Arvada, CO | October 26-27, 2017 | The Arvada Center

Starting Time 8:00 am

Assistant Special Agent Lina Riviera
Social Security Admin - OIG
Topic: SSA Fraud
Date:10/26/2017 8:00 am - 10:00 am
Lina Rivera is the Assistant Special Agent in Charge (ASAC) for the Social Security Administration (SSA), Office of the Inspector General (OIG).  ASAC Rivera has 10 years of federal law enforcement experience.  She oversees SSA OIG investigations in Colorado and Wyoming.  She is a Distinguished Expert Shooter and Firearms Instructor.

Ike Barnes
US Secret Service
Topic: Trends in CyberCrime
Date: 10/26/2017 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Ike Barnes runs the Colorado Electronic Crimes Task Force, one of 40 task forces worldwide.  The Secret Service’s Electronic Crimes Task Forces combine the resources of academia; the private sector; and local, state, and federal law enforcement agencies to combat computer-based threats to our Nation's financial payment systems and critical infrastructures, as authorized by the Patriot Act to “prevent, detect and investigate various forms of electronic crimes, including potential terrorist attacks against critical infrastructure and financial payment systems.”  The goal of the Electronic Crimes Task Forces is to establish, promote and continue a robust public/private partnership based on the U.S. Secret Service's historic strategic alliances with federal, state and local law enforcement agencies, private industry and academic institutions in order to respond, confront and suppress cybercrime, malicious uses of cyberspace and threats to cyber security that endanger the integrity of our Nation's financial payments systems and threats against our Nation's critical infrastructure.

Alison Connaughty, Assistant Attonrey General (Financial Fraud Unit)
Colorado AG's Office
Topic: Securities Fraud | Reading Between the Lies: Investigation and Prosecution of Complex Financial Crimes
Date: 10/26/2017 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm 
Alison Connaughty is an Assistant Attorney General with the Financial Fraud Unit and specializes in the investigation of criminal insurance fraud and securities fraud cases.  She began her prosecution career in 2009 as a Deputy District Attorney in the Jefferson County District Attorney’s Office after graduating from the University of Denver Sturm College of Law.  She handled county court and felony criminal dockets that contained a range of criminal offenses, from burglary to homicide to complex identity theft schemes.  She also oversaw the Jefferson County Veteran’s Treatment Court.  She joined the Colorado Attorney General’s Office Financial Fraud Unit in 2015 and has handled exclusively complex financial crimes since then.

Karen Bliss, Assistant Attorney General (Finacial Fraud Unit)
Colorado AG's Office
Topic: Securities Fraud | Reading Between the Lies: Investigation and Prosecution of Complex Financial Crimes
Date: 10/26/2017 Date: 10/26/2017 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm 
Karen Bliss is a criminal investigator with the Colorado Attorney General’s Office, Financial Fraud Unit and specializes in the investigation of criminal securities fraud cases.  She began her law enforcement career in 1993 as a military police officer in the U.S. Marine Corps.  Upon completion of her service, she moved to Colorado, becoming a P.O.S.T. certified police officer in 2000.  Prior to working for the Attorney General’s Office, she worked as a patrol officer and investigator for the Broomfield Police Department and the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office.  Investigator Bliss received her Bachelor of Science in Organizational Leadership from Colorado State University and has over 500 hours of law enforcement training, most of which has been focused on the investigation of financial crimes.

Kathy Price, Forensic Auditor (Financial Fraud Unit)
Colorado AG's Office
Topic: Securities Fraud | Reading Between the Lies: Investigation and Prosecution of Complex Financial Crimes
Date: 10/26/2017 Date: 10/26/2017 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm 
Kathy Price is a proud Colorado native. She studied business and accounting at the University of Colorado-Denver and proceeded to work in Big Four public accounting with KPMG, LLP upon graduation. Kathy obtained her CPA license early on in her career at KPMG, which was focused in the audit practice and spanned 12 years during which time she rose to through the ranks to Senior Manager. Kathy currently works at the Colorado Department of Law, better known to the public as the Colorado Attorney General’s Office, as a Forensic Auditor in the Criminal Justice Section’s Financial Fraud Unit. She focuses her time on securities fraud and insurance fraud cases but has had the opportunity to assist on special prosecutions as well. Kathy has provided testimony in the area of forensic accounting to the Statewide Grand Jury and has been endorsed as an expert witness in the area of forensic accounting in multiple criminal trials.

Chritina Mallard, Colorado Department of Regulatory Agencies Division of Securities, Forensic Accountant
Colorado AG's Office
Topic: Securities Fraud | Reading Between the Lies: Investigation and Prosecution of Complex Financial Crimes
Date: 10/26/2017 Date: 10/26/2017 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm 
Chritina Mallard, CPA, is a Forensic Accountant for the State of Colorado's Securities Division in the Department of Regulatory Agencies (DORA).  Ms. Mallard has a Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting from Metropolitan State University of Denver.  She has extensive internal and external audit experience with PricewaterhouseCoopers, LLP and Oracle. She is a member of the American Institute of CPA's and the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners.

Agent In Charge Ralph Gagliardi, CFE and Agent Jason Hebrard
Colorado Bureau of Investigation
Topic: Trends in Identity Theft
Date 10/26/2017 3:00 - 5:00 PM

Gary Clyman, National Insurance Crime Bureau
Topic: Insurance Fraud
Date 10/27/2017 8:00 am - 10:00 am
Gary Clyman has been employed as a Special Agent with the National Insurance Crime Bureau since August 2012, and is one of 5 NICB agents assigned to Colorado & Wyoming to assist law enforcement in the investigation of criminal insurance fraud and auto theft crimes. In 2015 he received the NICB “President’s Award” for “NICB Agent of the Year”.

Tim Harrelson National Insurance Crime Bureau
Topic: Insurance Fraud
Date 10/27/2017 8:00 am - 10:00 am
Tim Harrelson has been employed as a Special Agent with the National Insurance Crime Bureau since January of 2017, and is one of 5 NICB agents assigned to Colorado & Wyoming to assist law enforcement in the investigation of criminal insurance fraud and auto theft crimes.

Cary Johnson, Director: Crime Prevention 1st Judicial District Attorneys Office
Topic: Elder Fraud
Date 10/27/201710:00 am - 12:00 pm

Eli Rosenblatt, CFE, CFI
Topic: FOX IN THE HENHOUSE: CFEs & Other Trusted Professionals Committing Fraud - & TWENTY-FIVE WAYS TO SCREW UP A FRAUD INVESTIGATIONS: Reflecting on Best Practices for Fraud Examiners and Investigators
Date: 10/27/2017 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Eli Rosenblatt is an investigator, trainer, and digital forensics specialist in Portland, Oregon. Eli hosts in-depth online workshops with tools to improve your investigation practice at Professional Investigator Training. Primarily focused on workplace investigations, his caseload also includes in-depth background investigations, social media, missing persons, criminal defense, civil, insurance, and family law. Eli is a Certified Fraud Examiner, Certified Forensic Interviewer, Social Media Intelligence Analyst, Social Media Forensics Investigator, Mac & iOS Certified Forensic Examiner, and a Board-Certified Criminal Defense Investigator.

Contact Details

2017 Annual COCFE Fraud Conference contact information:

ACFE Colorado Chapter 
PO BOX 280987
Denver, CO 80228
president@cocfe.org