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IIA-ACFE Full-Day Fall Fraud Conference

November 18, 2015
10:00 AM PST to 5:00 PM PST
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Los Angeles Athletic Club
431 West Seventh Street
Los Angeles, CA 90014


MORNING SESSION: 10:00 to 11:30
Mark P. Ruppert 
of Cedars-Sinai Health System:
"Internal Audit and Fraud"

LUNCH SESSION: 12:00 to 1:30
Pierce O'Donnell
of Greenberg Glusker:
"A Million Dollars in Her Drawers" - A behind-the-scenes look at the historic case of the sale of the Los Angeles Clippers for $2 billion, the court trial pitting Shelly Sterling against her husband Donald Sterling to get probate court approval of the sale and the precedential significance of the case for professional sports, team values, fans, and women. The program covers details of the initial trial as well as Pierce O'Donnell's second trial for Shelly Sterling in which he secured a $2.8 million verdict against V. Stiviano to recover community property and money that Donald Sterling lavished on her to buy her a house, luxury cars, and expensive gifts.

AFTERNOON SESSION #1: 1:45 to 2:45
Chris Pelham
 from Jones Day:
"Confidentiality of Internal Investigations" - A presentation on the confidentiality of internal investigations. There is a lot of case law on the question of whether internal corporate investigations can remain secret and privileged from prosecutors (including expert reports, witness interview summaries, etc.).

AFTERNOON SESSION #2: 2:45 to 3:45
Nina Marino
from Kaplan Marino:
"Advising Corporate Clients on International Criminal & Regulatory Investigations" - Using a case study involving a multinational public corporation discovering potential bribery and insider trading by its employees, the program will discuss the legal and practical issues arising in the context of an internal investigation. 

AFTERNOON SESSION #3: 4:00 to 5:00
Doug Hileman
of Douglas Hileman Consulting:
"Operations Fraud: Now that Volkswagen Has Your Attention..." - Financial reporting fraud, pyramid schemes, and embezzlement have grabbed all the headlines - until now. There are ample opportunities to manipulate matters related to operations, compliance, and non-financial (Sustainability) matters. This session will discuss and describe some audit findings, and will lead an interactive discussion.

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Mark P. Ruppert, CPA, CIA, CISA, CHFP, CHC

Mark is the Director of Internal Audit (CAE) for the Cedars-Sinai Health System in Los Angeles.  He has more than 30 years of internal audit experience, the past 18 in healthcare. His service to the profession includes:

  • Internal audit quality assurance review team member, mostly through the Institute of Internal Auditors (IIA).
  • AHIA Publications Committee Chair.
  • AHIA Editorial Committee Member and internal audit quality columnist in New Perspectives.
  • Past AHIA Chairman and Board Member.
  • Recipient of the AHIA Immediate Past-Chair Award and AHIA Founders Award.
  • Past Healthcare Compliance Association (HCCA) Board and Audit Committee Member.

He has been speaking nationally since 2000 and has been published in Compliance Today and New Perspectives on various audit and compliance topics. He is a CPA, CIA, CISA, CHFP, CHC and ACB.


Pierce O'Donnell

Pierce O’Donnell is one of the most influential and accomplished trial attorneys in the U.S., with groundbreaking success representing clients in closely watched matters across virtually every major industry and area of litigation. Most recently, Pierce was lead counsel to Shelly Sterling on the $2 billion sale of the Los Angeles Clippers to Steve Ballmer.

A graduate of Georgetown University and both Georgetown and Yale Law Schools, Pierce’s legal career began with prestigious clerkships for U.S. Supreme Court Justice Byron R. White and Ninth Circuit Judge Shirley M. Hufstedler. This early experience set him on a path that would always combine his passions for trying cases in the courtroom and for writing provocative articles and books outside of his law practice.

Mr. O'Donnell is a decorated litigator, legendary trial lawyer, and renowned author with over 200 articles and five books.


Christopher K. Pelham

Chris Pelham focuses on all aspects of complex commercial and criminal litigation, corporate investigations, and trial advocacy. He is a former federal criminal prosecutor who has won major victories in fraud and RICO cases. He has investigated and litigated cases involving racketeering, securities fraud, bank fraud, money laundering, and public corruption.

Prior to joining Jones Day in 2015, Chris served 8 years with the U.S.Department of Justice. During this time he worked in both the Organized Crime and Drug Enforcement Task Force and the Major Frauds Sections. Chris has tried 10 felony cases before federal juries against more than a dozen defendants, submitted at least 10 different appellee briefs, and orally argued before the Ninth Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals on four cases. While an AUSA, Chris's significant cases included four complex racketeering indictments, four lengthy multi defendant trials involving organized crime allegations, two appeals resulting in published Ninth circuit opinions, and two office nominations for the Attorney General's Award. He also served as a chairperson on the U.S.

Attorney's Office's Diversity Committee.Chris also has extensive experience in general commercial litigation and food and drug regulation, including product liability cases involving pharmaceutical products.

Chris currently volunteers with Hillsides (a foster program in Pasadena) and School on Wheels (which provides weekly tutoring to children in homeless families). He also is a former volunteer with Five Acres (a youth foster home in Pasadena) and Big Brother Big Sisters Los Angeles.


 Nina Marino

Nina Marino is a founding partner at Kaplan Marino, in Beverly Hills, California. Ms. Marino is a 25-year trial lawyer and a State Bar of California Certified Criminal Law Specialist.

Ms. Marino's practice focuses on white collar and complex criminal litigation in both federal and state courts. Ms. Marino regularly represents individuals, as well as officers and directors, in matters involving public corruption; securities and tax violations; foreign corrupt practices and antitrust litigation; and in allegations of fraud, theft, embezzlement, money laundering and cybercrime.

Ms. Marino is the current Director of the CLEBoard, and chairperson of the Women in White Collar Committee, for the Criminal Justice Section (CJS) of the ABA, and a former Council member. Ms. Marino is also the current chair of the Criminal Justice Section of the Women Lawyers of Los Angeles and a city leader of the Los Angeles Chapter of the Women in White Collar Defense Association.

Ms. Marino is a regular speaker and author on topics relating to the practice of criminal law. Ms. Marino is a native New Yorker, transplanted in LA, with residence in Miami and London along the way.


Doug Hileman

 Douglas Hileman (CRMA, CPEA) has over 35 years of experience in operations, compliance, risk management and auditing. He launched his firm over 7 years ago, after 6 years at PwC, and worked 9 years in industry. He has led fraud brainstorming sessions for environmental, safety, and non-financial reporting and management issues. He is VP Advocacy of the IIA Los Angeles chapter, and is on the IIA's Global Professional Issues Committee. His firm is one of only three U.S. firms to conduct an Independent Private Sector Audit for the Dodd-Frank Conflict Minerals rule.

Wednesday, November 18, 2015 ~ 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM
Networking cocktail reception for attendees to follow program from 5:00 PM to 6:30 PM

Los Angeles Athletic Club, 431 West Seventh Street, Los Angeles, CA 90014


$115.00 LA ACFE Members - ALL Sessions - 7 Hours of CPE
$90.00 Earlybird rate before November 8

$25.00 LA ACFE Members - AM Session - 1.5 Hours of CPE
$20.00 Earlybird rate before November 8

$45.00 LA ACFE Members - Lunch Session - 1.5 Hours of CPE
$35.00 Earlybird rate before November 8

$45.00 LA ACFE Members - PM Session - 4 Hours of CPE
$35.00 Earlybird rate before November 8

$160.00 Non-Members - ALL Sessions - 7 Hours of CPE
$135.00 Earlybird rate before November 8

$40.00 Non-Members - AM Session - 1.5 Hours of CPE
$35.00 Earlybird rate before November 8

$60.00 Non-Members - Lunch Session - 1.5 Hours of CPE
$50.00 Earlybird rate before November 8

$60.00 Non-Members - PM Session - 4 Hours of CPE
$50.00 Earlybird rate before November 8