SOCIETY of PROFESSIONAL INVESTIGATORS and Association of Certified Financial Crime Specialists Conference

SOCIETY of PROFESSIONAL INVESTIGATORS and Association of Certified Financial Crime Specialists-IAAR present
               International Financial Crime Conference
                             Sheraton New York
                             12 September 2012
                  -FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE-
On 12 September 2012, the Society of Professional Investigators (SPI) will be offering a full-day Special Investigations training seminar. This seminar will be offered as a pre-conference event in conjunction with the ACFCS’ International Financial Crime Conference and will provide nine (9) NASBA and BCIP-approved Continuing Education (CE) hours of instruction in the following topics:
    • International Investigations and Due Diligence
    • Undercover Operations
    • Electronic Mail Tracing and Internet Profiling
    • Medical Examiner Operations and Notorious Cases
The words “world-class” and “unique” are too often misused in connection with training events and speakers, but they truly apply to the presenters and courses offered at this seminar. All of the panelists and presenters are recognized as true subject matter experts (SMEs) and leaders in their fields. Each panelist and instructor possesses 20 years or more of “real word” experience “in the field”.
Total cost for full-day instruction, including breakfast, lunch and 9 CEs, is $295.00. To register directly with SPI, please use the linked registration form at:
Persons attending this event can also register for the ACFCS’s full conference at a huge reduction in cost. (To obtain a $600.00 discount off the ACFCS’ conference rate, when registering online select the “Government Rate” and enter “srambam” for your discount Code.)
Please see below for detailed information on the Special Investigations pre-conference track’s speakers and sessions.
0745-0845 –
Arrival and Registration
Breakfast (Included)
“Electronic Mail Tracing and Internet Profiling”
Instructor:   Brian K. Ingram
Understanding Electronic Mail (e-mail) systems and being able to trace, further investigate and exploit e-mail and other electronic messages is a critical skill for all investigative professionals. Attendees completing this seminar will gain a working knowledge of electronic mail systems, will learn how to trace e-mail messages back to the sender and how to profile the identified suspect(s).
Brian Ingram has served in numerous law enforcement positions, running the full gamut from Patrol Officer to Chief of Police. Brian is currently a licensed Investigator, and is recognized as one of the foremost authorities on computer forensics and cyber-investigation. Brian has trained more than 1,500 Investigators and 850 law enforcement officers and has testified as an expert witness numerous times.
Seminar Components:
I.    Definitions and Resources
     (I.P. Addresses, Dynamic I.P, Static I.P. Address, InterNic, Whois, DNS, ARIN, Finger, ESMTP, Munging, Headers, etc.)
II.    E-Mail Tracing
      (Keys to tracing, Header analysis, SMTP Verify, Finger, step-by-step instruction for the tracing process, SMTP Example, Finger Example, Header Example and Explanation, rDNS Example and explanation of geographic coding of servers, Finger-ing a Server Example and how to accomplish, WHOIS Databases, Configuring Spade, Utilities at Your Command, rDNS, Traceroute, New Techniques for WHOIS, etc.)
III.    Internet Profiling
     (Deep Web: what it is and how you find it, searching content databases, government databases and Advanced Search Switches)
LUNCH (included)
Speaker:   Dr. Michael Baden
Dr. Michael M. Baden, a captivating speaker, is the former Chief Medical Examiner of New York City, a board certified forensic pathologist and an accomplished author.  In addition to maintaining a private practice, Dr. Baden is the co-Director of the New York State Police Medico-Legal Investigation Unit.
Michael Baden has served as the President of the Society of Medical Jurisprudence and Vice President of the American Academy of Forensic Sciences.  He was the Chairman of the Forensic Pathology Panel of the U.S. Congress Select Committee on assassinations that investigated the deaths of President John F. Kennedy and Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.  Dr. Baden has been involved as an expert in forensic pathology in many cases of international interest, including the examination of the remains of Tsar Nicholas of Russia and his family, the death of John Belushi, the re-autopsy of Medgar Evers, Civil Rights Leader, the death of Billy Martin, the deaths of Mary Beth Tinning’s nine children, the exhumation and re-autopsy of the five Hoyt children who were murdered by their mother, the re-examination of the Lindbergh kidnapping and murder, and autopsies of the victims of TWA Flight 800.
1300 – 1515
“International Investigations and Due Diligence”
Speaker and Moderator:    Steven Rambam
Panelists and Speakers:   Theodore Kovowras, Michael Griffith, Esq.
As the world becomes a smaller place, and the world’s Mafias, spies, fraudsters and criminal gangs – and millions of ordinary foreign citizens – flock to the United States, being able to conduct investigations of foreign persons, locate overseas witnesses and evidence, perform due diligence overseas, and bring the results back in a legal and “introducible” manner, has become a basic required skill for the active Investigative Professional.
This seminar will provide an overview of how to conduct investigative activities worldwide, including how to locate witnesses, obtain evidence and documents, verify or “bust” identities and credentials, conduct due diligence activities and, most important, how to find and safely retain professional assistance anywhere for any investigative task.
(Areas reviewed will include: False Identities; activity prior to retaining an investigative vendor; preliminary information to be obtained via domestic interviews, field investigation and database research;  U.S. and Foreign Identifiers; Transliteration “Problems”; Domestic and Foreign Business Activities;  Practicing Safe Subcontracting (FCRA, GLB, DPPA, DPPA-2, FCPA, EU Privacy Laws etc.);  Hiring Local Investigators v. “Send Your Own”; Personal and Business Concerns (Danger, local customs and your ability to do the work, Cost vs. Time, Licensing); “Bad Lawyer Tricks”; what are “typical” basic local documents and what is “public record”; who can “certify; “Patriots” (political concerns, anti-American attitudes, what if the crime is “sanctioned”); “Is it Bribery or is it a ‘Fee’”; how U.S. law enforcement practices can assist criminals (esp. jurisdictional and “threshold” issues); local evidence gathering laws.)
STEVEN RAMBAM is the Director of Pallorium, Inc., an Investigative Agency with offices and affiliates worldwide. Since 1981, Steven has coordinated investigations in more than fifty countries, and in nearly every U.S. State and Canadian province. Steven specializes in international and multi-jurisdictional investigations, investigations of sophisticated frauds and missing person investigations. Steven Rambam and Pallorium have conducted or coordinated hundreds of foreign insurance-related investigations, including more than 500 homicide and “death claim” investigations. A significant number of these cases have resulted in arrests and prosecution. Many of Mr. Rambam’s investigations involve coordination with national authorities, and Steven has received commendations and awards in a number of foreign locations. Steven has also received a number of foreign military decorations, and his activities have been mentioned in the Canadian and Israeli Parliaments. Steven is perhaps best publicly known for his pro bono activities, which have included the location and investigation of nearly 200 Nazi collaborators and war criminals, coordination of investigations to expose terrorist groups’ fundraising activities and activities which resulted in the tightening of airport security in 8 U.S. cities. During the past thirty years more than one thousand (1,000) newspapers and magazines and television broadcasts have reported on Steven’s activities. Steven holds the “CFE” “CPP”, “PSP”, “PCI” and “CSAR” board certifications and is the Chairman of SPI’s “BCIP” and Education programs.
TED KOVOWRAS is a seasoned Investigator, the Director of Panoramic Investigations and a retired NYPD Police Officer and Federal law enforcement veteran. Based in Hong Kong and China, Ted has been running international and undercover investigations since 1995 and has more than 8,000 cases to his credit. Ted currently operates one of Hong Kong’s largest Investigative Agencies and also works directly with INTERPOL, Hong Kong Customs and PSB (Public Security Bureau) Authorities in China to combat counterfeiting and other financial crimes. Ted has been featured in dozens of newspaper and television stories and has been the subject of two books and a National Geographic Documentary “Illicit, the Dark Trade”.  Despite his public notoriety, Ted has maintained his ability to conduct undercover operations by using a range of remarkable disguises and identities.
MICHAEL GRIFFITH was admitted to practice law in the State and Federal Courts in 1973 and is a partner of International Legal Defense Counsel with offices in Southampton, New York and Atlanta, Georgia. He is an experienced International Lawyer who has counseled clients in over twenty-five countries regarding international criminal matters. Michael has testified before the United States Senate as an expert witness and has lectured before the International Bar Association on “Legal Problems of Traveling Abroad” and on the representation of Americans incarcerated overseas.
1530 – 1800
“Undercover Investigations – Operations and Implementation”
Speakers and Panelists:     Joaquin “Jack Garcia
                                                 Philip P. Scala
                                                 Theodore “Ted” Kovowras
                                                 John Negus
Moderator and Panelist:     Steven Rambam
Implementation and management of undercover investigations is a critical area of knowledge for Investigators, Detectives, Security Directors, fraud fighters of all kinds and for nearly everyone “above the rank of Patrolman”. Legal and operational pitfalls facing today’s undercover operator are more serious than ever and range from license-threatening to life-threatening. The Internet and “dox-ing” have made most undercover identities “a mile wide but only an inch deep”. Facial recognition can destroy even the most carefully constructed cover identity. Rogue Investigators may be working for your targets and helping to bust your operative’s cover. New federal and state laws restrict the use of cover identities and areas of undercover operation.
This seminar, presented by a panel consisting of arguably some of the United States’ most experienced undercover agents, will provide an overview of the dramatically increasing risks for the Undercover Operative and the agencies employing undercover agents.
JOAQUIN “JACK” GARCIA is a retired FBI Agent, who is regarded as one of the most successful and prolific agents in the history of the FBI. Jack is also considered by many to be the foremost hands-on expert in undercover criminal investigations in the United States. Jack successfully operated as an undercover special agent for 24 out of his 26 years of federal service, conducting more than 100 undercover operations without ever being detected.
    Jack, who began his storied FBI career during May 1980, first became known for his successful cases against corrupt politicians in Atlantic City, and corrupt police officers in the Hollywood Police Department, the Broward County Sheriff’s Office; Boston Police Department and in the San Juan Police Department.  Jack is also internationally known for his work as a legendary undercover agent, building successful cases against hundreds of drug dealers and leaders of the Colombian and Mexican drug cartels, while posing as a money launderer, drug transporter or drug trafficker. He has done undercover work on international terrorism cases as well as National Security investigations. Jack has also worked undercover against Russian and Asian organized crime groups. Amazingly, Jack worked on many of these cases simultaneously, as he juggled his various undercover identities and roles.
   Jack’s most famous case involved posing as “Jack Falcone,” a 6’5” 380 lb. Sicilian gangster, jewel thief and drug dealer from Miami, Florida, and successfully penetrating the Gambino Mafia crime family. That case resulted in the arrest and conviction of 32 mobsters, including the top members of the Gambino crime family, Arnold Squitieri and Anthony Megale.
    While undercover, Jack played his hoodlum role so convincingly that Gregory DePalma, a Gambino family capo, offered him the position of “made man” (sworn Mafia soldier). If Jack had continued in his undercover role, he could have been the first law enforcement officer to become a member of the Italian Mafia.
    Jack’s life and cases have been the subject of hundreds of television and newspaper articles and were detailed in his 2008 book, “Making Jack Falcone”.
PHILIP P. SCALA is a retired F.B.I. Supervisory Special Agent and the Director of Pathfinder Consultants International. Philip has five years of significant undercover experience, and his past law enforcement activities have included a number of notorious GWOT, national security and major crime cases (Sarin Gas investigation; Mafia witness Sammy Gravavo; Lufthansa Skyjacking; 1993 World Trade Center (WTC) Bombing, Al Qaeda Bomb Factory Raid, Queens, NY; TWA Flight 800; World Trade Center Attack, 9/11/01; NYC Anthrax Investigation, etc.)
JOHN NEGUS is a consultant, trainer and Executive Protection services provider, and currently the Vice President of International Protection Group, LLC, having retired as a Detective with the New York Police Department’s Intelligence Division. John has significant experience conducting and coordinating undercover operations.
THEODORE “TED” KOVOWRAS (see previous seminar for full bio) has conducted and coordinated undercover operations and intellectual property-related “stings” throughout China and Asia. Posing as a corrupt buyer or a fellow criminal, Ted has personally penetrated dozen of Asian criminal operations, resulting in dozens of arrests and successful prosecutions.
STEVEN RAMBAM (see previous seminar for full bio) has conducted and coordinated numerous undercover operations worldwide, in locations ranging from Brazil to China to the Gaza Strip to Brooklyn, resulting in the capture and conviction of forgers, fraudsters, identity thieves, murderers and war criminals. Steven’s most noteworthy  undercover operation involved him going undercover for two years as “Professor Salvatore Romano” of the fictitious “Saint Paul’s University of the Americas” and resulted in the successful location and undercover interviews of 58 Nazi war criminals and subsequent identifications and deportations and/or arrests in Canada and Germany.
1800 –
END of Seminar
Collect speaker reviews; distribute CE and SPI Program certificates.
1900 –
Networking Dinner for Speakers and Attendees
(optional; off-site location TBA)
Questions, assistance and additional information, please contact:
    Bruce Sackman, President
    Steven Rambam, V.P. and Education Chairman

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