October 16, 2013 AGA-ACFE Joint Fraud & Technology Seminar


This year’s joint seminar between the Richmond Chapter of the Association of Governmental Accountants and the Central Virginia Chapter of the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners featured a full program of presentations by seven practitioners speaking on topics related to the intersection between fraud examination, forensic accounting, financial accounting and applied financial technology.

The Seminar Agenda and Speaker’s List

Laura Marshall is a partner in the Richmond, Virginia office of Hunton & Williams, LLP assigned to the White Collar Defense and Internal Investigations Team with a focus on Anti-Money Laundering and Bank Secrecy Act matters.  She represents clients responding to regulatory enforcement actions and government investigations; she also defends against civil enforcement proceedings and criminal prosecutions and assists bank institutions and financial services companies in establishing and maintaining compliance programs. Laura spoke on the topic of  “Bitcoin: The Liberty Reserve Indictment”


Eric Atkinson is the Chief of Elder Abuse Investigations for the Virginia Attorney General’s Office.  In that position, he oversees a staff of investigators, including nurse investigators, that review allegations of fraud and abuse committed by long-term care providers.  Since joining the Attorney General’s office in 2007, Eric has served as a regional prosecutor focused on health care fraud cases and as lead attorney, responsible for the case management of federal and state trial work in five regional offices.  Eric spoke on the topic of “Medicaid Fraud Control Unit Elder Abuse and Criminal Cases”


Patrick McDade is a former state and federal prosecutor who received his J.D. from the George Mason University School of Law and L.L.M. in National Security Law from the Georgetown University Law Center.  Patrick currently works in the Medicaid Fraud Control Unit at the Virginia Office of the Attorney General focusing on civil investigations and litigation involving Medicaid fraud.  Patrick spoke on the topic, “Medicaid Fraud Control Unit Civil Cases”


Tommy Johnston graduated from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 2001 with a bachelor’s degree in journalism and mass communication.   In 2005 he graduated from the University of Richmond School of Law.  After graduation, he practiced civil litigation  with Hunton & Williams LLP in Richmond, Virginia.  After three years in private practice, he served as law clerk to the Honorable Henry E. Hudson on the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia.  In 2009, he became a prosecutor in the Computer Crimes Section of the Virginia Office of the Attorney General.  Tommy spoke on the topic, “Computer Crimes and Identity Theft”


Our thanks to our outstanding roster of speakers who all interrupted their busy schedules to make this year’s joint seminar with the Association of Governmental Accountants a resounding success!


  1. Reblogged this on Michael Snook's Internal Audit and GRC Blog and commented:
    Wish I could have gone, maybe next year…