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Fraud Conference

Annual Fraud Conference
June 8, 2018

The conference will be held in Alumni Room of the Thrift Building on the beautiful Florida Southern College campus.

We are offering 8 hours of A&A CPE credit for those who attend.

Online Registration Closed

Online registration is now closed, but you may register on site. Credit cards, checks, and cash (exact change only) will be accepted.


Full Day

Attractively priced at $190 for the day

Will include continental breakfast, lunch, and access to all four presentations

Half Day

Half day option priced at $95.

Choose a morning or afternoon section (will include continental breakfast OR lunch)

FSC Students

Tickets are $20 for FSC students.

Florida Southern College students are encouraged to attend. Take advantage of the special pricing!

A group rate is available for groups of two or more persons. Please contact Meredith Prokuski for details and fill out and return this downloadable form.


8:00 a.m. – 8:20 a.m. Registration / Check-In –AND— Breakfast
8:20 a.m. – 8:30 a.m. Welcome
8:30 a.m. – 9:20 a.m. Nancy Ridenour, CPA, CFE, CFF
Shareholder and Assurance Practice Leader; PDR CPAs + Advisors How SAS 99, the Fraud Standard, Has Changed the Way We Audit
9:20 a.m. – 9:25 a.m. Break
9:25 a.m. – 10:15 a.m. George P. Choundas
Associate Director, Division of Enforcement and Investigations; Public Company Accounting Oversight Board (PCAOB)
The Auditor’s Consideration of Fraud: Legal and Enforcement Topics
10:15 a.m. – 10:20 a.m. Break
10:20 a.m. – 11:10 a.m. Lori Winstead, Licensed Attorney
Director of County Court; State Attorney’s Office Forensic Accounting
11:10 a.m. – 11:15 a.m. Break
11:15 a.m. – 12:05 p.m. Mercy Mendoza, CAMS
AML & Financial Crimes Manager, Focus on Anti-Bribery and Anti-Corruption- ABAC; Raymond James
Scion Croweder, CAMS
AML & Financial Crimes Manager, Focus on Enterprise Fraud Management (EFM); Raymond James
Daniel McGarrigle, CAMS
AML & Financial Crimes Sr. Manager, BSA/AML Officer, Focus on RJFS Corporate Governance; Raymond James
Ryan Hagar, CAMS
AML & Financial Crimes Sr. Associate, Focus on Economic Sanctions; Raymond James
Kurt Gredzinksi
Counter Threat Finance Team Chief, Focus on Policy, Training, and Outreach; Department of Defense, Special Operations Command
The Evolution of Fraud Into Transitional Organized Crime: Reframing the Mindset
12:05 p.m. – 1:00 p.m. Lunch
1:00 p.m. – 1:50 p.m. Theresa Adlam
Identity Theft Victim Specialist; Office of the Attorney General
Principles to Safeguarding Personal Information
1:50 p.m. – 1:55 p.m. Break
1:55 p.m. – 2:45 p.m. Andrew Laflin, CPA
Principal, State and Local Government; CliftonLaronAllen LLP The Risks and Perils of Occupational Fraud
2:45 p.m. – 2:50 p.m. Break
2:50 p.m. – 3:40 p.m. Dr. Jim Hoover
Managing Director, Analytics; Accenture Federal Services
Detecting Fraud Using Big Data Analytics Techniques
3:40 p.m. – 3:45 p.m. Break
3:45 p.m. – 4:35 p.m. Edward Trott
Former Board Member of the FASB
Accounting, Auditing, and Fraud Over the Years

Meet Our Speakers

2018 Speakers

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Jim Hoover

Jim brings deep expertise in decision information sciences, analytics and supply chain combined with an experience-based understanding of the Navy’s mission to his role as lead for Accenture Federal Services Navy account.

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He served for 25 years in the Navy, retiring as a Captain in the Navy Supply Corps in 2009. During his Navy Career, he served operationally in a surface ship, at an air station and in a submarine. His military specialty was Operations Research, leading Operations Research teams solving supply chain and logistics problems at Headquarters levels in OPNAV, the Defense Logistics Agency, NAVSUP Headquarters, and the Naval Inventory Control Point.

Hoover joined Accenture in August 2009. Since that time, he initially worked on several projects supporting the Defense Logistics Agency including: advanced analytics for inventory and supply chain; business case analysis for distribution operations; and procurement optimization and procurement risk analysis. He was promoted to Managing Director at Accenture in 2012, and currently serves as the Navy Account lead for Accenture Federal Services. His teams work with Navy clients supporting Financial Auditability, Navy ERP SAP sustainment/build efforts, Naval Shipyard Maintenance applications, IT strategy, analytics and training. In January 2014, he also became the analytics lead for Accenture Federal Services encompassing the technical big data solutions, business intelligence, visual analytics and also the advanced analytics teams supporting Federal clients. This work encompasses oversight of analytics projects across the Federal Government that include: Human Capital Analytics, Fraud Detection, Intelligence Analytics, and Big Data applications.

Hoover is 2017 graduate of the University of Florida, receiving a Doctor of Business Administration degree with research focused on Analytics. He also holds an MBA with a concentration in Decision Information Sciences and an undergraduate business degree in Accounting.

Outside of his work with Accenture, he has briefed analytics projects and approaches at various conferences including INFORMS and SAS, and was the Industry Co-Chair of the ACT-IAC Analytics and Big Data Committee from January 2014 to December 2015.

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Nancy M. Ridenour, CPA, CFE, CFF

Nancy M. Ridenour has extensive experience in auditing, forensic accounting, and fraud investigations. Nancy has over 24 years experience in public accounting and is a shareholder with PDR CPAs + Advisors.

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From an industry perspective, she focuses on not-for-profit organizations, senior housing, and healthcare. Nancy is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA) and the Florida Institute of Certified Public Accountants (FICPA). Nancy is a volunteer/program presenter for the Nonprofit Leadership Center of Tampa Bay - providing training for board members. Nancy is a Certified Fraud Examiner and member of the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners.

Nancy is currently active on several not-for-profit boards including: Morton Plant Mease Health System, Nonprofit Leadership Center, Advocare Trust, Random Acts of Flowers Tampa Bay, Diocesan Finance Council for the Diocese of St. Petersburg, and Pinellas County Health Facilities Authority. Nancy also serves on the audit committee for BayCare Health System and Community Foundation of Tampa Bay.

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Theresa Adlam

Theresa Adlam is a Victim Services Program Specialist with the Division of Victim Services and Criminal Justice Programs in the Florida Office of the Attorney General, specializing in the area of Identity Theft.

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Ms. Adlam began her career in the field of criminal justice serving as a County Probation Officer soon after completing her bachelor’s degree in Criminology and Criminal Justice with a minor degree in Psychology from Florida State University in 1995. She found her passion for advocacy in 1997 while working as a Victim Advocate for the Ninth Judicial Circuit State Attorney’s Office, sex crimes, domestic violence and child abuse units. Ms. Adlam relocated from Orlando to Gainesville Florida in 1999 to accept the Regional Victim Advocate position for her current employer.

Over the last decade, she has appeared on local television programs, as well as the ABC News show “20/20.” She has also enjoyed the opportunity to train and speak throughout the country on the topic of identity theft for the Department of Justice, Office for Victims of Crime (OVC), Training and Technical Assistance Center (TTAC) since 2007.

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Lori Winstead

Assistant State Attorney, Lori Winstead received her undergraduate degree in Business Administration from Florida Southern College and her Juris Doctorate from Barry University School of Law. Ms. Winstead joined the State Attorney’s Office in 2008.

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In 2010, Ms. Winstead began working for Special Prosecutions in the area of Economic Crime and in 2013 became Chief Assistant State Attorney in Economic Crimes. Ms. Winstead prosecuted White-collar crimes such as Embezzlement, Grand Theft, Money Laundering, Identity Theft, Employee Theft, and Crimes Against the Elderly that occur in Polk, Highlands, and Hardee county. In January 2017, Ms. Winstead became the Assistant Felony Director. While Assistant Felony Director, Ms. Winstead oversaw several criminal felony divisions, approved arrest and search warrants, handled Governor’s Warrants, and continued to prosecute economic crimes. In March of 2018, Ms. Winstead became the Director of County Court. As the Director of County Court, she is in charge of training new prosecutors, overseeing Misdemeanor Intake, and the many State Attorney’s Office Diversion Programs. Ms. Winstead is a member of the Willson Inn of Court and the Lakeland Bar Association. In her free time, Ms. Winstead participates in the Polk County Reading Program, reading to elementary students each week, Domestic Violence Task Force, InnerAct Alliance, and is a member of the Lakeland Rotary. Ms. Winstead has been a resident of Florida for eighteen years and lives in Lakeland with her husband and children.

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George P. Choundas

George P. Choundas is an Associate Director, Division of Enforcement and Investigations, in the PCAOB’s New York office.

Read More about George P. Choundas

Before joining the PCAOB, he worked in the litigation departments of New York law firms Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP and Cravath Swaine & Moore LLP, served as a Special Agent in the White Collar Branch of the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s New York Field Office, and clerked for Chief Judge Dolores K. Sloviter of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit. He earned his BA and law degrees from Emory University.

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Andrew Laflin

Andrew is a principal within the State and Local Government Practice with CliftonLarsonAllen in the state of Florida. Andrew has 15 years of public accounting experience.

Read More about Andrew Laflin

Andrew’s practice is entirely devoted to serving Florida local governments, including counties, cities, transportation authorities, and numerous other special districts. He is a frequent speaker at various local and state-wide conferences throughout Florida, primarily affiliated with the Florida Institute of Certified Public Accountants (FICPA) and Florida Government Finance Officers Association (FGFOA). He also has approximately five years of teaching experience as an adjunct professor in the fields of financial and cost accounting at the University of Tampa and Hillsborough Community College in Tampa, Florida.

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Mercy Mendoza

Mercy currently works at Raymond James Financial, Inc. in the Anti-Money Laundering (AML) & Financial Crimes Management (FCM) Governance Group.

Read More about Mercy Mendoza

As an AML & FCM Manager, she is responsible for the program design, implementation, and management of the Anti-Bribery & Anti-Corruption (ABAC) Program, as well as the firm’s Financial Threat assessment Cell (FTAC). Mercy is also an AML Officer/Liaison for the firm’s Merchant Banking business. Prior to that, she assisted in the development and implementation of the company’s Economic Sanctions Program. Mercy’s experience includes analysis and investigation of financial crimes matters while working for the JP Morgan Chase Global Financial Crimes Compliance (GFCC) Team.

In addition to her role in the corporate world, Mercy also currently serves as a Platoon Sergeant in the United States Army Reserves for the past 15+ years where she specialize in Intelligence Analysis and Signal Network Operations. In her military role, she managed counter-narcotic intelligence operations and worked closely in partnership with the Special Operations Task Force, International Security Assistance Forces Special Operations Forces (ISAF-SOF), 10 battlespace owners, Afghan Special Operations Task Forces, the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), the United Kingdom Serious Organized Crime Organization (SOCA), the Afghan Threat Finance Cell (ATFC), OGA (Other Government Agency), Coalition Forces, and law-enforcement partners. Multiple Department of Defense (DoD) and law enforcement agencies have recognized her intelligence accomplishments in the battlefield which resulted in the disruption of several international drug trafficking organizations, the kill/capture of over 20 high value targets, the kill/capture of over 100 enemy insurgents, and the destruction of over 30 metric tons of narcotics and precursors.

With a Masters in Intelligence Studies and Operations coupled with my military experience, Mercy is highly proficient in conducting complex global financial crimes and anti-money laundering analysis involving sanctions, bribery and corruption, terrorist financing, organized crime, threat finance, narcotics trafficking and other investigative priorities across multiple jurisdictions and countries.

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Ed Trott

Ed Trott was a member of the Financial Accounting Standards Board (FASB) from October 1999 to June 2007.

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Prior to being appointed to the FASB, Ed was involved in accounting standard setting as a member of the FASB’s Emerging Issues Task Force (EITF) for 7 years and the AICPA’s Accounting Standards Executive Committee (AcSEC) for approximately 3 years.

Ed worked with KPMG for over 31 years. He started in the Greensboro, N.C. office in 1968 and was the head of the Firm’s Accounting Group in the national office from 1992-1999. He also worked in the Tampa, FL. office for 7 years and the national office from 1977-1982 and 1989-1992.

Ed earned a bachelor’s degree from the University of North Carolina and an MBA from the University of Texas.

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Kurt E. Gredzinski

DoD SOCOM Counter Threat Finance Team Chief (Focus on Policy, Training, and Outreach)

Read More about Kurt E. Gredzinski

Kurt is a decorated US Army all source intelligence technician with 20yrs experience across the breadth of the Intelligence Community from tactical to the national level who currently serves as the Policy Training and Outreach (PTO) Team Chief in the Operations Directorate, Transnational Threats Division. The PTO team engages the private sector, develops CTF’s inclusion into DoD doctrine and policy, as well as continues to expand CTF’s role in the mission of Special Operations Forces worldwide. Kurt has spoken about Counter Threat Finance to several groups in regional and national venues in the public and private sector as well as numerous banks around the country.

From 2008-2015 Kurt worked as the team lead for USSOCOM Ops Support team within the J36 which provided direct CTF operational support to interagency partners as well as Special Operations Forces worldwide. Multiple law enforcement agencies have recognized Kurt and his team for their significant contributions to federal investigations and treasury designations resulting in numerous arrests and the freezing and/or seizure of billions of Dollars.

Kurt is a seasoned manager and leader who builds teams and effective programs/systems to address and solve complex issues. Experience working with Inter Agency partners, and the Private Sector in support of ongoing investigations relating to global illicit financial networks. Comfortable speaking in public and to senior leaders, he created an environment which fosters collaboration and coordination in order to maximize effects. Kurt is an approachable mentor who will assist in the development of junior employees to achieve their true potential.

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Scion Crowder, CAMS

Raymond James AML & Financial Crimes Manager (Focus on Enterprise Fraud Management -EFM)

Read More about Scion Crowder

Scion currently works at Raymond James Financial, Inc. (RJF) managing the Enterprise Fraud Management (EFM) team. As the EFM Manager, she is responsible for the program design, implementation, and management of the Enterprise Fraud Program and its investigators.  Prior to this role, she served as an RJF fraud investigator and Anti-Money Laundering (AML) Officer for Raymond James (USA) Limited.  Scion’s prior experience includes analysis and investigation of financial crimes matters, specific to fraud and money-laundering, while working for the JP Morgan Chase Global Security & Investigations (GS&I) Team.

In addition to her role in the corporate world, Scion also currently serves as Chairman of the Board for St Pete Pride, Inc., where she specializes in board development, community leadership, and government relations.  As an accomplished investigator and leader, Scion is highly proficient in all matters of AML and fraud management from both an investigator and management perspective.

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Daniel McGarrigle, CAMS

Raymond James AML & Financial Crimes Sr. Manager, BSA/AML Officer (Focus on RJFS Corporate Governance)

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Daniel is a British ex-pat with over 18 years’ experience within the financial industry, specifically within the Compliance and Anti-Money Laundering (AML) fields.  Daniel’s role as an AML Officer provides expertise and guidance to his business unit at the firm further to AML and Counter-Terrorism Financing (“CTF”) regulations.  He also aims at preventing the misuse of his business unit, products and services for money laundering transactions, financing of terrorism or any other involvement in criminal and/or unlawful activity.

He has worked for companies including Barclays Global Investors, Legg Mason and Invesco, with assignments undertaken in countries including the UK, U.S., Brazil, Singapore and Poland, among others.  He currently holds the Series 7 and 24 licenses as well as the Certificated Anti-Money Laundering Specialist (CAMS), designation. He is a graduate of Middlesex University Business School, London.

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Ryan Hagar, CAMS

Raymond James AML & Financial Crimes Senior Associate (Focus on Economic Sanctions)

Read More about Ryan Hagar

Ryan currently works at Raymond James Financial, Inc. in the Anti-Money Laundering (AML) & Financial Crimes Management (FCM) Governance Group, where he is responsible for the program design, implementation, and management of the Firm’s Enterprise Economic Sanctions Compliance Program. Ryan also oversees the AML & FCM Country Risk Matrix process, which utilizes multiple internal and external factors to determine the risk rating for individual countries, therefore driving multiple processes throughout the firm.

Prior to Raymond James, Ryan worked with Citibank as an AML investigator within the Subpoena Division. In this role, Ryan conducted complex financial investigations into clients listed on Federal Grand Jury Subpoenas related to money laundering, bribery and corruption, terrorism, and other U.S. criminal code violations.

He was recently elected to the Board of Directors for the Association of Certified Anti-Money Laundering Specialists (ACAMS) – Central Florida Chapter, and as a Graduate of the University of South Florida, as well as current Masters student of Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, Ryan has a strong background in the global political economy, foreign policy, and international affairs.

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Meredith Prokuski

Graduate Programs Coordinator