Financial Crimes & Digital Evidence Foundation
Board of Directors
Executive Director – Sean Hoar
Sean Hoar is a partner with Davis Wright Tremaine LLP in their Privacy and Security practice where he assists businesses in preparing for and responding to data breaches and information security threats. He previously served as the lead cyber attorney for the United States Attorney’s Office in Oregon where he prosecuted complex white collar and high tech crime. He is a co-author of “Identity Theft and Social Security Fraud” published by the United States Department of Justice, and serves as an adjunct professor at the University of Oregon School of Law and the Lewis and Clark Law School where he teaches courses in Cybercrime. As a federal prosecutor between 1991 and 2014, he received numerous commendations and twice received the highest honor bestowed upon an Assistant United States Attorney by the Department of Justice, the Director’s Award, for accomplishments in litigation and the provision of national assistance to prosecutors and investigators. From 1987 to 1991, Mr. Hoar served as an Assistant District Attorney for Lane County in Eugene, Oregon, where he supervised the District Court Division and prosecuted a wide range of felony offenses including narcotics, property and violent crime in the Circuit Court Division. He is admitted to practice before the United States Supreme Court, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, the United States District Court for the District of Oregon, and the various courts in the State of Oregon.
President – Donna Maddux
Donna Maddux served as a prosecutor with the Oregon Department of Justice from 2003 – 2012. From 2004 – 2007, she was one of two prosecutors assigned to the Tobacco Tax Crimes Task Force (TCTF). At TCTF, Donna prosecuted tobacco tax evasion cases, including complex multi-defendant racketeering cases and cases against illegally operating internet cigarette sellers. As the Attorney in Charge of the Department’s Organized Crime Section from 2007 – 2009, Donna supervised a unit that investigated and prosecuted all forms of financial fraud, drug crimes, internet crimes against children and public corruption. From 2009 – 2012, Donna worked as a prosecutor with the Department’s Medicaid Fraud Unit. Donna’s Medicaid Fraud work focused on the investigation and prosecution of home care worker fraud and related crimes against state agencies, including food stamp fraud, housing fraud, and Oregon state tax crimes.
In September 2012, Donna accepted a position as an Assistant United States Attorney in the Fraud Unit of the Portland office. She is responsible for the prosecution of a wide range of fraud cases.
Donna provides training to law enforcement and related groups on request and has served on the planning committee for the Financial Crimes and Digital Evidence Conference since 2004.
Donna received her law degree in 2002 from the Lewis & Clark School of Law in Portland.
Treasurer – Carole Byrum
Carole Byrum recently retired from Wells Fargo Bank as a Vice President and Senior Investigator after 21 years. She conducted numerous types of both external and internal fraud investigations including ring related, elder abuse, telemarketing, forgery, theft, credit card, embezzlements and many other types of fraud cases. Prior to joining Wells Fargo Bank, Carole worked as an investigator at US Bank for eleven years in their Security Department.
Board Member – Jonathan Groux
Jonathan Groux is the Attorney-in-Charge of the Financial Fraud Section of the Oregon Department of Justice. Mr. Groux holds a BA from Goddard College, an MTS from Boston University, and a JD from Willamette University College of Law. He is licensed to practice law in both Massachusetts and Oregon and his legal experience spans 17 years. He has practiced law in both the private and public sector. In the private sector, he has represented numerous business entities and individuals as a litigant and in an advisory capacity on commercial issues in the banking, creditor, construction, and mortgage related industry. In the public sector, he has represented the State of Oregon’s interests as an employer in the Oregon Department of Justice, General Counsel Division, Labor and Employment section; litigation counsel within the Business Activities section, and; prosecuting financial crimes and commercial violations in the Criminal Justice Division. He served as a Deputy District Attorney I in Klamath County, a Deputy District Attorney II in Coos County, and prosecuted financial crimes as an Assistant Attorney General within the Business and Labor Bureau of the Massachusetts Attorney General’s Office. He currently represents the State of Oregon in the civil prosecution of financial fraud, false claims, and consumer protection violations. His duties include coordinating with federal agencies, state agencies, and Attorney General Offices around the country in multi-state investigations and litigation against national business entities.
Board Member – Lillian Salminen
Lillian retired from the Arizona Attorney General’s Office where she prosecuted fraud cases for the state. After moving to Portland she became a certified fraud examiner. Lillian is a past president of the Oregon Association of Certified Fraud Examiners. Since her admission to the Oregon State Bar, she volunteers at the Oregon Crime Victims Law Institute and Law Center.
Board Member – Bill Hansen
Bill Hansen has been a member and supporter of the Financial Crimes & Digital Evidence Conference organization for many years. Bill has been a Financial Investigator with the State of Oregon since 1990, currently with the state’s Division of Finance & Corporate Securities (DFCS) and before that with the Oregon Department of Justice. He started his law enforcement career in the Military Police attached to the Central Intelligence Agency stationed in Europe, and after college, took a position with the federal government as a bank examiner, working many fraud cases during the savings & loan crisis of the mid to late 80’s. DFCS Enforcement employs a staff of investigators and attorneys to investigate fraud and enforce Oregon laws and regulations involving financial transactions, including investments, securities, mortgage lending, banking, credit unions, money transmitters, consumer finance, check cashers, pawn shops, and other financial organizations, doing business in Oregon. Enforcement actions range from criminal investigation and prosecution, to civil suits, and administrative actions, working independently or in partnership with federal, state, and local agencies to achieve the best result.
Board Member – Micah Smith
Micah Smith is the Computer Crimes Detective for the Linn County Sheriff’s Office in Albany, Oregon, primarily investigating computer-facilitated child sex crimes, and undercover peer-to-peer file sharing investigations, as well as conducting computer forensics examinations for Linn County and neighboring agencies. Detective Smith’s forensic specialty has focused on the Mac operating system, as well as Windows forensics using EnCase. Detective Smith is a recipient of the 2005 National Center for Missing and Exploited Children’s Law Enforcement Award, serves as a faculty instructor for the National District Attorneys Association, is a frequent presenter at Internet safety conferences throughout the Northwest, and is in charge of the Sheriff’s Office Internet safety program techSmartz tasked with keeping kids safer online. He is married, and has two children.