May 3, 2019 All Day Meeting (8 CPEs)

    May 03, 2019
    7:30 AM - 4:15 PM
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    DeSales University Center
    2755 Station Avenue
    Center Valley, PA 18034


    7:30-8:15 Registration/breakfast/networking/announcements

    Session I - 8:15-10:15 am – Paul Iannce & District Attorney Anna-Kristie Morffi Marks – Investigator & DA – iFraud (Fraud Investigations in the Digital Age)

    10:15 -10:25 am Break

    Session II - 10:25-12:15 pm – Stephen Berndt – Restitution and You

    12:15 – 1:00 pm – Lunch

    Session III - 1:00 – 2:50 pm – Latrisha Oswald & Joseph Croce – Fraud Schemes Involving Beneficiaries

    2:50 – 3:00 pm Break

    Session IV - 3:00 - 4:00 – Amanda Bernard & Anthony Rapp – Data Analytics in Fraud Prevention

    4:00-4:15 pm Closing Remarks

    Session I Event Topic - iFraud (Fraud Investigations in the Digital Age)

    The Digital Age has dramatically changed the entire Criminal Justice System (CJS), from the victim reporting incidents to patrol officers, investigations, prosecutions thru sentencing and probation & parole.   Although, the crime of fraud really hasn’t changed – technology has provided the tools for nefarious groups of people to easily commit fraud/theft.  When fraud occurs, there is a great probability some sort of technology & social engineering was used to facilitate the crime.  This workshop is designed to provide awareness of how criminals use technology to commit fraud and to focus on a case study.


    1. The Digital Age & the CJS.
    2. How Digital Technology is used to commit various types of Fraud/Theft.
    3. Law Enforcements Response & Challenges.
    4. Case Study.

    Session I Speaker Bios

    Paul Iannace, Detective, Lehigh County District Attorney’s Office is manager of the Lehigh County Digital Forensic Laboratory and Supervisor of the Lehigh County Computer Crime Task Force.  A retired Pennsylvania State Police Trooper, He has extensive experience as a Cyber Crime Investigator and Digital Forensic Analyst.  He is responsible for the daily operations of a digital forensic lab and supervises a task force unit that investigates high technology and digital incidents.  He has investigated and assisted in thousands of incidents in which digital and/or Internet technologies were used to facilitate criminal activity. Considered an expert witness in matters relating to digital and Internet technologies & investigations, he has testified in numerous court cases involving digital evidence & Internet technology.  He has numerous certifications in the digital forensics field, is a member of many associations and is actively involved in assisting post-secondary educational facilities maintain computer forensic curriculums.  Paul is a frequent speaker on the subjects of computer forensics, social media, cell phone technologies, computer forensics methodologies, protecting children online and identity theft and fraud.  He has taught computer forensics to graduate students and travels the country teaching digital forensics & digital investigations to Corporate Investigators, Federal Agents, State & Local Police Officers, Probation & Parole Officers, Prosecutors and Judges.  He served as an Officer in the United States Army and received a degree in the field of criminal justice from Norwich University. 

    Anna-Kristie Morffi Marks is a Senior Deputy District Attorney at the Lehigh County District Attorney’s Office.  As a prosecutor for almost twelve years, she has handled thousands of adult criminal cases and over a thousand juvenile adjudications.  In the beginning of her prosecutorial career, she handled a general criminal docket, which included theft, robbery, burglary and drug cases. She is now assigned to the special victims unit where she handles child sexual and physical abuse cases as well as adult sexual abuse cases.  In this unit, her jury trials include, but are not limited to, a cold case baby homicide, rapes of children, stalking, aggravated assaults, indecent assaults of children, endangering the welfare of children, and corruption of minors. 

    She graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree in both Political Science and Latin American Studies at the University of Delaware.  She then went on to earn her Juris Doctorate degree at Touro Law Center in Long Island, New York, where she was a teaching assistant. 

    Anna-Kristie assisted in establishing the John Van Brakle Child Advocacy Center (CAC) at Lehigh Valley Health Network.  With the creation of the new hospital based CAC, she is now a leading member of its multidisciplinary team.  This team focuses on the health and well being of all children.  As a team member, she has helped train sexual assault nurse examiners as well. 

    At both national and international professional conferences, Anna-Kristie has provided lectures on a multitude of criminal subjects.  Along with her work in training other prosecutors, she presents a sexting prevention presentation in local schools, and to community and parent groups.  Additionally, she teaches legal topics to law enforcement cadets at the Allentown Police Academy.

    Session II Event Topic - Restitution and You

    Stephen will discuss all things related to costs, fines, and restitution which include laws governing the assignment, enforcement and collection of criminal costs, fines, and restitution. He will explain the restitution process from inception to completion including tips for collection and the limitations surrounding the full payment of restitution for criminal acts committed. He will briefly discuss debtor’s prisons related to the collection of costs, fines, and restitution, the discharging of restitution through bankruptcy, and the reluctance of judges to assign defendants work in-lieu of payment, debt forgiveness, and the contempt process regarding the willful non-payments of costs, fines, and restitution. 

    Session II Speaker Bio

    Stephen Berndt is the Assistant Deputy Controller for the Lehigh County Controllers Office. His current responsibilities include assigning, coordinating, and reviewing audit assignments and work progress, supervising a staff of auditors, and other work related responsibilities deemed necessary. He is also responsible for handling fraud hotline investigations submitted to the Lehigh County Fraud Hotline. Stephen has a combined 10 years of audit, management, and investigative experience which started as an audit associate for Deloitte and Touché in Philadelphia, three separate tenures in the Controller’s Office, a position as the Director of Collections managing the enforcement and collection of criminal costs, fines, and restitution for Lehigh County, and a position as the Fiscal Officer for the HealthChoices program in the Lehigh County Human Services Department. Prior to his audit career, Stephen worked as a Certified Daimler Chrysler and PA State Inspection Mechanic for Chrysler, Nissan, and Ford. Stephen holds an Associate in Applied Science in Automotive Technology from Northampton Community College, a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration from Temple University, and a Certified Fraud Examiner designation from the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners. In his free time, Stephen enjoys spending time outdoors snowboarding, hiking, and exploring fun things to do with his wife and two children and has climbed Mount Washington in New Hampshire and Mount Katahdin in Maine. 

    Session III Event Topic - Fraud Schemes Involving Beneficiaries

    Speakers will focus on the enrollment issues driving recent recruiting schemes in substance abuse treatment.  Participants will learn how to identify indicators and red flags of recruiting and marketing schemes of patients in on-exchange, off-exchange, and small business group plans.

    When beneficiaries are involved in fraud in regards to health insurance; Life Insurance; Auto Insurance; Will & Trusts; and Charity fraud. Some case studies will include beneficiaries that scammed the World Trade Center Foundation following 9-11 and the victimizing of beneficiaries in the drug/alcohol treatment industry.

    Session III Speaker Bios

    Latrisha Oswald is a director in the Highmark Financial Investigation and Provider Review department.  Her responsibilities include supervising a staff of investigators, analysts, nurses, and Certified Professional Coders tasked with auditing professional provider fraud, waste, and abuse in the Highmark network.  Prior to joining Highmark, Latrisha was the acting Director and Manager of the Special Investigations Unit at AmeriHealth Caritas, a Medicaid managed care organization operating in nine states nationwide.  Previously, Latrisha was a government contractor conducting national security background investigations for the U.S. Office of Personnel Management.  Latrisha has a combined total of 17 years of investigative experience, 8 of which has been focused on health care fraud investigation.  After receiving a Bachelor’s Degree in Biology from Muhlenberg College, Latrisha went on to earn a Master’s Degree in Forensic Science from the University of New Haven.  Latrisha also holds the Accredited Health Care Fraud Investigator designation from the National Health Care Anti-Fraud Association and the Certified Fraud Examiner designation from the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners.  In her free time, Latrisha enjoys spending time with her husband and two children who are all active in various sports across the Lehigh Valley. 

    Joseph Croce, AHFI, CFE

    Currently holds the position of Principal SIU Investigator for United Healthcare Medical Special Investigations Unit where his primary duty is to investigate health care fraud.  Mr. Croce was the past Director of the Health Care Fraud & Abuse Unit at T&M Protection Resources, which provides outsourced Special Investigation Unit services to a number of managed care organizations and litigation support to law firms representing medical clients. Mr. Croce was a lead SIU investigator with Fidelis Care, one of the largest Medicaid managed health plan in New York State, where he identified and investigated hundreds of aberrant doctors and provider groups resulting in the implementation of corrective action plans, numerous referrals to regulatory or law enforcement agencies and recoveries exceeding $7 million.

    Mr. Croce’s professional experience includes the completion of a successful 21-year career as a detective in the New York City Police Department, where he spent the last seven years of his service in the Special Frauds Squad specializing in complex white collar crime investigations including banking fraud, mortgage fraud, securities fraud, wire fraud, insurance fraud and embezzlement. During his distinguished law enforcement career, Mr. Croce received the Chief of Detectives Award for serving as the lead investigator in a multi-million dollar wire fraud case culminating in 48 arrests, including members of a major crime family. Mr. Croce was also the recipient of the Investigator of the Year award presented by the International Association of Financial Crimes Investigators (IAFCI) for investigating a $40 million counterfeit credit card operation that resulted in numerous arrests involving Asian organized crime figures.  Mr. Croce completed his law enforcement career after serving as a first responder to the World Trade Center attacks and investigating con men and women that stole monies earmarked for the families of victims at the World Trade Center.

    Since his departure from law enforcement, Mr. Croce has served as the Vice President of E-commerce Fraud Investigations for Sotheby’s auction house, Vice President of JPMorgan Chase’s Fraud & Investigations Department and the Manager of Global Corporate Security for the law firm Weil, Gotshal and Manges, where he supervised security personnel and operations in nine countries.

    Mr. Croce is an Accredited Healthcare Fraud Investigator (AHFI) by the National Health Care Anti-Fraud Association (NHCAA). Since 1998, he has also been a Certified Fraud Examiner (CFE), a credential that is administered by the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners (ACFE). He is a frequent lecturer, both nationally and internationally, on various fraud topics and has appeared on an episode of “The Psychic Detective”. 

    Session IV Event Topic - Data Analytics in Fraud Prevention

    Learn about how data analytic techniques are being utilized to identify red flags for fraud.  Topics will include:  The use of data analytics to uncover hidden patterns, correlations and insights; the use of "fuzzy" matching to find correlations that might not be readily apparent; and how Benford's Law is applied during testing.

    Session IV Speaker Bios

    Amanda Bernard, CPA, CFE, CMA is a Principal in the Mont Clare office of Maillie LLP. She has over fifteen years of professional work experience with Maillie LLP, including audit, taxation and advisory services for a wide range of clients in the manufacturing, service and construction industries, as well as homeowner's associations, not-for-profit organizations and local governmental agencies. As a Certified Fraud Examiner, Amanda also performs forensic investigations and related work.

    Anthony Rapp, CPA, CFE, CGMA is a Manager in the Mont Clare office of Maillie LLP. He has extensive experience working with local municipalities and school districts. As a Certified Fraud Examiner, he is able to provide a specialized level of expertise to government clients. Anthony provides forensic accounting services to public and private companies.

    This event is sponsored by the Lehigh Valley ACFE, Lehigh Valley IIA, and the DeSales University MBA Program.  

    Cancellation policy:  If you need to cancel your registration, you must email before the cancellation deadline date (4/28/19). If you fail to cancel by the cancellation deadline date, you are still required to pay the event fee (or if you have already paid, your fee will not be refunded). 


    $200.00 Lehigh Valley ACFE Chapter Member

    $200.00 Lehigh Valley IIA Chapter Member

    $240.00 Non-member

    $30.00 Full-time Undergraduate Student/Law Enforcement/DeSales MBA

    $30.00 Retiree