2017 Annual Investigator Conference
Event on 2017-05-17 08:00:00
May 17-18, 2017 – PNLTFA Annual Spring Conference Join us in May 2017 as we host eight speakers from several areas of fraud, justice and investigations! We will start off with a Keynote address by Washington State Supreme Court Justice Gordon-McCloud! Justice Sheryl Gordon McCloud began her service on the Washington Supreme Court in January, 2013. As a Justice, she serves as Vice-Chair of the Washington State Supreme Court Gender & Justice Commission, as a member of the Supreme Court’s Rules Committee, and as the liaison to the Supreme Court’s Pattern Instructions Committee (on which she previously served as a lawyer-member). She is also the Supreme Court’s representative on the Washington State Bar Association’s Council on Public Defense. She speaks regularly at legal and community events throughout the state on topics ranging from ethics to indigent defense. In 2015, Washington Women Lawyers King County Chapter honored her with its President’s Award. Justice Gordon McCloud brought with her a wealth of appellate experience; she handled hundreds of cases before the Washington Supreme Court and other appellate courts. Her law practice showed a record of commitment to communities of color and a long history of providing legal assistance to those who lack the ability to pay. In one of her first volunteer cases, she helped successfully defend a woman’s right to pregnancy disability leave in the United States Supreme Court. Her legal expertise was recognized by her peers; they have awarded her the Washington Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers’ highest award, the William O. Douglas Award, for “extraordinary courage” in the practice of law. She was also an invited member of the American Association of Appellate Lawyers and was a founding member of the Washington Appellate Lawyers Association, both of which limit membership to the most accomplished appellate lawyers. In addition, she was an adjunct Professor at Seattle University School of Law, teaching classes on a variety of topics including appellate advocacy. She has also taught practicing lawyers and published articles on appellate We then will see a case study presented by Special Agent Joe Rodgers, Social Security Administration, Office of the Inspector General. Joe Rogers is the Assistant Special Agent in Charge (ASAC) with the Social Security Administration/Office of the Inspector General (SSA/OIG) for the Seattle Field Division. In his positon, ASAC Rogers supervises the Special Agents conducting criminal investigations in the States of Washington and Idaho. ASAC Rogers has worked as a criminal investigator for SSA/OIG for 13 years. Prior to working for SSA/OIG ASAC Rogers held positions as a Special Agent with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services/Office of the Inspector General, the Environmental Protection Agency/Office of the Inspector General, and the Washington State Department of Revenue. Prior to working for the Federal Government and the State of Washington, he worked for several years as a Private Investigator in the Seattle, Washington area. He received an Honorable Discharge from United States Army where he worked as a Military Police Officer. He received a B.A. degree in Law and Justice from Central Washington University and is a Certified Fraud Examiner. ASAC Rogers has over 25 years of experience conducting criminal investigations relating to all aspects of white collar crime on both the state and national level. ASAC Rogers is a former Vice President of PNLTFA. We will then have a presentation by Port of Seattle PD's Office Hiram Rosa on Tactile Communication and Verbal Judo! Office Hiram K. Rosa is a Port of Seattle Police Officer with 23 years’ experience as an Officer, started career in Honolulu, HI in the early nineties working in low income housing and community policing. Office Rosa is currently the Verbal Defense& Influence instructor for the Port of Seattle Police Department. Officer Rosa has been a Police Training Officer (PTO) for the last 13 years and is currently a Hostage Negotiator with the Valley SWAT team, which include Federal Way, Kent, Renton, Auburn, Des Moines, Algona, and Pacific police departments. After lunch provided by PNLTFA, we will receive training on investigating mortgage fraud by Anthony Cater with the Department of Financial Institutions. Andy Carter is a Senior Financial Legal Examiner with the Washington State Department of Financial Institutions. He joined the agency in 1999 as a Securities Examiner with the Securities Division, transferring in 2007 to the Consumer Services Division, where he investigates mortgage brokers, consumer loan companies, and other non-depository institutions. Prior to joining DFI, Mr. Carter worked for fourteen years as an investigator with the Consumer Protection and Antitrust Division of the Washington Attorney General's Office. Mr. Carter earned a B.A. degree from the Evergreen State College in Olympia and his J.D. degree from the University of Washington School of Law. During law school he served as a Legal Intern for the Federal Trade Commission in Seattle and the National Consumer Law Center in Boston. The first day will then finish with Miranda Panuska and Amanda Coss on Sting Investigations in the Women, Infant & Children's Division of the Department of Health! Miranda Panuska Miranda began working for Department of Health in January 2016 as an Investigator within the WIC Compliance Team. Prior to WIC, she worked 3 years for the Washington State Liquor and Cannabis Board, first as an Investigator to determine eligibility for retail liquor establishments and later as an investigator within the marijuana unit, working to ensure all applicants were qualified to receive a license for retail, producing and/or processing of recreational and eventually medical marijuana. Amanda Coss Amanda Coss’ state service began in 1995 as a high school intern at Department of Revenue. Upon high school graduation she hired on with DOR in the Micrographics section. She joined Department of Licensing in the Citations unit in 1999 and later, the Mandatory Suspensions unit. Her duties included calculating and suspending driving privileges of individuals guilty of serious and sometimes life-ending traffic offenses. With the aid of agency liaisons, she assisted in creating laws requiring ignition interlock and later, the intermediate driver’s license. In 2003 she began a support position for the Dealer Investigation unit of DOL. Her primary duties included reviewing and responding to complaints regarding vehicle/vessel dealers, tow truck operators, and unlicensed car dealers. The position provided her with uncanny ability to recognize, succor and respond to people. Working in the program for nearly 10 years, she gained expertise in agency regulation and investigation/audit process and procedure. In 2013 she joined the Professional Licensing team at DOL. There she was responsible for conducting statewide inspections, audits, and investigations on very expressive and creative professionals; hair stylist, barbers, tattoo artists, estheticians and nail techs. Later, she accepted the opportunity to audit the institutions responsible for providing education to these professions. In 2014 an internal professional growth opportunity presented itself and Amanda joined the Driver Training School program. New legislation had just privatized the industry and she was onboard to educate, audit and investigate the profession and become certified as a Master Examiner. In 2016 she joined the Department of Health WIC compliance team. The team conducts statewide covert buys, investigations, and audits on individuals selling WIC benefits and the vendors that sell WIC items. Amanda has enjoyed the nearly 20 years of service working in amazing programs that regulate the many business functions in Washington State. The second day of our conference will have a half day of learning to read facial expressions, as taught by Glenna Trout. Glenna Trout retired from police service as a patrol lieutenant in Bellevue, Washington State, USA and now lives in the Pacific Northwest. During her police career, she was a field training officer, completed assignments in the detective and crime prevention units, was certified as an Emergency Medical Technician, taught criminal justice and loss prevention courses and received two superior service commendations and two outstanding service commendations. Glenna is a graduate of the US National Crime Prevention Institute, has been a member of the UK Association of the Chief Police Officer’s (ACPO) Violence Against the Persons committee and served on the Metropolitan Police “Domestic Violence Through to Murder” Working Group at Scotland Yard. Glenna has studied “face reading” for over 25 years. For more than a decade she has designed and delivered presentations, seminars, workshops and training programmes on face reading to law enforcement, mental and medical health professionals, government, corporate, voluntary and education groups throughout North America, Australia and Europe. After lunch, again provided during the conference, we will have a presentation by Lynette Kolp with the Department of Licensing on online safety – how to use it and how to take advantage of those you investigate who don't! In 1997, Lynn began her career in law enforcement at the naïve age of 21, as a Correctional Officer with the Pierce County Sheriff's Department. She served four years as a line corrections officer before being selected as a Sheriff’s Investigator for the Background and Hiring Unit. Lynn transferred to the Gig Harbor Police Department in 2004 when they established the Community Service Officer (CSO) position – this was a sworn officer position with a limited law enforcement commission. In 2011, Lynn was hired by the Law Enforcement Support Agency, now known as South Sound 911, as a Tactical Analysis Coordinator in the Real Time Crime Center (RTCC). She utilized numerous open sourced, commercially licensed and secure government controlled data bases. An essential function of her job was to rapidly extract relevant information, process it for actionable intelligence and immediately communicate that data to responding police officers to increase situational awareness and safety. Social media was exploited during all stages of an incident to support tactical operations. Lynn am currently employed as an Investigator for the Washington State Department of Licensing. She performs investigations related to fraud and the integrity of license issuance. Finally, we'll wrap up the day and the conference with Linda Brown with the Department of Revenue regarding Unclaimed Property! Linda worked 8 years in Federal Government in various positions including Accounting & Budget and Cost Analysis before coming to work for the Department of Revenue in 1994. Linda started with the Department of Revenue in Excise Tax Compliance and joined Unclaimed Property in February 2001 as an auditor. Just prior to joining the Unclaimed Property staff, she spent 1½ years working for the Agency in Process Improvement and is an experienced facilitator. Ms. Brown has worked with hundreds of organizations including financial institutions, insurance, utilities, automobile dealerships, manufacturers, and health care providers, government agencies and retailers. She has also worked in internal control for the claims processes, and in the Safe Deposit Box Program. Within Revenue, Linda has served on a number of interdepartmental level Committees over the years. Current projects include holder education consultation visits, seminars and workshops, and holder audits.
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