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.

Mark Your Calendar for the 2020 Annual Education Conference!

Wednesday, November 10, 2020
8:00am-3:00pm

Heritage Club at Bethpage
99 Quaker Meeting House Rd
Farmingdale, NY 11735


NYACT Annual Award Descriptions

Each year, the NYACT Board of Directors requests nominations from member companies and organizations for the following awards to be presented at the NYACT Annual Education Conference. 

NOMINATION FOR THE JOE McDONALD AWARD - For Law Enforcement Personnel
The Joe McDonald Award is NYACT’s highest and most prestigious honor and is given to an individual or team in Law Enforcement in recognition of their contributions to the prevention and investigation of auto theft and insurance fraud in New York State, and for their dedication, support and contributions to the mission and work of NYACT.  This award is named in honor of Joe McDonald, a co-founder of NYACT and dedicated vehicle crime and fraud fighter. (Plaque)

NOMINATION FOR THE JOHN J. KENNEDY AWARD - For Insurance Personnel
The John J. Kennedy Award is presented for Outstanding Service by an individual or team in the insurance industry in recognition of the investigation and prevention of auto theft and insurance fraud. This award is named in honor of J.J. Kennedy, who started his career with the New York City Police Department in 1966 and retired as a Detective from the Auto Crimes Division.  He started his second career as a Special Agent with the National Auto Theft Bureau, which later became the National Insurance Crime Bureau where he spent the next twenty years of his life. (Plaque)

CERTIFICATES OF MERITORIOUS ACHIEVMENT (Law Enforcement)
To recognize the efforts of investigation and fraud fighting by law enforcement personnel in the current year. Certificates will be awarded to one employee per Law Enforcement organization.

CERTIFICATES OF MERITORIOUS ACHIEVMENT (Member Insurance Companies)
To recognize the efforts of investigation and fraud fighting by insurance personnel in the current year. Certificates of Meritorious Achievement will be awarded to one employee per member Insurance Company.


The 2019 Awardees

JOE MCDONALD AWARD
Sgt. Ronald Georg, Queens D.A. Detective Bureau, ret. NYPD

Sgt. Georg has been fighting fraud and auto theft for decades, first as a member of the NYPD Auto Crime Division, and, for approximately the past 20 years, in the Organized Crime and Rackets Bureau of QDAO.  He has successfully investigated practically every method of auto crime and insurance fraud.  Some of his greatest successes here in Queens have been in the investigation of no-fault mills and their corrupt employees.  His investigations over the years have led to numerous convictions and upstate prison sentences for auto crime and insurance fraud offenders.  He is hands down one of the most knowledgeable investigators in these fields.  I could go on at great length with specific case examples and would be happy to provide them if requested.  I highly recommend that he receives the award this year.

JOHN J. KENNEDY
Travelers Investigative Services - Tara Arce, Dan Goldstein, JP Gallo, Mike Pigno, Raumert Hubert, Marianne Rice
Tara Arce along with her peer investigators began investigating a slip and fall ring in 2015 and worked diligently with NICB.  The Travelers exposure of 40 claims was over $1.8 million in reserves. In 2019 the US Attorney’s Office SDNY arrested three known runners and a former chiropractor who were involved in the scheme. The Travelers investigation was specifically mentioned in the chiropractor’s testimony as being a carrier that had caught onto the scheme. Great work by all and the case demonstrated a great collaboration between the carriers and NICB for a successful outcome.

MERITORIOUS ACHIEVEMENT (INSURANCE)
Ivan Cornielle, Allstate Insurance Company
John DiMinno, Liberty Mutual Insurance Company
Jeff Goldstein, Hereford Insurance
Christopher Horne, Travelers
Harold Thela, Nationwide Mutual Insurance Company

MERITORIOUS ACHIEVEMENT (LE)
Ivonne Luna-Luckman, NYS DFS Insurance Frauds Bureau
David Moser, NICB


NYACT Annual Education Conference
PAST AWARD WINNERS

THE JOSEPH MCDONALD AWARD

2019 - SGT. RONALD GEORG, Queens D.A. Detective Bureau, Ret. NYPD
2018 - NYPD ORGANIZED CRIME TOW TRUCK CASE TEAM - Lt. Sean McHugh, Sgt. Christopher McGuire, Det. Jamie Garcia, and Det. Steven Tesoriero
2017 - NATIONWIDE TEAM - Brian Cook, Ann Ferri, and Ed McGuire
2016 - SSA ED CARLSON, NICB
2015 - LOUIS PAGNOTTA, NICB
2014 - MICHAEL FLAHERTY, Allstate Insurance Company
2013 - RONALD BALZAN, Nationwide Insurance Company
2012 - JOHN TAYLOR, New York Automobile Insurance Plan
2011 - MICHAEL BRUNO, Allstate Insurance
2010 - JACK HOUSTON, CIFI, SCLA, AIC, New York Automobile Insurance Plan

THE JOHN J. KENNEDY AWARD

2019 - TRAVELERS INVESTIGATIVE SERVICES - Tara Arce, Dan Goldstein, JP Gallo, Mike Pigno, Raumert Hubert, Marianne Rice
2018 - NYS DMV DFI TEAM - Senior Investigator Antoine Rainville and Senior Investigator William Corp
2017 - INVESTIGATOR STACIE IOVENELLI, NYS DMV DFI
2016 - DETECTIVE THOMAS BURKE, New York City Police Department Auto Crime
2015 - DETECTIVE GREGORY GONZALEZ, Suffolk County Police Department, District Attorneys Section Special Investigation Bureau
2014 - POLICE OFFICER DARYL R. PIERSON, Rochester Police Department
2013 - NEW YORK CITY POLICE DEPARTMENT AUTO CRIME DIVISION
2012 - DEPUTY INSPECTOR JOSEPH KENNY, New York City Police Department
2011 - INVESTIGATOR RODNEY POLITE, New York State Police
2010 - DETECTIVE THOMAS BURKE
           DETECTIVE CHRISTOPHER CONNOLLY, New York City Police Department


LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD

2018 - CHARLES BARDONG, Retired, New York City Police Department
           SENIOR INVESTIGATOR HUGH BRICKLEY, NYS DFS Insurance Frauds Bureau  
2016 - JOHN ABOUNADER, NYS DMV DFI
2015 - DETECTIVE ROGER BENASH, Yonkers Police Department


Thank You to our 2019 Annual Education Conference Sponsors!

                          

                          

SPECIAL THANKS TO OUR 2019 LUNCH SPONSOR