Get Ready to Register for 2019!
September 18th to 20th, 2019

A BIG THANK YOU to all our sponsors, speakers and all of you who attended. 2018 was another great conference.

STAY TUNED for more information on what to expect for 2019!

We hope to soon announce officially that the 19th 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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Program Schedule
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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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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 […]

Steven Beltz

Steven Beltz is a Special Agent with the National Insurance Crime Bureau (NICB).

Steven Beltz is a Special Agent with the National Insurance Crime Bureau (NICB).  Before joining NICB, Special Agent Beltz had a distinguished 36-year career in state and federal government.  He has worked in Fraud and Threat Assessment Analytics, Computer Forensics, Collision and Crime Scene Reconstruction, and EMT / Firefighting.  Special Agent Beltz also holds many […]

Matthew Swansinger

Matt Swansinger is a Special Agent with the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI).

Matt Swansinger has been a Special Agent with the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) for 10 years.  He is currently assigned to the Portland Field Office.  Special Agent Swansinger has investigated a variety of criminal matters, including complex financial crimes, aggravated identity theft, public corruption and fraud against the government.   Prior to joining the FBI, Special […]

Michael Korcek

Michael Korcek is a Special Agent with the Criminal Division of the Oregon Department of Justice.

Michael Korcek began his career in law enforcement after high school as a police cadet.  He became an officer with the Ontario (California) Police Department in 1990 and transitioned to the Salem Police Department in 1995.  From 1998 – 2017 he worked as a detective. In 2002 he began investigating financial crimes.  He served as […]

William Soule

William Soule is a Special Agent with the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

Bill Soule has been employed as a Special Agent with the FBI since 1991.  During his tenure with the FBI, he has served in offices in Rutland, Vermont; San Juan, Puerto Rico; and Eugene, Oregon.  He works a wide variety of federal criminal matters with an emphasis on white-collar crime.  Prior to the FBI, he […]