Boston Chapter ACFE
Annual Meeting and Training
O’Neill Federal Building, Boston MA
Friday June 9, 2017
Session: Inside the Arena of Security, Compliance and Investigation
8:30-9:00 am: Registration (Continental Breakfast)
9:00-9:15 am: Mary Beth Farrelly, Chapter President
Opening Comments / Welcome
9:15-10:30 am: Karen Hawkes, Director of Security, Garden Remedies
Medical Marijuana: Federal Regulations, Past and Present & Evolving Massachusetts Regulations
Marijuana has been in the news a lot lately. Cultivated for its strength as a fiber and for its medicinal uses, it has even been grown for food. There is much anecdotal evidence as to its medicinal effects, but research is lacking due to federal classification of the plant as a Schedule 1 drug under the Controlled Substance Act. Schedule I substances are considered to have a high potential for dependency and no accepted medical use, making distribution of marijuana a federal offense. In 2005, the United States Supreme Court held that the federal government has the constitutional authority to prohibit marijuana for all purposes. Meanwhile, the federal government holds U.S. Patent No. 6,630,507 which covers the use of cannabinoids, chemical compounds found within the marijuana (cannabis) plant. NIH researchers discovered that cannabinoids may have antioxidant properties that could be beneficial in the treatment of certain neurological diseases.
Enter the 10th Amendment. Currently, a majority of the U.S. population resides in a state that has legalized medical marijuana in some degree. Twenty-nine states, the District of Columbia, Guam and Puerto Rico now allow for comprehensive public medical marijuana and cannabis programs. Several other states have more restrictive laws permitting the use of cannabidiol (CBD) oil only, with strict limitations on THC content. Medical cannabis laws vary greatly from state to state.
In 2012, 63% of Massachusetts voters approved Ballot Question 3, “An Initiative Petition for a Law for the Humanitarian Medical Use of Marijuana. Due to regulatory delays, the first Registered Medical Marijuana Dispensary (RMD) did not open until June 2015. There are currently eleven Registered Medical Marijuana Dispensaries in Massachusetts dispensing marijuana for medical use.
Massachusetts regulations are evolving as the industry matures. The Department of Public Health has been working with RMD’s and patient advocacy groups to solicit feedback in developing proposed amendments and revised protocols. These changes reflect lessons learned and are necessary to comply with Governor Baker’s Executive Order 562, which directs all executive branch state agencies to review and where possible, streamline, simplify and improve their regulations.
Karen Hawkes is the Security Director at Garden Remedies Inc., one of the first Registered Medical Marijuana Dispensaries to open in Massachusetts. Karen studied Finance at Northeastern University in Boston, graduating cum laude with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration. She also holds a Master of Science degree in Criminal Justice from Western New England College in Springfield.
Ms. Hawkes is a former Massachusetts State Trooper, graduating the Massachusetts State Police Academy in 1993 with the 71st Recruit Training Troop. Karen was a “Road Dawg”, meaning she drove a marked state police cruiser on patrol on state highways. She also performed undercover work with the Attorney General’s Office and was a nationally certified child safety seat technician and advocate for child safety.
Karen was retired from the MSP in 2006 after suffering a stroke. In 2014, Karen was asked to serve on the Board of Directors of Garden Remedies Inc. She was later hired for the position of Security Director. As such, Karen has had the opportunity to work among the pioneers of the medical marijuana industry. Karen is involved in all aspects of the business that require a security perspective, from the design of buildouts to security systems design, written policies and procedures, transportation and the training of employees in safety and security measures.
Karen is a member of ASIS International, an organization for Security Professionals. In addition to security, her interests include criminal justice and public policy.
10:30-10:45 am: Break
10:45 am-12:00 pm: Holly Chase, Regional Field Manager, Massachusetts Division of Banks - Depository Institution Supervision
Cyber Security Regulatory Update
As the Information Technology Regional Field Manager for the Massachusetts Division of Banks (DOB), Holly is also responsible for overseeing all Information Technology examinations conducted at Commonwealth depository institutions and for ensuring that examiners are adequately trained. She is also responsible for developing and adjusting Information Technology related examination procedures for the DOB and participating on interagency Technology Service Provider examinations. Holly also oversees the completion of risk management examinations.
Holly represents the Commonwealth by serving on several interagency committees including the Conference of State Bank Supervisors’ Information Technology Advisory Group. She is also a member of the Federal Financial Institutions Examination Council (FFIEC) IT Handbook Working Group and serves as the State Liaison Committee (SLC) representative on the FFIEC Information Technology Subcommittee of the Task Force on Supervision. Holly holds a BA from Providence College and an MBA from Western New England University. She is a member of ISACA New England and Boston InfraGard.
12:00-1:00 pm: Lunch / Election Results / Annual Meeting
1:00-2:30 pm: Victor Wild, Assistant US Attorney/Thomas J. Zappala, Financial Investigator, U.S. Attorney’s Office
Fraud Examination in a Federal Criminal Case
Victor A. Wild is an Assistant U.S. Attorney in the Economic Crimes Unit at the U.S. Attorney’s Office in the District of Massachusetts. Mr. Wild was the Chief State Prosecutor in Tucson, Arizona, before joining the United States Attorney’s Office in Boston. Since joining the U.S. Attorney’s Office, he served as Chief of the Major Crimes Unit before joining the Economic Crimes Unit. AUSA Wild has prosecuted white-collar crimes including investment frauds, securities frauds, tax frauds, pension fraud, money laundering, identity theft, and all types of mail and wire frauds. Mr. Wild has tried over 50 cases to a jury verdict.
Thomas J. Zappala is a Financial Investigator in the Economic Crimes Unit at the U.S. Attorney’s Office in the District of Massachusetts. He worked for ten years in the banking industry before joining the U.S. Attorney’s Office in 1991. While working in the Economic Crimes Unit, Mr. Zappala has investigated and assisted in the prosecution of investment frauds, loan frauds
, securities frauds, money laundering, identity theft, and all types of mail and wire frauds. Mr. Zappala has presented evidence at trial in over 25 cases.
2:30-2:45 pm: Break
2:45-4:00 pm: DCIS-Defense Criminal Investigative Service
SA Brian Solecki and SA Zach Hatcher
Brian Solecki Special Agent, Boston Resident Agency
SA Solecki joined the DCIS Boston RA in August 2012 and has conducted a variety of investigations to include technology transfer, product substitution and theft of government property. SA Solecki previously served with the Air Force Office of Special Investigations from 2004 to 2012 where he was assigned to the criminal and counter-intelligence squads at Eglin Air Force Base, FL; Jalalabad Airfield Counterintelligence Team, Jalalabad, Afghanistan and as a Task Force Agent with the FBI Joint Terrorism Task Force, Boston, MA. SA Solecki enlisted in the United States Marine Corps in 1997, serving as rifleman, automatic rifleman, fire team leader and squad leader with 2nd Battalion, 6th Marine Regiment during deployments to Okinawa and Panama.
SA Solecki was commissioned as an officer in the United States Marine Corps in 1999 serving as a platoon commander, company executive officer, company commander and assistant battalion logistics officer with 3rd Light Armored Reconnaissance Battalion during a deployment to Okinawa and the opening phase of Operation Iraqi Freedom. SA Solecki is a 1996 graduate of the University of South Carolina with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Journalism and Mass Communications and a 2011 graduate of the University of Connecticut with a Master of Professional Studies degree in Homeland Security Leadership.
Zachary P. Hatcher, Special Agent, Defense Criminal Investigative Service, Boston Resident Agency
SA Hatcher joined Defense Criminal Investigative Service (DCIS) in 2004 under the New Jersey Resident Agency and conducted a variety of investigations including procurement fraud, health care, counterfeit products, public corruption, and theft investigations. SA Hatcher transferred to the Boston Resident Agency in 2008 where he continued to work a variety of criminal, civil, and administrative investigations affecting DoD, its programs, employees and sub-contractors. In 2009, SA Hatcher became a Task Force Officer with U.S. Department of Homeland Security Investigations (HSI), Counter-Proliferation Unit (CPI) working proactive investigations involving the illegal transfer of sensitive U.S. technologies and weapons to foreign and domestic adversaries.
SA Hatcher received several awards for his investigative efforts from United States Attorney’s Office and partner law enforcement agencies and is the recipient of the DCIS Million Dollar Club award. SA Hatcher is a DCIS Firearms Instructor and a Technical Service Special Agent (TSS) and a graduate of Quinnipiac University. From 2002-2004, SA Hatcher worked at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Office of Inspector General (HHS-OIG) under the Student Career Experience Internship Program (SCEP) at the HHS-OIG New York and Boston Field Offices.
(Limited Seating; Presentation times subject to change)
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Cost: $75.00 Members/ $85.00 Non Members
6 CPE’s awarded for this session