2020 NYACT Annual State Education Conference

November 10, 2020
8:30 AM to 12:00 PM
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8:30 AM - 8:45 AM
Introductions, Thank You to Sponsors

8:45 AM - 9:30 AM
The Thefts, The Floods, and The Germs: Latest Developments in Suspect Property Losses

Adam J. Brand, Esq., Founder, Brand & Tapply, LLC
Frank Macchione, SIU Investigator, Liberty Insurance

In this presentation we will discuss the latest trends in property investigations and issues. With economic motivation running high, the uptick in questionable property claims is readily apparent. Many traditional schemes are being utilized, including staged break-ins and enhanced water/sewer damage. But, the industry has also seen a tremendous increase in vendor manipulation to include Public Adjuster interference and remediation schemes run wild. We will evaluate the best practices of investigating and combating these issues with an eye towards COVID related challenges. We will also address biohazard cleanup schemes from fake COVID spraying to hourly manipulation to bloodborne pathogen remediation. The myriad of tactics used by certain companies to manipulate invoicing to defraud insurers and their insureds have resulted in millions of dollars paid annually for inflated and fabricated invoices.

Adam J. Brand, founder and managing partner of Brand & Tapply, LLC, represents insurance clientele in all phases of first and third-party coverage and litigation. Brand & Tapply, LLC specializes in combating suspect claims throughout the United States in virtually all lines of insurance. Mr. Brand has extensive trial experience before state and federal courts in complex coverage litigation, automobile, commercial and homeowner fraud and arson cases, as well as medical provider, bad faith and extra-contractual liability matters. Mr. Brand is actively involved in the insurance industry’s education efforts and has served as a panelist and lecturer at seminars and conferences sponsored by international, national and local insurance organizations.

Frank Macchione has been employed at Liberty Mutual as a Sr. SIU investigator for the past 17 years conducting investigations from vehicle arsons, homeowner fires , staged accidents, no fault investigations, and currently specializing in questionable homeowner's claims .Frank is currently handling major case investigation involving questionable contractors, bio hazard companies , asbestos abatement and water mitigation companies concerning schemes to defraud insurance companies. Prior to Liberty Mutual , Frank was employed as a private investigator handling slip and fall accidents, workers compensation claims , and trial preparations for defense attorney offices. Frank is a retired NYPD police officer where he started his career in law enforcement and later worked in the insurance industry to combat fraud.


9:30 AM - 9:45 AM

9:45 AM - 10:30 AM
Overview of 2019-2020 Bail Reform in New York State: Changes and Challenges

Benjamin M. Mastaitis, Assistant District Attorney, Albany County District Attorney’s Office

In 2019 the New York State Legislature enacted sweeping changes to the cash bail system. Many of these changes have had a far-reaching effect on how the criminal justice system operates in the state. We will discuss the 2019 changes to bail, and revisions to those changes made in 2020.

Benjamin M. Mastaitis is an Assistant District Attorney in the Albany County District Attorney’s Office Financial Crimes Bureau. Ben has been with the Albany County District Attorney’s Office since 2009, prosecuting myriad cases including violent felonies including murder and attempted murder, kidnapping, assault, robbery and burglary. He has tried numerous felony cases to verdict. Prior to his current position, Ben served as an Assistant District Attorney in the Queens County District Attorney’s Office from 2005 to 2007 in New York City. He has lectured on investigating elder financial fraud at the New York State Police Academy and the Zone 5 Regional Law Enforcement Academy. He received his JD from City University of New York School of Law at Queens College in 2004, and received his BA from The George Washington University in 2000. Ben is a proud 1996 graduate of Colonie High School. Ben is an avid hiker and is an Adirondack 46er and a member of the Catskill 3500 Club, he also is the chair of the Conservation Committee of the Adirondack Mountain Club and a member of the Town of Colonie Conservation Advisory Council. Ben and his wife Kate, and their two daughters Eleanor and Greta, live in Albany County.

10:30 AM - 11:15 AM
NY No Fault 2020: A Clinic's Relationship with NJ Surgicenters, DME Facilities and Urine/Lab Testing

Joanne Fabian, Senior Special Agent, NICB

The presentation will explore how NY medical clinics are using NJ Surgicenters for NY patients. Regulations and procedures will be discussed as well as the NJ requirements to operate a surgicenter. The next area addressed will be DME, what is required to open and operate a DME facility in NY as well as some current DME schemes, some related to supplies provided to a patient after surgery. Finally, the growing trend of clinics sending patients for urine and other lab work to enhance the claim and exaggerate injuries.

Joanne Fabian’s experience in the insurance industry has spanned 27 years including customer service, agency, claims, and the Special Investigations Unit. She has been with the National Insurance Crime Bureau for the last 17 years. Joanne has worked on cases with the FBI, the NYPD Fraudulent Accident Investigation Squad and NYS Attorney General’s Office. She has also been called upon to testify as an expert witness on several insurance fraud cases. Joanne moved up through the ranks and attained the title of Senior Special Agent in 2005. In December of 2006 she was promoted to Training Director responsible for the training activities of member companies and Law Enforcement in all states east of the Mississippi River. Since 2006 Joanne has trained over 20,000 member company and law enforcement personnel and has created numerous FraudSmart programs, Insurance Fraud Indicator Sheets and NICB Investigative Guides. In 2019 Joanne returned to investigations as a Senior Special Agent with the NY Major Medical Fraud Task Force where she continues to investigate staged accidents and the operations of medical clinics in the NY Metro area.

11:15 AM - 11:30 AM

11:30 AM - 11:45 AM
Meritorious, Joe McDonald and John J Kennedy Awards Presentations

11:45 AM - 12:45 PM

Keynote Speaker


CEO, Guardian Group

Former Commissioner
of the NYPD

In an eye-opening conversation, Commissioner Kelly recounts his experience leading one of the largest—and most widely respected—police departments in the world. Having taken the helm post 9/11, at the height of the city’s uncertainty and fear, Kelly describes how reassuring New Yorkers of their safety and keeping New York City secure against any future threats became the key objectives of his administration. Kelly explains exactly why the security of New York is both germane and important to the security of the entire country, and discusses how he transformed the NYPD into an international counter-terrorism force commensurate with those of the FBI and the Pentagon. Audiences gain insights into the greatest potential threats to our security today, with actionable recommendations that can be immediately implemented in their own organizations.

This presentation will be in a "fireside chat" format, if you have a question for Commissioner Kelly that our moderator should ask, please send it to [email protected] with the subject heading: Commissioner Kelly Question.

With fifty years in public service, including fourteen years as police commissioner of the City of New York, Raymond W. Kelly is one of the world's most well-known and highly esteemed leaders in law enforcement. Kelly was appointed police commissioner in January 2002 by Mayor Michael Bloomberg, making Kelly the longest serving police commissioner in the city's history, as well as the first to hold the post for a second, separate tenure. He also served as police commissioner under Mayor David N. Dinkins from 1992 to 1994.
For Commissioner Kelly's complete bio, please click here.

12:45 PM

*Schedule and speakers subject to change. 


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. 

Christopher DeMatteo
Detective, City of Yonkers Police Department

William Maasz
Special Agent, NICB

Joseph Guidice
Retired Detective, NYPD Auto Crime

Certificates of Meritorious Achievement for Insurance
Diane Girault, Liberty Mutual Insurance Company
Jeff Goldstein, Hereford Insurance
Marianne Rice, Travelers
Santino Sasso, Allstate Insurance Company

Certificates of Meritorious Achievement for Law Enforcement
Deputy Chief Investigator Gerard Callahan, NYS Dept. of Financial Services Insurance Frauds Bureau

For the description of the awards  
Please click HERE.


Please use proper Sentence Case when completing forms. Your certificate of attendance will reflect how you input your information.

NYS Law Enforcement Personnel: Free
NYACT Members: $25.00
Non-members of NYACT: $49.00

Who Should Attend:
All Insurance SIU, Auto, PIP and Property Claims personnel, Law Enforcement and Prosecutors.






$0.00 Law Enforcement

$25.00 NYACT Insurance Member

$49.00 Non Member

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