Welcome to the official website of the Southern California Fraud Investigators’ Association.

The organization is dedicated to serving fraud investigators and prosecutors from governmental agencies and the private sectors. SCFIA’s membership consists of adjustors, law enforcement agencies, prosecutors, attorneys, private investigators, corporate security, loss prevention personnel, and others that combat fraud. SCFIA’s goal is to provide fraud training and networking for our membership. The association has bi-monthly Lunch & Learn meetings. Our guest speakers are scheduled for two 2 hour presentation (4 hour total) on the most up-to-date fraud-related subject matters.

SCFIA – 2018 Conference is moving to San Diego@ The Crowne Plaza

2270 Hotel Circle North, San Diego, CA 92108  October 23-25, 2018

Register Early  to get the Early Bird Discount

If you are interested and would like to promote your business, be a Vendor or Sponsor, please see visit our website @ www.scfia.org for more information.

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Effective February 1, 2018
New rates ($35.00 Members; $45.00 Nonmembers)
New Times  10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Past Lunch & Learn:

Thursday, February 1, 2018  New Hours 10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.  (Lunch Provided)

Speaker: Jimmy Gomez, Department of Motor Vehicle
TOPIC: Fraudulent Document Detection (2 hours) and Identity Theft Training (2 hours)

This Training will provide information and skills necessary to recognize the characteristics and security features of legitimate Government-issued identification documents, which includes birth certificates, immigration documents, driver licenses and identification. cards, and, passports.  The student will be able to identify counterfeit legal presence identification documents.  Recognizing counterfeit Driver Licenses and Identification cards.  Specific laws regulating counterfeit documents and reference materials pertaining to the subject will be identified.  The course will also provide some basic guidelines to assist in investigating crimes involving counterfeit documents.  Also, the presentation will provide students with an understanding of identity theft crimes; an understanding of specific laws regulating identify theft

Next Lunch & Learn Scheduled:

Thursday, May 3, 2018, from 10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.  (Lunch Provided)

Speaker: Andy Berasley, CFEI, CVFI, IAAI-FIT; Fire Investigator
Andrew Berasley is a certified fire investigator with the responsibility of managing and conducting vehicle fire investigations for Fire Cause Analysis. His years of experience include owning and operating his own auto repair facilities & collision company where he was directly responsible for mechanical issues on vehicles, trucks and heavy equipment. He currently works with law firms and the insurance industry, providing investigations and additional services in all fire-related disciplines including Fire Testing and Auto Related Mechanical & Electrical Studies. In addition, Mr. Berasley has given deposition and trial testimony in both civil and criminal cases.
Andrew Berasley is also responsible for all aspects of evidence recovery, handling & storage, and documentation of evidence, including supervising collection and evidence chain of possession at FCA’s facilities in Northern & Southern California and Arizona.

Speaker: KC Hester, CFI; Fire Investigator
KC Hester has over 15 years of professional experience in the fire service, serving in various capacities. He is a fire investigator with Fire Cause Analysis. He is also a certified forensic fire investigator with National Code Service Association. KC is a member of the Orange County Regional Arson Task Force and a terrorism liaison officer with the Fountain Valley Fire Department. He is an active member of the International Association of Arson Investigators, National Code Service Association, and California Conference of Arson Investigators. Mr. Hester is a California State Fire Marshal’s Office certified level II fire investigator and certified fire officer.
Mr. Hester is qualified to investigate fire scenes and explosions, locate the seat of the explosion or point of origin, determine the cause, and collect and record samples for laboratory analysis. Prepare investigation reports containing cause and origin analysis, witness statements, photographs, diagrams, and video when required, along with any other additional components. Conduct complete background investigations, surveillance, interview witnesses and is capable of giving expert testimony as to the results of these investigations. Conduct hazardous materials investigations of fires, spills, leaks and illegal discharges. A systematic approach using the Scientific Method as outlined in NFPA 921 is utilized when performing fire scene investigations.

Topic:  “Vehicle Arson Investigations – Don’t Get Burned!”

Future Lunch & Learn Scheduled:

Thursday, August 2, 2018

Speaker: Brian Farnsworth
Brian is a Detective Sergeant for the Computer Forensics Team at California Department of Insurance Enforcement Branch.  He is also assigned to the Sacramento Valley Hi-Tech Crimes Task Force.  As the computer forensics team leader, he specializes in cell phone and computer forensics

TOPIC: Social Media
Social media is revolutionizing how the world does business, discovers and shares news, and instantly engages with friends and family. Social media evidence includes, among other things, photographs, status updates, a person’s location at a certain time, and direct communications to or from a person’s social media account. This presentation will examine the importance of social media in investigations and criminal litigation, including access to and use of social media evidence in court.