SF ACFE Tech Sector Fraud Summit – September 15, 2017



Event Overview:

Welcome to the San Francisco Chapter of the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners Tech Fraud Summit 2017.This day long training will be packed with presentations, panel discussions and keynote speeches from the top players in the Technology Sector / Online Anti-Fraud community.  Additionally, it will feature presentations and demos of emerging fraud fighting technologies used by the largest names in technology such as Yelp, Google, StubHub, Uber, Facebook, Yahoo, Twitter, Dropbox, DocuSign, Apple, Amazon, LinkedIn, Microsoft, Airbnb, Eventbrite, Lyft, Pinterest, Salesforce and many more! 

Earn up to 8 CPE’s including 2 Ethics CPE’s for CFE’s. The cost of the training will include breakfast, lunch and refreshments throughout the day. The event location is a 5 minute walk from Embarcadero Bart or the CalTrain SF station. We hope that the timing and location of the event will help those living and/or working outside of SF to attend this exclusive event.

We would like to extend a special thank you to Ernst & Young (EY) for their sponsorship of this event!

List of tentative Speakers – Please click here for speaker bios and additional information.

Please find the preliminary agenda below:

Association of Certified Fraud Examiners


September 15, 2017   CONFERENCE

Tech Fraud Summit

Golden Gate University (GGU)

536 Mission Street, San Francisco, CA 94105


8:00 a.m. Registration and Continental Breakfast

MORNING SESSION:  Fraud in the Technology Sector – yesterday, today and tomorrow

8:30-8:45 a.m.: Welcome and Conference Overview

Presenter: Steve Morang, SF Chapter President

8:45-9:30 a.m.:  Panel: Technology Fraud Risk Overview and Emerging Trends (ASIA)

Moderation: Julia Kniesche, Senior Manager, EY

Panellists:  Christina Wong, Deputy Head of Compliance, Fujitsu

Tom Pellman, Associate Director, Blackpeak International

Scot Walker, Senior Manager (Investigations and Intelligence), NVIDIA

9:30-10:15 a.m.: Panel: Tech Sector Internal Audit CAE Discussion – How IA engages in the anti-fraud process

Moderation: Miles Ripley, Partner, EY

Panellists: Tom Rudenko, Head of Internal Audit, Yelp!,

Nauzer Gotla, VP, Internal Audit at Space Systems Loral (SSL)

Eugene Leung, Director of Internal Audit at VM Ware

10:15- 10:30 a.m.  Morning Refreshment Break

10:30-11:15 a.m.   Fraud Risk Assessments in the Technology Space

Presenter: George Totev, Head of Risk and Compliance, Atlassian Inc.

11:15-12:00 p.m.  Fraud in the Tech Sector

Presenter: Erin O’Laughlin, Western Union (previously US government intelligence)

12:00-1:30 p.m. Lunch break

Special Guest Keynote Speaker: Brett Johnson, Secret Service Informant and Convicted Fraudster

AFTERNOON SESSION: Tech Sector Fraud Operations and Practical Applications

1:30-2:15 p.m. Building the Perfect Investigations Team to Find, Eliminate and Remediate Misconduct

Presenters: Andrew Price, Senior Counsel, Google

Lisa Chafin, Senior Manager – Internal Audit, Google

2:15-3:30 p.m. Reducing Fraud Risks Through Effective Information Governance in the Tech Sector

Presenter: Glen Day, Partner, EY Cyber Security Center of Excellence

3:30-3:45 p.m.  Afternoon break

3:45-4:55 p.m. Data Science Tools to Find Relationships and Red Flags in Unstructured Data

Presenter: Paul Starrett CFE, Starrett Consulting

4:55-5:00 p.m. Closing Remarks by Steve Morang


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2017 SF ACFE May Meeting & Job Fair

We are pleased to announce that the San Francisco Chapter of the ACFE will hold our next meeting on May 16, 2017 from 5:30-7:30 PM. Our meeting will be a combination of a micro-job fair with various organizations from the Greater SF Bay Area, and a special presentation with an outside expert in the field of recruitment and career development and professional networking. (2 CPE’s will be awarded) This will then be followed by a social time with refreshments.

I would also like to give a special thanks to Golden Gate University and the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) for stepping up as our main sponsors for this event.

Special Presentation Topic: “How to improve the communication challenges hiring manages and internal recruiting teams have in the recruitment of professional talent”

How to open up the pipeline for prospective candidates to meet and talk with hiring manages, not just the recruiters. What are the responsibilities of each; the hiring managers, the candidates and the internal recruiting teams?

Managing expectations:

  • The challenges candidates have finding and speaking to hiring manages.
  • The challenges internal recruiting teams have filling current roles.
  • The challenges hiring manages have with candidates and recruiting teams.
  • Then discuss how candidates can find and open communications with hiring manages.


BRUCE POTTERTON is a co-founder of The Fletching Group, a talent identification consultancy that supports the needs of hiring managers of small to mid-size firms. He has over 25 years of executive experience managing multi-functional teams that combine strategy, sales, product and marketing. He has built and led effective teams, including recruiting employees, consultants, agencies and/or independent freelancers, for startup, turn around and high growth high technology organizations. Potterton has significant experience generating and servicing emerging to Fortune 500 clientele in a wide range of industries including, retail, financial services, bio tech, hardware and software. Potterton earned a B.A. in design from the University of Minnesota.


Golden Gate University

536 Mission Street

San Francisco, CA 94105

Sixth Floor, Rooms 6208-6209.

Please bring both your meeting registration and if needed, cash or check for your meeting/membership dues. We will provide you with a receipt at the event.


Free of Charge for ACFE SF Chapters Members.  The cost to non-members is $25 and will be collected at the time of registration through Eventbrite.

28th Annual ACFE Global Fraud Conference

Go to fraudconference.com!

The SFACFE would like to announce the annual ACFE Fraud Conference, which will be held in Nashville Tennessee from the 23rd to the 28th of June. If you wish to attend, registration for the event can be found here.

Hope to see members of the SFACFE there!


2017 SF ACFE FinTech Fraud Summit

Collaboration, Partnership and, Innovation

Looking back to September 2014 at our first all-day chapter event, I can still vividly recall the animosity between traditional banks and FinTech companies. The animosity went so far that audience members started heckling and interrupting speakers. At that time it seemed impossible to collaborate at a level that would be effective at combating the rising pressures of fraud on the industry.

However, March 17th 2017 marks a turning point in my mind in the battle against fraud. The 2017 SF ACFE FinTech Fraud Summit marked a day when collaboration, partnership and, innovation trumped fear for the first time. Throughout the 2017 SF ACFE FinTech Fraud Summit, speaker after speaker repeatedly spoke about the various methods in which the industry is sharing and collaborating to combat fraud. As Ron Suber of Prosper emphasized, “When one of our competitors is damaged by fraud, it hurts all of us”. Additionally Eric Kinney of Lending Club stated, “We don’t see our anti-fraud program as a competitive advantage, but as something that should be shared”. Words cannot do justice to the importance of these statements. I have been raising the red flag to anyone who would listen about how the enemy is quicker, more creative, innovative and, winning the battle because of it. Now, for the first time, I think we might have a good chance at turning the tables.

Working with one common goal in mind, sharing resources and information; making fraud a top priority. These are the actions that will make a difference. Strengthening this type of collaboration with the advances in technology that was presented at the conference, in the area of AI and machine learning by Solon Angel of MindBridge and others, gives hope.

Over the next few days SF ACFE will be posting photos, presentations and, other materials to this website. Presentations can be found of the Speaker Biography page. Please make an effort to share it with your colleagues, in your organization and outside.

Steve Morang CFE

Pictures from the first annual SF ACFE FinTech Fraud Summit

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ACFE March 7th 2017 Meeting – Forensic Technology

Thanks to everyone who attended our March meeting. We had a great turnout of over 50 ACFE professionals to hear Dean West and John Morgan of PwC Forensic Technology provide an informative and entertaining presentation on eDiscovery, Forensic Technology tools, IP Exfiltration visualization tools as well as  Google Vision. Thanks once again to PwC for hosting and providing pizza and beverages to everyone. Great to see that we had about a dozen new ACFE members joining us for this meeting. We look forward to seeing you again at our next Chapter Meeting in May – Speed Networking and Career Advancement!

RSA/InfraGard Meeting 2017

Fascinating presentation at the InfraGard SF Bay Area meeting held at the RSA conference. It was an honor to meet Richard A. Clarke , Special Advisor to the President for Cyberspace, and National Coordinator for Security and Counter-terrorism, who spoke about the current Cyber-threat-map facing the USA.

Fraud Luncheon – Hear and Learn from a Panel of Experts February 9th 2017

Thanks to all the ACFE members who particiated in  today’s SF IIA’s Chapter meeting which was a great success. With well over 50+ attendees, relevant information on the topic of fraud was presented. A special thanks to the IIA’s guest speakers, Kristen Rivera of PWC and FBI Special Agent Lester Kwok who did a phenomenal job presenting their insights and experiences on fraud and corruption in the global landscape.

Attached to this post is a handout provided by Special Agent Kwok on tips and tricks detecting Business e-mail compromises.

Business E-mail Compromise by the FBI SF Division