Guest Writers

Richard Ainsworth
Faculty member of Boston University School of Law & New York University School of Law

Richard AinsworthRichard Thompson Ainsworth, LLM, JD, BBA is an attorney with over 20 years academic, government, and private sector experience in all areas of taxation (State and Local, US Federal and International). He is currently Adjunct Faculty at the Boston University School of Law (Graduate Tax Program) and New York University School of Law (Graduate Tax Program). He teaches courses in VAT, Comparative Income Tax, US Transfer Pricing, and Comparative International Transfer Pricing. He was formerly the Deputy Director of the International Tax Program at Harvard Law School, Lecturer in Law at Harvard Law School, and an Adjunct Professor of Public Policy at the Kennedy School of Government.

Richard is a Visiting Professor at Ritsumeikan University, Kyoto, Japan and held a Fulbright Professor of Taxation (Kyoto and Kobe Universities, Japan) (1993). He was a Senior Litigation Attorney with the IRS, Office of Chief Counsel and served as the Legal Advisor to the Commissioner, NH Department of Revenue


Suzanne Barber
Director of Center for Identity at the University of Texas

suzanne_barberDr. Suzanne Barber is the AT&T Endowed Professor in Engineering and Director of The Center for Identity at The University of Texas. The mission of the Center is to deliver high-quality discoveries, applications, education and outreach in identity management, privacy and security. Formerly, Dr. Barber served as Director of Software Engineering at The University of Texas at Austin. She is published in over 300 peer-reviewed journals in the areas of cyber-trust, cyber-security, agent-based systems, and software engineering. Her research has been supported by the Defense Advance Research Projects Agency, National Science Foundation, Office of Naval Research, National Cancer Institute, U.S. Congress, the State of Texas, and numerous corporate organizations. Dr. Barber has invented and commercialized core technologies that deliver new levels of visibility, knowledge discovery and collaboration among distributed stakeholders, as well as trusted online transactions.


Daniel P. Bork
Commissioner
Kentucky Department of Revenue 

dan-borkDaniel Bork was appointed as commissioner of the Kentucky Department of Revenue in December 2015. The department, with nearly 1,000 employees, administers tax laws, collects revenue, and provides services in a fair, courteous, and efficient manner for the benefit of the Commonwealth and its citizens.

Commissioner Bork brings a wealth of private sector tax experience to the department. He recently retired as vice president of tax for Lexmark International, Inc., a $3.7 billion global technology company where he was responsible for worldwide tax matters, including compliance, planning and strategy to ensure favorable tax rates and improved cash flow.

Prior to Lexmark, Commissioner Bork held senior level management positions with Cray Research Inc. and Coopers & Lybrand, L.L.P. in Minnesota where he handled U.S. and international tax matters.

Commissioner Bork has his bachelor’s degree in accounting from Winona State University and an MBA from the University of Minnesota. He is a certified public accountant and is a member of the Minnesota Society of Certified Public Accountants. He serves as a director on various boards of directors including Leadership Kentucky and the Board of Visitors for the Martin School of Public Policy at the University of Kentucky.

Grant Bosse
Editor New Hampshire Watchdog

grant-bosse-editor-new-hampshire-watchdogGrant Bosse. Grant currently serves as Editor of New Hampshire Watchdog. A graduate of Dartmouth and longtime resident of New Hampshire, Grant has worked as a producer, reporter, and news anchor for radio stations WGIR-AM and WTSL prior to serving as the Senior Legislative Assistant to the New Hampshire House Majority Office, Press Secretary and Political Director for the Benson for Governor campaign, and five years on the staff of Senator John Sununu, where he specialized in environmental and energy policy.

Mark C. Cooke
Chief Innovation Officer

Mark C. CookeMark C. Cooke, Ph.D. is the Chief Innovation Officer for Tax Management Associates, Inc., a privately held firm dedicated to revenue enhancement solutions for state and local government. Prior to being named the CIO, Mark was the VP of Special Projects where he developed and grew new company service lines with a focus on technology applications to combat fraud and abuse. All solutions have focused on the creative use of data and software applications, combined with an interpretation of the human environment. Mark earned his doctorate in Anthropology from the University of Connecticut where he focused on government, democracy, and indigenous issues.


Greg Desmarais
Chief Information Officer, i-SAFE Inc.

greg_desmaraisAs Chief Information Officer for i-SAFE Inc., Greg oversees the product development and systems infrastructure ensuring that i-SAFE’s offerings comply with or exceed information protection requirements. He works directly with internal engineering and partners to drive product, and collaborates with the executive staff to set strategic direction. Prior to i-SAFE, Greg held the position of Executive Vice President and Chief Technology Officer (CTO) at RaubHIL, LLC. There Greg was responsible for all of the company’s technology activities with a specific focus on information protection and financial security regulations. Before joining RaubHIL, Greg served as CTO, COO, and Chief Architect in organizations focused on online safety, financial services, and Department of Defense services. He began his career at Yale Medical School developing nuclear magnetic resonance imaging applications, and later expanded his skill set at BEA Systems building and running the company’s East Coast and European WebLogic professional services organization.

Greg is a firm believer in the exploration and impact of new technologies and, throughout his career in the technology sector, has played an integral role in the design and development of innovative applications and information security practices. With more than twenty years of experience in information technology systems, he brings expertise ranging from large scale eCommerce to secure systems architecture.

He received his Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from Yale University and has held an active Secret Level Clearance.


Matthew Donahue
Independent Consultant 

Matt-DonohueMatthew Donahue is an information technology consultant with roots in the telecommunications industry. He has headed change management initiatives with several federal and state government agencies. He helped the Indiana Department of Revenue save over $200 million and identify thousands of identity theft victims. He is currently advising a large client in raising fraud awareness and heightening protection against systems intrusion. He is also supporting the Internal Revenue Service Security Summit process. An Indiana native, he earned both his MBA and bachelor’s degree from Purdue University.


Monty Faidley
Director of Human Services Strategy and Development
LexisNexis Risk Solutions

monty-faidleyMonty Faidley is the Director of Human Services Strategy and Development for the Government division within LexisNexis® Risk Solutions where he is responsible for implementing big data analytics and identity management solutions. Mr. Faidley led a partnership with several states for the implementation of the National Accuracy Clearinghouse and helped develop the first-ever contributory solution to address a key area of social services fraud: dual applications and participation in state benefit programs.

Margaret “Missy” Fulton
New Hampshire Department of Revenue Assistant Commissioner

Margaret FultonMargaret Fulton worked in the legal profession for 19 years prior to joining the NH Department of Revenue. Originally from Philadelphia, Attorney Fulton was most recently employed as an Assistant Attorney General for the NH Department of Justice. In that role, she practiced administrative law, labor and employment law, real estate and property litigation, as well as contract, construction and tort litigation. Attorney Fulton received both her undergraduate and law degrees from Suffolk University in Boston, and is a certified Continuous Improvement Practitioner (LEAN). Attorney Fulton has held the position of Assistant Commissioner since 2005, and was the Acting Commissioner during the Fall of 2008. She was selected as the eastern region’s 2010 recipient of the Henry G. Toll Fellowship for outstanding government leaders, and was also recently recognized for her accomplishments with the 2011 national award of State Tax Administrator of the Year. Attorney Fulton is a team-oriented consensus-builder, who excels at innovative problem solving and developing creative workarounds to find the right tools to cultivate employee success and her organization to thrive.


Gale Garriott
Federation of Tax Administrators

John KoskinenGale Garriott is the Executive Director of the Federation of Tax Administrators whose members are the revenue agencies of the fifty states as well as the tax departments of Washington, D.C., New York City and Philadelphia. Previously, he was the Director of the Arizona Department of Revenue for six years and was the Deputy Director of the Department for two years. Gale’s law degree is from the Valparaiso University School of Law and he also obtained a Master of Laws in Taxation from the University of Florida College of Law.

His other public service includes twelve years at the Arizona Attorney General’s Office where he was the Chief Counsel of the Tax Section and then Chief Counsel of the Civil Division. Additionally, he served as a Hearing Officer for the Arizona Department of Revenue and as a Staff Attorney for the Arizona Court of Appeals. He also spent several years in private practice with the Phoenix law firm Lewis and Roca.

Gale’s service in the United States Army included fifteen months as an Honor Guard at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, Arlington National Cemetery.


Mark Isbitts
Director of Health Care Strategy and Development
LexisNexis Risk Solutions

Mark-IsbittsMark Isbitts is the Director of Health Care Market Strategy and Development for LexisNexis Risk Solutions. He has more than 25 years of diverse health care background in strategic planning, consulting, marketing and product management, and experience working with all organizational levels of acute-care hospitals, payors, physician practices, ancillary providers and vendors. His areas of expertise include: fraud and abuse technology and process; payment/program integrity, predictive analytics; claims processing; Coordination of Benefits (COB); code editing; audit and recovery, as well as HIX and ACO trends.


John Koskinen
Internal Revenue Service Commissioner

John KoskinenJohn Koskinen is the 48th IRS Commissioner. As Commissioner, he presides over the nation’s tax system, which collects approximately $3.1 trillion in tax revenue each year. This revenue funds most government operations and public services.

Prior to his appointment, Mr. Koskinen served as the non-executive chairman of Freddie Mac from 2008 to 2012 and its acting chief executive officer in 2009. Previously, Mr. Koskinen served as President of the U.S. Soccer Foundation, Deputy Mayor and City Administrator of Washington D.C., Assistant to the President and Chair of the President’s Council on Year 2000 Conversion and Deputy Director for Management at the Office of Management and Budget. Mr. Koskinen also spent 21 years in the private sector in various leadership positions with the Palmieri Company, including President and Chief Executive Officer, helping to turn around large, troubled organizations. He began his career clerking for Chief Judge David L. Bazelon of the DC Circuit Court of Appeals in 1965, practiced law with the firm of Gibson, Dunn and Crutcher and served as Assistant to the Deputy Executive Director of the National Advisory Commission on Civil Disorders, also known as the Kerner Commission. Mr. Koskinen also served as Legislative Assistant to New York Mayor John Lindsay and Administrative Assistant to Sen. Abraham Ribicoff of Connecticut.

Mr. Koskinen holds a Law Degree from Yale University School of Law and a Bachelor’s Degree from Duke University. He also studied International Law for one year in Cambridge, England. He and his wife Patricia have two grown children and live in Washington, DC.

Kimberly Little
Director of Identity Management Strategy

Kimberly LittleKimberly Little, Director of Identity Management Strategy, LexisNexis® Risk Solutions is responsible for identifying and guiding LexisNexis’ solution response to the constantly evolving market needs for identity proofing and multiple factors authentication in commercial and government organizations. With nearly 20 years of experience leading global business strategy, product management, and technology business consulting, Kim’s responsibilities have spanned collaborating on international standards, cross-industry best practices and benchmarking to developing best-of-breed solution offerings. Kim is active in a number of broader industry initiatives ranging from serving on the Management Council of the Identity Ecosystem Steering Group (IDESG) to the Open Identity Exchange and the UT-Center for Identity. She is a graduate of Vanderbilt University and Otterbein University.


John Lorimer
VP of Analytics and Product Management
LexisNexis Risk Solutions

John LorimerJohn is responsible for the strategic direction of product development across multiple markets. He specializes in applying advanced analytics and predictive modeling to provide new solutions across multiple lines of business.

John joined LexisNexis in 2003. With 30+ years of experience in product management, marketing, project management and analytics, he helps LexisNexis align its products, solutions, and technology alongside industry needs. He earned a bachelor’s in physics from Wheaton College and a master’s in communications from SIU.

James Ratley
President and CEO, Association of Certified Fraud Examiners

James RatleyJames D. Ratley graduated from the University of Texas at Dallas, with a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration. In 1971, he joined the Dallas Police Department as a police officer.

Mr. Ratley was assigned to several police department divisions including vice, child abuse, and internal affairs. He was a member of numerous department task forces which concentrated on major fraud cases.

In 1986, Mr. Ratley left the police department to join Wells & Associates, a forensic accounting practice, where he was in charge of fraud investigations. He handled investigations regarding internal frauds, conflicts of interest, and litigation support. In 1988, he was named Program Director for the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners and oversaw all aspects of the ACFE’s training and education programs.

In 2005, Mr. Ratley was awarded the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners’ Cressey Award. The Cressey Award is the ACFE’s highest honor. It is bestowed annually for a lifetime of achievement in the detection and deterrence of fraud.

In 2006, Mr. Ratley was named President of the ACFE. In this role, he works to promote the ACFE to the public and other professional organizations and continues to assist in the development of anti-fraud products and services to meet the needs of ACFE’s members. In addition, he is a member of the ACFE’s faculty, and teaches regularly at workshops and conferences on a variety of fraud-related subjects.

Mr. Ratley was named One of the Top 100 Most Influential People in Accounting by Accounting Today in 2012, with the magazine praising his leadership in a “changing, growing and evolving” accounting landscape. He was selected as one of Security magazine’s Most Influential Security Executives for 2010. This honor is bestowed each year to the top security executives who positively impact the security industry, their organizations, their colleagues and their peers.

Mr. Ratley is a member of the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners, Austin Chapter and a member of the Board of Advisors for the Institute for Bank Director Education. He was also a Visiting Scholar at the University of Nebraska in Lincoln. In addition, he has been certified as a Master Peace Officer by the Texas Commission on Law Enforcement Standards and Education.

Louis Saccoccio
Chief Executive Officer, National Health Care Anti-Fraud Association

Louis SaccoccioLouis Saccoccio began his service as the chief staff executive of the National Health Care Anti-Fraud Association (NHCAA) in January, 2005. Reporting directly to the NHCAA Board of Directors, he serves as the CEO of the Washington D.C.-based association that protects and serves the public interest by increasing awareness and improving the detection, investigation, prosecution and prevention of health care fraud. He is responsible for the successful undertaking of the association’s overall strategic objectives, as well as the management of all activities, operations, and staff.

Mr. Saccoccio’s background includes legal, operational and business management expertise. Prior to joining NHCAA, he served as Senior Vice President of Professional Services at America’s Health Insurance Plans (AHIP). In this capacity, he was responsible for all business operations of the association, including membership, business development, marketing, and education programs. Prior to overseeing AHIP’s business operations, he served for six years as its General Counsel.

Prior to joining AHIP in 1996, Mr. Saccoccio practiced law in Washington, DC, specializing in health care law and representing a range of health care clients, including hospitals, physician groups, behavioral health providers and long-term care providers. He also served as an Assistant United States Attorney for the District of Columbia. His military experience includes eight years of service as a Navy JAG lawyer, including tours as an appellate counsel handling national security cases and as the Legal Officer of the aircraft carrier USS KITTY HAWK (CV 63). He is a graduate of the United States Naval Academy and Harvard Law School.


Geoffrey Slagle
Director of Identity Management of the American Association of Motor Vehicle Administrators (AAMVA)

AAMVA_Geoff_SlaglePicture smGeoffrey Slagle, Director of Identity Management, American Association of Motor Vehicle Administrators (AAMVA) works on programs that encourage uniformity and reciprocity among the states and provinces in North America. He currently oversees the Association’s identity management and identification standardization efforts. Prior to AAMVA, he held the position of vice president for a publically traded software company, where he oversaw the company’s laboratory and conformity assessment efforts. Mr. Slagle was the company’s representative to both the American National Standards Institute’s (ANSI) and the International Organization for Standardization’s (ISO) working groups for the Driver License/Identification Card, where he served as Vice Chair and Chair respectively. Mr. Slagle also worked as the Standards Program Director for AAMVAnet. Prior to this experience, Mr. Slagle worked as a consultant for the U.S. Agency for International Development, the U.S. Department of State, the Department of Defense, and several fortune 500 companies.


Deborah Smith, MBA
National Client Executive, Tax and Revenue Market

LexisNexis Risk Solutions

Deborah-Smith-smDeborah Smith recently joined LexisNexis Risk Solutions as a National Client Executive for the Tax and Revenue market space. Deborah brings her vast tax expertise and 25 plus years of experience to state departments of revenue consulting with them on solutions to combat fraud and tax identity theft.  Prior to joining LexisNexis, Deborah Smith served as the Executive Administrator of the Ohio Personal & School District Income, Employer Withholding, Pass Through Entity, Commercial Activity and Estate Tax divisions.  Her 18-year tenure at the Ohio Department of Taxation included overseeing the Fraud unit, working closely with the Criminal Investigations unit and testifying in front of House and Senate to initiate fraud-related legislation.  Deborah comes to this position with over twenty-five years of tax experience, both private and public sector, including owning a tax practice specializing in Individual Federal, State and Local taxation.

Deborah holds a Bachelor of Science degree with a double major in Business Management and Accounting, and a Master of Business Administration from Ohio Dominican University.  She served for ten years as a member of the adjunct staff at Columbus State Community College teaching various Accounting classes, State & Local Taxation and Federal Individual Taxation, and Project Management.  Deborah is also a member of the Ohio Dominican University Alumni Association and serves as a volunteer in several capacities with the Salvation Army.  She served for over 10 years on the Board for the Columbus Literacy Council prior to her recent relocation to Dallas, Texas.


Gordon H. Smith, Esq.
Executive Vice President
Maine Medical Association

Gordon H. Smith, Esq., is EVP of the Maine Medical Association. A Maine native, he graduated from the University of Maine with highest distinction in 1973 and from the Boston College Law School, magna cum laude, in 1976. He practiced law before coming to the Maine Medical Association as General Counsel in 1981. He is a past Chairman of the American Society of State Medical Association Counsel, and the AMA/State Medical Societies Litigation Center. Mr. Smith has also served as Chair of the American Medical Association/State Medical Society Litigation Center, the Maine Health Data Organization and the Advocacy Resource Center of the American Medical Association. He currently serves as a member of the Steering Committee of the AMA’s Scope of Practice Partnership. He is also a former Chair of the Board of Quality Counts, a regional quality improvement collaborative and a former board member of the Maine Association of Area Agencies on Aging. He is also a current board member of Onpoint Health Data and the Daniel Hanley Center for Health Leadership. A frequent lecturer to medical groups on various medical legal subjects, Mr. Smith has served as Executive Vice President of the Maine Medical Association since September 1993.


Delena Spann
Fraud Analytics Expert

greg_desmaraisDelena D. Spann, fraud analytics expert, is employed by a federal law enforcement agency where she is assigned to the Electronic and Financial Crimes Task Force. She routinely serves on high profile financial crimes investigations which include depicting anomalies, detecting red flags and using a wide range of sources and data to establish patterns of crime. Delena is frequently called upon as a guest speaker by colleagues and industry peers on her expertise in Fraud Analytics and Financial Crimes.

Spann serves as a member of ASIS International and is a former member of the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners Board of Regents (Emeritus). Additionally, she’s a member of the Association of Certified Anti-Money Laundering Specialists (ACAMS), the Anti-Money Laundering Association (AMLA), the Anti-Phishing Work Group (AWG), and a former member of the Board of Director’s for Step Up Women’s Network of Chicago, an organization which empowers the needs of professional women and mentors underserved teenage girls in urban communities.

Spann received her Bachelor of Science Degree in Liberal Studies from Barry University and a Master of Science Degree in Criminal Justice Administration from Florida International University.

Spann also shares her expertise through practicum and theory as an Adjunct Professor. In addition, Spann is the Author of Fraud Analytics: Strategies and Methods for Detection and Prevention, John Wiley & Sons, October 2013, in which this article serves as an excerpt.

Scott M. Straub
Director of Market Strategy, Federal Markets
LexisNexis Risk Solutions

scott-straubScott is the Director of Federal Market Strategy at LexisNexis Risk Solutions and is responsible for developing data-driven solutions for governments in their fraud, waste and abuse prevention processes.  Scott has invented several identity -products using the LexisNexis vast public record database and holds patents in these products designed to assist governments in preventing fraud, reducing improper payments and collecting delinquent receivables.

Scott has been a frequent speaker on a variety of topics since joining LexisNexis in 2011, including testifying on government debt collection best practices to the Legislature in the state of Louisiana and participated on a panel discussion regarding government efficiencies at the Democratic Governors Association.  Scott is also on the Advisory Council for the International Association of Financial Crimes Investigators and the Data Coalition.

Prior to joining LexisNexis, Scott was employed at the Financial Management Service (FMS), a bureau of the US Treasury where he drafted strategic plans for multiple business unites, implemented industry best practices in the collection processes of delinquent debt owed to the federal government by creating an analytics division to streamline collections strategies through combining internal and external data and was a project manager on an internal control review project, whose outcomes were designed to prevent fraud against the government.  Also, while at FMS he coauthored a feasibility study to repurpose a payment center to a debt collection center and worked with the Office of Management and Budget to pass several initiatives through Congress to maximize efficiencies in the debt collection process.

Scott holds a masters in finance and a graduate certificate in investments from the Carey Business School at Johns Hopkins University.

Greg Sullivan
Massachusetts Inspector General

Greg SullivanGreg Sullivan has worked for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts for the past 36 years. Since 2002 he has held the position of Inspector General, retiring in August of this year. Greg has been a longtime champion for Massachusetts, and a strong proponent of augmenting state level data with public records to enhance the overall value to the Commonwealth. Below is his first Fraud of the Day with insights on how to combat health care fraud.


Eva Casey Velasquez
Identity Theft Resource Center President/CEO

greg_desmaraisEva Casey Velasquez is the President/CEO at the Identity Theft Resource Center, a non-profit organization which serves victims of identity theft. Ms. Velasquez previously served as the Vice President of Operations for the San Diego Better Business Bureau and spent 21 years at the San Diego District Attorney’s Office. The last 11 of those years were spent conducting economic crimes investigations, with a focus on consumer protection cases such as false advertising and unfair business practices.

Ms. Velasquez has a passion for consumer protection and she strives to educate the public about identity theft, privacy, scams and fraud, and other related issues. She served as the chairman of the Consumer Fraud Task Force (San Diego) for 13 years, is a past Vice President of the California Consumer Affairs Association, and most recently was a finalist in the 2012 San Diego Business Journal‘s Women Who Mean Business Awards.

She is recognized as a nationwide expert on identity theft and has recently been featured on the Ricki Lake show, CNBC Nightly Business Report, and Huffington Post Live. She has also been quoted in MORE and Real Simple Magazine’s, the New York Times, NBCNews.com, Today.com, the Washington Examiner and numerous other outlets.

Velasquez has been a presenter at numerous conferences across the country, including the American Bar Association (ABA) Annual Meeting, the National Consumers League State of ID Theft Conference, The Privacy Xchange, Professionals Achieving Consumer Trust (PACT) Summit, the California District Attorney’s Association Consumer Protection Conference and the California Consumer Affairs Association annual conference.

David Wilkins
Secretary of Florida Department of Children and Families

David WilkinsSecretary David Wilkins brings decades of experience in business and charitable leadership to the Florida Department of Children and Families. His vision for the Department is focused on empowering front-line staff, engaging communities, improving programs and helping families become accountable and self-sufficient. Early in 2011, Secretary Wilkins launched several business improvements focused on operational efficiency and improved customer service in child welfare, benefit eligibility determination and in the substance abuse and mental health service delivery area. Secretary Wilkins has emphasized the necessity of community engagement in helping children, families and vulnerable adults across the state. He has reorganized his regional operations to focus on community empowerment. With the leadership of Gov. Rick Scott, he kicked off a new initiative called “Partners for Promise,” which connects businesses to people in the community who need a helping hand. He launched a faith-based agenda for the Department, and he created “Camps for Champions,” a statewide program that gives thousands of foster children the chance to go to a summer camp and connect with nationally recognized celebrities.

Dale Ziegler

Dale ZieglerDale Ziegler has over 27 years of UI program experience on both the federal and state levels. He retired in June 2013, from his position as the Deputy Administrator for the USDOL Office of Unemployment Insurance (OUI), where he worked with the Department of Labor (USDOL) Office of Unemployment’s Administrator in the overseeing the 53 states and territories that administer all of the federal-state UI programs.

In January 2013, Dale accepted a position with On Point Technology, Inc. as the Managing Director of Government Relations. On Point Technology, Inc., is a firm that specializes in unemployment insurance integrity, where Dale is now using his years of experience to assist states in utilizing technology solutions to address the challenge of lowering their improper payment rates.