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September 19th to 21st, 2017

Just $195 to attend the 2017 Financial Crimes & Digital Evidence Conference! We are happy to announce that the 17th 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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Day 1 - Tuesday, Sept 19th, 2017
07:00 - 08:30 Registration in the Foyer

Our 2017 Agenda is finalized, and can be located here: View the 2017 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, Assistant United States Attorney (AUSA)
09:00 AM - 11:15 AM Digital Currency

To be completed soon.

11:30 AM - 12:30 PM Current Trends: Search and Seizure of Digital Data

This session will cover recent developments in the application for digital evidence warrants in Oregon.  Practical tips will include methods for drafting both a search warrant affidavit and face sheet in a manner that best identifies the scope of the warrant to avoid over breadth challenges.

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 - 15:00 PM It Takes a Village: The Evolution of a Multi-Agency, Multi-Fraud Case

This session will describe the nature and evolution of a complex fraud case involving multiple agencies and multiple types of fraudulent activity.  The case study features charities fraud, welfare fraud, elder abuse, and other crimes.  This case highlights the challenges inherent in these types of cases.

15:15 PM - 16:45 PM Lessons Learned from a Complex Drug Trafficking Case: Electronic Surveillance, Financial Investigations, Money Laundering and Forfeiture

This case study will illustrate how the use of electronic surveillance and financial investigative techniques morphed a street-level drug investigation into a large-scale trafficking case.   The session will show how defendants laundered proceeds through banking, investments and precious metals.  Participants will learn basic techniques for obtaining electronic evidence from sources including cellular phone providers and mobile tracking devices.  Participants will also learn about the civil forfeiture processes used to seize assets located during this investigation. The Salem Police Department investigated this case and the Marion County District Attorney’s Office prosecuted the case in 2016.

17:30 PM - 21:00 PM Hospitality Room

Refreshments and Snacks will be provided.

Day 2 - Wednesday, Sept 20th, 2017
08:30 AM - 09:30 AM Tools for Elder Abuse Investigations & Prosecutions

The session will look at several unique provisions of Oregon law that assist the investigation and prosecution of elder abuse financial exploitation cases.  Specifically power of attorney protections, the streamlined method for obtaining bank records in elder abuse case in ORS 192.597, the procedure for criminal depositions in Oregon criminal cases, as well as other practical and legal best practices in dealing with elder abuse financial crimes.

09:45 AM - 10:45 AM Sociopathic Fraudsters: A Tale of Two Con Men

Most fraudsters are opportunists.  Sociopathic con men (and women) behave differently and present unique challenges to fraud investigations and prosecutions.  This session will assist participants in spotting the characteristics of a sociopathic offender, discuss options for improving these types of investigations and prosecutions, and will present suggestions for working with victims of sociopaths.  Participants will see the approach at work in the investigation and prosecution of Lloyd Benton Sharp and Jack Holden for their role in the Gold Star Biodiesel investment scam.

11:00 AM - 12:00 PM Trade Based Money Laundering and the Black Market Peso Exchange

This session will provide an overview of how criminal organizations use financial institutions and commerce to launder funds domestically and internationally.  The session will highlight emerging trends in money laundering, including trade based money laundering.  Participants will learn about the techniques and tools available to trace laundered funds.

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 donna.maddux@usdoj.gov.

13:00 PM - 14:30 PM Cyber Breaches and the Fraud that Follows

This session will expose attendees to the various types of cyber-attacks currently deployed, with a focus on the steps attackers are taking and how attackers are using compromised data.

14:45 PM - 15:45 PM Emerging Trends in Bank Fraud and ID Theft: Counterfeit Credit Cards and Identifications

This case study presentation will illustrate new trends in how criminals use counterfeit credit cards and counterfeit identifications to obtain cash from bank accounts.  It will also show how criminals use counterfeit identifications to add Apple products to victim’s cellphone accounts.

16:00 PM - 17:00 PM SNAP Retailer Fraud Case Study

To be added soon.

17:30 PM - 21:00 PM Hospitality Room

Refreshments and Snacks will be provided.

Day 3 - Thursday, Sept 21st, 2017
08:30 AM - 09:30 AM Fighting Fraud with Civil RICO

This presentation will provide a case study of the civil RICO case State of Oregon vs. Henry  Cricket, et al. This case involved a series of Oregon straw companies who scammed elderly consumers into paying more for magazines and newspapers. Oregon worked with other agencies, including the postal inspector, the local sheriff’s office, FTC, and other state Attorney General’s offices.  Oregon obtained a restraining order, froze assets, and obtained a settlement of $3,000,000 through mediation.   Participants will see that civil remedies, not just criminal charges, can disrupt fraudulent conduct and provide justice for fraud victims.

09:45 AM - 10:45 AM Ethics in “Jeopardy”

In this fun and engaging session, participants will learn how the Oregon State Bar rules of professional conduct apply to prosecutors and members of investigative teams.

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.

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Kurt Miller

Deputy District Attorney, Marion County District Attorney’s Office

Kurt Miller is a Deputy District Attorney with the Marion County District Attorney’s Office.

Ariel Dreher

Assistant Attorney General, ODOJ

Ariel Dreher is an Assistant Attorney General for the Oregon Department of Justice.

Dan Norris

Elder Abuse Resource Prosecutor, Oregon Department of Justice

Dan Norris is the first Elder Abuse Resource Prosecutor for the State of Oregon.

Dave Kramer

Former Senior Assistant Attorney General, ODOJ, currently in private practice

Dave Kramer is a trial lawyer with over 35 years of litigation experience in state, federal, and military courts.

Scott Emmons

Detective, Salem Police Department

Scott Emmons is a police officer with the Salem Police Department