Spring Conference Program, Hotel, Meals, CWFI Testing

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Spring Conference Program

  

MFIA

Presents

The 32nd Annual

Fraud Investigators

Spring Conference

May 15-17, 2019

At the Historic

Grand View Lodge

23521 Nokomis Ave.

Nisswa, MN

1-866-801-2951

www.grandviewlodge.com

          

General Announcements

SESSIONS: All training sessions will be held in the Norway Center. Breaks will take place in the Norway Lobby.

MEALS: Breakfast will be served in the Heritage Room. Lunch both days will be served in the Oak Room. Wednesday night dinner will be served on the beach (weather permitting) and Thursday night dinner will be served in the Heritage room. Refer to the program for meal times. 

MFIA Board Elections: Elections will be held during the business meeting scheduled for 1:00 p.m. on Thursday. This year we will be electing a Vice President, Secretary/Treasurer, Metro at Large, Outstate Director, Ramsey County Director and Federal Liaison.  Information regarding board positions will be available in the February 2019 edition of the Informer. 

Name Badges: Please make sure to turn in your name badge to MFIA Secretary/Treasurer, Angela Garvey, at the end of the conference. 

POST: You must sign the roster every day. MFIA will submit the roster to the POST Board at the conclusion of the Conference. Officers are still expected to keep certificates or proof of completion documentation for the course they attend. 

Conference & Speaker Evaluation: The MFIA board wants to hear from you! Please complete the evaluation form at the end of the conference & drop it in the evaluation box before you leave. 

Hospitality: There will be a hospitality space on Wednesday and Thursday evening starting at approximately 5:00 p.m. The location will be announced at conference.


Wednesday, May 15th 

11:30-12:30 LUNCH (Oak Room) REGISTRATION (Norway Lobby)

12:30-12:45  WELCOME & INTRODUCTIONS

· Crystal Herman, MFIA President

12:45-2:15  SUSPICIOUS CIRCUMSTANCES AT APPLICATION 

· Chris Dickens, Chief, Ohio State Fraud Control

This session will address how to overcome suspicious circumstances detected at application and during the interview for public assistance benefits.

2:15-2:30  BREAK

2:30-4:30  DHS-OIG Update

· OIG Staff 

This block of training will be an update as to what’s new and upcoming from the Office of Inspector General.  It will include Staff from OIG to discuss issues relevant to fraud investigators and the important role they fill in stopping fraud, waste, and abuse.  A time for questions and answers will be allowed at the end of the presentation.  Areas covered will be Legislative issues, legal issues, FPI program updates, Child Care updates and current and upcoming projects.   

5:00-6:00 NETWORKING/HOSPITALITY

6:00-7:30 DINNER ON THE BEACH (Backup Site-Heritage Room)

7:30-12:00  NETWORKING/TEAM BUILDING


Thursday, May 16th 

7:00-8:00 BREAKFAST BUFFET – HERITAGE ROOM

7:30-8:00 REGISTRATION – Norway Lobby

8:00-10:00  BASIC FRAUD INVESTIGATION TECHNIQUES

· Chris Dickens, Chief, Ohio State Fraud Control

This session covers Investigations from your Desk; Interview Techniques, Investigative Resources and Administrative Subpoenas, Investigation Report Writing, IPV/ADH Process, Types of Evidence, and Benefit Recovery/Collection Methods; all specific to Public Assistance Fraud.

10:00-10:15 BREAK

10:15-12:00 THE BASICS OF PURSUING AN INTENTIONAL PROGRAM VIOLATION (IPV)

· Chris Dickens, Chief, Ohio State Fraud Control 

· Ginger Peterson, Investigator, Blue Earth County Sheriff’s Office, MFIA Board Member

This session will define an IPV; four (4) methods of establishing an IPV; use of the Waiver of ADH and the Disqualification Consent Agreement (DCA). Blue Earth County Fraud Investigator, Ginger Peterson, will wrap up this session with an overview of how to prepare for and package an ADH.

12:00-1:00   LUNCH BUFFET – Oak Room

1:00-1:30 BUSINESS MEETING/ELECTIONS

1:30-2:45 LETS TALK–A ROUNDTABLE DISCUSSION 

· Preston Cowing, Brown County Family Services 

· Jim Backlund, Clay County Social Services

This will be a group discussion on welfare fraud & collections issues and concerns which Minnesota Fraud Investigators and Collectors face on a daily basis. The format shall consist of a moderator and timer.  They shall ensure each topic has a specific time limit and the topics discussed stay focused. Some topics will be determined while at the conference, while other topics may be pre-determined by the board of directors.  The goal of this training is to have all members participate in a format which allows everyone a chance to participate and share information.  This will not be a complaint session, but an interactive training tool to draw on the years of expertise present in our efforts to fight fraud, waste and abuse of public benefits.

2:30-4:30 CERTIFIED WELFARE FRAUD INVESTIGATOR (CWFI) EXAM

The purpose of a certification is to demonstrate a level of proficiency in a particular area of expertise. The more proficient our members are in doing their jobs, the better the overall program integrity effort becomes. Through MFIA’s affiliation with UCOWF, we are able to provide MFIA members who meet specified criteria, an opportunity to take this exam. The CWFI Exam application and instructions accompanied the Spring Conference Registration information you received from the MFIA Board of Directors. Please contact a Board Member if you have questions regarding this exam.

2:45-3:00 BREAK

3:00-4:30 DATA PRACTICES & WELFARE DATA  

· Rick Hodsdon, Washington County Attorney’s Office

This session will provide an overview of the Data Practices Act as it relates to welfare data and the provisions that exist to allow disclosure of welfare data to law enforcement and third parties under different circumstances

5:00-6:00 NETWORKING

6:00-6:30 COMPLIMENTARY COCKTAIL RECEPTION – HERITAGE ROOM

6:30-8:00 DINNER BANQUET – HERITAGE ROOM

8:00-12:00  NETWORKING


FRIDAY, MAY 17th 

7:00-8:00  BREAKFAST BUFFET – HERITAGE ROOM

7:30-8:00 BOARD MEETING – OAK ROOM

8:00-9:30 STRATEGIES FOR DETERRING & DETECTING SNAP TRAFFICKING  

· Chris Dickens, Chief, Ohio State Fraud Control

This session defines SNAP Trafficking; Authorized Rep. vs. Authorized User; Trafficking vs. Misuse; Data Analysis-Key Fraud Indicators (KFIs); and Preventing SNAP Trafficking.

9:30-9:45   BREAK

9:45-11:45  PROSECUTION & DIVERSION 

· Chris Dickens, Chief, Ohio State Fraud Control

This session will discuss the options of pursuing a fraud case through the administrative process versus criminal prosecution. The most common criminal offenses and definitions will be covered, including SNAP Trafficking, plea bargain agreements, adjudication, and when to implement disqualification. The term Diversion will be defined and discussed as an option in lieu of criminal prosecution and adjudication. 

11:45-12:00 CLOSING REMARKS AND FAREWELL

Minnesota Fraud Investigators Association

32nd Annual Spring Conference

May 15-17th, 2019

Grand View Lodge, Nisswa, MN

Conference Registration/Membership Form

Please complete one form for each Registrant/Member. This information will be used for name tags. 

  

  

Last Name First Name Middle Initial

Title  E-mail address

Agency  Agency Phone


 Agency Mailing Address  

 

City State Zip Code

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Conference Registration/Membership Fees

(Registration fee does not include lodging or meal-see attached lodging registration document for those rates)


REGISTRATION DEADLINE 05/01/2019

$25.00 – MEMBERSHIP ONLY (not attending the conference) -includes MFIA & concurrent UCOWF membership

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$175.00– FULL CONFERENCE – conference registration fee AND MFIA & concurrent UCOWF membership dues 

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NOTE: MFIA/UCOWF MEMBERSHIP RUNS FROM MAY 2019-APRIL 2020

 

Type of Payment:    Personal Check  Agency/Company Check   Agency Voucher  PayPal/Credit Card

MFIA CONFERENCE REGISTRATION FEES AND MEMBER DUES ARE NON-REFUNDABLE

Please make checks payable to Minnesota Fraud Investigators Association (MFIA)

and return form with payment to:

j0163022 

MFIA

1201 Robert St. S., Ste 3

PO Box 18632

St. Paul, MN 55118-2314

Minnesota Fraud Investigator’s Association

32nd Annual Spring Conference

at the Historic Grand View Lodge

on Gull Lake!

Wednesday, May 15-Friday, May 17, 2019

Lodging Packages: Additional Guest:

$371.08 Single Occupancy/person/stay Adult spouse/guest - $115.97/person/night (includes breakfast)

$317.74 Double Occupancy/person/stay Child (age 3-11 yrs.) - $56.82/child/night (includes breakfast)

Lodging package includes two nights lodging, meetings, and meals starting with Lunch on Wednesday and concluding with Breakfast on Friday. 

  • Single occupancy consists      of one meeting attendee in a bedroom with a private bathroom. Double      occupancy consists of two meeting attendees sharing a bedroom and a      bathroom. These rooms may be in a multiple bedroom unit.
  • We      will attempt to accommodate your lodging requests to the best of our      ability. If you know which unit      you would like to be in, please make that request, but keep in mind all      requests may not be honored.
  • Resort      check-in time is after 4:30 p.m.
  • All      rates are inclusive of an 8% Service Charge and a 7.375% State Tax

Early Stay and Post Stay options available:

Early Stay Tuesday (additional $105.53/person, includes breakfast, based on availability)

Post Stay Friday (additional $105.53/person, includes breakfast, based on availability)

Non-lodging day meeting package for Commuters:

Please note that we have included the non-lodging commuter rates in the Grand View Lodge registration link. If you are commuting and NOT staying on-site, please mark the “non-lodging day meeting package” AND which meals/breaks you will be in attendance and paying for. 

***Lodging reservations must be made through the following link:***

https://grandviewlodge.formstack.com/forms/mnfraud19

The Grand View Lodge Registration cutoff date is April 15, 2019. Thank you in advance for your attentiveness to this April 15, 2019 deadline. 

CANCELLATION POLICY 

  • ALL CANCELLATIONS MUST BE SENT BY EMAIL TO:      group.reservations@grandviewlodge.com.
  • Cancelled Reservations received by 04/15/2019      will receive a full refund. 
  • NO      REFUNDS will be issued (attendee is responsible) if cancellation is      received after 04/15/2019. 
  • When using a Purchase Order or Voucher,      Cancellation/Refund Policy will apply

Any questions regarding Grand View lodging can be directed to Tracey DeChaine, Housing Specialist, at 218-963-8737 or TraceyD@grandviewlodge.com

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