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Possible Guest Speakers

These esteemed professionals will teach you
how to identify and prevent Real Estate/Mortgage Fraud.


Let me start of by thanking the Department of Justice, The Attorney General, and the Department of Financial Institutions (DFI), for allowing the following to be my guest speakers during my six (6) hour classes:

Washington

Rebecca Jacobsen - Assistant Attorney General, State of Washington
Ms. Jacobsen is the State's new head of mortgage fraud prosecution. Upon graduation from law school and admission to the Oklahoma Bar, Rebecca served in the United States Air Force as an Assistant Staff Judge Advocate. During her time in the Air Force she prosecuted and defended many complex criminal cases and served as an advisor to base commanders and staff agencies. As a litigator, she achieved outstanding results based on her thorough case preparation and exceptional courtroom skills. As an advisor, she was highly respected for her sound analysis and clear presentation of the issues.

Chuck Cross - Director of Consumer Services - Department of Financial Institutions
Mr. Cross is the current Director of Consumer Services and was the past "Enforcement Chief" for the department. In his capacity he oversees consumer complaints and enforcement actions against lending institutions State wide.

George Jacobs - Attorney - US District Attorney, Eastern Washington
As an Assistant United States Attorney, Mr. Jacobs is charged with the responsibility of representing the United States in federal criminal matters before federal courts. He has been sole or lead trial counsel for the United States in several large white collar and criminal tax cases in the Eastern District of Washington, the Northern District of Georgia, the Southern District of Florida, the Middle District of Florida, and the Central District of California. He has tried wire fraud, conspiracy, corporate embezzlement, tax evasion, witness tampering, narcotics trafficking, gun, and structuring cases. He has worked on money laundering, identity fraud, misapplication of bank funds, theft of government property, and a myriad of other cases. Recently, he was sole government trial counsel in a major wire fraud conspiracy case which involved the presentation of over 60 witnesses and thousands of pages of documents.

Prior to joining the United States Attorney's Office for the Eastern District of Washington, Mr. Jacobs worked as a Trial Attorney with the Southern Criminal Enforcement Section of the Tax Division at the United States Department of Justice. While there, he received the U.S. Department of Justice Tax Division's Outstanding Attorney Award in 1997, 1998, and 2000 and an Internal Revenue Service, Criminal Investigation Division, Honorary Special Agent Award.

David Seaver - King County Deputy Prosecutor - Fraud Division, State of Washington
Mr. Seaver is King County's fraud prosecutor specializing only on real estate and mortgage fraud cases. Mr. Seaver has been responsible for all stages of prosecution -- assisting law enforcement during investigations, evaluating evidence and deciding what criminal charges to file, appearing at pre- and post-trial court hearings, taking cases to trial, and writing appeals.

Melissa A. Huelsman - Seattle, Washington Attorney
Ms. Huelsman's practice is focused on predatory lending, consumer and fraud litigation, and bankruptcy. Ms. Huelsman received her J.D. from Southwestern University School of Law, Los Angeles, California. She is admitted to practice before the State Bars of California and Washington, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, the United States District Court for the Central District of California and the United States District Court for the Western District of Washington and for the Eastern District of Washington. In addition to pro bono work, Ms. Huelsman is a member of the Board of the King County Bar Bulletin, and former Chairperson of the P.L.A.C.E. Subcommittee of the Seattle-King County Coalition for Responsible Lending. Ms. Huelsman is also an associate member of the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners and a member of the National Association of Consumer Advocates.

Ms. Huelsman was recently featured on KING 5 News, May 7 2006, in a lengthy interview concerning foreclosure rescue scams. Ms. Huelsman was also interviewed and on the front page of the Seattle PI - September 21, 2006 in an article entitled: The Foreclosure ‘Rescue’ Trap.

David Leen - Attorney, State of Washington
Mr Leen is a judge pro tem, King County Superior Court and practices in the area of general civil  litigation, including class actions, in federal and state trial and appellate courts and before various governmental agencies with emphasis on real estate issues.

Ned Jursek - Attorney - Financial Legal Examiner for Washington's Department of Financial Institutions

Anna B. Bosch - King County Deputy Prosecutor - Fraud Division
Ms. Bosch began her career as a prosecutor in May of 2000. In the course of her employment as a deputy prosecutor for King County, she has litigated numerous cases, including ones involving complex and primarily circumstantial evidence. Ms. Bosch has been responsible for all stages of prosecution -- assisting law enforcement during investigations, evaluating evidence and deciding what criminal charges to file, appearing at pre- and post-trial court hearings, taking cases to trial, and writing appeals. Her most recent assignment is the prosecution -- from start to finish -- of all mortgage fraud cases in King County.

Oregon

Lance Caldwell - Attorney - US District Attorney, Portland Oregon
Lance Caldwell has served as an Assistant United States Attorney in Portland, Oregon, since 1982. He has spent 22 of these 24 years in the Criminal Division, prosecuting white collar crime with an emphasis on complex financial cases and computer crime. Prior to becoming a federal prosecutor Caldwell practiced for two years with a commercial litigation firm in Portland, and as a Deputy District Attorney for Multnomah County for three years.

Tim Spencer - Financial Investigator - Oregon's Division of Finance and Corporate Securities

California

Bill Denny - Attorney - Deputy District Attorney, Alameda County California
Mr. Denny has two decades of experience as a prosecutor, specializes in white collar crime and heading Alameda County's real estate fraud division. He is also the past president of California's real estate fraud prosecutors. Mr. Denny has been key in prosecution, investigations and settlements from Ameriquest, First Alliance, and ongoing cases concerning mortgage "elimination" scams.

Arizona

Felecia Rotellini - Superintendent of Financial Institutions
Felecia began her career in public service as an Assistant Attorney General from 1992-2005. During that period, she was senior counsel to the Arizona State Banking Department (1992-1996); represented the Arizona State Board of Accountancy in cases involving complex audit failures of public and large companies (1996-2004); and prosecuted financial and white collar fraud cases (2002-2005).

Prior to state service, from 1986 to 1992, she was in private practice in the areas of tort and commercial litigation. Felecia has resided in Arizona for over twenty years. She grew up in Sheridan, Wyoming. In 1981, she graduated magna cum laude from Rocky Mountain College, Billings, Montana, with a degree in History/Political Science. She moved to Phoenix in 1986 upon graduation from Notre Dame Law School where she was awarded the Edward F. Barrett Trial Advocacy Award. She is a current member and past chair of the Administrative Law Section of the Arizona State Bar. She is also a member of the Wyoming State Bar.

Clyde Granderson, CFE - DFI investigator
Mr Granderson is a Certified Financial Examiner (CFE) that has 20 years of experience at HUD as one of their top examiners prior to coming to work for Arizona. Mr Granderson now is an investigator with Arizona's Department of Financial Institutions and spends his time investigating real estate and mortgage fraud throughout the state.


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