Kari Omland - Chief Criminal Investigator
Colorado Department of Labor & Employment, Investigations & Criminal Enforcement (ICE) Unit
Kari received her undergraduate degree from Clemson University in 1992, with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Sociology, with an emphasis in Criminal Justice and a Minor in Psychology. She began working for the Denver District Attorney’s Office in 1994, holding a variety of positions, with the last five years working in the Economic Crime Unit.

In June of 2004, Kari joined the Colorado Department of Labor & Employment (CDLE) in the Investigations & Criminal Enforcement (ICE) Unit. Kari worked in the ICE unit as a Criminal Investigator until she became the Chief Criminal Investigator in February 2013.

Passion has guided Kari in the work she values, and she has dedicated herself to the detection, prevention, and investigation of financial crimes that have affected the citizens and employers of the State of Colorado.


Josh Krieg – Chief Criminal Investigator
Colorado Department of Labor & Employment, Investigations & Criminal Enforcement (ICE) Unit
Josh received his undergraduate degrees from Southern Illinois University, with Bachelor of Arts degrees in Criminal Justice and Psychology. He also attended Southern Illinois University’s Masters program for Criminology and Criminal Justice, where he was a graduate assistant.

Josh then taught multiple Criminal Justice courses at Saint Louis Community College before moving to Colorado. He worked as a Private Investigator in Colorado and 4 surrounding states, before joining the Colorado Department of Labor & Employment in the Investigations and Criminal Enforcement Unit in 2013. He worked in the unit as a Criminal Investigator and trainer, before becoming Co-Chief Criminal Investigator in 2021.


Patrick Chylinski (MBA, MAFF, CFE, CVA)
Armanino LLP
Patrick is a Partner and the practice leader of Armanino LLP’s forensic accounting, fraud investigation, litigation consulting, and business valuations practice.  He has extensive experience managing and directing engagements relating to complex commercial litigation, business disputes, post-acquisition disputes, forensic investigations, investigations of fraud and financial misconduct, licensing/royalty inspections, and business valuations. He has been designated as an expert in numerous cases and has testified as an expert in litigation matters at deposition, arbitration, and trial. Mr. Chylinski has experience serving clients across various industries including financial services, healthcare, real estate, construction, insurance, gaming, media, entertainment, sports, and technology.


Julia Chandler (CFE)
Armanino LLP
Julia is a Senior Consultant within Armanino LLP’s forensic accounting, fraud investigation and litigation consulting practice. She brings over 6 years of experience in fraud investigations as well as audit, and consulting services. Julia’s experience includes, financial statement audits, evaluating and testing of internal controls as required by Sarbanes-Oxley, and investigating fraud, waste and abuse schemes in a healthcare setting. Julia has also been engaged on multiple consulting projects related to litigation support including preparation of industry specific schedules, in depth analyses /reports and forensic accounting projects.


Sondra Pennington (CFE)
Special Agent with the Colorado Department of Revenue Criminal Tax Enforcement Section

Special Agent Pennington joined the Colorado Department of Revenue in 2007, where she started in the civil compliance section before being promoted to criminal investigations, and has been with the Colorado Department of Revenue Criminal Tax Enforcement unit since 2011. Special Agent Pennington has a BS in Business Administration as well as the equivalency of a degree in Accounting. She is a Certified Fraud Examiner, a Certified Anti-Money Laundering Specialist, and a Certified Economic Crime Forensic Examiner. Prior to her career in law enforcement was a loss prevention manager and in her spare time, she serves as a Sergeant Deputy for the Adam’s County Sherriff’s Office Reserves Division. 


MaryKay Bunting (Forensic Auditor)
Department of Veterans Affairs Office of Inspector General
Ms. MaryKay Bunting currently serves as a Forensic Auditor (FA) with Department of Veterans Affairs Office of Inspector General (VA OIG), Office of Investigations, Forensic Audit and Analysis Division, located in the Denver, Colorado. As a FA, she is responsible for conducting financial analysis to aid Special Agents with investigations of fraud, waste, and abuse against the Department of Veterans Affairs.

Ms. Bunting began her VA OIG career in January 2018 in Phoenix, AZ. She has participated in a variety of fraud investigations such as Fiduciary Fraud, Education Benefits Fraud, and Procurement Fraud. Through her support of fraud investigations, she has aided Special Agents in recovering $3.7 million via civil judgment, restitution, and seizure. Previously, Ms. Bunting served as a Senior Auditor with Defense Contract Audit Agency (DCAA) in Denver, CO, for 9½ years. Her career at DCAA encompassed conducting a wide range of audits on government contractors and serving as an Investigative Support Auditor for two years, working a wide variety of civil and criminal fraud investigations with Defense Criminal Investigative Services and other Military Investigative Organizations. During this time, Ms. Bunting aided investigative teams in obtaining $1.84M in an administrative recovery and a civil cash settlement.

Ms. Bunting earned her Master of Professional Accounting degree with a Specialization in Fraud Management in December 2017 from Colorado State University – Global. In October 2018, she earned her Certified Fraud Examiners certification.


Ashley Kamin Investigative Analyst
Department of Veterans Affairs Office of Inspector General

Ms. Ashley Kamin is assigned as the Investigative Analyst (IA), VA OIG, Healthcare Fraud Division, Washington, D.C. IA Kamin has 15 years of healthcare experience. Ashley began her career in 2006 as a VA Office of Community Care (OCC) voucher examiner. Ms. Kamin had the opportunity to work in many different positions within OCC over a twelve-year period, including; claims processing, appeals, project management as well as fraud, waste, and abuse. IA Kamin's tenure within OCC equipped her with extensive healthcare knowledge with expert knowledge of healthcare claims processing, the appeals process, and policy/regulation expertise. Finally, IA Kamin's wealth of knowledge within all of these facets lead her into OCC’s Office of Program Integrity where she spent ten years as a subject matter expert in healthcare fraud detection and prevention with an emphasis on data analytics. IA Kamin was involved with several complex investigations in healthcare fraud. One notable investigation includes the 2020 "Joseph PRINCE" investigation.

In 2018, Ms. Kamin was hired by VA OIG and assigned to the Investigative Development Division (IDD) where she assisted in investigating a variety of cases. In 2020, she joined VA OIG’s Healthcare Fraud Division, specializing in fraud schemes committed by VA Community Care Providers. She is an expert in data analysis and researching laws and regulations pertaining to healthcare services. In addition, IA Kamin has also gained tremendous proficiency in the VA's Third Party Administrators (TPAs). She is a recipient of VA OIG's Assistant Inspector General for Investigations, 2021 Administrative Contributions of the Year Award.


Peter Bradford
National leader for Fraud Risk Management services (FRM)

Pete is the US leader for Forensic Audit Support, which includes Forensic in the Audit (FITA) and Forensic Shadow Support. Pete is a national leader for Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) related services for KPMG. Pete supports companies in their FCPA compliance requirements. Pete has performed M&A due diligence, corporate control assessments, and investigations. Pete joined KPMG from a Fortune 500 company where he was the Senior Director of SOX, Internal Audit, and chairman of the company’s Global Risk Council. Pete was formerly the Director of Finance for a Fortune 1000 company.

Pete helps organizations develop a broad range of fraud risk management programs, assess how well they are managing fraud risk, identify known risks and existing controls, help the organization determine its ideal future state and prioritize activities that will help enable the development of a company-specific antifraud program. Pete also helps companies evaluate their global ethics and compliance programs. This includes assessments of their oversight, prevention, detection, and response frameworks.

  • Coordinated multiple anti-bribery and corruption site assessments that included evaluations of high-risk process areas and mitigating controls.
  • Performed assessments of corporate level controls that included the oversight, training, communication, and management of the company’s anti-bribery and corruption program.
  • Conducted M&A related due diligence for target entities, providing anti-bribery and corruption assessments of the target entitie's operations.
  • Coordinated enterprise-wide risk management. This included performing risk assessments, working with the executive leadership to address risks, forming teams to mitigate risks, report to Audit Committee. The focus of risk assessment was on all types of risk impacting the organization, including operational, strategic, financial, reputation, personnel, etc. Served as chairman of the risk council.
  • Developed and presented communications to the Audit Committee, CFO, and Steering Committee regarding Ethics & Compliance, SOX, Internal Audit and Enterprise Risk Management.
  • Performed global risk assessment for multi-national companies headquartered in the US. Risk assessment included international operations in Asia, Europe, and the Americas.

 

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