Spring Conference Speakers 3/30/2018

Name Title Biography
 Bassam Banafa

  •  Forensic Accountant
Mr. Bassem Banafa is a forensic accountant with the San Francisco District Attorney’s Office where he assists attorneys and investigators in complex cases involving human trafficking, drug trafficking, money laundering, cyber-crime, large-scale fraud, and organized crime. Mr. Banafa has testified as an expert in civil and criminal matters and before the House Subcommittee on Investigations and Oversight. Prior to joining the San Francisco District Attorney’s office, he founded Bassem Banafa, LLC, a computer and financial forensics firm that provided consulting services and expert witness testimony on civil and criminal matters nationwide. Mr. Banafa previously worked as a forensic accountant with the Contra Costa County District Attorney’s Office and as a consultant with TM Financial Forensics, LLC and Wells Fargo & Co.
Mr. Banafa earned a BSC in Accounting from Santa Clara University and is a Certified Public Accountant, a Certified Fraud Examiner, a Chartered Global Management Accountant, Accredited in Business Valuation, a Certified Anti-Money Laundering Specialist, a Certified Financial Crime Specialist, Certified in Financial Forensics, and an EnCase Certified Examiner.
 Steve Morang

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  • President
Steve is a Senior Manager in our Advisory Department and has over 20 years of auditing, consulting and management experience working with companies in the United States and Europe. He leads our Advisory Fraud & Forensics Practice and as a result oversees all of Frank, Rimerman + Co.’s Fraud Investigations and Fraud Risk Assessment projects. Steve graduated from Webster University and received his M.B.A. in Finance. He is also a Certified Fraud Examiner, Certified Compliance & Ethics Professional and Certified Internal Auditor.

Steve is also the President of the SF Chapter, Adjunct Professor at Golden Gate University, Author of the Big Frauds Column in Fraud Magazine and Chair of the ACFE Higher Education Committee.

Linda Larson

Linda Larson

  • Principal

 Linda I. Larson has been a Court Qualified Document Examiner and Professionally Certified Graphologist for over 40 years. She has used graphology for profiling suspects for police and sheriff’s departments, investigators; screened juries, personnel, as well as identifying compatibilities for executives. Linda has specialized in suicide and self destructiveness, as seen in handwriting, and has spoken through out the country. She is a life member and currently Vice President of the American Handwriting Analysis.Foundation


Miles Ripley

Miles Ripley

  • Partner

 Miles is a Partner/Principal in EY’s Fraud Investigation & Dispute Services practice. He has more than 15 years of forensic accounting investigation and compliance experience, specializing in fraud, bribery and corruption, integrity diligence and asset recovery investigations. Miles has conducted investigations around the globe during criminal and insolvency proceedings. In addition, Miles has significant experience in assisting clients with the design, implementation and monitoring of anti-fraud and anti-corruption compliance programs, including conducting integrity diligence, risk assessments and anti-corruption monitoring.
Natasha Williams

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  • Global Compliance Manager
Natasha E. Williams, CFE, CIA is a certified professional with over 20 years combined experience in auditing, banking, compliance, risk assessment, fraud examination and accounting.  She served nearly half a decade with KPMG LLP working on various consulting and start-up SOX engagements prior to joining Bio-Rad Laboratories in 2005.  Her specialty is auditing, compliance, risk management, fraud prevention and detection and overall development of strong internal controls.  She has managed audits in more than 40 countries across the globe throughout Europe, Eastern Europe, Latin America, Africa, the Middle East, China and Asia Pacific.  She has experience consulting small start-ups as well as working with large, matrixed, complex, multi-location and global companies.

In 2016, Williams joined the Board of Directors of International Center for Reciprocal Training, an educational start-up in Palo Alto, California, to lend her expertise and to share her eagerness to motivate and inspire the next generation of multi-national professionals; assisting them to build aptitude, increase their business acumen and to develop the talent and interpersonal skills necessary to be a proficient professional in the global work force.

 Cynthia Navarro

Cynthia Navarro

  • Principal
Over 30 years as an investigator and licensed since 1989. Conduct corporate civil and criminal investigations, specialize in anti-piracy, corporate investigations to include copyright and trademark, pharmaceutical, patent licensing, and intelligence. Provide training worldwide for corporate and law enforcement regarding online open source investigations and communicate with like industry and trade organizations.