Mr. Sosnowski joined the NICB in March 2010 as Senior Vice President and General Counsel. He has practiced law for over 30 years with an extensive background in criminal prosecution having served for over 15 years as a Chief Prosecutor in various counties in Illinois. He is the former Deputy General Counsel for the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services and comes to NICB from his own private practice where he represented various types of individuals and companies including plaintiffs in personal injury litigation. Mr. Sosnowski is an adjunct professor of law at Judson University and Elgin Community College. He is a graduate of Loyola University (BA), University of Notre Dame (MSBA), and Drake University (JD). Mr. Sosnowski can be reached via email at email@example.com or phone (847) 544-7190.
Brian’s SIU career began as an Investigator at Progressive covering Illinois and Wisconsin. In 2010, Mr. Bilderback joined Zurich North America as a Major Case Investigator specialized in multi-line organized ring activity and medical provider fraud investigations across the country. He is currently a Sr. Investigator with Erie Insurance where he covers the State of Illinois and holds the designations of FCLS and CIFI. Brian is currently on the Board of Directors for the Illinois Chapter of The International Association of Special Investigation Units. Mr. Bilderback is a presenter at the IASIU Annual Seminar and the National Insurance Crime Bureau teaching at their New Agent Training and Special Investigations Academy. Besides speaking at these specific events, Brian routinely provides fraud training to his company’s local claim office and agents.
Brian spent 20 years with the Burton Police Department in Michigan.It’s a medium size department that borders Flint on the south and east sides.16 ½ years of his career was spent in investigations as an undercover narcotics officer and as a promoted detective. As a detective his case load responsibilities were to investigate homicides, armed and unarmed robberies, commercial burglaries and narcotics. During his career as a detective, he attended every interview training available and has interviewed over 1000 witnesses and suspects. Through training and experience, he's learned the importance of a good interview and developed a style that led him to be a successful interviewer.
Mr. Worsham joined NICB in 1993 and was promoted to his current position of Vice President, Membership and Marketing in 2018. He is responsible for overseeing membership recruitment and retention efforts for the NICB’s more than 1,100 member property-casualty insurance companies, self-insured members and strategic partners. He also oversees marketing strategy efforts for the organization. Prior to his current role, Mr. Worsham was Director of Field Operations–Midwest Region since 2006 where he oversaw about 40 field agents, analysts and investigative specialists across 14 states. He also oversaw operations of the region’s Chicago Major Medical Fraud Task Force. Mr. Worsham began his tenure at NICB as an agent in the state of Georgia. Prior to joining NICB, he served in law enforcement. Mr. Worsham has a degree in Criminal Justice from the University of Georgia. He holds a Fraud Claim Law Specialist (FCLS) designation.
Dwight Christensen is a lifelong resident of Utah. He currently serves as the Deputy Director of the Utah Insurance Fraud Division. He has been married for thirty-five years to his long-suffering wife, Kris. They have two children Nicole and Tyler. Dwight is a veteran police officer with over thirty years of service. During his police career, he worked in patrol and traffic enforcement divisions before ending his career as a detective, working crimes against persons cases. Mr. Christensen also served in the Utah Air National Guard as a Chief Master Sergeant, where he was the Headquarters Operation’s Superintendent. He served an expeditionary tour while active duty Air Force in the Republic of Iraq where he received the Meritorious Service Medal, with Oak Leaf Cluster. Mr. Christensen has a Bachelor’s Degree in Criminal Justice and holds a Certified Public Manager’s Certificate.
Gus R. Hitz, FCLS, CIFI Lancaster County Deputy Sheriff, 1986 to 2000 Lancaster County Youth Assessment Center Director, 2000 to 2004 Partner Paper Tiger Shredding INC. 2004 to 2007 International Police Advisor (Iraq) 2007 to 2009 Nebraska Law Enforcement Training Center Staff Instructor, 2009 to 2012 Nebraska Department of Insurance Fraud Prevention Division, Fraud Investigator, 2012 to 2016 National Insurance Crime Bureau (NICB) Special Agent 2016 to March 2018 National Insurance Crime Bureau (NICB) Supervisory Special Agent March 2018 to Present Certifications - Certified Law Enforcement Trainer, State of Nebraska and Department of Justice Law Enforcement, Field Training Officer Certified Instructor Basic First Aid/CPR/AED Certified Instructor Certified Tactical Communications Instructor Emergency Vehicle Operations Instructor Fraud Claims Law Specialist (FCLS) Certified Insurance Fraud Investigator (CIFI) President Iowa Nebraska IASIU Chapter 2016-2018 Vice President Iowa Nebraska IASIU Chapter 2018 to Present
Isaac R. Melton concentrates his practice in first and third-party insurance defense and insurance coverage along with fraud and bad faith litigation. He represents a broad range of clients and has extensive civil litigation experience, including successfully taking numerous cases to verdict. Mr. Melton has also been involved in numerous uninsured and underinsured arbitrations both as counsel for the insurer and as an arbitrator. Mr. Melton also does extensive work counseling and representing insurers in issues involving medical fraud. He has assisted in the investigation of fraudulent claims and has filed affirmative litigation, which has resulted in financial recovery on behalf of his clients. Before joining HeplerBroom, Mr. Melton was a partner at the Chicago firm of Johnson & Bell, Ltd. Previously, he was a judicial clerk for the Honorable Allen S. Goldberg, a commercial law judge in the Circuit Court of Cook County.
Jim Hammonds has been with GEICO since July 2003 and is assigned as the Major Case Supervisor for the SE region. Jim developed the Major Case protocol used in the SE region and handles all large scale medical investigations, staged accident rings and organized crime losses. Jim was the Investigator of the Year for the Southeast Region in 2004, 2005 and 2006 and received the Outstanding Service Award from the International Association of Special Investigations Units in 2015 and the Multi-Jurisdictional Investigative Excellence Award in 2017. He has been recognized as a “Georgia All-Star Insurance Professional” by Insurance Market Intelligence. Jim is an Arson Investigator as well as an Accident Reconstructionist and has been sworn as an expert witness in court. He has obtained the Fraud Claims Law Specialist (FCLS) and Certified Fire Explosives Investigator (CFEI) designations. Prior to coming to GEICO Jim spent almost 10 years as a member of the Decatur, GA Police Department. He served as Sergeant over patrol as well as special operations and previously worked K9, Traffic and Tactical Team. Jim is an instructor at the National Insurance Crime Bureau (NICB) Mega-Academy as well as the GEICO SIU Academy. Jim is the Chapter President for the GA Chapter of IASIU.
James K. Schweitzer joined the NICB in 2008 as Senior Vice President and Chief Operating Officer. He is responsible for managing and directing the NICB’s investigative workforce of 190 investigators throughout the U.S. Mr. Schweitzer is also the co-founder of the Geospatial Intelligence Center, a project birthed by the NICB to bring the power of geospatial data to the insurance industry. Mr. Schweitzer came to the NICB after serving for four years as the Director of the South Carolina Department of Public Safety. Director Schweitzer led 1,500 employees charged with enforcing traffic, motor vehicle and motor carrier laws, providing security for public officials and state properties, and administering highway safety and criminal justice grant programs. Prior to becoming Director of Public Safety, Mr. Schweitzer served over 33 years with the Federal Bureau of Investigation in varying capacities. He capped a highly successful and satisfying career in 2002 when Mr. Schweitzer was appointed by Director Robert Mueller to be the Special Agent in Charge of the Columbia, South Carolina, FBI office where he oversaw the creation of a Joint Terrorism Task Force and the opening of a Computer Crime Center. Mr. Schweitzer holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Criminal Justice from the University of South Florida. He also completed executive programs at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government and the Kellogg School of Management. In 2006, he completed the FBI National Executive Institute.
John M. Gasiorek became a Special Agent with National Insurance Crime Bureau in September 2005 and was promoted to Supervisory Special Agent in May of 2009. John supervises seven additional Special Agents overseeing all NICB investigations in New England. John is also assigned investigative responsibilities in Connecticut, specializing in property and casualty insurance fraud with a specific emphasis on multi-claim, multi-carrier, ring activity perpetrated by unscrupulous medical providers, and attorneys. John organized and heads the Mini-Medical Fraud Task Force in CT where he assist in the coordination of criminal investigations with federal, state and local police agencies. Prior to working with NICB, John worked for ten years in the Special Investigations Unit of a Massachusetts based insurance company where he was a field investigator responsible for investigating insurance fraud in the metropolitan Boston area. John was also a criminal investigator in the United States Air Force for eight years and a Sheriffs Deputy assigned to the Patrol Division with the Aiken County Sheriffs Office in South Carolina. John possesses an associate’s degree in Criminal Justice and has earned the designation of Fraud Claim Law Associate through the American Educational Institute.
Joseph P. Toscano, IAAI – CFI & CI, has over forty years of experience in all aspects of the field of fire investigation and case management. He is an internationally known lecturer and pioneered the development of numerous innovative investigation and educational programs on effective investigative techniques and solutions for the Insurance Industry, Law Enforcement Fire Service and Legal professions. His expertise includes Fire Origin and Cause, Catastrophic Loss Investigation Management, Curriculum Development, Claims Division and SIU Training, Subrogation and Fraud Investigations. Mr. Toscano's professional experience includes a twenty year career in law enforcement retiring in 1993 from the Connecticut Division of Criminal Justice assigned to the States Attorney's Office, New Haven as a Senior Police Inspector, Arson Control & Assistance Program. In 1993 he joined the American Re-Insurance Company Claims Division retiring in 2003 as Vice President, Fire Investigation Specialist. He then joined Chilworth Technology as a Fire and Explosion Investigation Consultant until joining Jack Ward Fire Consultants from 2013 to 2016 before starting a consulting business JToscano, Fire Investigation Specialist (FIS) in 2017. He has been recognized in both State and Federal courts as an expert witness. He was a member/alternate of the NFPA 921 Technical Committee for fifteen years and a two year member of NFPA 1033 Standard for Professional Qualifications for Fire Investigator Committee. He served on the Board of Directors of the Insurance Committee for Arson Control and is a member of the IAAI’s Training and Education, FISC, CFITrainer.net “Steering Committee” and Insurance Training and Membership Advisory Committee’s. He initiated the development of the first operational “Accelerant Detection K-9” as well as several innovative training tools including Motive, Means and Opportunity & Interfire VR. He has received numerous national awards for his contributions to the advancement of the profession including Life Membership Award’s in both the IAAI and CT-IAAI. He has lectured across the United States & in thirteen countries throughout the world.
Kevin joined Farmers in 1994 and is currently assigned the Nationals Auto team which is comprised on six Investigators stationed all over the United States. Primarily tasked to handle Vendor Fraud including Auto Repair Shops, Towing and Rental Companies, Glass Companies and Restoration Vendors, the team has recently branched out to the reading of the Event Data Recorders. Kevin and / or the Nationals Team have actively worked, or assisted in cases in at least 38 different states and recognized as experts in at least as many counties. Over his 25 year career with Farmers, Kevin has worked the Special investigations Unit, Internal Auditing(Internals) and the Claims Training operation. Kevin holds the Certified Insurance Fraud Investigator (CIFI) and Certified Fraud Examiners (CFE) designations. He is currently a member of IASIU, IATTI, WSATI.
Lori Person is a Special Agent with the National Insurance Crime Bureau (NICB), the past president of the Oregon IASIU Chapter, a certified insurance fraud investigator, and recipient of the IASIU 2017 Outstanding Service award. Special Agent Person focuses on medical, property/casualty, workers compensation, and commercial claim fraud in Oregon and SW Washington. She teaches at the NICB Medical and Special Investigations Academies, and is a guest instructor at the University of Western States chiropractic college in Portland, Oregon. She has also had articles on medical fraud and investigation published in the Oregon Chiropractic Association Journal and SIU Today magazine. She can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org
Mr. Markushewski is highly qualified as a crashworthiness expert and a recognized leader in the field of occupant protection. He has extensive experience (since 1985) in crashworthiness, occupant crash protection, emergency escape, crash safety and survival, and life support engineering. His career has focused on the research, design, testing and evaluation of vehicular and aircraft seating systems, seat belt restraint systems, inflatable restraints, ejection seats, crashworthy seating systems and protective devices. He is co-inventor of two (2) patents addressing occupant crash protection devices and seat design. Over his career Mr. Markushewski has been lead investigator and crash reconstructionist in the evaluation of occupant protection system performance in military and civilian aircraft and automotive ground vehicle mishaps to determine the mechanisms of injury. He has worked with the U.S. Army in the development of advanced seating and restraint systems to protect soldiers from mine-blast related injuries. He has also worked with the National Hockey League to research, develop and test designs to improve player safety.
Based in its Chicago-area headquarters, Mr. Sinno leads NICB’s Learning and Development team, and is responsible for overseeing and developing the organization’s training-related initiatives with NICB member companies, law enforcement agencies and NICB employees. He also directs the National Insurance Crime Training Academy (NICTA), which offers online, anti-fraud training to the property/casualty insurance industry. Mr. Sinno has extensive experience in instructional design/adult learning theory, human performance technology, leadership development and change management. Before joining NICB, Mr. Sinno held Learning and Development leadership positions in the pharmaceutical, healthcare and parking logistics/management industries. Mr. Sinno served in the US Navy prior to attending Southern Illinois University–Carbondale where he earned his bachelor’s degree in Electronics and master’s degree in Education.
Mohan Deokinandan is a lifetime automotive hobbyist. He started building his own cars at 17 yrs of age. He was a top tech at a performance automotive center in Plainview, Long Island. After leaving the repair industry he went to work at Farmers insurance as an auto damage estimator and special investigator. He is now a member of the SIU National Auto Team. For the last 5 years he has focused on auto vehicle damage investigations. He has completed ASE Master Certification, ASE Auto Damage Analysis Certification and I-CAR Pro Level. He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Automotive Industry-Engineering Technology from the University of New York, Farmingdale. He lives in North Babylon, NY with his wife and 4 children, 3 of which are Mustangs!
Richard Murphy joined the National Automobile Theft Bureau (NATB) as a special agent in March of 1982, after serving as a police officer and auto theft investigator for the West Bridgewater, Massachusetts Police Department. In 1987 Murphy was promoted to the position of Senior Special Agent. In 1992, NATB merged with the Insurance Crime Prevention Institute (ICPI) to form the National Insurance Crime Bureau (NICB). Murphy has investigated and assisted in the investigation of hundreds of auto theft investigations ranging from single vehicle fraud to large scale “chop shop” and “cloning” operations involving motor vehicles, motorcycles and construction equipment. Murphy has a working relationship with the Massachusetts State Police Salvage Title and Vehicle Compliance Units and the Boston Police Department Auto Theft Unit. A recognized expert in vehicle identification in both state and federal courts, in Massachusetts, Maine and New Hampshire, Murphy is also a well-known lecturer on subjects involving motor vehicle theft, fraud and identification. Murphy’s work in Massachusetts with members of the law enforcement and insurance communities resulted in him being named Investigators of the Year for 2002 by the New England Association of Insurance Fraud Investigators and in May 2005 and as CARFAX Investigator of the Year by CARFAX and NEIAATI. Finally in 2012, Murphy was honored along with law enforcement officers from numerous federal and state agencies by Carmen Ortiz, US Attorney, District of Massachusetts for his assistance with "Operation Roadkill". The investigation into a Massachusetts based outlaw motorcycle gang.
Ron Bryant is the Western States Regional Supervisor in the Special Investigations Department at Erie Insurance and has investigated insurance fraud for the past 20 years and enjoys speaking and writing about the effects of insurance fraud on our society. Ron holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Criminal Justice from Indiana University as well as Masters of Public Affairs (Criminal Justice Concentration) from Indiana University. He holds the Certified Insurance Fraud Investigator (CIFI) and Certified Fraud Examiners (CFR) designations. He is currently the Secretary on the IASIU board and chairs the IASIU editorial and chapters committee. Ron was previously a Director on the IASIU board (2007- 2013) where he received the Lifetime Member Award. He is a former Security Policeman who served in the United States Air Force.
Dr. Misek is a 1990 graduate of Northwestern College of Chiropractic in Minneapolis, Minnesota and maintains a private practice in Omaha. In addition to his private practice, Dr. Misek has undergone over 500-hours of post-graduate coursework and is specialized in Chiropractic Forensics. Dr. Misek holds a Diplomate status from the American Board of Forensic Professionals and the American Board of Chiropractic Consultants. Additionally, he is certified in impairment rating (5th and 6th Editions of the AMA Guides) and is board certified in disability evaluations through the National Association of Disability Evaluating Professionals. Dr. Misek is one of 25 chiropractors nationally, who has attained board certification through the American Board of Quality Assurance and Utilization Review Physicians. Dr. Misek has lectured to different state chiropractic associations, the Council on Forensic Sciences and numerous insurance companies about clinical documentation, quality measures, chiropractic coding and billing as well as risk management, fraud and abuse issues. Lastly, Dr. Misek serves as a special academy instructor for the National Insurance Crime Bureau and is currently studying to become a Certified Fraud Examiner (CFE).
Sean O’Keefe is a California Attorney, Certified Specialist in Workers’ Compensation for nearly 20 years. He represented over 12,000 injured workers. He was indicted in 2014 for accepting kickbacks from a private hospital in exchange for guiding surgical cases towards surgeons using the hospital.
Steve works for the National Insurance Crime Bureau, where he provides criminal investigative support for insurance SIU and law enforcement, covering Washington and Oregon. He is directly responsible for initiating and conducting investigations which result in the dismantlement of organized groups/rings and arrests of those involved in insurance fraud. In the past, Steve has been in law enforcement directly or in support operations for over 30 years. His past assignments include computer and audio/video forensic work and data analysis for the Department of State and Department of Defense. Steve also served as Assistant Director of the federal, Recovery Operation Center in Washington DC performing “big data” analysis in support of fraud investigations against the federal government. Before that, Steve had been employed by the Washington State Patrol where he spent most of his career as a detective specializing in major crime scene investigations, computer forensics and criminal intelligence.
Teena Barton’s educational and professional background includes graduating Cum Laude, two academic scholarships, and multi-year Dean’s List Recipient from Texas Christian University, hundreds of hours of criminal and civil law enforcement training, and hundreds of hours of specialized military training. Served with the US Air Force as a Munitions and Special Weapons Expert and then cross-trained into International Relations. Following honorable discharge, became a Police Officer and served in several divisions- Patrol, Criminal Invest, Narcotics, Vice, and Criminal Intel spending several years undercover. Following law enforcement, became a Special Investigator with Insurance Industry, experienced with General Liability and Workers' Comp. Currently a Senior Special Investigator with ICW Group, investigating Organized Criminal Activity involving Legal Provider Fraud. Specializes in the victimology of organized capping crimes. Currently a national speaker & trainer for industry and law enforcement.
Tracy's litigation practice includes a specialty in medical malpractice defense of physicians and hospitals, handling all aspects of disability claims from initial claim filing to litigation as necessary, and insurance claims, especially the investigation and litigation of all types of fraud including UM/UIM cases. Tracy has actively assisted municipal and governmental agencies in Litigation including breach of contract and defense tort claims pursuant to the tort immunity act. Tracy 's diverse background also includes trials to verdict involving accounting error and breach of commercial buy sell agreements. Tracy has tried numerous cases to jury verdict in Federal and State Courts. She has a history of obtaining not guilty verdicts for Defendant doctors and insurance defense clients and has been awarded a jury verdict in excess of $1,000,000 representing a corporate client and ADA plaintiffs. She has filed appearances in various states to represent individual and corporate clients' needs. Outside her work in the courtroom, Tracy represents litigants during arbitration and mediation, and also acts as a neutral. Tracy was certified as a mediator at the Northwestern School of Law and runs her own woman owned mediation practice. She is an Executive Board Member for the Illinois Association of Defense Trial Attorneys and has written and published multiple articles in trade magazines. Tracy is an invited speaker for local seminars specifically related to trial practice, insurance defense and the medical field. She is also a member of the faculty of the National Insurance Crime Bureau for whom she lectures across the country relative to her multi-faceted practice areas. Tracy also maintains her law license in Michigan.