Arvada, CO | October 27-28, 2016 | The Arvada Center

Troy Arnold, Criminal Investigator

Since 2007, Troy Arnold has been a criminal investigator with the Colorado Attorney General’s Office – Environmental Crimes Unit and the coordinator of the Colorado Environmental Crimes Task Force. His prior seventeen years in law enforcement was spent as a criminal investigator with the 18th Judicial District Attorney’s Office in Englewood, Colorado and as a police officer with the Los Angeles Police Department. He has a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from the University of California, Los Angeles.

Eric Stewart

Eric Stewart is a 31+-year veteran of law enforcement. Eric began his career in 1985 with the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department (LASD) and lateraled to the Aurora Police Department in 1994. Eric currently holds the rank of Commander at the APD and oversees the APD’s District 3 patrol station.

Eric earned a Master’s Degree in Leadership, and a Bachelor’s Degree in Applied Management (Business Administration). Eric  is a national instructor for the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP)  Leadership in Police Organizations (LPO) program. Additionally, Eric is a lead instructor for the Colorado Association of Chiefs of Police (CACP) and the County Sheriff’s of Colorado (CSOC)  and facilitates the LPO program throughout Colorado. Further, Eric is an adjunct professor in the Criminal Justice Departments at the University of Phoenix, the Community College of Aurora. Eric is also an adjunct professor in the Criminology and Communication Departments at Regis University and facilitates leadership- and communication-related courses at the undergraduate and graduate levels.

Cynthia Hetherington

Cynthia Hetherington, CFE has more than 20 years of experience in research, investigations, and corporate intelligence. She is the founder of Hetherington Group, a consulting, publishing, and training firm focusing on intelligence, security, and investigations. Cynthia was the leader of Aon Consulting’s Corporate Strategic Intelligence group. She was also named the 2012 James Baker Speaker of the Year for the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners.

Cynthia applies her expertise in library science and information systems to provide clients with strategic insight into research and complex investigations. During her career, she has assisted a vast number of clients with Internet investigations related to employee theft and intellectual property loss. Cynthia has also applied her research skills while conducting online and database research to uncover well-hidden relations between fraudulent associates, their assets, and secrets. She has experience overseeing international investigations for Fortune 500 companies and other organizations in the Middle East, Europe, and Asia.

A widely-published author, Cynthia authored The Guide to Due Diligence Online (2015), Business Background Investigations (2007) and the Manual to Online Public Records, 3rd Ed. (2013), published by Facts on Demand Press. She is the publisher of Internet & Online Intelligence Newsletter and has co-authored articles on steganography, computer forensics, Internet investigations, and other security-focused monographs. She is also recognized for providing corporate security officials, military intelligence units, and federal, state, and local agencies with training on online intelligence practices. In addition, Cynthia is also a faculty member at the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners, where she teaches a program on advanced Internet fraud investigations.

Noteworthy Engagements

  • Conducted background investigations of multinational for-hire security forces operating in war zones, as well asperformed analysis of their activity and suitability for clients needs.
  • Determined identity and provided additional data that resulted in the arrest of an employee accused of embezzlingalmost $1 million from a global organization.
  • Research and analysis resulted in recovering $600,000 worth ofrecoverable assets.
  • Located the assets of a family with ties spanning six countries for judgment collection by Israeli government.
  • Investigated the backgrounds of Bernard Madoff’s claimants for SIPC.

Professional Affiliations

  • Alpha Lambda Honor Society, Past President,
  • Association of Certified Fraud Examiners, Faculty Member
  • Association of Independent Information Professionals, Past President
  • ASIS International, Economic Crime Committee, Past Chairman
  • New Jersey Association of Licensed Private Investigators, Past President
  • United States Professional Investigator Association, Board Member


  • Association of Certified Fraud Examiners, Certified Fraud Examiner
  • New Jersey Institute of Technology, Master of Information Systems Management
  • Rutgers University, Master of Library Science
  • Montclair State College, Bachelor of Arts, Philosophy

Commander Randy McNitt

Randy McNitt has been employed by the Lakewood Police Department for 19 years. During his career he has worked throughout the department. He worked as a patrol officer and member of the Neighborhood Action Team, a community policing unit, before being promoted to sergeant. Since then he has supervised patrol teams, been the supervisor of the Special Enforcement Team/Gang Unit, and been a Detective Sergeant assigned to the Juvenile Crime Unit, where he supervised detectives and school resource officers. Commander McNitt also spent over 13 years assigned to the SWAT team as both a tactical operator and sergeant. He was assigned to the department’s Professional Standards Section as the sergeant of the Internal Affairs Unit until he was promoted this past August. He is currently assigned as a sector/watch commander in the department’s Patrol Division.
Commander McNitt has a Bachelor Degree in Criminal Justice from Michigan State University and a law degree from Wayne State University.




Contact Details

2016 Annual COCFE Fraud Conference contact information:

ACFE Colorado Chapter 
PO BOX 280987
Denver, CO 80228