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Thomas A. Tarter
18783 Tribune Street
Northridge CA 91326
USA
phone: 818-380-3102
fax: 818-616-4357
Thomas A. Tarter, President of The Andela Consulting Group, Inc., Management, Financial and Advisory Services Involving Corporate Governance, Management, Compensation, Financial and Banking Matters.

He has served on boards, assisted in corporate restructures and provided advisory services to a diverse group of clients including corporations, law firms, financial institutions and government agencies - including U.S. Small Business Administration and FDIC. Involved in over 1000 cases - national and international.

Areas of Expertise:
  • Bank Operations -Check processing forgery, kiting,ID Theft, Ponzi schemes
  • Lending Standards - Commercial and R/E Loans
  • Consumer and Subprime Lending, Underwriting, Loan Servicing, Foreclosures / Credit Damages
  • Guarranties/Lender Liability
  • FCRA and Collection Practices
  • Bankruptcy
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Robert Archuleta
CEO
P.O. Box 1409
Woodbridge CA 95258
USA
phone: 209-952-4081
fax: 209-952-4081
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Archuleta & Associates Investigative Services, a Division of Archuleta & Associates, Inc., has been providing investigative services within various industries since 1982. They are the overwhelming leaders within the CA Central Valley.

The clientele of Archuleta & Associates, Inc. consists of every level of business, from both the private and public sector. Due to the wide range of services provided and their 25 years within the industry, they have worked with an extremely diverse and vast clientele base, from the largest of litigation firms to the smallest of personal clients.

Robert A. Archuleta launched his career as a Private Investigator in 1983, after five years as an officer, investigator and sergeant for the Lodi Police Department, followed by stints as an engineering contractor and a deputy U.S. Marshal. Among his other clientele, Mr. Archuleta has been as an Expert Witness for the Department of Consumer Affairs for the State of California.

Services Include:
  • Accident Reconstruction
  • AOE / COE
  • Civil Litigation
  • Copyright Infringement
  • Criminal Defense
  • Criminal Prosecution
  • General Engineering
  • GPS Location / Tracking
  • Insurance Bad Faith
  • Insurance Defense
  • Seminar Training
  • Surveillance
  • Traffic Reconstruction
  • Video Evidence
  • Voice Stress Analyzation
  • Workers Compensation
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    J.F. Chip Morrow
    Nationwide coverage
    San Antonio ALL States 78261
    USA
    phone: 210-651-3749
    fax: 210-651-4076
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    Profile: 47+ yrs experience in financial, mortgage & business institutions including 17+ President, CEO & Director & 6+ director of a mortgage company. 15+ years of leadership/ directorships in national & state trade associations. Over 500 federal & state nationwide cases i for FDIC, FannieMae, financial institutions, mortgage companies, businesses, non-banks, individuals. Services provided: consulting, depositions, reports, affidavits & court testimonies.

    Expertise: Financial Institutions, Mortgage Institutions, Business, Real Estate. Residential mortgage loans,construction loans, commercial real estate loans, business loans, SBA; Operations; Fraud; Lender Liability; Policy & Procedures; Fiduciary Duties, D & O conduct, Other. Reports, depositions & court testimony in Federal, Bankruptcy & state courts.

  • 500+ nationwide cases working both for defendants and plaintiffs.

  • 20+ years of in-house, industry, and outside expert witness experience.

  • 75+ depositions taken and 35+ court appearances in both Federal and state courts.

  • Clients: FannieMae, FDIC, Freddie Mac, FHA, VA, Viacom, Wells Fargo Bank, State of CA, Bank of America, Amex, Citicorp Mortgage, Washington Mutual, Bank One, Long Beach Mortgage, EMC Mortgage, JPMorganChase Bank, PacifiCare, Beal Bank, Avnet, Fidelity Title & First American Title

  • Approximately 50% of cases are for financial institutions, 40% against financial institution and 10% are other.

  • Serving clients nationally— 40% plaintiffs and 60% defendants.

  • Resume, fee information and references provided on request.
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    Robert J. Heller
    5955 FM 66
    Maypearl TX 76064
    USA
    phone: 972-351-6350 (Office) 817-269-9168 (Cell)
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    CKC Consulting, LLC utilizes state of the art technologies and procedures in collecting, analyzing and producing Electronic Evidence. With over 2,000 completed projects, CKC prides themselves on finding creative solutions to complex problems.

    Consulting Services:
    • Computer Forensics
    • Social Media Data Collection and Preservation
    • Cell Phone Forensic Collections and Analysis
    • Asset Searching and Tracking
    • Electronic Discovery processing and Hosting
    • Private Investigation Services
    • Expert Witness Testimony
    Robert J. Heller, Partner in CKC Consulting’s Forensics and Investigations practice, oversees a team of computer forensics and investigative experts, as well as the integration of new and sustainable business development. His training in electronic discovery, electronic evidence preservation and analysis, and his work as a testifying expert in computer forensics, lends exceptional depth to CKC’s position as a global first responder.

    Background - Prior to creating CKC, he was a managing director at Spartan Investigative Group where he was responsible for building Spartan’s Dallas, Texas practice. Before joining Spartan, he was a managing director and office head at Kroll, a global cyber security, e-discovery and forensic technology firm.

    Mr. Heller has over 15 years of experience specializing in Discovery, Electronic Discovery, Data Recovery, Incident Response, Data Breach, Social Media Forensic Collection and Analysis, Computer and Cell Phone Forensics, and Litigation matters.

    He has been trained in the procedures used by most federal law enforcement and military agencies to preserve, process, and evaluate computer evidence. He has more than sixteen years of computer hardware and software repair experience.

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    Decision Validation , LLC
    Peter Wade
    Suite 1449
    1941 Raccoon Lane
    Myrtle Beach SC 29575
    USA
    phone: 843-492-6961
    fax: 843-492-6961
    Peter Wade is a Federal court qualified expert in Postal Procedures and Postal Inspection Service policies, investigative methods and techniques. He has twenty-five years of experience with the U.S. Postal Inspection Service, eight years as a postal inspector and seventeen years in supervisory and policy-making positions. Mr. Wade also has two years of experience as postmaster of San Juan, PR. He has provided expert opinions in numerous federal and state court matters regarding postal criminal investigative procedures and USPS policies and procedures.

    1/15/2016 · Postal Services
    Both plaintiffs and defendants are often frustrated because official USPS records of the disposition of Certified Mail are only retained for two years. Often, litigation in a matter does not even begin until more than two years after the situation being litigated have passed.

    4/29/2015 · Postal Services
    Recently I have had several firms ask me if they could use USPS Form 152 instead of the more costly Certified Mail most commonly used to provide proof of receipt. The short answer is no.

    12/8/2011 · Postal Services
    The United States Postal Service offers two services which document that a letter has been placed in the mail at a certain place on a certain date; Certified Mail and a Certificate of Mailing.

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    Dr. Laurie A. Hoeltzel, PhDc
    California Office
    PO Box 1496
    Crestline CA 92325
    USA
    phone: 909-338-4247 or 310-985-2807 (Cell)
    fax: 800-652-9901
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    Dr. Laurie Hoeltzel, PhDc, a Forensic Document Examiner, has studied handwriting examination and apprenticed under some of the leading court-qualified Forensic Document Experts in the United States. She spent 11 years serving her country in the United States Air Force, including three tours of duty in Iraq, while obtaining a Bachelors degree and Document Examination Certificates.

    Litigation Support - Dr. Hoeltzel has reviewed numerous signatures and handwritings, examined case documents, and rendered an opinion on cases in Alabama, California, Colorado, Florida, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maryland, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Texas, Wisconsin, Washington D.C., and Montreal, Quebec, Canada. She is court qualified and attorney recommended. With over 20 years of experience, she is available for depositions and court testimony when necessary, Dr. Hoeltzel offers her expertise to counsel for both plaintiff and defendant NATIONWIDE!

    Areas of Specific Training:
    • Handwriting Identification
    • Signature Comparison
    • Distinguishing Forged Signatures Techniques
    • Disguised Handwriting
    • Altered Numbers
    • Anonymous Writing
    • Factors that Affect Writing
    Disputed Documents or Signatures Analysis on: Wills, checks, contracts, deeds, account ledgers, mortgages, loans, notary disputes, and medical records.

    Investigation and Analysis for: Questioned signatures, suspect documents, forgeries, identity theft, robo-signing, anonymous letters, bond authentication, alterations, obliterations, erasures, typewritten documents, altered medical records, graffiti, handwritten numbers, suicide notes, and computerized and handwritten documents.

    Colorado Office
    Telephone: 720-724-8077
    Website: www.denverhandwritingexpert.com
    Texas Office
    Telephone: 832-827-3052
    Website: www.houstonhandwritingexpert.com


    East Florida Office
    Telephone: 954-745-0752
    Website: www.floridahandwritingexpert.com
    West Florida Office
    Telephone: 727-213-5722
    Website: www.floridahandwritingexpert.com
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    Andrew Richards
    President
    2199 Almanack Court
    Pittsburgh, PA 15237
    USA
    phone: 412-722-8380
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    Fraud Investigative Service is a private investigations firm specializing in White Collar Investigations. Company president, Andrew F. Richards, CFS, is a recently retired federal agent with over 25 years of experience. As head of the Fraud Section of the U.S. Postal Inspection Service, he handled almost every type of scheme and scam committed on businesses, government entities, and individuals including:
    • Internal and External Corporate Investigations
    • Fraud and Theft Investigations
    • Whistleblower / Qui Tam Actions
    • Corporate Fraud
    • Commercial Corruption
    • Investment Fraud
    • Health Care Fraud
    • Worker's Compensation Fraud
    • Mortgage Fraud
  • Vendor Fraud
  • Extortion
  • Bribery
  • Insurance / D&O Insurance Fraud
  • Political Corruption
  • Employee Investigations
  • Identity Theft
  • Surveillance
  • Computer and Asset Recovery
  • As a National Fraud Subject Matter Expert (SME) for USPIS and supervisor of the Financial Crimes/Major Crimes section, a nationally recognized multi-agency task force, Mr. Richards supervised task force members from the FBI, US Secret Service, US Treasury- Inspector General, and US Attorney’s Office, and many more.

    He has given over 200 presentations to a variety of audiences, including professional groups, business associations, law enforcement associations, and civic groups, as well as being interviewed on TV and radio.

    Awards - Selected Items:
    • United States Attorney General’s Outstanding Contributions in Law Enforcement Award – national nominee
    • Special Achievement Award USPIS for $71 million fraud investigation
    • Federal Bureau of Investigation Appreciation Award in a fraud investigation
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    Stacy A. Kinsel, CPA/ABV/CFF, CFE
    1222 Lincoln Avenue
    Pasadena CA 91103
    USA
    phone: 818-265-9714
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    Kinsel Forensic Accounting, LLP has over 60 years of Forensic Accounting industry experience. Their firm delivers unsurpassed service combined with a strategic approach that provides clear cut answers for even the most complex financial cases. Kinsel services include:
    • Forensic Accounting For Insurance Matters - various types of claims include business interruption claims, extra expense, fidelity and surety, property damage and fraud
    • Forensic Accounting For Any Business Situation - support services in the areas of economic damages, lost profits, business interruption, fraud investigation, product recall, business fraud and business valuations
    • Fraud Investigation Support - trained and experienced with skills for investigating fraud, concealment, and misrepresentation cases
    Principal, Stacy A. Kinsel, CPA/ABV/CFF, CFE, has been engaged in Forensic Accounting and Economic Damage Analysis for over 20 years.

    Ms. Kinsel earned both her Masters Degree in Accounting and Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting from the University of Southern California. A Certified Public Accountant in the State of California, Ms. Kinsel is Accredited in Business Valuation (ABV) and Certified in Financial Forensics (CFF) by the AICPA. She is also a Certified Fraud Examiner (CFE).

    Ms. Kinsel has conducted seminars on loss of earnings, business interruption calculations, fidelity loss investigations, and other forensic accounting issues. Presentations have included such topics as "Elder Fraud and Financial Exploitation," "Loss of Earnings Claims for Attorneys," and "The Post-Great Recession Fidelity Landscape."

    Select Consulting Experience:
    • Measurement of business interruption loss to hospital resulting from earthquake damage
    • Investigation of fraudulent practices of a city’s mayor and misuse of city funds
    • Measurement of business interruption loss to refinery after damage to plant from explosion
    • Investigation of faithful performance claim of employee involving mishandling of trust funds
    • Investigation of fraudulent vendor billing scheme in a cargo handling company
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    Mary Wickens, JD, CFE
    2237 Raby Road
    East Lansing MI 48823
    USA
    phone: 248-770-4906
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    M.K. Wickens, PLLC, is a Health Care Fraud and Compliance company. Principal, Mary Wickens, JD, CFE has over 35 years experience in the Healthcare Insurance, Managed Care, and Compliance Industry. Her experience includes advising and counseling health care providers, insurers, government contractors, and others in compliance, ethics, fraud and abuse, Medicare, Medicaid and Federal Employees Plan, managed care, and other matters.

    Consulting Services:
    • Internal Investigations - As a highly experienced investigator, Mary Wickens is available to provide swift and thorough review of potential compliance and ethics issues. She is seasoned at handling potential whistleblower concerns, C-suite investigations, and reporting for self-disclosures. She provides comprehensive, understandable reports and recommendations to executives, audit committees, and auditors.
    • Compliance Consulting - Ms. Wickens is experienced in providing site reviews, red team reviews, and independent compliance reviews. She has in-depth knowledge developing and implementing effective corrective action plans and extensive experience in responding to government and commercial audits and investigations.
    Background Experience - Ms. Wickens is a former compliance officer for a major health insurer and former legal and compliance specialist for a CMS Medicare Program Safeguard Contractor. Also a former operations director for government programs (Medicare Part C, Medi-gap, and FEHBP) for a major HMO, she is experienced with government audits and investigations, commercial audits, as well as self-reporting and internal investigations.

    Ms. Wickens has decades of experience as in house counsel to HMOs and health insurers. She has drafted, developed, negotiated, and implemented numerous healthcare provider-payor contracts, and developed and implemented codes of conduct, ethics programs, compliance programs and numerous corrective action plans. Ms. Wickens has authored numerous professional publications and presentations on health care fraud and compliance, government and commercial audits, compliance programs, and healthcare contracting.

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    4/12/2017 · Healthcare
    Health care fraud and abuse cases are often won or lost on the effective use of expert witnesses. As health care fraud cases have become more complex and technical, the scope and use of expert testimony has proliferated, and the successful use of experts is one of the lawyer's most important jobs. False Claims Act, Anti-Kickback Statute, and Stark Law cases all demand various types of experts to assist the trier of fact in understanding the nature of the case, the morass of rules at play, the evidence, and a variety of billing, valuation, contractual, technical, and compliance concepts. Increasingly, expert reports and testimony play a pivotal role in motions for summary judgment, as well as at trial. Experts also are used in "conference room litigation," such as mediations or negotiations between defense counsel and enforcement agencies. This article is the result of interviews with health care fraud litigators and expert witnesses in the field who identified their best practices to produce optimum outcomes for their clients.

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    EJ Janik, CPA, CFF, CFE
    Principal
    Three Galleria Tower
    13155 Noel Road, Suite 100
    Dallas TX 75240-5090
    USA
    phone: 972.934.0022
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    EJ Janik Accounting Expert PhotoPrincipal, EJ Janik, CPA, CFF, CFE is a Certified Public Accountant with 37 years of professional experience. He has been engaged as an accounting consultant on issues involving, among other things, public and private company audits, due diligence, fact finding, asset tracing, lost profits analysis, damage analysis, fraud analysis, insurance claims and business valuations. Mr. Janik holds a Master of Science in Accounting from Louisiana State University and a Bachelor of Commerce from Rice University. He is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and the Texas Society of Certified Public Accountants.

    Mr. Janik has provided expert testimony in over 80 matters including testimony in 48 trials or hearings in 8 states. His experience also includes over 23,000 hours of Engineering and Construction auditing and consulting work on construction claims matters involving:
    • Acceleration
    • Change Orders
    • Costs
    • Defective Plans
    • Differing Site and Concealed Conditions
    • Direct Costs
    • Disruption
    • Evaluating Claims
  • Indirect Costs
  • Overhead
  • Payroll Fringe Burdens
  • Profit
  • Pre-Qualification Filings
  • Superfund / Hazardous Waste Sites
  • Terminations
  • Other Construction Issues
  • Mr. Janik provides accounting, financial, economic, fraud, and business dispute consulting. He has provided over 150 financial audits and consulted in over 685 business disputes. Janik's clients include Bank of America, Coca-Cola Company, FDIC, General Motors Corporation, IBM, Travelers Insurance, and many more. Specific areas of expertise include:
    • Business Consulting
    • Dispute Consulting
    • Forensic Accounting
    • Damage Analysis / Critiques
    • Construction Claims
  • Opinions / Reports
  • Fact Finding / Graphic Analytics
  • Accounting / Financial / Economic Modeling
  • Contract Accounting
  • Projections and Trend Analysis
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    *Ryan Fraud and Forensic Recovery, LLC is not a CPA firm.
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    Shamrock Consulting
    Marie G. Kerr
    Davidsonville MD 21035
    USA
    phone: 410-353-4414
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    The Shamrock Consulting Group, including our anti-money laundering (AML) division, ShamrockAML, specializes in the "how" of detecting Financial Fraud or Malfeasance of any kind. With a deep understanding of technology and how organizations work, their consultants create imaginative and cost-effective processes, systems and detection scenarios. When new technology is required, they help clients through the entire acquisition cycle—from position papers to RFPs, selection, and implementation.

    Shamrock's practice includes both high-level advisory and hands-on work in the public and private sectors including:
    • Fraud Risk Analysis and Mitigation
    • Software Acquisition and Vendor Management
    • Data and Software Validation
  • Fraud Detection Scenario Development
  • Gap and Data Analysis
  • Expert Witness Reports / Testimony
  • Marie Kerr Financial Fraud  Expert PhotoMarie G. Kerr, President and Founder, specializes in Financial Fraud. She is a Certified Financial Crime Specialist, Certified Anti-Money Laundering Specialist (CAMS), and Project Management Professional (PMP).

    Ms. Kerr is a financial industry veteran with a deep understanding of how financial institutions work. She has served as a Homeland Security Program Advisor and Fraud Detection Subject Matter Expert (SME) and an IT and AML Advisor for a three-bank merger. Her experience includes uncovering the flow of financial transactions through banking application software and banking payment systems, detection of fraud and money laundering, understanding the architecture and data design of software systems and how they can be used to commit financial crimes, and the implementation of COTS products.

    Ms. Kerr has delivered speeches and seminars on financial crimes and money laundering at the Association of Certified Financial Crime Specialists' International Financial Crime Conference, Financial Markets World Conference, and Money Laundering Alert’s International Money Laundering Conference.

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    8/23/2016 · Banking
    The recent guidance (warning, really) from the FDIC1 on the need for financial institutions to perform due diligence when selecting anti-money laundering (AML) software puts the proof of compliance burden squarely on the financial institution. It also points to the need for an enterprise solutions architecture, one that builds on existing structures-how things really are-rather than on pushing through a vendor package. While there is no doubt that commercial off-the-shelf (COTS) products play an integral part in AML compliance, there is also no doubt that AML software depends on the quality and uniformity of data supplied by the financial institution. The systems, data, processes and organizational structure of the enterprise form the infrastructure of compliance, and these must be understood and documented to ensure that the COTS "solutions" are just that. If, for example, a bank wanted to institute an automated customer risk scoring system, there would be many questions that needed answers before software could be selected and installed...

    7/15/2016 · Banking
    A lonely woman falls for a silver-haired gentleman-the face of a criminal enterprise in Africa-in one of the most common romance scams known to law enforcement. She loses her house and her savings. She is devastated both financially and emotionally, taken in by shysters who understand the vulnerabilities of the lonely. And in this true case, the lonely woman is also a victim of the American banking system.

    6/7/2016 · Banking
    In one critical anti-money laundering (AML) review of a mid-tier bank, examiners admitted to having a hard time understanding how the transaction monitoring system worked.

    4/29/2016 · Banking
    A financial institution can have a comprehensive anti-money laundering program, a staff of experts, and a million-dollar (or more) specialized computer system in place and yet still miss potential problem customers because they failed to collect or use important data. In the end, it all comes down to data-discrete pieces of information that need to be collected, analyzed and presented in meaningful ways-to make a successful anti-money laundering program. No matter what automated or procedural anti-money laundering programs you have in place, the success of the program depends on meaningful data.One of the first steps in creating an effective program, then, is to develop a data plan to understand what data must be captured, how to capture it, how to analyze it, how to report it and how to use it.

    4/7/2016 · Banking
    What started out as an apparently straight-forward Transaction Monitoring System Validation project took an interesting and cautionary turn at an international bank recently. The Project Team assembled for the task-as well as executive management at the Bank-expected that the Validation would discover some less-than-perfect data mapping from their core banking system to their Transaction Monitoring System. A completely new Compliance staff had reviewed the Bank's unfamiliar (to them) Transaction Monitoring System, and could see that something wasn't quite right. Wires were not appearing properly on reports, General Ledger account numbers were showing up instead of Customer Account Numbers, and there were unnecessary transaction codes, like Wire fees, clogging the system. It seemed like a simple, methodical task of documenting the current mapping and making appropriate changes.