8a-9a: "Ethics – Ethical Awareness"
Presented by: Yvonne Johnson
Yvonne Johnson is a Senior Human Resources Analyst with over 20 years of experience in Human Resources. She has a Bachelor of Art degree in Business Administration from the University of La Verne; and a Master of Public Administration degree from the University of Southern California (USC). She currently works for the County of San Bernardino Office of Compliance and Ethics. She also has experience in Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO), Employee Relations, Employee Benefits, and Recruitment. Yvonne lives in the High Desert, is married, has two children and three grandchildren.
9a-11a: "Strategic Remedies for Fraud Victims"
Early Warning Signs and Resources
If you have ever been a victim of fraud, you'll know how difficult it is to determine what steps to take to try to recover your losses. You understand that reporting the experience is only the first step, assuming that you are able to identify the right law enforcement agency or legal authority.
Olivia Robinson, noted private investigator, founder and president of Background Intelligence, Inc., Mark Mermelstein, white collar criminal defense attorney with Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe, LLP, and investigator David Wall, Director of Forensics at Singer Lewak have worked for years representing fraud victims and will offer thoughts on how that expertise can be applied in today's environment of increasingly complex incidents of fraud.
Private Investigator, Founder & President, Background Intelligence, Inc.
Olivia Robinson investigates fraud and white collar crime. She has conducted critical, time sensitive investigations since 1982. Ms. Robinson heads up a licensed private investigative agency, comprised of a multidisciplinary team which is unique in in its ability to provide actionable results…using a combination of investigative techniques.
She has held positions on the boards of the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners, Association for Corporate Growth, and the Association of Strategic Planning. She is an active member of the California Receivers Forum, California Association of Licensed Investigators, and other professional organizations related to corporate governance and the crackdown of domestic and international crime.
Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe, LLP
Mark Mermelstein, a partner in the Los Angeles office, is a member of the White Collar and Corporate Investigations group.
Mr. Mermelstein, a trial lawyer with more than 20 first-chair trials, specializes in complex litigation and white collar criminal defense. He represents corporations and individuals facing allegations of securities fraud, healthcare fraud, antitrust violations, environmental crimes, money laundering, violations of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) and the False Claims Act, mail/wire fraud, embezzlement and anti-competitive behavior.
Mr. Mermelstein also focuses on asset recovery for victims of corporate crimes, such as cybercrime, theft of trade secrets, hacking, counterfeiting and other business crimes.
Mr. Mermelstein has written many articles and spoken extensively on many aspects of his practice. A frequent commentator on matters related to white collar crime, he has been honored by the Southern California Super Lawyers Magazine as a Southern California Rising Star each year since 2004.
David Wall, JD, CPA, CFE
David Wall is a Senior Manager at SingerLewak LLP, a 50-year-old accounting and consulting firm headquartered in Los Angeles with six offices throughout the State of California. David has practiced in the field of financial and fraud-related litigation in Southern California for over 20 years. Mr. Wall is a fraud specialist, with credentials as a certified public accountant, certified fraud examiner, licensed private investigator, and licensed attorney.
11a-12p: "Investigation Best Practices"
Presented by: Omid Yazdi
Mr. Yazdi is a partner in the Los Angeles office of KPMG LLP’s U.S. Forensic Advisory Services practice. He has over twenty years of international experience assisting KPMG’s clients with financial statement audits, fraud risk management, forensic accounting, economic recovery analysis and litigation advisory services.
Mr. Yazdi has served clients in Europe, Asia Pacific, South America, and Africa. Mr. Yazdi has provided in-depth presentations to Board of Directors, the Securities Exchange Commission, the United States Attorney’s Office, the Federal Bureau of Investigation and Securities and Exchange Board of India.
Mr. Yazdi's extensive experience includes:
Leadership role in the investigation of the largest financial fraud in the history of India over a sixth month period.
Led an earnings management investigation of a publicly traded distribution company at the direction of an external law firm, spanning over two years.
Performed a number of Foreign Corrupt Practices Acts (FCPA) investigations and due diligence assignments of publicly held organizations domestically and abroad.
Served as a privileged consultant on a litigation matter related to one of the largest financial institutions in the world.
Managed a multi-million dollar inventory theft investigation involving analysis of complex accounting systems, interview of suspect organization, and execution of forensic technology investigative protocols.
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