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Barbara Luna, PhD, CPA
Senior Partner
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CA USA
phone: 818-981-4226
fax: 818-981-4278
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Expert witness testimony for complex litigation involving damage analyses of lost profits, reasonable royalties, lost earnings, and lost value of business, forensic accounting, fraud investigation, investigative analysis of liability, marital dissolution, and tax planning and preparation. Excellent communicators with extensive testimony experience. Prior Big Four accountants. Specialties include: accounting, antitrust, breach of contract, business interruption, business dissolution, construction defects, delays and cost overruns, fraud investigation, asset tracing, intellectual property including patent, trademark and copyright infringement and trade secrets, malpractice, marital dissolution, personal injury and employment litigation, product liability, real estate, securities, spousal support, taxation, unfair advertising, unfair competition, valuation of businesses, and wrongful termination.

Experts:
    Business Litigation and Valuation
    Barbara Luna, PhD, CPA, CFE, ASA,
        CVA, ABV, CGREA, CCRA, CREA
    Dean Atkinson, CPA, CFE, ABV, CAC, CFF
    John Luna, JD/MBA, CPA, ABV, CFF
    David Turner, CPA, ABV, CFF
    Drew Hunt, MBA, CPA, ASA
    Personal Injury / Employment Litigation
    Barbara Luna, PhD, CPA, CFE, ASA,
        CVA, ABV, CGREA, CCRA, CREA
    Venita McMorris, MA
Dr. Barbara Luna is the partner in charge of the commercial litigation department of White Zuckerman. She has been providing Forensic Accounting, Economic Damages, Valuation, and Expert Witness Services for the past 30 years and has testified in court over 450 times. She has a PhD in Applied Mathematics from Harvard University with application to Physics and Finance and a BA in Physics from Wellesley College. Barbara is a Certified Public Accountant, a Certified Fraud Examiner, an Accredited Senior Appraiser in Business Valuation, a Certified Valuation Analyst, Accredited in Business Valuation, a Certified General Real Estate Appraiser, and a Certified Financial Forensic. She previously was a partner with Coopers & Lybrand and has taught working capital management, business finance, forensic accounting and intermediate accounting at UCLA Graduate School of Management, California State University at Northridge and Pepperdine University.

Dean Atkinson is a partner in the commercial litigation practice of White Zuckerman. He has testified as an expert witness in Commercial Litigation and Family Law Matters and has been involved in Resolution and Settlement Negotiations since 1987. He holds credentials from the AICPA as a Certified Public Accountant, Accredited in Business Valuation and Certified Financial Forensics and from the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners. Dean is experienced and has qualified as an expert in business valuation, business litigation and family law matters.

John Luna is a partner in the commercial litigation practice of White Zuckerman. He analyzes Financial, Accounting, Economic Damages, Business, Real Estate and Valuation issues and testifies as an expert witness on his findings. He has been an investment banker with Macquarie Capital, GCA Savian and Lazard. John has a JD from UCLA School of Law (Order of the Coif), an MBA from UCLA Anderson School of Management (Edward W. Carter Fellow), and an AB in Engineering Sciences from Harvard University. He is a Certified Public Accountant, Accredited in Business Valuation, a Certified Financial Forensic and a member of the California Bar.

Venita McMorris is a partner and an Economist in the Personal Injury and Employment practice of White Zuckerman. She has been providing economic damages and expert witness services for over 20 years and has testified extensively in court. She has a Master of Arts degree in Economics from California State University, Fullerton and a Bachelor of Arts degree from San Diego State University. She previously was a manager with Coopers & Lybrand and an economist with a medical malpractice trust in Southern California. Venita has taught macroeconomics and microeconomics to college students at Pasadena City College as a full-time tenured instructor and at Glendale Community College as a part-time instructor.

    Los Angeles
    15490 Ventura Boulevard, Suite 300
    Sherman Oaks, CA 91403
    Phone: (866) 981-4266 or (818) 981-4226
    Fax: (818) 981-4278
    Email: expert@wzwlh.com
    Website: www.wzwlh.com
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Vasil ID Training LLC
Joseph Vasil
Questioned Identity Documentation Examiner
Bordentown NJ 08505
USA
phone: 609-556-5203
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Joseph Vasil has over 35 years experience as a nationally recognized expert in Identification, Examination and Analysis, and Training of Questioned Identity Documentation.

Background - Mr. Vasil retired as Coordinator from NJMVC Fraudulent Document Training Unit in July 2014 where he spearheaded the planning and launch of the FDTU in 2002.

In October 2002, he was appointed to head the New Jersey Attorney General/NJMVC Document Fraud Taskforce and, in 2003, he was directly responsible for the initial training all NJMVC staff and management (over 400) in document fraud prevention as mandated by the "Motor Vehicle Security and Customer Act" of 2003.

In 2011, Mr. Vasil developed specific, detailed document fraud training program in the detection of high quality U.S. counterfeit driver licenses currently circulating in the United States. This program was presented to and accepted by the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) and distributed to airports nationwide for training purposes.

Mr. Vasil is certified by the NJ Police Training Commission (PTC) to instruct Counter-Terrorism Document Fraud courses at approved police academies throughout the state since 2004. He has successfully trained 4000+ Motor Vehicle Commission (MVC) employees in 262 classes and 16,000+ law enforcement personnel in 500 classes. He design innovative, comprehensive document fraud training curricula and deliver presentations that engage and inform diverse audiences.

Litigation Support - A certified expert witness in United States Eastern District Court in state and federal court since 1996, Mr. Vasil has provided highly detailed written forensic reports (over 50) for the U.S. Attorney's Office New York City and various NJ County Prosecutor's Offices. He has effectively conducted and investigated 400+ cases involving the use of false identification to illegally secure a driver license.

Specific Areas of Expertise:
  • Driver Licenses (All States & Foreign)
  • NJ Titles & Vehicle Registrations
  • United States Birth Certificates
  • Foreign Birth Certificates
  • Permanent Resident Cards / Green Cards
  • United States & Foreign Passports
  • United States Visas
  • I-94 Social Security Cards
  • Certificates of Naturalization & Citizenship
  • Liquor Licenses / Business Licenses
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    Israel Reyes, Esq.
    Managing Partner
    One Columbus Center
    1 Alhambra Plaza Ste. 1130
    Coral Gables FL 33134
    USA
    phone: 305-403-2272
    fax: 305-403-2273
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    Israel Reyes, Esq., Founder and Managing Partner of The Reyes Law Firm, P.A., has over 30 years of experience in the fields of Criminal Justice and Law Enforcement. He currently handles all types of civil and criminal litigation representing attorneys, receivers, commercial entities, and individuals.

    Background Experience:
    • Former Circuit Court Judge of the Eleventh Judicial Circuit of Florida - Appointed by former Governor Jeb Bush in 2003, Mr. Reyes retired in 2011, after approximately 30 years of public service.
    • Assistant State Attorney - Mr. Reyes served in the Racketeering / Organized Crime Unit, Civil Forfeiture Section. While there, he handled the litigation of civil forfeitures concentrating on illegal drug money laundering cases. He was one of the principal drafters of the revised state money laundering bill signed into law by Governor Bush in 2000.
    • Personal Injury Attorney - Mr. Reyes served as personal injury law associate handling the litigation of personal injury, wrongful death, and professional (medical malpractice) negligence cases, and civil actions.
    • Police Officer / Detective with the Miami-Dade Police Department - From 1980-1995, Mr. Reyes worked in the Homicide Bureau, Media Relations Section, and Special Investigations Division’s Criminal Conspiracy and Racketeering Squads. He served in the Organized Crime Bureau; U.S. Secret Service Task Force; Police Applicant Background Investigation Unit, Firearms Training Section, and Uniform Patrol Division, earning numerous commendations and awards.
    Litigation Support - With his extensive background in law enforcement and the criminal justice system, Israel Reyes offers wide ranging Alternative Dispute Resolution Services in civil, criminal, probate, and family law matters. He currently serves as an:
    • Arbitrator
    • Police Procedure Expert Witness
    • Attorney’s Fees Expert Witness
    • Private Judge
  • Guardian Ad Litem
  • Mediator
  • Special Magistrate
  • Insurance Umpire
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    Robert Radley
    Forensic Document Examiner
    Macartneys, Kings Road
    Silchester Reading RG7 2NS
    GBR
    phone: 44 -0-118 97023
    fax: 44 -0-118 9702395
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    Robert Radley's practice is the longest established private independent laboratory in Great Britain dealing solely with the Forensic Examination of Handwriting and Documents. Mr. Radley is a trained forensic scientist specialising exclusively in this field. He has written numerous papers and publications in forensic science journals on forensic document examination relating to a variety of aspects of this work and has presented these to scientific meetings both in this country and abroad. He has been on the Editorial Board of the International Journal of Forensic Document Examiners.

    Since 1971, Mr. Radley has been consulted in over 9,000 cases involving questioned documents with instructions received from all over the world. These generally relate to signature authentication and/or handwriting identification together with other areas of document examination which are dealt with on a routine basis, including non-destructive instrumental analysis of inks, paper, alterations, erasures, typewriting, printing, indented and electrostatic writing impressions in documents (ESDA), photocopy examinations, dating queries and determination of sequences of writings. He has trained as a Single Joint Expert and regularly deals with such cases. His laboratory is extensively equipped with the necessary instrumentation for the forensic examination of documents.

    Mr. Radley has given evidence on several hundred occasions as an expert witness in the courts throughout the UK and also courts in Australia, New Zealand, Brunei, Hong Kong, Singapore, Malta, The Hague, The Republic of Ireland, Jersey, Cyprus, Germany, Switzerland, Kenya and Gibraltar.

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    Rod Tasker
    Payment Services / Transactional Banking Consultant
    50 Ridge Road
    Fairhaven Victoria 3231
    Australia
    phone: +61424080507
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    Rod Tasker Payments Transaction Banking Expert PhotoRod Tasker specializes in Payment Services, Transaction Banking, and e-Commerce. He has over 20 years of experience working for major banks in strategic and business planning and cradle to grave product management, including business cases, feasibility, piloting, commercialization, and retirement.

    Mr. Tasker consults in strategic management and innovative solution delivery in the banking and finance industry. His achievements in Australia and internationally include:
    • Leading a team of 25 people in developing an internet payment service
    • Developing an enterprise Sales and Service architecture for a major bank
    • Developing an international payments business architecture & operations strategy for a major bank
    • Obtaining consensus amongst a consortium of 15 global banks for the strategic vision and plan for implementing B2B international ePayments
    • Developing a variety of e-Banking and e-Payment products and services
    • Building a payments business from start-up as CEO
    Areas of Expertise:
    • Payments
    • e-Commerce
    • Transaction Banking
    • Identity Services
  • Product Development / Product Management
  • Piloting
  • Commercializing
  • Business and Strategy Formulation
  • Consulting Services - Mr. Tasker is engaged by companies that offer payment services as products or services, or for whom payments are "strategic" or "core," for example, insurance companies, exchanges, retailers, and investors wanting to evaluate payment business acquisitions, mergers, or funding opportunities. His services include:
    • Strategy Formulation
    • Business Planning
    • Profitability Improvement
    • Change Management
  • Program and Portfolio Management
  • Regulatory Compliance
  • Risk Analysis
  • Ventures / Mergers & Acquisitions
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    Sylvia Kessler
    21909 Quail Ridge Circle
    Elkhorn NE 68022
    USA
    phone: 402-331-3447
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    Sylvia Kessler is an effective and skilled Certified Forensic Document Examiner as well as a Handwriting Expert with over 25 years of experience.

    Background Experience - Ms. Kessler completed her training with Dr. Marie Cassil in 1976 and has been active as a Handwriting Expert and Forensic Document Examiner since 1980. Since that time, she has studied and become Certified by the Scientific Association of Forensic Experts, SAFE, as a Forensic Document Examiner. Ms. Kessler has also been Certified as a Neuro Linguistic Practitioner since 1986.

    Litigation Support - Sylvia Kessler has conducted hundreds of examinations and generated numerous reports concerning questioned handwriting and signatures. She has worked with attorneys for both Plaintiff and Defense in the design of deposition questions that focus on outcome-specific results. Her services include preparing accurate Personality Profiles and/or identifying and preparing expert witness testimony for trial.

    Ms. Kessler has qualified as a Handwriting Expert and Forensic Document Examiner in Nebraska and Iowa courts, giving testimony in Douglas, Sarpy, Cass, Sanders, Montgomery and Pottawattamie Counties. She has been accepted in State and Federal courts to give expert testimony in cases regarding the authenticity of documents and/or signatures. Since 2010, Ms. Kessler has reviewed 140 cases which produced 9 trials, 3 depositions. 1 arbitration, and 1 hearing.

    Selected Case Studies:
    • Wills
    • Checks
    • Voter registrations
    • Insurance Forms
    • Financial Documents
    • Mortgage Documents
  • Banking Forms / Disputes
  • Retail Contracts
  • Cut and Paste Documents
  • Deeds of Trust
  • Threatening Letters
  • Anonymous Letters
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    In the field of Forensic Document Examination, one of the most important responsibilities is to locate and examine all of the known and questioned originals involved in the case. This article is a brief explanation with photographs that will demonstrate the value of evidence that can only be found in originals.

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    Superior Bancorp Inc.
    David L. Zacharias
    Commercial Banking Consultant
    126 E. Country Club Dr.
    Phoenix AZ 85014
    USA
    phone: 602-265-3218
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    David L. Zacharias has over 35 years of experience in the Commercial Banking Industry. Has been a director of four banks, CEO of two banks, two mortgage companies, and is currently a Managing Member of a software company which monitors construction loans.

    Litigation Support - Mr. Zacharias has been involved in some of the largest and most complex financial lawsuits representing plaintiffs or defendants, from locally-owned, to Fortune 500 companies, to the FDIC. He has been an expert witness in 17 states involving more than 85 cases (60/40 plaintiff/defendant), involving 55 days of depositions/22 days of trial testimonies. Mr. Zacharias has been deposed many times and has testified more than 100 hours in District, Federal, and Bankruptcy court.

    Areas of Expertise:
    • Commercial and Real Estate Credit
    • Loan Underwriting
    • Loan Analysis and Approval
    • Mortgage Underwriting
    • Loan Loss Provisions
    • Loan Structuring / Loan Documentation
    • Lending Policies and Procedures
  • Lender Liability
  • Branch / Checking Account Operations
  • Letters of Credit
  • Bank Internal Controls
  • Bank Fraud Analysis
  • Corporate Credit Fraud
  • Board of Directors’ Responsibilities
  • Resume, fee information and references provided upon request.
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    Randy Sugarman, CPA, CFA, CFF
    Forensic Accountant, Managing Partner
    500 Sansome St, Suite 600
    San Francisco CA 94111
    USA
    phone: 415-395-7500
    fax: 415-658-2858
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    Randy Sugarman Forensic Accounting Expert PhotoRandy Sugarman, CPA, CFA, CFF, is the managing partner of Sugarman & Company LLP, which he founded in 1977. In addition to being a Certified Public Accountant, he holds credentials as a Certified Fraud Examiner and a Certified Insolvency and Reorganization Accountant.

    Mr. Sugarman also acts as a State Court Receiver, Federal Bankruptcy Trustee, Assignee for Benefit of Creditors, and Examiner. He has been a certified public accountant since 1970. Prior to the formation of Sugarman & Company LLP, he was associated with the national accounting firms of Main Hurdman (now KPMG Peat Marwick) and Kenneth Leventhal & Company (now Ernst & Young). He attended Stanford University for both his Masters of Business Administration degree, with an emphasis in accounting, and his Bachelor of Arts in international relations.

    Mr. Sugarman is certified by the American Institute of CPAs in Financial Forensics (CFF) and a member of the Association of Insolvency Accountants, Turnaround Management Association, American Bankruptcy Institute, National Association of Certified Fraud Examiners, California Bankruptcy Forum, American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, and California Society of Certified Public Accountants. Mr. Sugarman is one of the founding members of the Turnaround Management Association, where he served on the Board of Directors. He also previously served on the Board of Directors of the Bay Area Bankruptcy Forum and on the California Society of Certified Public Accountants' Committee on Taxation.

    Mr. Sugarman's experience spans a wide range of areas and industries including advertising, construction, direct selling, distribution, financial institutions, hospitals and other health care organizations, manufacturing, professional service firms (including accounting, engineering and law), real estate investment, and retail.

    Litigation Support - Randy Sugarman provides litigation support to both defense and plaintiff legal counsel. He has prepared extensive financial analyses and provides expert witness testimony on management and financial issues and workouts and bankruptcy situations in jurisdictions throughout the country, including California and San Francisco Bay Area courts, as well as the federal bankruptcy and U.S. District courts.

    Mr. Sugarman has assumed management responsibilities, implemented cost controls, negotiated with creditors, and supervised the orderly liquidation of assets. He has handled settlements in excess of $100 million dollars.

    Areas of Expertise:
    • Damage Calculations
    • Lender Liability
    • Lost Profits
    • Preference Analyses
    • Fraudulent Conveyances
    • Business Interruption
    • Cash Flow Analyses
    • Partnership Dissolution
    • Business Valuations
    • Professional Malpractice
  • Real Estate Valuations
  • Constructive Damages
  • Going Concern Analyses
  • Insurance Claims
  • Liquidation Analyses
  • Bankruptcy
  • Reorganizations
  • Fraud / White Collar Investigations
  • Turnarounds
  • Workouts
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    Michael Gervais
    Owner/Lead Investigator
    1442 E. Lincoln Ave., Unit 486
    Orange CA 92865
    USA
    phone: 714-579-7797
    fax: 714-792-0600
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    Michael P. Gervais is an experienced Private Investigator with 30 years of experience in Law Enforcement. He has a strong educational background which includes an A.S. in Criminal Justice and numerous certificates in law enforcement science and criminal justice. His background also includes four years in the US Marine Corps as a Military Policeman, Scout, and White House Honor Guard. His company, Silent Warrior, is located in Southern California and provides state and nationwide services.

    Mr. Gervais has extensive knowledge of criminal prosecution with both county and federal Grand Juries. Available to both Plaintiff and Defense, his Litigation Services include surveillance, interviews, statements, trial preparation, and subpoena / process services by registered Process Servers. Mr. Gervais's practical experience, continuing education, new resources, and technology allow for accurate results and undisputable evidence.

    Silent Warrior SealAreas of Expertise:
    • Surveillance
    • Counter Surveillance Detection (Bug Sweeping)
    • Criminal Investigations
    • Civil Investigations
    • Asset Investigations
    • Organized Crime
    • Crime Scene Processing (Dusting for Prints)
    • Interrogation & Interviewing
    • Cheating Spouse Investigations
    • Computer Forensics Investigations
    • Polygraph Testing
    • Process Server
    • Executive and Corporate Personal Threat Assessments
    • PSE & Voice Stress Analysis for Lie Detection
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    The PSE instrument detects, measures and graphically displays the degree of presence or absence of inaudible body tremors that are superimposed on the human voice (at all ages) and on all warm blooded animals. These tremors disappear according to the amount of stress that is present at the moment of utterance. The interview and test are recorded by the computer or cell phone.

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    Sidney P. Blum, CPA, CFE, CPEA, CFF
    Los Angeles CA USA
    phone: 818-631-3192
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    Sidney P. Blum, CPA, CFE, CPEA, CFF has over 30 years of professional experience in the areas of Forensic Accounting, Intellectual Property Economic Damages, Royalty Audits, and General Economic Damages.

    Background - Mr. Blum is a financial damages expert witness with particular strength in patents, trademarks, copyrights, toys, entertainment and consumer products. He served as Chief Audit Officer at Beats Electronics, approximately nine years as an accounting firm Partner including five as a Big 4 Partner, and in-house experience with Fortune 50 companies Occidental Petroleum, Unocal, and the Walt Disney Company where he was a member of the internal audit departments. While with Ernst & Young, he led fraud and forensic investigations nationally for their internal audit practice.

    He is Vice Chair of the 2016-2017 Board of Regents of the 75,000 member Association of Certified Fraud Examiners. Having lead more than 1,500 forensic investigations, The Association named Mr. Blum Certified Fraud Examiner of the Year in 2012.

    Litigation Support - As a Financial and Economic Damages expert witness, Mr. Blum has worked on matters from simple to more than $100 million complex litigations. He has testified on more than 30 occasions, equally for plaintiffs and defendants, in a wide variety of State, Federal, and USITC matters. Mr. Blum is a Certified Fraud Examiner, Certified Professional Environmental Auditor, and Certified in Financial Forensics by the AICPA.

    Areas of Expertise:
    • Complex Financial Litigation
    • Patents
    • Copyrights
    • Trademarks
    • False Advertising
    • Accountant Malpractice
    • Royalty Auditor Competence
    • Royalty Disputes
    • Wrongful Termination
    • Construction Defect
    • Film Distribution
  • Unfair Competition
  • Oil & Gas Pipelines
  • Personal Injury
  • Product Liability
  • Breach of Contract
  • Business Interuption
  • Class Action
  • Lanham Act
  • Trusts & Estates
  • USITC
  • DMCA
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    9/13/2016 · Accounting
    Royalty auditing is a niche service that has exploded in popularity over the last 20 years. The primary purpose of a royalty audit is to test whether a licensee has complied with a license agreement or statutory requirement. The royalty auditor is hired by an intellectual property owner (aka, licensor) or minerals owner to inspect the books and records of a licensee primarily to determine if usage-based monetary amounts have been paid as contractually required. In addition to monetary damage calculations, most royalty audits examine for breach of contract in a wide variety of areas, such as intellectual property protection, record keeping, distribution channels, and permitted usage.

    Sidney P. Blum
    This book navigates readers through the nuances of drafting the best possible financial terms for license and other self-reporting agreements and shows how proper monitoring and auditing should occur once a deal is in place. The 2014 Edition includes updated information on how to properly write the financial aspects of royalty contracts to protect the licensor, licensee, and other concerned parties. Additional sample terms and "real-world" agreements have also been included.
    Sidney P. Blum
    This book navigates the nuances of drafting financial terms for license and other self-reporting agreements and shows how proper monitoring and auditing should occur once a deal is in place. This book will modernize and remold how agreements are written and will greatly enhance the bottom line of licensors and other contractors. Lawyers involved in drafting license and other self-reporting contracts typically understand boilerplate provisions but not the financial nuances that are subject to high degrees of interpretation that eventually costs their clients significant money and business relationships.
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    Marie G. Kerr
    Davidsonville MD 21035
    USA
    phone: 410-353-4414
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    Marie Kerr Financial Fraud  Expert PhotoMarie G. Kerr 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.

    Litigation Support - Marie Kerr provides litigation support strategy and interrogatories for financial crime (fraud) cases involving large international banks. Her cases may involve:
    • Payment Systems
    • Financial Crime / Fraud Detection
    • Anti-money Laundering (AML)
    • Regulatory Issues
    • Bank Secrecy Act (BSA)
  • Compliance Solutions
  • Data Analytics
  • Software Development and Implementation
  • Gap and Data Analysis
  • COTS Products
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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.

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    Todd Stefan
    Executive Vice President
    8391 Beverly Blvd. #167
    Los Angeles CA 90048
    USA
    phone: 800-748-5440
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    Setec Investigations offers unparalleled expertise in computer forensics and electronic discovery, providing highly personalized, case-specific forensic analysis and litigation support services to assist in the investigation, handling, and prosecution of computer-related crimes or misuse.

    Setec Investigations combines today's most advanced computer forensics and litigation support expertise with a business- and legal-friendly approach, resulting in a sound analytical foundation that carefully balances critical investigative requirements with vital legal and evidentiary needs.

    Setec Investigations incorporates a cross-disciplinary team comprised of computer forensic investigators, attorneys, law enforcement specialists, and seasoned business professionals who have established a proven track record of success since 1997.

    Services Overview

    Setec Investigations possesses the necessary combination of technical expertise, understanding of the legal system, and specialized tools and processes enabling the discovery, collection, investigation, and production of electronic information for investigating and handling computer-related crimes or misuse.

    Explore our range of service offerings:

    Computer Forensic Investigations

    Computer forensics and enterprise investigation services identify, gather, analyze, and preserve electronic evidence to establish a sustainable posture for internal or legal action.

    Electronic Discovery

    Manage large volumes of electronic data and quickly identify and isolate electronic evidence that is critical to the success of a litigation.

    Litigation Support

    Legal consultants and attorneys translate litigation issues into strong case strategies that effectively utilize electronic evidence.

    Expert Witness

    Supports the resolution of security incidents and active litigations by offering impartial and independent expert testimony, opinions, and customized reports in legal proceedings.

    11/16/2005 · Computer Forensics
    Identifying pertinent evidence on computer systems is essential to the discovery process in today's world, as it is believed that over 70% of information stored in computer systems is never reproduced in hard copy form

    11/12/2004 · Computer Forensics
    It is estimated that over 90% of all documents are now created electronically, although most of them are never printed; therefore, legal professionals are being challenged by a drastic increase in electronic evidence

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    Patrick Chylinski, MAFF, CVA, CFE
    515 South Flower Street 41st Floor
    Los Angeles CA 90071-2201
    USA
    phone: 213-330-4605
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    RSM US, LLP is the 5th largest Accounting and Consulting Firm in the country, with over 85 offices across the United States. Our litigation consulting and financial forensics practice focuses on assisting counsel and clients in the areas of business and commercial litigation matters, forensic and fraud investigations, contract compliance matters, and royalty inspections.

    Our professionals have extensive experience assessing and quantifying damages in a variety of matters including contract disputes, post-closing and post-acquisition disputes, breach of fiduciary duty matters, real estate disputes, fee disputes, partnership disputes, as well as conducting analysis in forensic and fraud matters.

    Industry experience includes, among others, technology, manufacturing, hospitality, government and public sector, banking, consumer products, real estate, financial services, and entertainment. Our team of consultants has qualifications, certifications, and educational experience that include Certified Public Account (CPA), Master Analyst in Financial Forensics (MAFF), Certified Fraud Examiner (CFE), Certified in Financial Forensics (CFF), Certified Valuation Analyst (CVA), MBA, and JD.

    Our professionals have experience testifying at deposition, arbitration, and trial and have experience working in the following types of matters:
    • Economic Damage Analysis
    • Fee Disputes
    • Billing Disputes
    • Breach of Contract Matters
    • Post-acquisition Disputes
    • Earn-out Disputes
    • Fraud Investigations
    • Forensic Investigations
    • Breach of Fiduciary Duty Matters
    • Business Interruption Matters
  • Construction Claims
  • Covenant Not To Compete Matters
  • Business Valuations
  • Contract Compliance / Royalty Investigations
  • Health Care Litigation Matters
  • Insurance Claims & Coverage Disputes
  • Intellectual Property Related Matters
  • Marital Dissolution Matters
  • Purchase and Sale Disputes
  • Securities Litigation Matters
  • Patrick Chylinski Economic Damages Expert PhotoPatrick Chylinski, MAFF, CVA, CFE is a principal and the West Region Practice Leader for RSM’s Litigation Consulting and Financial Forensics practice. He has extensive experience managing and directing engagements relating to complex commercial litigation, business disputes, investigations of fraud and financial misconduct, and business valuations. He has been designated as an expert in numerous cases, and has testified as an expert in litigation matters relating to contract and fee disputes. Mr. Chylinski has experience serving clients across various industries including healthcare, financial services, real estate, construction, insurance, gaming, entertainment, and technology.

    Past experience includes roles as a Director of the Litigation Consulting and Forensic Accounting Services practice group for a top-25 national accounting and consulting firm, as well as a leadership position at a top regional firm. Earlier in his career, Patrick worked in the Financial Advisory Services group at Deloitte & Touche, focusing on dispute consulting.

    In addition to his work experience in professional services, Patrick has extensive industry experience, having worked as a Vice President of Financial Planning and Analysis for what was one of the largest mortgage banking and financial services firms in the country. Patrick also worked in commercial real estate, performing financial analysis and mergers and acquisition due diligence at a commercial real estate investment firm. He also has experience in the securities industry, at one time holding NASD Series 7 and 63 licenses.

    Litigation and Dispute Services:
    • Contract Disputes
    • Fee Disputes
    • Damage Analysis
    • Lost Profit Analysis
    • Partnerships and Real Estate Disputes
    Forensic and Investigative Services:
    • Licensing and Royalty Disputes
    • Purchase Price / Earn-out Disputes
    • Forensic Analysis
    • Fraud Investigations
    • Contract Compliance
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    When many people think about fraud, their thoughts usually turn to banks, investment firms and large businesses. But don't be fooled. Not-for-profit organizations – including many charities, colleges, religious entities and trade groups – are often easy targets for sophisticated fraud schemes.

    Business acquisitions and dispositions are often highly complex transactions which can possess an increased potential for disagreements-disagreements that can eventually lead to contentious and costly litigation. Various types of disputes can arise from the purchase or sale of a business, and these post-closing or postacquisition disputes can delay or even derail what may otherwise appear as obvious "win-win" transactions.

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    Ronald N. Morris
    Certified Document Examiner
    PO Box 905
    Bedford VA 24523
    USA
    phone: 540-586-6681
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    Ronald N. Morris, CDE is a Certified Document Examiner and the President and Founder of Ronald. N. Morris and Associates, Inc. (RNM&AI). He has over 40 years of experience working with such entities as the United States Treasury Department, Office of the Examiner of Questioned Documents; the Washington, DC Police Department, Questioned Document Laboratory; and the United States Secret Service, Forensic Services Division, Questioned Document Branch.

    A Fellow in the Questioned Document Section of the American Academy of Forensic Sciences, Mr. Morris specializes in Handwriting and Hand Printing Identification and other document examinations, such as interlineations and alteration, fabrication techniques, page insertions, nondestructive ink differentiation using the Foster+Freeman® VSC4c video spectral comparator, and indentation analysis using a Foster+Freeman® ESDA system, etc.

    Litigation Support - Ronald Morris has testified approximately 275 times as an expert in handwriting and hand printing identification and related document cases in federal, state, local courts, courts in the District of Columbia, and military courts martial. His testimony experience includes testimony in criminal, civil, and juvenile courts. His services are available to attorneys representing both Plaintiff and Defense.

    Areas of Expertise:
    • Handwriting Identification
    • Document Examination
    • Document Alterations
    • Indentations, ESDA Analysis
    • Ink and Paper Differentiation (No Destructive Testing)
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    Patrick J. Siewert
    Digital Forensic Examiner
    P.O. Box 70177
    Richmond VA 23229
    USA
    phone: 804-588-9877
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    Patrick J. Siewert, Lead Forensic Examiner, is a law enforcement veteran of 15 years with dozens of high-tech investigations and Digital Forensic Examinations completed to unprecedented results in the Commonwealth of Virginia, regionally, and internationally.

    Mr. Siewert has successfully completed training at the best governmental facilities who specialize in training law enforcement in the forensic methodology, with emphasis on the integrity of the forensic process. These facilities include the National White Collar Crime Center (NW3C), the National Computer Forensic Institute (NCFI), and the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center (FLETC) as well as private digital forensic vendors.

    Litigation Support - Mr. Siewert offers services such as data collection & preservation, forensic data analysis, case consultation & specialized investigations for litigators, investigative professionals, corporations and government clients. He is a court-certified expert witness and is well-respected by digital forensic practitioners in both the private and public sectors. Mr. Siewert's services include:
    • Computer Forensics - Acquisition, analysis and reporting of PC, Mac and Linux computer memory, normally in the form of an internal hard drive as part of a computer system. Also services for peripheral devices such as external hard drives, memory cards, thumb drives, digital cameras, etc.
    • Mobile Device Forensics / Call Record Analysis - Acquire, analyze and report data stored on mobile devices such as cell phones, smart phones, and tablets. Text messages, pictures, video, internet history, and app data are all possible sources of evidence
    • Forensic Data Preservation - Examiners are trained to NOT alter data from it's original form. An exact "copy" or forensic disk image of the data is created from which to work & conduct analysis, thus preserving any evidence item in it's original form. Images are then verified for accuracy and validation in formal legal proceedings
    • Specialized Investigative Services - Private Investigative services include Background Investigations, Online/Social Media Investigations, Missing Persons, Cellular Call Detail Record Analysis, Opposition Research, Internal Theft / Fraud Investigations and Interview & Interrogation
    View Patrick Siewert's Consulting Profile.
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