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12th Annual ACFE San Antonio Conference

  • Fri, April 06, 2018
  • 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
  • Norris Conference Center (410 & San Pedro) 618 NW Loop 410 #207, San Antonio, TX 78216


2018 ACFE SA Agenda.pdf


Featuring: Retired FBI SA Gregory Coleman

"The Wolf of Wall Street"

Retired Special Agent, Federal Bureau of Investigation Gregory Coleman is the FBI Special Agent responsible for the criminal investigation of Jordan Belfort. Belfort’s rise to power and subsequent arrest and conviction were chronicled in the movie, “The Wolf of Wall Street”. Coleman is a frequent keynote speaker and guest lecturer on The Wolf of Wall Street investigation as well as topics including international money laundering, risks associated with Bitcoin, and body language and statement analysis. Coleman has spoken to audiences in 14 countries and has significant experience giving presentations utilizing simultaneous translation.

On January 30, 2015, Mr. Coleman retired from the FBI with over 25 years of experience investigating financial crimes and money laundering in the FBI’s New York City office. During his career, Mr. Coleman specialized in complex market manipulation and international money laundering investigations with a special emphasis on investigations where the proceeds of crime were laundered using offshore shell corporations and trusts. As the case agent in charge of those investigations, Mr. Coleman was responsible for the overall direction of all investigative activities, including the tracing of illicit funds, witness interviews, confidential source development, and document analysis.

Mr. Coleman is a frequent keynote speaker and guest lecturer on “The Wolf of Wall Street” investigation as well as topics including international money laundering, risks associated with Bitcoin, and the use of body language& statement analysis.

FBI Special Agent in Charge Christopher Combs

“FBI Threat Briefing”

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Special Agent (SA) Combs was appointed Special Agent in Charge (SAC) of the FBI San Antonio Field Office in April 2014. San Antonio Division encompasses 60 counties, 65,636 square miles, two federal judicial districts, one third of the border with Mexico (625 miles) and employs approximately 500 employees.  SA Combs has oversight for the Austin, Brownsville, Del Rio, Laredo, McAllen and Waco Resident Agencies.

SA Combs entered the SES ranks in January 2012 as the Section Chief of the FBI Strategic Information and Operations Center (SIOC), the FBI’s 24 hour worldwide command, control, and operations center.  SA Combs was the Assistant Special Agent in Charge (ASAC)) of Counterterrorism at the FBI Washington Field Office (WFO).  SA Combs was also the FBI lead in the development of the US Active Shooter training and response programs.  SA Combs received the FBI Director’s Award for Distinguished Service to the Law Enforcement Community for President Obama’s 2008 Inauguration.

SA Combs was the initial On-Scene Commander (OSC) at the Pentagon on 9/11 and then served as the FBI representative to Unified Command (UC) for the duration of on-scene operations.  SA Combs was also the FBI representative to UC at the U.S. Capitol during the anthrax mail attacks of 2001.  SA Combs served as the FBI Operations SC for numerous terrorist incidents to include: Holocaust Museum Shooting, Pentagon Shooting, and the Luna Restaurant Bombing in Pakistan.  SA Combs also served as the Deputy OSC of all FBI operations in London in support of the London 2012 Olympics.

SA Combs was a member of the inter-agency writing team that developed the Initial National Response Plan (Initial NRP), the NRP, and the National Incident Management System (NIMS).  SA Combs was also a FBI representative to the White House Homeland Security Council (HSC), and co-authored the White House “Federal Response to Hurricane Katrina Lessons Learned” after action report.  SA Combs served as the Special Assistant to the Senior Federal Law Enforcement Official (SFLEO) during Hurricane Katrina.

SA Combs previously served as the Operations Unit Chief of the Terrorist Screening Center (TSC), and as an SSA in the WMD Operations Unit, the WFO National Capitol Response Squad (NCRS).

SA Combs is currently a fellow with the Ash Center at Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government.

Billy Petty; Heyman & Associates, PLLC

What Does Law Enforcement Need?

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Accountants and fraud examiners that work outside of law enforcement often have very important roles in securing successful criminal prosecutions.  This session will provide information for non-law enforcement persons who are involved with the discovery or initial investigation of economic crimes to help gain the attention of law enforcement and prosecutors.  The goal is to better ensure that all information that may be used as evidence is recognized and preserved and that proper attention from authorities is gained.

Billy has more than 28 years of experience in law enforcement, including almost 10 years of white-collar crimes investigations. During his career as an Austin Police Detective, he worked to broaden his knowledge of white-collar crime investigations by seeking opportunities to work with and learn from prosecutors, defense counsel, and civil attorneys. He also gave back to the Austin community by speaking to community groups about fraud prevention as well as training law enforcement, regulators, and fraud examiners in fraud investigation.

Billy earned a Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice – Economic Crime Investigations from Syracuse University’s Utica College, and a Master in Business Administration from Texas A&M University’s Corpus Christi campus. While serving in both the Financial Crimes Unit and the White-Collar Crimes Unit, Billy investigated more than 300 cases that involved fraud in which individuals, businesses, estates, and trusts were victims. The various types of fraud ranged from simple credit card abuse to elaborate investment schemes with losses of millions of Dollars.

Billy is a Certified Fraud Examiner, and holds a Master Peace Officer’s certificate. Billy is a member of the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners, the Austin Chapter of Certified Fraud Examiners, and the National Association of Certified Valuation Analysts. Billy is an adjunct instructor for the National White Collar Crime Center in the Financial Investigations Practical Skills class and the Targeting Investment Fraud course, which is sponsored by FINRA. Billy participates in several civic activities in southwest Travis and northern Hays counties and is an officer in the Austin Chapter of the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners.

OLLU Assistant Professor Ernesto Ballesteros

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School of Business and Leadership

Computer Info. Systems and Security

“Cyber Security and the Legal Profession”



Academic Background

  • M.S.   Our Lady of the Lake University, 2007
  • J.D.   St. Mary's University, San Antonio, TX, Candidate for Juris Doctor, Doctorate of Law
  • B.S.   Our Lady of the Lake University, San Antonio, TX, Electronic Commerce Information Systems, 2005

Professional Certifications

  • (ISC)^2Certified Information Systems Security Professional, 307695, 2011 (2011-2015), San Antonio, TX.
  • CompTIA - Security+, COMP001005265111, 2011 (2011-2015), San Antonio, TX.
  • ISACA - Associate of Certified Information Systems Auditor (CISA), 11526061, 2011 (2011-2015), San Antonio, TX.

Professional Memberships

  • (ISC)2 - International Information Systems Security Certifications Consortium
  • ISACA- Information Systems Audit and Control Association (San Antonio Chapter)

Daniel Torpey - Ernst & Young, LLP

Almost Fraud:  Ethics - Conducting Risk Issues in Customer & Supplier Interactions

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Daniel Torpey is a Forensic Accountant, CPA and former auditor with over 29 years of Public Accounting experience. He is a partner with Ernst & Young and is the Southwest Regional Leader for EY’s Fraud Investigation & Dispute Services. Mr. Torpey has testified as an expert witness in state, federal and international proceedings. In his current role, Mr. Torpey assist clients with whistle blower investigations, audit and special committee investigations regarding financial reporting and management’s intent, Foreign Corrupt Practices Act investigations, Anti-Money Laundering, FACTA and other investigations. He has assisted companies with financial restatements and presented his investigative findings to government regulators domestic and foreign. He has also assisted clients, law firms and brokers on a wide variety of forensic accounting issues in dealing with complex insurance claims as well as help companies with Corporate Compliance Programs. He was an appraiser for a $3.6 billion dollar claim which settled within a few months of the issuance of his report.

Mr. Torpey has published lead cover articles in Fraud Magazine, Internal Auditor, Claims Magazine and Risk Management. Also, published or quoted in Business Insurance, National Underwriter, Claims Magazine, Best Review: Property and Casualty, Corporate Legal Times, The Dallas Morning News, and The Los Angeles Times, Mr. Torpey has helped clients in many industries the US and abroad.  Mr. Torpey has presented several times on fraud investigation, the use of predictive modeling in claims and other forensic investigative topics to the FBI’s “Accountants in Training” program including instructing sessions at Quantico, Virginia, The FBI’s training facility. He has been a guest Speaker at Cornell University on “The Pursuit of Virtue and Leadership” and has spoken several times at Annual Risk Insurance Management Society Conference, Chief Ethics & Compliance Officers Conference and the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners Annual Conference. He is the Coauthor of the recent book, “The Business Interruption Book: Coverage, Claims, and Recovery by the National Underwriter Company”.

Robert Almonte; Former U.S. Marshal for the Western District of Texas

"Patron Saints of the Mexican Underworld"

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Drug and human traffickers, gang members and other criminals involve the spiritual world in their trade for protection from law enforcement. This intensive course will include information on various legitimate and illegitimate saints and icons used by criminals.  Several significant arrests, including that of a cold case murder, as well as drug and money seizures throughout the country have been attributed to this course and are discussed during the presentation.


Robert Almonte was appointed by President Barack Obama as the United States Marshal for the Western District of Texas in 2010 where he served for six years until 2016.  Under his leadership, the Western District of Texas was one of the top Districts in the United States Marshals Service in arrests of dangerous fugitives. He also implemented the first U.S. Marshals Citizens Academy in the history of the U.S. Marshals Service.  He had previously retired from the El Paso, Texas Police Department after 25 years of service. He spent most of his career in narcotics investigations and retired as a Deputy Chief in 2003.  As the Narcotics Commander with the EPPD, he championed innovative programs like the Hotel/Motel Narcotics Interdiction Unit and the West Texas High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area (HIDTA) Stash House Task Force, both of which yielded successful apprehensions through community-policing initiatives.  The West Texas HIDTA Stash House Task Force earned the prestigious Task Force 2000 White House Office of the National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP) award for “Outstanding HIDTA Interdiction Unit”.  Robert Almonte has received numerous awards, including the 1999 White House Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP) award for National “Outstanding HIDTA Task Force Commander”, a Certificate of Special Congressional Recognition in 2003 as well as an Award Citation from the United States Attorney for the District of New Mexico regarding his testimony on two major drug cases.

Throughout his career, he has collaborated with his colleagues across the nation on narcotics issues, holding leadership positions such as the Executive director of the Texas Narcotic Officers’ Association, where he once served three terms as President for the association and as Vice-President for the National Narcotic Officers’ Association Coalition. He is the author of two published books: “The Evolution of Narcotics Investigations” and “Managing Covert Operations”, as well as the creator and producer for the law enforcement training video: “Patron Saints of the Mexican Drug Underworld”.  He has traveled extensively throughout the United States training law enforcement officers on narcotics investigations.  Robert Almonte has been qualified as an expert witness in federal and state court and has testified regarding Santa Muerte and other “patron saints” related to criminal activities.

He attended El Paso Community College and graduated Summa Cum Laude with a Bachelor’s Degree in Criminal Justice Administration from Park University.

Joseph Rotunda; Director, Enforcement -Texas State Securities Board

"Digitize Everything: From Stocks and Bonds to Lines of Code, Has the Future Finally Arrived.

Joe Rotunda serves as the Director of the Enforcement Division of the State Securities Board, where he manages a team of specialized attorneys and investigators who work to protect Texans from fraudulent investment schemes.  They are responsible for investigating complex business transactions, securing admissible evidence and pursuing appropriate law enforcement actions.  His staff also works closely with local district attorney’s offices, and the division’s lawyers frequently serve as appointed assistant district attorneys and assist state prosecutors in securing convictions in complex white collar-cases.    

Joe began his career as a staff attorney in the Enforcement Division before joining the Travis County District Attorney's Office in Austin, Texas.  As an Assistant District Attorney, Joe was responsible for prosecuting felony offenses as a member of both the Trial Division and the Insurance Fraud Division. He returned to the State Securities Board to serve as its Director of Enforcement in March 2007.  He also serves as the Vice-Chair of Enforcement Section of the North American Securities Administrators Association, an association of sixty-seven securities regulators from all fifty states, the District of Columbia, Canada and Mexico.

Joe is a graduate of Trinity University in San Antonio, Texas. He received his Juris Doctorate from the University of Kansas School of Law and is licensed to practice law in Texas.  

Gregg Sansone; USAA Director of Financial Crime Analytics 

"My Model Just Turned Racist:  Ethics in the Age of Artificial Intelligence"

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A 13 year USAA employee, Gregg has held numerous positions within USAA, primarily in the Enterprise Security Group to include managing the Cyber Threat Operations Center. Currently, he serves as the Director of Data Science Design.  In his current role, he is responsible for the holistic transformation of financial crime & cyber operations through innovative deployment of strategies, models, rules, policies & infrastructure facilitated by creative hiring, vision setting & strategy development. Key initiatives he has led recently are the adoption of machine learning in security and the creation of an enterprise behavior risk score ingestible by business product owners.

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