2017 Annual Fraud Conference

Registration is now open for our annual conference, scheduled for Friday, October 20, 2017. This year’s event will once again be held at the Crowne Plaza Airport on Williams Boulevard in Kenner and will feature a variety of speakers and presentation topics.

Early bird registration will remain open through Friday, October 6th. After this date, registrations can be completed online at the regular member and non-member rates. Don’t miss out on the savings — register today!

Early bird rates, THROUGH October 6, 2017:
Chapter Members:       $155
Non-Chapter Members:           $195

Regular rates, AFTER October 6, 2017:
Chapter Members:       $185
Non-Chapter Members:           $225

Venue:             Crowne Plaza New Orleans Airport
2829 Williams Boulevard, Kenner, LA 70062

Date/Time:      Friday, October 20, 2017
Registration & Breakfast at 7:15 am, Conference 8:15 am – 4:30 pm

Lunch:             Chicken Marsala or Catfish Almondine (choose one)

CPE Credits:  8 hours.  Session 3 will satisfy the National ACFE Annual Ethics requirement.


About the Speakers:
Session 1: Howard Schwartz – “History of Corruption in Louisiana”
Assistant Inspector General for Investigations, New Orleans Office of the Inspector General

Howard retired from the FBI in April of 2011, after 23 years of service. He was the Assistant Special Agent in Charge of the New Orleans Division.  Howard then joined the City of New Orleans Office of Inspector General (OIG) as the Assistant Inspector General for Investigations.  Under Howard’s leadership, the New Orleans OIG has produced numerous indictments, convictions, administrative terminations, and suspensions, and prevented over $120 million in fraud in the City of New Orleans.  During his tenure at the FBI, Howard directed all public corruption and government fraud investigations, including the BP oil spill and the rebuilding of levees following Hurricane Katrina, preventing over $50 billion in fraud.  He developed and administered training in fraud awareness, public corruption and government fraud training to New Orleans City employees, law enforcement officers and prosecutors (domestically and internationally), and to personnel of numerous Offices of Inspectors General.  He has been certified as an expert witness in three different Federal Judicial Districts and has testified over 100 times in Federal Court. Howard has been the key speaker, trainer, and instructor for multiple national and international conferences and symposiums on public corruption and fraud. For his work, Howard has received both the prestigious Attorney General of the United States Award for Fraud Prevention, and the Director of the FBI’s Award for Distinguished Service. Howard has served on the Board of Directors for the Association of Inspectors General (AIG) since 2012. He currently serves as the course manager for AIGs Certified Inspector General Investigator (CIGI) Institutes.

Session 2: Erica Smith, CPA, CFE, CIGA – “New Orleans Firefighters Pension Fund”
Deputy Inspector General of Audit and Review, New Orleans Office of the Inspector General

Erica is the Deputy Inspector General of Audit and Review of the Office of Inspector General, City of New Orleans. Prior to joining the Office of Inspector General in 2010, she worked as a Senior Associate for a big four public accounting firm. Erica is an instructor at Becker Professional Education and an adjunct instructor at the University of Holy Cross, where she has taught classes in advanced accounting, auditing, cost accounting, intermediate accounting, and principles of accounting.  She obtained her bachelors and masters of accounting from the University of Florida, and she is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and of the Association of Inspectors General.

Session 3: Philip Monteleone, CPA/CFF, CMA, CFM – “Ethics in Forensic Accounting”
Director, Litigation Consulting and Business Valuation Services, Bourgeois Bennett

Philip is a Director in Litigation and Forensic Accounting Services. His practice area includes serving as the Court-Appointed Disbursing Agent on various class action matters, and he has frequently testified as a financial and accounting expert witness through the calculation of damages in economic loss claims, admiralty and commercial litigation, business interruption insurance, fraud and embezzlement claims, lost profits, shareholder disputes, and various other forensic accounting matters. He has over 20 years of experience working with clients at local and national law firms and insurance companies.  His Finance degree and completion of securities license exams enables him to consult on business valuations, capital budgeting, investment decisions and disputes and to serve as an arbitrator for FINRA.  After graduating with honors from LSU, Philip earned a Masters in Accounting from the University of New Orleans, where he is a frequent guest speaker and Alumni Mentor.  In addition to teaching professional education courses, he was an Adjunct Professor at Loyola University’s College of Business.  He served as Chair of the Society of Louisiana Certified Public Accountants Litigation Services Committee and is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, the Institute of Management Accountants, the New Orleans Claims Association, and the Lakeview Civic Improvement Association.  He served as Past President of the St. Dominic Men’s Club and the St. Dominic Cross-Country Coach.  Philip is active with several local charity groups and events, including Habitat for Humanity and Boys Hope Girls Hope.

Session 3: E. Tyler Nichols, Jr., CPA/CFF, MBA, CGMA – “Ethics in Forensic Accounting”
Manager, Litigation Consulting and Business Valuation Services, Bourgeois Bennett

Tyler is a Manager of Litigation and Forensic Accounting Services.  With experience in public accounting and industry, his emphasis is providing accounting, tax and financial consulting services. His 35 years of experience includes forensic accounting, litigation support services, economic damage analysis, law firm management consulting, financial analyses, forecasts and projections, business plans, general business consulting, financial audit and assurance services, income tax preparation, external CFO/Controller services, and budget preparation and analysis.  Tyler earned his Master of Business Administration from the A. B. Freeman School of Business at Tulane University. He received his Bachelor of Science in Accounting degree from Spring Hill College in Mobile, Alabama.  Licensed as a CPA in Louisiana and Alabama, he is a member of the American Institute of CPAs, Society of Louisiana CPAs and the Alabama Society of CPAs. He also serves on the Finance Committee of the New Orleans Area Habitat for Humanity.

Session 4: Dr. George Bokelberg – “Ray Nagin-The Rise and Fall of the Savior of New Orleans”
Special Agent, New Orleans Office of the Federal Bureau of Investigation

Special Agent Bokelberg received his doctoral degree in Clinical Psychology at Rutgers University and has been a Special Agent with the Federal Bureau of Investigation for twenty years. In addition to serving for several years as the chief psychologist to the FBI’s undercover program, Special Agent Bokelberg has worked for many years as a criminal investigator for a variety of white collar crimes including health care fraud, art fraud and public corruption. He received the Excellence in Law Enforcement Award from the Metropolitan Crime Commission on three separate occasions and was the lead investigator on the team which was awarded the Director’s Award for Superior Performance by a Litigative Team, from the Executive Office for United States Attorneys, for their successful conviction of former New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin.