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2017 Fall Seminar

  • December 11, 2017
  • 8:00 AM - 4:30 PM (CST)
  • Maggiano's at the Domain


  • Member pricing is only available for Austin Chapter members in good standing.

Fall Seminar  

Join us for our Fall Seminar at Maggiano's in Austin and earn 8 hours of CPE. We have also included two hours of ethics so you can meet the ACFE's ethics requirement for the year!




Gregg N. Sofer, Alan M. BuieTimothy Clarke, and James Neff

This session will provide an overview of Bitcoin and how it is used as a virtual currency for both legal and illegal transactions, and considerations when conducting an investigation involving Bitcoin or other virtual currencies.

About Gregg Sofer

Gregg N.Sofer is an Assistant United States Attorney in Austin. He is currently assigned to the National Security Unit. He has been a prosecutor for twenty-six years. Before coming to the United States Attorney’s Office, he served in various roles at the United States Department of Justice in Washington, DC, including time with the National Security Division. He began his career in New York City at the Manhattan District Attorney’s Office, where he served for eleven years.

About Alan Buie

Alan Buie has been an Assistant United States Attorney since 2005, first in Fort Worth, then in Dallas, and in Austin since 2012. He focuses mainly on financial crimes, particularly investment-related fraud. Before becoming an AUSA, Alan served as an Enforcement Attorney with the United States Securities and Exchange Commission for five years.

About Tim Clarke

Tim Clarke has been a Special Agent with the Treasury Department for 25 years working for the U.S. Secret Service and Internal Revenue Service - Criminal Investigation. His last nine years have been spent in the field of digital forensics, namely data extraction related to cell phones and computers. He is part of IRS-CI’s Cyber Cadre.

About James Neff

James Neff has been a Special Agent with IRS-CI for 30 years.  He has worked all types of investigations including narcotics, terrorism, gambling, white collar fraud, bank fraud, Ponzi schemes, and other types of fraud.  He is currently assigned to the FBI Joint Terrorism Task Force.


Paul Snow

This session will explore how the blockchain provides an ability to create audit trails for many purposes. For example, such audit trails can document business processes, and complex financial transactions. Such audit trails can both improve compliance, and reduce the cost and stress of audits by government agencies.

About Paul Snow

Paul Snow is the CEO of Factom Inc., a local Austin Startup. Paul is also the chair of the Texas Bitcoin Conference, and the organizer of the Tuesday Bitcoin Meetup. Paul was a very early adopter of Bitcoin and Cryptocurrencies, and has presented at many conferences around the world on the topic.


Predictive Analytics & Multi-Application Appliances for Advanced Forensic Fraud Analysis

Tommy Short

Not any one application can service the needs of a fraud analyst with today’s overwhelming amount and multiple sources of data. ‘Big Data’ and social media bring new challenges to gathering, collaborating and analyzing structured and unstructured data for industry in combating fraud.

This course will unfold the current trends and software applications that are now available to any financial fraud analytical unit for analyzing data. It will also discuss predictive analytics, what it is, and how it applies to fraud detection and deterrence. The instructor will outline a strategy to develop an application platform appliance based on the needs and budget limitations of a fraud analytical unit. The discussion will also dive into the basic framework for developing a fraud control strategy for the analytical unit. The course will also delve into the emerging trend of predictive analytics being used to stop potential fraud before it occurs.

About Tommy Short

Tommy Short, Consultant for Globlue Technologies, began his insurance career in 1981 as the first Special Investigator in Texas for Farmers Insurance. He had previously been in law enforcement at the Victoria (Texas) Police Dept. and Lakewood (CO) Police Dept. where he spent a combined 8 years. He has spent over 30 years in the insurance industry, with all but 3 years in Special Investigations. He has been an investigator, unit manager, and director. He was the founder of the first IASIU chapter (Texas) after Chapters were authorized at the San Francisco conference. He served as the first President of Texas Assoc. of SIUs, and was President of the IASIU from 1999 – 2003. He retired from the industry in 2015 and has since worked with Globlue Technologies to develop the premier analytical tool for combating insurance fraud.


Carolyn Conn

Most people working in the area of fraud prevention and/or detection spend a lot of time asking “Why?”…particularly with regard to the motivation of some perpetrators to commit fraud. But, what about ourselves? What about our own “Why?” Which values guide each of us individually and how did they attract us to the field of fraud examination and/or to become CFEs? A bit of introspection and collaboration with colleagues should reveal and reinforce your personal and professional ethical belief system.

About Carolyn Conn

Carolyn Conn, Ph.D., CPA, CFE is an accounting faculty member who has spent an equal amount of time in the classroom and in administrative positions in higher education. Her administrative experience includes positions in: payroll and budgeting, controller, and associate vice president of financial services. In the latter position she also served as one of two project sponsors for implementation of ERP software for accounting, budgeting, payroll and human resources. Dr. Conn has given presentations at professional conferences and published teaching cases for use in college classrooms in the areas of ethics and ethical decision-making. Other areas of research interest include fraud prevention and detection. She has co-authored case studies that were published in three of the ACFE case books that focused on Bribery & Corruption, Financial Statement Fraud, and Computer Fraud.


  • 8:00 - 8:30 - Registration

  • 8:30 - 10:10 - Bitcoin
  • 10:10 - 10:20 - Break
  • 10:20 - 12:00 - Cryptocurrency 
  • 12:00 - 1:00 - Lunch served by Maggiano's
  • 1:00 - 2:40 - Predictive Analytics & Multi-Application Appliances For Advanced Forensic Fraud Analysis
  • 2:40 - 2:50 - Break
  • 2:50 - 4:30 - Ethics 

Registration Prices

Chapter Members: $75.00
Non-Members: $200.00
Registration includes a lunch service.

Program Level: Basic
Prerequisites: None
Advanced Preparation: None required


Maggiano’s Little Italy Restaurant
10910 Domain Dr #100, Austin, TX 78759


From MoPac and Braker Lane, turn East on Braker Lane, drive 0.4 miles to Domain Drive on the left. In 0.1 miles, turn left onto Feathergrass Court, and park in the D2 South Parking Garage (free parking) on the right. Walk East about 400 feet to Maggiano's restaurant.

The Austin Area Chapter of The Association of Certified Fraud Examiners is a non-profit organization formed in the State of Texas and registered as a 501 (C) (6) Organization with the IRS.

The Austin Area Chapter of The Association of Certified Fraud Examiners is registered with the National Association of State Boards of Accountancy (NASBA) as a sponsor of continuing professional education on the National Registry of CPE Sponsors. State boards of accountancy have final authority on the acceptance of individual courses for CPE credit. Complaints regarding registered sponsors may be submitted to the National Registry of CPE Sponsors through its website:

Cancellation Policy and No Shows

If you have registered and/or paid for an event and you need to cancel, you MUST email no later than 5 days prior to the event, unless otherwise indicated in specific event policies, to request a refund and/or cancel your registration. The Chapter must confirm event registrations with the venue within 5 days of the event and any changes after this time period can become a financial cost to the Chapter. Cancellations received less than 5 days prior to events will not be refunded except for exigent circumstances.

In the event an attendee does not show up to the event, the registration cost will be forfeited. If payment at the door was the selected method, then the attendee will be billed for the full cost of the event. The Chapter reserves the right to bar for future registration any attendees who routinely register and fail to pay and/or attend the event.

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