can find her making YouTube videos, spending time with family, and waiting on Candace to bring baked goodies to the office!

Break from 3-3:45 p.m.

3:45-5:00 p.m.
Investigating and Prosecuting Elder Financial Fraud
Presenters: Lori Varnell, CPA, JD

Lori Varnell is the current Chief, Elder Financial Fraud Unit, Tarrant County Criminal District Attorney's Office. Previously she served as Chief Trial Attorney Assistant United States Attorney, Northern District of Texas Economic Crime Unit, Trial Attorney Assistant Criminal District Attorney, Tarrant County Crminal District Attorney's Office White Collar Crime Assistant Chief/Computer Crime and Legal Liaison/Trial Attorney Assistant Chief, White Collar Crime, White Collar Crime Unit Felony Trial Attorney, Computer Crime Unit Felony Trial Attorney, and as an Adjunct Professor at Texas Wesleyan University.

Ms. Varnell has experience in prosecuting the following types of cases: Securities Fraud/Sale of Unregistered Securities; Misapplication of Fiduciary Funds; Engaging in Organized Crime; False Statement to Obtain Property or Credit; Insurance Fraud; Identity Theft; Mortgage Fraud; Unlawful Intercept of Wire Communications; Elder Fraud; Possession/Promotion of Child Pornography; Political Corruption; Online Solicitation of a Child; Breach of Computer Security; Online Impersonation; Employee Embezzlement and Government Benefit Fraud.

5 p.m.
Concluding Remarks/Dismissal

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7th Annual Fraud Conference

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