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September 18th to 20th, 2018

Just $195 to attend the 2018 Financial Crimes & Digital Evidence Conference! We are happy to announce that the 18th 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.
15 DPSST, CLE, or CFE credits are available including 1 hour of Ethics!

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Day 1 - Tuesday, Sept 18th, 2018
07:00 - 08:00 Continental Breakfast

Continental breakfast is served on both Day 1 and Day 2 starting at 7:00 AM prior to the sessions.

07:00 - 08:30 Registration in the Foyer

View the 2018. Final 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, Assistant United States Attorney (AUSA)
09:00 - 11:30 Elder Exploitation Investigations & Prosecutions

Using a case example, financial exploitation expert Page Ulrey will provide participants with training regarding the investigation of elder financial exploitation, including:

  • Dementia: the impact on cognitive capacity and competency; how investigators can respond when these issues arise.
  • Legal instruments and the role they may play in a financial exploitation case.
  • Relevant evidence in a financial case, including how to obtain it, who to interview, and useful questions to ask in those interviews.
  • The early stages of the prosecution in the case example, the trial that followed, and lessons learned.
11:30 - 12:30 Public Corruption Cases: What to Look For

In this session, FBI Agents will share tips for identifying public corruption red flags during financial investigations.   By way of illustration, the presenters will highlight a case study of a successful Oregon-based public corruption investigation and prosecution.

12:30 - 13:30 Lunch

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

13:30 - 14:30 Current Trends in Counterfeit Currency

Secret Service Agent TBD

14:45 - 15:45 Fraud Investigations and Multi-Agency Intelligence Gathering

This local law enforcement presentation will highlight, through use of a case study, successfully fraud investigations using a multi-agency intelligence gathering approach.

16:00 - 17:00 Maximizing Financial Investigations & Obtaining Oregon Tax Records for Tax Crimes

This session will:

  • Explain the different resources available to locate financial accounts (e.g. credit history reports, OFIN, ORS 192.603, subpoenas vs. search warrants, and consent).
  • Explain the importance of the language to include in requests to financial institutions (FI) and what to look for in the response.
  • Discuss reasonable fees that FIs may request and when fees may be deferred.
  • Provide an overview of what to do with financial records after you receive them.
  • Discuss how to obtain tax records from Oregon Department of Revenue (ODOR) for separate investigation.
  • Discuss the ODOR disclosure form and who must sign it.
  • Discuss how to present case for prosecution, including state tax crimes.
17:00 - 21:00 Hospitality Room



Day 2 - Wednesday, Sept 19th, 2018
07:00 - 08:00 Continental Breakfast

Continental breakfast is served on both Day 1 and Day 2 starting at 7:00 AM prior to the sessions.

08:30 - 09:30 How the Onset of Security Apps is Impacting Investigations

With data breaches, identity theft, and social sharing of personal information and content, awareness of personal privacy and security on mobile devices is growing.  The onset of security apps for phones helps people feel proactive in safeguarding their privacy.  Both security conscious users and nefarious actors have turned to both security apps and vault apps to protect their data.  These apps can provide a trove of new content for investigators because individuals use them to hide illicit images or video.

This session will provide a look into vault and security apps with a focus on Cheetah Mobile apps including file managers, cleaning apps, private browsers and app locks.   The presentation will focus on the types of artifact evidence these apps can leave behind and will highlight what investigators need to know when dealing with these apps.

09:45 - 10:45 Collecting ESI from the Cloud

This session will inform attendees on the methods that can be used to gather investigatory data from cloud services, such as Google and Apple.

11:00 - 12:00 Using Electronic Evidence at Trial

This session will address issues and theories of admissibility of electronic evidence at trial.  You obtained a great tweet, text, chat, posting, etc. during the investigation.  But how will the prosecutor introduce it at trial?  Learn the key foundational requirements and facts you need to gather during your investigation to ensure your electronic evidence gets before the jury.

12:00 PM - 13:00 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

13:00 - 14:30 Reverse Mortgage Fraud Schemes

In this session, participants will receive an in-depth briefing of Reverse Mortgage fraud, an area of fraud currently hitting elderly homeowners.  The presenters will discuss relevant case studies, and provide an overview of how HUD-OIG can assist with housing and mortgage fraud related cases.

14:45 - 15:45 Investment Fraud & Ponzi Schemes: Berjac of Oregon

Panelists will discuss the challenges they encountered during a multi-year, large scale, multi-agency investment fraud investigation and prosecution.   The panel will share how they handled a case that featured a large number of victims, a lack of business records, a lack of any written offering or representations relative to the investments, and parallel bankruptcy and civil proceedings.

16:00 - 17:00 National Insurance Crime Bureau: A Resource for Investigations

This session will introduce attendees to the many NICB resources available to law enforcement and regulatory agencies.   The bulk of the presentation will focus on case studies demonstrating how these resources assisted various criminal investigations.   For those already familiar with NICB resources, the session will feature additional resources added since the last NICB presentation at the FCDEC five years ago.

17:30 - 21:00 Hospitality Room



Day 3 - Thursday, Sept 20th, 2018
07:00 - 08:00 Day 3 full breakfast

A full breakfast, including eggs and bacon (who doesn’t love bacon?), is served on Day 3 starting at 7:00 AM.

08:30 - 09:30 Decrypting Cryptocurrency Scams

As interest in cryptocurrencies has grown, scammers have reportedly become more active in this area.  Reported scams include deceptive investment and business opportunities, bait-and-switch schemes, and deceptively marketed mining machines.  This session will provide attendees with information on mass-market fraud schemes that have a cryptocurrency “hook” and look at responses through law enforcement and educating consumers about cryptocurrencies.

09:45 - 10:45 Ethical Issues in Complex Criminal Trials

The session will focus on ethical issues in complex criminal trials.  Much of the content will present examples from the recent trial United States v. Heine (also known as the Bank of Oswego trial).  This case study will highlight potential pitfalls for investigative teams and prosecutors related to discovery obligations, candor to the Court, questions on cross-examination, contact with witnesses, and opening and closing arguments.

11:00 - 12:00 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 receive 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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Daniel Austin

Daniel Austin is a Special Agent with HUD-OIG Investigations in the Seattle Office.

Dan spent began his law enforcement career with the US Coast Guard in 1992 working counter narcotics, environmental crimes, and human trafficking interdiction.  After his service, Dan went to obtain a Bachelor’s degree in Public Administration before accepting a job as a Deputy with the Multnomah County Sheriff’s office in 1999 where he served approximately […]

Colin Benson

Colin Benson is a Senior Assistant Attorney General with the Criminal Division of the Oregon DOJ.

Colin Benson joined the Douglas County District Attorney’s Office as a prosecutor in 2002.  He prosecuted a wide range of cases including financial, domestic violence and elder abuse offenses.  In 2009, he was assigned to serve as counsel for the Douglas Interagency Narcotics Team where he served until he joined the Criminal Justice Division of […]

Jason Newport

Special Agent, Federal Bureau of Investigation

Jason Newport is a Special Agent with the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI).

Cesar Quezada

Cesar Quezada CISSP, GCFE, EnCE is a forensic consultant at Magnet Forensics.

Cesar Quezada CISSP, GCFE, EnCE is a forensic consultant at Magnet Forensics where he assists in the development of Magnet AXIOM and provides skilled support to customers with his combined knowledge of Magnet AXIOM and digital forensics. He has experience performing computer and mobile device forensics in both the commercial and government sectors and holds […]

Jim Siwek

Jim Siwek is an Assistant Special Agent in Charge with HUD-OIG Seattle Office.

Jim has been with HUD-OIG for over 18 years, first as an agent in the Chicago, IL office and now as the Assistant Special Agent in Charge in Seattle, WA.  Jim has investigated white-collar fraud, to include housing assistance fraud, block grant and community development fraud, focusing on embezzlement and public corruption.  Jim has investigated […]