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Mathew Stegman, Esq.
Assistant U.S. Attorney
White Collar Crime Unit

Matthew Stegman has been an Assistant United States Attorney in Sacramento for the past 6 year prosecuting white collar crimes including real estate fraud, bankruptcy fraud, mail and wire fraud and consumer fraud.  Prior to the US Attorney's Office, Matt was a deputy district attorney in Shasta County for 8 years handling mainly white collar crime and consumer fraud prosecutions.  As an AUSA in Sacramento, he was tasked about 2 years ago with working with the FBI and other agencies to form a mortgage fraud task force to help tackle the massive mortgage fraud problem here in the Eastern District of California.  That task force is made up of agents and investigators from the FBI, IRS, HUD, U.S. Trustee’s Office, Dept. of Real Estate, local prosecutors and investigators, and others.

Office of Contracts & Procurement
John Finney, C.P.M.
Contract Services Manager 

John has 25 years of experience in procurement and material management. He began his career at Intel Corporation in Folsom, where he rose through the ranks from shipping clerk to commodities buyer. He also spent ten years at the University of California at Davis, in the role of lead buyer. He has co-managed the Contract and Purchasing Services Division of Sacramento County’s General Services Department since 2001.

Reporting directly to the County Purchasing Agent, John oversees the purchase and lease of all supplies, equipment and services for every County department and special district. The Contract and Purchasing Services Division procured more than $275 million worth of products in fiscal year 2009. A large part of John’s job consists of monitoring the competitive bidding process, reviewing departmental “sole source” requests, resolving bid protests, performing market analyses, and providing public access to procurement records.

John earned his Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in English from California State University, Sacramento, and he is recognized as a Certified Purchasing Manager by the Institute for Supply Management.

Les Cochren, Retired CFE
President and Co-founder of the Golden State Chapter

Les Cochren has over 20 plus years experience in the auditing and investigation. He has a Masters in Education degree from Southern Illiinois University with specialization in statistical research and design. Throughout his audit and investigation career he has received the Association of Certified Fraud Examiner's Distinguished Achievement Award, and has trained other auditors and investigators on techniques to increase their effectiveness.

Les has been quoted many times in the Sacramento Bee, Sacramento Business Journal and Comstock magazine on areas relating to consumer protection and has worked closely with the U.S Senate Subcommittee on Investigations, the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Office of Inspector General in the investigation of 55 million-dollar fraud scheme. He has also worked as an Assistant Chief for the California Public Employees Retirement System and participated in the Business Process Re-engineering (BPR) projects.  He has performed  and taught CalPERS staff project management techniques. He has served as a grant writer and project manager for the Fruitridge Habitat for Humanity acquiring two grants: one for the weatherization of homes for low income residents and the other for a community development credit union. He also worked on the Request for Proposal (RFP) to convert Electronic Data Systems (EDS) database  to an in house system for the California Student Aid Commission 

David D Flemmer CPA, CFE, CVA, CFF
Managing Partner of FlemmerAssociates, LLP
Vice President of the Golden State Chapter of Fraud Examiners in Sacramento, CA

Dave Flemmer holds a BS in Accounting and a BS in Business Management. He is a Certified Public Accountant ,Certified Fraud Examiner,Certified in Financial Forensics and Certified Valuation Analyst.  Dave has over 24 years experience in providing both public and private accounting services  He was appointed as a Chapter 11 Bankruptcy Trustee by the United States Bankruptcy court Eastern District of California.  He Specializes in analyzing the financial and operational aspect of businesses. Dave performs forensic audits involving fraud and asset misappropriations as well as performs fraud and embezzlement investigations and prepares special accountings.  As an accountant Mr. Flemmer prepares Corporate, Partnership, and Personal taxes.  His specialities includeforensic examinations on personal and business computers involving theft and destruction of company documents fraud and embezzlement and sexual harassment. Dave has also provided expert testimony in the area of computer forensics and was named expert witness in Placer and Sacramento Court. He is proficient in Microsoft SL, Quick Books, Dimension and Peachtree Accounting Software. He has made presentation for the National Association of Certified Fraud Association. And finally, Dave performed business valuations on closely held companies and ESOP’s

Scott H. Nelson, First Vice President - Investments, Branch Manager - Wells Fargo

Scott has been employed at this firm for over 17 years. Scoot is a Financial Advisor.  IHe works with clients individually and  manages the El Dorado Hills, CA branch.  He currently holds a Series 3, 7, 9, 10 licenses. As a financial advisor with Wells Fargo Advisors, Scott offers a wide range of services, from helping individuals select individual investments to developing a retirement plan. With access to a broad array of company resources -- including research analysts and economic and market experts, he makes informed investment decisions based on clients specific needs. 

Dale Joe, Investigator 
Sacramento County District Attorney's Office

Joe received his Bachelors in Business Administration from Saint Mary's College in Moraga in 1987.  He became a Police Officer for the City of Lodi in 1988.  In 1998, He came to the Sacramento County District Attorney's Office as a Criminal Investigator where he has worked Insurance Fraud, Major Crimes, Gangs, Homicide, and most recently, Special Investigations-Real Estate Fraud.

Dale responsibilities includes gathering evidence, interviewing and or interrogating and locating witnesses, investigating the scene of the crime, and writing a report of findings. Investigations by the District Attorney's Office focus on the prosecution of criminal violations, including making arrests of suspected criminal violators. Where investigators from the District Attorney’s and Public Defender’s Office have a broad criminal area of responsibility, investigators at the Department of Human Assistance investigate cases involving fraudulent receipt of public assistance, forgery, internal embezzlements, child care fraud, duplicate aid, fleeing felons, identity theft and have the responsibility to provide integrity for the varied programs administered by the department and may partner with other law enforcement units. 

Corporate Fraud Section of the California Department of Justice. 

Jeffrey Simpton Esq.

Jeffrey Simpton is a Deputy Attorney General assigned to the Corporate Fraud Section of Department of Justice. Mr. Simpton has been prosecuting cases under the California False Claims Act since 1998. 

Laurelea Williams, CPA, CFE

Laurelea Williams, CPA, CFE is an Investigative Auditor Supervisor in the Corporate Fraud Section of the California Department of Justice. She has been a Certified Fraud Examiner since November 2004.

Lynn Connor, BA. M.B.A
President Parasec

Lynn Conner is the President of Parasec, a public records research company, based in Sacramento, CA.  She has been with Parasec for more than 20 years and has been president for 16 years.  In addition to running her own company, Lynn also acts as the Business Development Manager for FlemmerAssociates LLP, an innovative forensic accountancy firm.  

A current member and the former president of the National Public Records Research Association (NPRRA), Lynn proved influential in redirecting the association’s mission to encompass the world of technology and the internet.  She has close ties with the International Association of Commercial Administrators (IACA), where she interacts with managers from Secretary of State’s offices and comparable international agencies.  Lynn has also been involved with or spoken before numerous paralegal associations as well as law firms and corporate departments.

Lynn is actively involved in developing and presenting the Continuing Legal Education seminars offered by Parasec as well as public-education seminars regarding fraud for FlemmerAssociates LLP.  

Lynn’s philosophy has always been that outstanding service wins customers for life and both Parasec and FlemmerAssociates LLP work hard to adhere to that credo.  Lynn is continually educating employees about how business works and how each individual can impact the overall well-being of a company.  

Wilke, Fleury, Hoffelt, Gould & Birney, LLP
Construction Defect and Construction Law 

The firm’s founder, Sherman Wilke, played an important role in the re-development of downtown Sacramento in the fifties and sixties. Throughout his long career, Richard Hoffelt represented major architectural and engineering firms, contractors and developers during several building booms. For more than 10 years, William Gould provided counsel to one of the city’s largest and most respected design/build firms, Harbison-Mahony-Higgins Builders, Inc. 

Daniel L. Egan, Esq.

Daniel L. Egan. Dan Egan received his Juris Doctorate from the University of California, Berkeley (Boalt Hall) in 1989, and began practicing bankruptcy and creditor rights law immediately thereafter. Dan practiced for five years in San Francisco, California before moving to the Sacramento area. There, he practiced in bankruptcy and business litigation for five years with a national law firm before joining Wilke Fleury in 2000. Dan has been the President of the Bankruptcy and Commercial Law Section of the Sacramento Bar Association, and is a Resolution Advocate for the United States Bankruptcy Court for the Eastern District of California.

Megan A. Lewis, Esq.

Megan A. Lewis. Megan Lewis received her Juris Doctorate, with great distinction, from McGeorge School of Law in 2002. Megan began her practice that year at Wilke Fleury and focuses on bankruptcy and business litigation. Megan was elected to partnership with the firm in 2008. Megan is currently serving as Vice Chair for the Bankruptcy and Commercial Law Section of the Sacramento County Bar Association and is also a Board Member of the Women Lawyers of Sacramento and California Women Lawyers.

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