Our 16th year is 2016!!!
September 20th to 22nd, 2016

Just $175 to attend the 2016 Financial Crimes & Digital Evidence Conference! We are happy to announce that the 16th Annual Financial Crimes & Digital Evidence Conference will once again be held at the Salem Convention Center and The Grand Hotel in Salem, Oregon. Check back here for updates, or SIGN UP to receive occasional (1-3) email updates from our Admin under the Contact Us page.

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Program Schedule
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Day 1 - Tuesday, Sept 20th, 2016
07:00 - 08:30 Registration in the Foyer

Our 2016 Agenda is confirmed, and can be located here: View the 2016 FULL AGENDA

08:30 - 09:00 Welcome & Introductions
  • Presentation of the Colors – Salem Police Department
  • Welcome – Billy J. Williams, United States Attorney and Ellen Rosenblum, Oregon Attorney General
  • Conference Overview – Donna Maddux, AUSA
09:00 AM - 11:15 AM Digital Forensics for Investigators and Prosecutors

This session will review why digital evidence is important to investigations, when to collect it, and how to go looking for it. Participants will gain high-level knowledge of the types of forensic artifacts that are available and the information they provide. The session will include practical examples of forensic artifacts that could be included in a forensic analysis and how they can be used to support an investigation. Participants will also gain an understanding of how to plan for collecting and incorporating digital evidence in an investigation.

11:30 AM - 12:30 PM Business Email Compromises

This session will review current Business Email Compromise trends.  There will be opportunities for discussion around prevention, recovery, and best practices in working with law enforcement to investigate these cases.

12:30 PM - 13:30 PM Lunch

Lunch is provided with your conference registration fee.  If you have special dietary needs, please email Assistant United States Attorney Donna Maddux at donna.maddux@usdoj.gov.

13:30 PM - 14:30 PM Oregon Cyber Task Force

This session will provide an introduction to the mission, organization and capabilities of the Oregon Cyber Task Force (OCTF), with an overview of current cases, trends in cyber enabled crime and computer intrusions impacting Oregon and the nation. The OCTF is sponsored by the FBI and is comprised of investigators and analysts from federal, state and local law enforcement agencies in Oregon. The OCTF objective is to provide a statewide resource dedicated to the investigation of complex computer intrusions and digital crimes.

14:45 PM - 15:45 PM Visa Cyber Intelligence & Investigations

This session will provide an overview of the Visa Cyber Intelligence & Investigation team, how they collect and gather information, how they work cases with law enforcement, and how they communicate with issuers regarding breaches.  It will also cover breach trends including sectors that are being targeted, how a typical network intrusion occurs, and what Visa is doing to combat these issues and make the payment ecosystem safer.

16:00 PM - 17:00 PM Tax Refund Fraud Investigations and Prosecutions: “A Guy Walks into the Treasury and out with a Bag of Cash”

This session will discuss basics of the crime of tax refund fraud including:
• the common organizational structure of participants;
• the requirement of SSN, names, and DOB;
• the common mechanisms for obtaining SSN, names, and DOBs and
• use of stored-value debit cards to received proceeds.

The session will also cover investigative techniques including:
• the IRS-CI scheme development center;
• the use of IP logs;
• tracing of proceeds via stored-value debit cards;
• search warrants; and
• grand jury process.

Finally, the session will also cover prosecution techniques including:
• the role of the Tax Division in IRS federal tax investigations;
• identity theft ;
• suggested charges for specific roles; and
• use of cooperators.

17:30 PM - 21:00 PM Hospitality Room

Refreshments and Snacks will be provided.

Day 2 - Wednesday, Sept 21st
08:30 AM - 09:30 AM Unbridled Betrayal: The Systematic Depletion of a Mother’s Estate

This session will follow an Elder financial fraud case from complaint, to investigation, to prosecution. The session will address some of the difficulties that can arise during a criminal elder exploitation investigation and prosecution and what might be available from an accompanying civil case.

09:45 AM - 10:45 AM Division of Financial Regulation: Overview and Resources

This session will introduce (or re-introduce) the State agency that regulates all financial institutions and businesses in the State of Oregon. Who were are, what we do, how we do it, the nature of the scams we investigate and how we work with law enforcement in the prosecution of white collar criminals. Examples of specific scams, trends and related cases will be discussed throughout the presentation.

11:00 AM - 12:00 PM Financial Exploitation by Professional Fiduciaries: When the Fox is Minding the Henhouse

This session will provide an overview of when and how professional fiduciaries are appointed, their duties, the standards they must comply with and the lack of oversight within this industry. Examples of how weaknesses within this system are used to financially exploit vulnerable individuals will be highlighted from the State v. Lisa Bayer Day case.

12:00 PM - 13:30 PM Lunch

Lunch is provided with your conference registration fee.  If you have special dietary needs, please email Assistant United States Attorney Donna Maddux at donna.maddux@usdoj.gov.

13:30 PM - 14:30 PM Another Tool in the Toolbox: State and Federal False Claims Act

This session will provide an overview of the State and Federal False Claims Acts and how they should be considered another tool in your fraud fighting tool box.  These civil statutes can enhance your investigations and help provide better results in many cases.  Examples of how the statutes have been used and could be used in federal and state cases will be highlighted by both the Oregon Department of Justice and the U.S. Attorney’s Office.

14:45 PM - 15:45 PM Fraud in Real Estate Transactions: A Case Study

In this presentation, recently retired investigator/auditor, Peter Bale, will take the audience through the workings of the investigations of complaints against real estate and property manager licensees. Using, as an example, the case that won Peter the Arello Investigator of the Year award for 2015, we will see the case unfold through the eyes of a regulatory authority.

16:00 PM - 17:00 PM Insurance Fraud: A Case Study

This presentation will provide attendees with an overview of fraud on insurance agencies and insurance fraud investigative techniques through review of the case of US vs. Lisa Ephrem. The presentation will include the investigation by FBI and two large insurance companies; working with insurance company investigators and lawyers; the related civil litigation and how it affected the criminal case; the challenge of dealing with traditional Roma witnesses; collaboration with SSA-OIG; charging decisions; and sentencing.

17:30 PM - 21:00 PM Hospitality Room

Refreshments and Snacks will be provided.

Day 3 - Thursday, Sept 22nd
08:30 AM - 09:30 AM Partnering with Oregon Department of Human Services Fraud Investigations

This session will cover:
• O.P.A.R. DHS Fraud Investigations: who they are and what they do
• Best practices for partnering with DHS Fraud Investigations
• Case examples

09:45 AM - 10:45 AM Ethics for Issues for Investigative Teams

Ethics Training. Additional description to follow.

11:00 AM - 12:00 PM Legal and Legislative Updates

This session will provide attendees with updates in relevant State and Federal case law and statutory law, and will cover current financial and digital trends in the law. Participants will have an overview of the current state of the law, and a roadmap of what to expect over the following year.

Speaker Lineup
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Rachel Royston

Enforcement Investigator, Division of Financial Regulation

Rachel Royston is an Enforcement Investigator with the Oregon Division of Financial Regulation (DFR).  Prior to DFR, she spent three years as a Tax Auditor for the Oregon Department of Revenue and four years with the Oregon Department of Justice.  Ms. Royston received her undergraduate degree in Accounting and is currently pursuing her CFE Certification.  […]

Peter Bale

Peter R. Bale

Real Estate Investigator/Auditor

Peter Bale, qualified as an accountant in London, England, then worked in Zambia and the UK as a corporate finance officer until 2000. Having moved to the Pacific Northwest in 2001, Peter joined the Oregon Real Estate Agency in 2011, and retired from the Agency in August 2016.  In 2015 Peter was awarded the Investigator of […]


Ryan Cram

Criminal Fraud Investigator, ODHS Fraud Investigations Unit

Ryan Cram is currently a criminal investigator with Fraud Investigations Unit at the Oregon Department of Human Services.  Ryan graduated with a B.S. in Law Enforcement from Western Oregon University.  Ryan has worked with the Douglas County Sheriff’s office, the Douglas County Juvenile Department and worked with DHS for 7 years in the Child Protective […]

Bank of the West

Hayley McCormick

Investigations Manager, Corporate Security Investigations, Bank of the West

Hayley McCormick is a Certified Fraud Examiner and Corporate Security Investigations Manager for Bank of the West.  She leads a team of investigators located in California, Oklahoma, and North Dakota who are responsible for investigation of crimes such as identity theft, insider threats, bank robberies, financial elder abuse, and cybercrime which are committed against Bank […]

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Tippi Pearse

Financial Enforcement Officer/Attorney, Division of Financial Regulation

Tippi Pearse is a Financial Enforcement Officer/Attorney with the Oregon Division of Financial Regulation.  She received her undergraduate degree from USC and her law degree from the University of Oregon.  Ms. Pearse has been a member of the Division’s trial team for various prosecutions of securities crimes.