2018 Annual Conference

    June 06, 2018
    9:00 AM - 8:00 PM
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    Mercy Corps NW
    43 SW Naito Pkwy
    Portland, OR 97204

    2018 Oregon Association of Certified Fraud Examiners Annual Conference

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    We are having a 1-day conference this year, offering 10 CPEs.  The conference runs 9 am - 8 pm which includes 8 presentations and one video.  Admission includes breakfast, lunch, and dinner. 

    Date: Wednesday, June 6, 2018
    Location: Mercy Corps, 43 SW Naito Pkwy, Portland 97204
    Time: 9 am - 8 pm (Breakfast and registration begin at 8 am)
    CPE: 10 Continuing Professional Education credits, including 2 in ethics
    Admission: Early birds before May 4 - $195 members/$215 nonmembers; Regular admission - $235 members/$255 nonmembers
    Parking: Please park on the street at a meter or in one of the local parking garages for a small fee.


    •Marcy Phelps, Founder and President, Marcy Phelps & Associates, Inc.
    Presentation: Trust, but Verify: Online Sources and Strategies for Due Diligence Investigations
    Description: Knowing who you’re dealing with is the foundation of good business decisions and risk management – before you invest. Are potential business partners, expert witnesses, senior executives, or investment managers who they say they are? Are they trustworthy, reputable, and reliable? This fast-paced session covers sites and techniques for due diligence background investigations and building profiles on people and companies that can affect your or your organization’s reputation and bottom line.

    As the founder and president of Denver-based Marcy Phelps & Associates Inc. (formerly Phelps Research Inc.), Marcy helps investors manage risk and prevent fraud through due diligence investigations. She started her company in 2000 after earning a Master’s degree in Library and Information Science from the University of Denver. Marcy is a Certified Fraud Examiner and a licensed private investigator. She blogs about investment due diligence and investigative research at www.phelpsresearch.com/blog.

    •Donna Maddux and Jennifer Martin - Assistant U.S. Attorneys, District of Oregon
    Ethics in "Jeopardy"
    Description: In this fun and engaging session, participants will learn how ethical rules of conduct apply to members of investigative teams.

    Donna Maddux currently serves as an Assistant United States Attorney in the Criminal Fraud Unit of the United States Attorney’s Portland office.  She is responsible for the prosecution of a wide range of federal fraud crimes. Prior to joining the U.S. Attorney’s office in September 2012, Donna served as an Assistant Attorney General and statewide prosecutor with the Oregon Department of Justice for ten years.  From 2004 – 2009, Donna worked in a number of capacities in the Criminal Justice Division, as an honors attorney, a line attorney and a manager.  From 2009 – 2012, Donna prosecuted cases on behalf of Oregon’s Medicaid Fraud Unit.   

    Jennifer J. Martin serves as an Assistant United States Attorney in the Violent Crime Unit of the United States Attorney’s Portland office.  She is responsible for prosecuting a wide range of federal crimes on Indian reservations. Prior to joining the U.S. Attorney’s office in August 2002, Jennifer served as an Assistant Attorney General with the Oregon Department of Justice, as a Deputy District Attorney for Multnomah County, and as an Associate for a law firm.  Between 1998 and 2000, Jennifer took a leave of absence to serve as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Sri Lanka and Romania.  

    •Alex Hill and Dan Thenell - Thenell Law Group
    Insurance Fraud in Oregon
    Description: A general overview of current insurance fraud trends in Oregon, with case examples. We will learn to recognize some of the most common new schemes, including vehicle and arson claims.  Relevant insurance policy language will be explained and Oregon statutes that apply to insurance fraud cases will be reviewed.

    Alex Hill’s practice focuses on business and insurance law throughout Oregon and Washington. As a former police officer and claims professional for a large insurance company, Alex brings a unique perspective to Bullivant's Business Law group. His professional experience in criminal and insurance investigations provides him with advanced training and experience in interviewing, investigations and negotiations. Alex enjoys leveraging this non-traditional background to provide his clients with a distinct, think-outside-the-box approach to evaluations, analysis and resolution options. Alex regularly represents and advises small and larger businesses regarding a wide variety of legal matters including contract disputes and liabilities, entity formation, mergers and acquisitions, and general litigation matters.  Alex is admitted to practice in the Oregon and Washington state courts, the District Court of Oregon, the Western District of Washington, and the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals. 

    Attorney Dan Thenell formed Thenell Law Group in 2012. Dan's practice focuses on the investigation and litigation of Special Investigation Unit (SIU) claims and first and third­ party coverage claims. Within his areas of practice, Dan is experienced in the bad faith and claim coverage issues inherent in first party SIU investigations and litigation. Dan also handles general liability and personal injury claims. Before creating Thenell Law Group, Dan spent six years as a partner with a large litigation defense firm. Prior to that, Dan represented cities and counties in civil rights and employment cases.  He worked for six years as a Washington County Deputy District Attorney, where he prosecuted more than 60 jury trials and numerous court trials.  Dan specialized in the prosecution of the large-scale identity theft and fraud crimes.  He has also trained law enforcement officers in report writing, search and seizure and domestic violence.  Dan regularly defends insurers against coverage and extra-contractual allegations. In 2014, Dan tried and obtained defense verdicts in actions for breach of contract, bad faith and violations of consumer protection statues in the United States District Courts for Washington and Idaho. Both cases arose from intentional fire losses. In 2015, Dan tried four Oregon and Washington federal first party trials through verdict, achieving favorable results for his clients. In the first quarter of 2016, Dan tried a three-week first party case in Washington state court and a multi-day insurance fraud case in Oregon state court, receiving a defense verdict for his client on material misrepresentation ground.  In addition to being a trial lawyer, Dan has conducted hundreds of EUOs regarding property and casualty claims in Oregon, Washington, Idaho and Alaska. Dan also conducts policy language reviews and provides general coverage advice to clients on Pacific Northwest liability and property issues.

    •Serena Morones, Jennifer Murphy, CFE, and Jennifer Prager - Morones Analytics
    Presentation: How to Frame Conclusions in a Fraud Investigation (From a CPA Perspective)
    Description: According to the CFE Code of Professional Standards, CFEs are not to express an opinion regarding the guilt or innocence of any person or party. To conclude that fraud has occurred is a violation of the standard. Through case examples, we will highlight why the CFE needs to be careful when interpreting suspect transactions.
    Bios: Serena Morones, Jennifer Murphy and Jennifer Prager specialize in forensic accounting, damage analysis and business valuation at Morones Analytics in Portland. Morones Analytics has provided expert analysis and testimony on numerous large and complex litigation cases.

    Serena Morones

    Jennifer Murphy

    Jennifer Prager

    •Kristy Cook - CyberSavvy Consulting
    Cybersecurity: Safeguard Your Organization's Assets and the Community's Trust
    Description: A cyber security event is devastating to any organization. Many unprepared to address them are unable to recover. Learn how industry best practices can protect your organization’s data through the technologies you use daily, helping your organization and the community it serves thrive and better position itself in its industry.

    Kristy Cook, JD, MPA, is the Owner of CyberSavvy Consulting, which provides cybersecurity consultation services throughout the United States to businesses who want to better understand the cyber landscape in which they operate. Kristy is also the Principal Attorney at Cook Legal Services where she practices privacy and security law, nonprofit law, and business law. Prior to starting CyberSavvy Consulting and her own law practice, Kristy lead the Legal Affairs Department at Central City Concern for seven years. While there, she helped grow, oversee, and embed the privacy and security and compliance functions into CCC’s operations, and as a former member of the Executive Leadership Team there, she is also well versed in the wide-ranging business challenges that arise from such an undertaking. Kristy is driven by a passion to help ease the growing concern and frustration business leaders face as cybersecurity challenges arise around them by assisting businesses across all sectors with applying industry best practices and proactive approaches that help mitigate potential exposure to cybersecurity threats.

    •Scott Bradford and Quinn Harrington - Assistant U.S. Attorney, District of Oregon
     Understanding and Countering the Threat Posed by Cybercrimes
    Description:  Looking at recent fraud and cybercrime cases in the District of Oregon, we will discuss trends, using case studies and local examples to highlight current threats.
    Bios: Scott Bradford began his career as a federal prosecutor with the U.S. Department of Justice in 2007, when he was hired by the Tax Division through the Attorney General Honors Program to investigate and prosecute tax, white-collar, and money laundering crimes. In 2009, he joined the United States Attorney's Office for the District of Oregon, where he continues to investigate and prosecute white-collar crime. Additionally, he serves as Chief of the Fraud Unit, one of the Computer Hacking and Intellectual Property Coordinators, and the National Security Cyber Specialist. Prior to joining the U.S. Department of Justice, he clerked for the Honorable Michael W. Mosman, U.S. District Court, District of Oregon. He received his B.A. from Brigham Young University and his J.D. from Gonzaga University School of Law.

    Quinn P. Harrington is an Assistant United States Attorney for the District of Oregon, prosecuting white collar crime cases.  Before joining the U.S. Attorney’s Office, he worked for six years as a Trial Attorney in the Tax Division of the United States Department of Justice, where he handled civil and criminal matters.  During his career, he has handled three multi-week criminal jury trials.  He earned his law degree in 2008 from the University of Oregon, where he was awarded membership into the Order of the Coif, and was a Managing Editor of the Oregon Law Review.  He clerked for Justice Rives Kister at the Oregon Supreme Court immediately after law school.

    •Glenn Watson - Defense Criminal Investigative Service

    Presentation: Ethics - Who Pays The Price?
    Description: Corruption, bribery, fraud, sexual harassment - there continues to be no shortage of corporate bad actors and public relations disasters. This presentation will discuss the cost of unethical behavior for (1) the companies and (2) those conflicted employees who reported bad behavior.
    Bio: Glenn is currently a special agent with the Defense Criminal Investigative Service (DCIS). He has held similar positions with other federal law enforcement organizations including the U.S. Department of Homeland Security and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.

    •FBI Portland Staff 
    Description: Crytopcurrency from an Investigator’s Perspective

    •Movie Presentation, “All the Queen’s Horses” with Guest Julia Jarrett, Federal Prosecutor (A Lesson in Municipal Fraud)
    As city comptroller of Dixon, IL, Rita Crundwell stole $53 million of public funds across 20 years — the largest case of municipal fraud in American history. She used the funds to build one of the nation's leading quarter
    horse breeding empires, all while forcing staff cuts, police budget slashing, and neglect of infrastructure. Commentary and Q & A with Julia Jarrett, Assistant US Attorney, Asset Forfeiture Unit.


    You are encouraged to sign up early as we are limiting admission to 100 total participants.

    If you would like to sponsor the event, please contact admin@oacfe.org.  We appreciate your support!



    $235.00 OACFE Member
    $195.00 Earlybird rate before May 4

    $255.00 Non Member
    $215.00 Earlybird rate before May 4