Annual State Education Conference

The NYACT State Education Conference is an annual flagship event that brings together professionals from State and Local Law Enforcement, Government, and Insurance Special Investigative Units to engage, learn and network with their peers from across New York State.  The agenda is built to enhance attendees knowledge, whether you are new to fraud investigation work or a seasoned professional.

2017 Annual State Education Conference

Wednesday, November 15, 2017
Carlyle on the Green at Bethpage State Park

To register for the Annual State Education Conference, please click here to visit the event page.

Registration Deadline: November 12, 2017 by noon

 Wednesday, November 15, 2017
Carlyle on the Green at Bethpage State Park



8:00 AM - 8:30 AM    

8:30 AM - 8:45 AM    
Introductions and Thank You to Sponsors

8:45 AM - 9:30 AM    
Wall Street's Next Bad Move…Litigation Loans?
Adam Brand, Attorney, Brand & Tapply, LLC
The session will introduce attendees to the emergence of "litigation loans" and their growing impact on third-party bodily injury insurance claims.  As their name suggests, litigation loans are loans issued by third parties to bodily injury claimants or their attorneys, which are tied to the outcome of an individual personal injury insurance claim or lawsuit.  In theory, the loans are designed to ease the financial burden of a claimant (or their counsel) until the subject claim is settled; however, in reality, these loans are often issued without regard to the ability of the recipient to make payments or the value of the underlying claim and have little to no stipulations on their usage. Further, the loans serve to prolong the claims settlement process, encourage pursuit of frivolous or fraudulent claims and contribute to starkly differing claim valuations by insurers and claimants, likely leading to an increase in claims which go to litigation, and costs for claims departments.

9:30 AM - 9:45 AM

9:45 AM - 10:45 AM    
Free from the Internet – Research & Social Media Techniques Every Investigator Should Know
Joe Stephenson, Managing Director of SIU, Hagerty Insurance
This presentation provides you with information on how to better secure results from social media platforms to gain relevant information in less time. We will discuss Google internal functions, the use of search operators in a Google search, and how to use Google to access social media content, including cross content postings (i.e., Instagram posts on Twitter feeds), without needing login information for that platform. You will also learn how to locate, identify and then extract information from various social media platforms, like Facebook, Twitter & Instagram. An emphasis will be placed on Facebook, with instruction on how to cull data from seemingly private profiles, as well as an introduction into URL manipulation, showing how to locate profiles using non-traditional information (such as age, profession, hobbies, and likes).   The use of third party applications will be explored and how these sites can be a valuable resource in refining data, building link analysis, and more.

10:45 AM - 11:00 AM

11:00 PM - 11:45 PM
Fraud Trends in Lost Wages
Ernie Smith, Nawrocki Smith, Certified Public Accountants & Business Consultants

11:45 AM - 12:30 PM
Mobile Device Technology and Fraud /Vehicle Forensics
Benjamin J. Carlin, EnCase Certified Examiner, Access Data Certified Examiner, Investigator, Computer Crimes Unit/CFL, New York State Police

12:30 PM - 1:15 PM    
Lunch and Guest Speaker
Terri Egan-Acting Commissioner & Executive Deputy Commissioner
On 10/30/17, the NYS Department of Motor Vehicles will begin offering Real ID Compliant Documents to comply with new US DHS regulations. As a result, NYS will begin issuing three different types of licenses starting on October 30, 2017; the standard license, a Real ID and an Enhanced License. Ms. Egan will provide some background of the initiative and explain the differences between the different license types.

1:15 PM - 1:45 PM
Presentation of the McDonald, Kennedy & Achievement Awards, Certificates of Meritorious Achievement Awards

1:45 PM - 2:30 PM
Pain Management Specialty Treatments
Jay M. Weiss, M.D., FAAPMR, FAANEM, Signet Claim Solutions

1:45 PM - 2:30 PM
Break Out Session for Law Enforcement Personnel
Concealed Compartments in Vehicles
Detective Joshua Rosenbaum, New York Drug Enforcement Task Force
In addition to a presentation on detecting vehicle concealed compartments, attendees will also have the opportunity to physically examine a trap car, a vehicle used by law enforcement agencies to capture car thieves or thieves who steal items from cars. Modified with audio/video surveillance technology, GPS, and a "kill switch", it can be remotely monitored and controlled to catch car thieves.

2:30 PM - 2:45 PM

2:45 PM - 3:30 PM
Overview of the FDNY Bureau of Fire Investigation, the Fire Investigation Process
Tom Sabella, NAFI – CFEI, Supervisor of Training, New York City Fire Department, Bureau of Fire Investigation
Introduction and overview of the FDNY, Bureau of Fire Investigation. The Investigation process of an incendiary fire, including; scene examination, evidence collection, interviews, bringing the case to court. Interviewing techniques for the Investigator, the structure of the interview. Trends in automobile fires.

3:30 PM

*Schedule and speakers subject to change

Registration (Includes Lunch):
NYACT Member Company Personnel: $60
Non-Members: $150
NYS Law Enforcement Personnel: Free

To sign in and register, click here

Award Nominations - DEADLINE OCTOBER 23, 2017

To Submit Nominations for the Joseph McDonald, John J. Kennedy, or Lifetime Achievement Award, or for a Certificate of Meritorious achievement by a member of the Insurance or Law Enforcement community, please click here. Download the form, save it using the name of your nominee, then send to


Become a sponsor of the 2017 NYACT Annual Education Conference!

If you have a product or service that assists State and Local Law Enforcement, Government, or Insurance Special Investigative Units to help fight crime and fraud, this is a great opportunity to reach your target audience.  Over 300 members and guests attend this event each year.  A limited amount of sponsorships for our events are available, click here and download the sponsorship form, save it using the name of your company and email or mail to our office address below. For more informaion, call our office at (518)694-8470. SEND IN YOUR SPONSORSHIP FORM BY OCTOBER 23, 2017!


 Past Annual State Education Conferences

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