Sean Clifford is a career prosecutor who has been with the Colorado Attorney General’s Office since 2012. In his capacity as First Assistant Attorney General he supervises the Financial Fraud Unit of the Colorado Attorney General’s Office. The Unit employs both criminal investigators and prosecutors to investigate and prosecute insurance fraud and securities fraud throughout the state. In addition to supervision of the Unit, he is a member of a numerous committees and groups that target fraud and regularly works with the Colorado Legislature on issues pertaining to criminal justice. Sean Clifford is a frequent presenter at law enforcement academies as well as community and industry groups on issues relating to financial crimes. Sean Clifford was previously a deputy district attorney with a metropolitan Denver district attorney’s office from 1999 to 2012. There he prosecuted a wide range of cases. Beginning in 2007, he was assigned to the Economic Crimes Unit specializing in complex financial and white collar crimes. On February 1, 2010, he was tasked with establishing the first fully dedicated elder abuse unit in the state of Colorado. He developed and supervised this unit until starting with the Attorney General’s Office.

J. Michael SkibaDr. Michael Skiba, also known as Dr. Fraud ®, is an international consultant/expert on financial crime and has been referred to as one of the top crime fighters in the world. He worked in the fraud industry for 22 years in the private sector and for the last six years has been an international consultant, trainer, and speaker on fraud and is currently consulting with INFORM, as Vice President of International Counter Fraud Strategies where he oversees global counter fraud projects. International governments, private companies, and colleges regularly call upon him to speak and offer training on his global expertise including recent engagements in South Africa, Brazil, Malaysia, and the Nordics. He has also been an academic for 15 years and has held various roles including: professor, lead faculty and his current role as Department Chair of Criminal Justice and Fraud Management at Colorado State University Global. He holds an MBA and a PhD with a research focus on economic crime and insurance fraud. He can be seen weekly in many media outlets including NBC, CBS, FOX, Bloomberg, SiriusXM radio, and also writes a monthly publication column “Ask Dr. Fraud”. He is also the founder of Dr. Fraud Productions, a company that specializes in producing custom videos for academia. He is also an instructor for the ATF (U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives) and a member of the Academic Council of the United Nations System. Dr. Fraud is heavily involved as a blogger and in social media channels including Facebook and YouTube. He is also an accomplished author and recently published a groundbreaking book entitled “The Psychology of Fraud, which explores the mind of the fraudster. He is also the founder of the Dr. Fraud Training Group where he offers fully online training and certifications in claims and financial crime and is also the producer and host of DFTV, a TV series focused on investigating international scams. 

Jon Block began his career in the financial services industry in the mid 1980’s at a large broker/dealer whose motto was “when EF Hutton talks, people listen.” Mr. Block first became a regulator in 1989 when he joined what was then known as the National Association of Securities Dealers (“NASD”). In 2007, NASD morphed into what is now known as the Financial Industry Regulatory Agency (“FINRA”). During his 18 years at NASD/FINRA, Mr. Block conducted hundreds of routine and non-routine examinations and investigations of broker/dealers, branch offices, and registered representatives. During his tenure at NASD/FINRA, in addition to his day to day responsibilities, was hand selected to participate in a number of high profile sweeps and special projects. He was also one of six FINRA national regulatory experts in the area of private placements. In 2013, Mr. Block joined the State of Colorado Division of Securities where he initially conducted examinations of licensed investment advisers before transitioning to conducting investigations of alleged investment fraud. In October 2018, Mr. Block was named the Division’s Chief Investigator, managing seven investigators and three forensic auditors. Between his time at FINRA and The State of Colorado, Mr. Block spent four years in a compliance role at TIAA-CREF. Mr. Block is a Certified Fraud Examiner and holds a Master of Science in Economic Crime Management. Mr. Block also qualified as a Certified Anti-Money Laundering Specialist but this certification is currently inactive.

Carolyn O'Hara has been a Deputy District Attorney for 25 years. In 1994, Carolyn became a Deputy District Attorney in the 18th Judicial District in Englewood, Colorado, handling all types of criminal cases in both the county and district courts. In 2000, Carolyn transitioned to the Economic Crime Unit where she prosecuted complex white-collar crimes. Carolyn moved to 1st Judicial District Attorney’s Office, in Golden, Colorado, in 2005 and for the past 15 years, she has continued her work with the Economic Crime Unit. Her practice is focused on prosecution of white-collar crime cases including: organized crime, identity theft, organized retail crime rings, securities fraud, computer crimes, money laundering and complex employee embezzlements. Carolyn’s case load includes significant grand jury work. Carolyn also teaches police academy and paralegal students. Carolyn currently is a member of the Community College of Aurora Paralegal Advisory Committee and sits on the Board of the Colorado Organized Retail Crime Alliance.

Bret Hood - 21st Century Learning After serving 25 years as a Special Agent in the FBI, Michael “Bret” Hood became the director of 21st Century Learning & Consulting, LLC upon his retirement in 2016. Bret serves as an adjunct professor of corporate governance and ethics for the University of Virginia, a forensic accounting professor at Mt. St. Mary’s University, and as a faculty member for the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners. Bret received two FBI Director Awards for Leadership Development & Leadership Innovation for his work on the FBI’s executive leadership development program. Since his retirement, Bret has keynoted and provided leadership, ethics, implicit bias, and financial crime instruction for Fortune 500 companies, non-profit entities, and governmental organizations. Bret was recently awarded the 2020 James R. Baker Speaker of the Year award by the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners. Bret is the author of the critically acclaimed books, Eat More Ice Cream: A Succinct Leadership Lesson for Each Week of the Year & Get Off Your Horse! 52 Succinct Leadership Lessons from U.S. Presidents.

Steve Beltz: As Director of Learning and Development for NICB, Steve is responsible for quality-driven training programs for internal staff, member organizations, and law enforcement. Steve has been teaching for over 35 years and has extensive experience in fraud investigations, data analytics, and analysis.

Ralph A. Gagliardi is an Agent in Charge at the Colorado Bureau of Investigation. He oversees the High Tech Crimes Unit, which encompasses crimes of Identity Theft/Fraud and Cybercrimes. He has worked in law enforcement for over 31 years and is a subject matter expert in complex fraud and organized crime investigations. Presently, Ralph’s investigative team focuses on criminal activity that routinely spans statewide, national and international jurisdictions. His Unit investigates such crimes as: Business Email Compromise, Business Identity Theft, Wire Fraud and others where technology is used in the commission of a crime. Ralph’s team regularly conducts cybercrime & identity theft education for private and public sectors focusing on best practices, prevention and awareness. Ralph assists in development of policy and legislative efforts pertaining to identity theft, fraud and cybercrime. He is a Certified Fraud Examiner (CFE) and a member of the National Association of Certified Fraud Examiners and local Colorado CFE chapter.

Bradley Sargent CPA/ABV/CFF, CFE, CFS, CCA, CRFAC, FABFA is the Founder and Managing Member of The Sargent Consulting Group. Brad assesses clients' challenges and identifies solutions quickly and cost-effectively. Brad focuses clients on "defining a win" in every situation and working towards that goal. Those wins have ranged from $100m+ judgments in federal court to reduced jail time for criminal convictions. Brad's candor and competency creates enduring relationships with clients. He is frequently sought at times of great crisis, when a truly trusted advisor can make the most impact. Brad loves distilling complicated financial information into a compelling, simple story; he has been recognized as an expert witness in multiple venues and is a highly sought guest lecturer and speaker. Brad has created a firm culture that treats every matter the same regardless of size, does not take itself too seriously (the work is serious enough) and looks to laugh out loud every day.

Nick Storter CPA, CFE is a Manager at The Sargent Consulting Group and oversees operations at SCG's Denver office. He leads engagements involving business valuation, economic damages, financial investigations, and forensic accounting. Nick has significant experience in managing large datasets in cash and transaction tracing investigations. His work encompasses a wide spectrum of industries including automotive, construction, family law, financial services, healthcare, logistics, manufacturing, oil and gas, and utilities. Always outdoors, he is an avid snowboarder in the winter and plays Ultimate competitively during the summer. A long-time visitor to Colorado, Nick relocated to Denver in 2018 and opened the SCG Denver office.

Tracy Coenen, CPA, CFF, MAFF of Sequence Inc Forensic Accounting has spent more than 20 years investigating fraud. Her educational background includes an Honors Bachelor of Arts in Criminology and Law Studies and a Master of Business Administration, both from Marquette University. Tracy is a Certified Public Accountant and holds the designations Certified in Financial Forensics and Master Analyst in Financial Forensics. She has personally completed more than 500 forensic accounting engagements in a wide variety of industries, including cases of embezzlement, financial statement fraud, investment fraud, divorce, and insurance fraud. Tracy has also been named an expert witness in numerous cases involving damage calculations, commercial contract disputes, shareholder disputes and criminal defense, and has testified more than 80 times.

Robert ("Bob") S. Brown began his career in law enforcement as a volunteer reserve police officer with the City of Fort Collins in 1981. Inv. Brown was hired by the Fort Collins Police as a full-time sworn officer in 1982. During his tenure with the Fort Collins Police, he has been a patrol officer, DUI Enforcement Officer, Field Training Officer, property detective, with most of his nearly 37-year career as a financial crimes detective. In May 2019, Inv. Brown moved to the Financial Fraud Unit of the Colorado Attorney General’s Office where he specializes in Securities Fraud investigations.

Inv. Brown received a degree in public accounting from Colorado State University in 1995. Inv. Brown is a Certified Fraud Examiner and a Certified Economic Crime Forensic Examiner.

Inv. Brown has given numerous presentations ranging from fellow law enforcement officers, teaching briefly at the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center, and speaking to citizen groups on fraud and fraud prevention.

Sarah Domke, Assistant Attorney General, Criminal Justice Section/Financial Fraud Unit, Colorado Department of Law started her career as a prosecutor in 2008 and recently moved from a metropolitan Denver district attorney’s office to the Colorado Attorney General’s Office. She is assigned to the Financial Fraud Unit which prosecutes insurance fraud and securities fraud. Insurance fraud cases constitute the majority of her caseload. At the district attorney’s office, Sarah spent over a year in the Trainer position. In that role, she worked with attorneys new to the office – and prosecution – on case analysis, docket management and trial skills.

T. Markus Funk, Ph.D.: a partner at Perkins Coie LLP and Firmwide Co-Chair of the Supply Chain Compliance Practice, is a decorated former federal prosecutor in Chicago, and a former section chief with the U.S. State Department-Balkans. He earned a PhD (DPhil) in law from Oxford University, where he started his career as a lecturer in law. In 2021, Chambers ranked him “Band 1” for Litigation: White-Collar Crime & Government Investigations - Colorado and also included him in the rankings for FCPA - USA - Nationwide (a first for a lawyer based in Colorado/the Rocky Mountain Region). Markus has successfully tried more than 20 federal and state civil and criminal jury cases, briefed and argued dozens of federal appeals throughout the country, directed more than 400 investigations, and regularly advises public and private entities and individuals on challenging ethics and compliance matters.

Tamera D. Westerberg, Esq.: a partner at Wheeler Trigg O’Donnell, LLP, represents clients in sophisticated commercial litigation. Her practice includes complex contract disputes, competition-related issues, business divorces, consumer fraud, employment, investigations, professional liability—in particular for lawyers and law firms—and other business tort claims. Tammy is listed in The Best Lawyers in America, Benchmark Litigation, and Colorado Super Lawyers—which ranks her both among the Top 50 Women Lawyers and the Top 100 Lawyers in Colorado.

Glenn Watson, CFE: Glenn is a Special Agent with the Defense Criminal Investigative Service, where he conducts investigations into a wide variety of complex crimes associated with Department of Defense (DOD) programs and funds. He has worked in law enforcement for over 23 years, and has extensive experience in financial crime, cybercrime, and computer forensics. Prior to his employment with the DOD, Glenn worked as a special agent for a number of other federal agencies including the Department of Homeland Security, the U.S. Postal Service, and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, and the Social Security Administration. He is a Certified Fraud Examiner (CFE), and serves on the board of directors for the Oregon Chapter of the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners.


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