Internal Fraud & Abuse – The Vulnerability, Consequence & Response

Date: Unique full day conference Tuesday 18th of September 2018
Location: Red Cow Moran Hotel, Dublin
Tickets: Early Bird Ticket Price €225 available until the 15th of August Normal Price €250


This unique full-day conference will focus on the exposure and issues that can be associated with Internal Malpractice within the public and private sectors. The conference will provide a distinct and exciting opportunity to discover the reasons why individuals commit offences and how organisations could have protected themselves.

Who should Attend?

The conference would be suited to any organisations (public and private sector) who are medium to large in structure and who are exposed to the threat of internal malpractice that requires professional management and direction.

Benefits of Attending:

  • People in attendance of the conference will qualify for six CPD hours.
  • This conference will provide a distinct and exciting opportunity to discover the reasons why individuals commit offences, defined as internal malpractice, and how organisations could have protected themselves.
  • The conference will also provide a parallel incite from experienced investigators in how they have investigated and managed such offences in both the public and the private sector.
  • This offering will be supported by presentations and talks from a convicted fraudster who will share their personal story and provide an opinion as to why these offences were allowed to occur.
  • Finally, attendees will be provided with presentations that directs organisations how to undertake effective interviews as part of an investigation.


Opening Speaker: Gillian Nelis – Managing Editor of the Sunday Business Post

Detective Sergeant Daniel MacGinty

Anti-Corruption Unit

Garda National Economic Crime Bureau

Presentation Title: Bribery and Corruption

This talk is aimed at professionals in both the public and private sector and will give an outline of the global impact of corruption. The law in relation to bribery and corruption in Ireland as it currently stands with particular emphasis on the offences of foreign and domestic bribery and corruption. The talk will also deal with:

  • Prevention measures businesses can employ in relation to bribery and corruption.
  • Protections for whistleblowers and persons reporting bribery and corruption
  • The impact of the Criminal Justice Act, 2011 on bribery and corruption and white collar offences with, in particular, the provisions of Section 15 of the act, a court order to provide information and Section 19 of the Act, withholding information.

Daniel is in charge of the Anti-Corruption Unit at the Garda National Economic Crime Bureau, the unit was set up in March 2017 and is dedicated to the investigation and prevention of both foreign and domestic bribery and corruption.

Daniel is an experienced investigator of economic crime and has been involved in a number of high profile investigations in the financial sector. He has also been involved in investigations relating to insurance fraud, investment fraud, boiler room fraud and social welfare fraud.

Daniel is a qualified Incident Room Co-ordinator and Serious Crime Review Officer. He delivers training internally in An Garda Síochána on a number of courses, including the Fraud Investigation Course, the Detective Training Course, and the Incident Room Co-ordinator Course. Daniel holds a BA in Law from Dublin Institute of Technology and a BA in Policing from the Garda Síochána College.

Tony O’ Reilly (MACI)

Addiction Counsellor and former An Post Branch Manager

Presentation Title: “What good thing will come of this?”

Tony will be providing the context of how he managed to financially benefit from around 1.75 million euro, concentrating on the opportunity, what motivated him to take the monies and the personal justification and rationalisation in his acts.

His session will also focus on how companies can learn from what he did and identify the warning signs of a habitual gambler in the workplace.

Tony is a former An Post Branch Manager who worked with the company for a total of 14 years. He started as a part-time postman in 1998 and worked his way through the organisation to become a Branch Manager in 2009. His duties included cash handling, management, customer care and advice with savings/investments and staff management. He held this position for approximately 18 months until he was let go in Jan 2012 due to his fraudulent activities.

Tony’s story came to public light in June 2011 when it was discovered that he had stolen €1.75 million from An Post to fuel his gambling addiction. As a result of this theft and false accounting, in Dec 2012 he was sentenced to 4 years in Prison with one year suspended. While serving his sentence, he re-educated and re-invented himself and trained as a counsellor.

At present, Tony is working in Dublin as an addiction counsellor, and his work includes one to one counselling with problem gamblers. He endevours to highlight the issue of problem gambling by talking in schools and services such as youthreach. He is also in the process of developing a workplace, school and prison programme to further educate organisations and people about this secret addiction and social problem. In March 2018, ‘Tony10’  was published by Gill books. The book which was co-written by Tony and Declan Lynch highlights Tony gambling addiction and how he stole from An Post and showed how easy a €1 bet can lead to a turnover of over 10 million in his online account. He hopes that his story will help start a much needed national conversation about gambling addiction. His proceeds of the book are going to charity to help further people who are struggling with a gambling addiction.

Kevin Sweeney

Senior Regulatory Consultant

Compliance Group

Presentation Title: “The role of the interview in the investigation.”

The presentation aims to provide a brief overview of how the interview fits into the overall investigation process as well as the essential skills necessary for a good interviewer. It will explain the broad outline of a successful interview strategy. In addition to using the interview to gather facts, the prospect of using the process as a prevention tool will also be explored.

Kevin previously served in An Garda Síochána in various roles including as a special branch detective, covert intelligence operative, and as a supervisor. Kevin’s occupational police training included: Criminal Assets Bureau Profiler, Anti-Counterfeiting Operations LEA, Intellectual Property Fraud Investigator, as well as specialised training in counter-terrorism and intelligence operations. Some of this training included training given by the Central Intelligence Agency and the Police Service of Northern Ireland. Kevin held a Masters degree in Criminology from University College Cork and obtained his Doctorate degree from the Law Department of the University of Limerick in 2017. His research focused on the jurisprudence and psychology of investigative interviewing in Ireland. He also evaluated the training and new interview model introduced in the Gardaí against best international practice.

Paul Hanna

Deputy Director of Criminal Enforcement

Competition and Consumer Protection Commission

Presentation Title: ‘Investigation response and management in the public sector.’

Presentation overview

  • The Competition and Consumer Protection Commission (CCPC) Structure & Functions
  • Legislation
  • Cartel Convictions to date
  • CCPC Investigations
  • CCPC Challenges

Paul Hanna has over twenty-six years investigative experience between the London Metropolitan Police Service, the Garda Síochána Ombudsman Commission and more recently the Competition and Consumer Protection Commission.

From 1991 to 2007, he worked in the London Metropolitan Police Service as a police officer and spent the last ten years of it in the area of counter-terrorism.

He joined the Garda Síochána Ombudsman Commission in 2007 and left after nine years as a senior investigations officer with experience in the investigation of complaints against Gardaí as well as investigations into fatalities referred to the Garda Síochána Ombudsman Commission.

In October 2016, he moved to the Competition and Consumer Protection Commission as its Deputy Director of Criminal Enforcement where his role includes the management of criminal investigations into breaches of competition and consumer protection legislation.

Carl Ryan

Experienced Public and Private Sector Investigator

Presentation Title: ‘The Response to a Public Inquiry, An Investigator’s Perspective.

Presentation overview

The presentation will reflect Carl’s experience working on Public Sector Inquiries as an investigator. The presentation will take the form of a case study in respect to a public sector inquiry, with the main focus on the investigative process.

Daniel Miller

Speaker & Panellist

Presentation Title: “The enemy within”

During his session Daniel will provide an open account of what drove him to steal almost 250k from his former employer. Daniel will outline his journey from being a model employee to one who was able to identify control weaknesses and vulnerabilities of the organisation. Finally, Daniel will confirm his personal mindset and feelings from the point he committed the first criminal act up to the time that he was caught.

Daniel Miller is 31 years old. He lives in East London with his wife and two young children. In 2015 Daniel was arrested, charged, convicted and imprisoned for fraud.

In 2012, Daniel had taken on a role in the Accounts department of a well-known and respected global business. He was a diligent, reliable, trusted and well-presented employee. It wasn’t long before Daniel’s attitude to this role changed, and he went from being a model employee, to a fraudster. Over the course of several months, Daniel successfully defrauded his employer, without detection, an amount in the region of £250,000.00: the perfect crime.

Some 15 months later, Daniel’s life unexpectedly took a significant turn for the worse, when he was arrested, charged and convicted of defrauding his employer by false representation, and sentenced to 3 years imprisonment.

Daniel is available to tell his frank story from the highs, to the very lows of prison life, and highlight from the perspective of a former fraudster, the importance of robust and effective systems and controls to mitigate the risk of internal fraud: the enemy within.

Laurent Colombant

Business Development Manager Fraud solution NEMEA

Presentation Title: “Uncover procurement risks earlier than ever. Prevent financial losses. Protect your reputation.

Presentation overview

Today internal audit, compliance and legal departments are required to maintain business ethics and integrity through the design of effective fraud and corruption prevention strategies. SAS helps companies and government agencies to continuously monitor procurement data and systems to reduce losses and optimise procurement processes. This session will describe how data and analytical techniques can be used to spot early-warning signs that could indicate procurement fraud and improve your investigative processes with advanced tools for forensic analysis.

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What do you need to know about Internal Malpractice?

Internal Malpractice comes under many guises ranging from serious ethical breaches, conflict of interest, breaches of Code of Conduct up to the more common offences of financial crime including bribery and corruption. Such offences are serious in nature and outcomes can be catastrophic, including the closure of the organisation, as seen in the case of Enron and Barings Bank. These were large organisations, and therefore one should have regard for smaller companies who have not attracted media attention that has suffered the same fate.

While many organisations have trained professionals that can investigate such matters; there is not always the opportunity to understand the rational behind the fraudsters motives and the driving elements that were present when the offence occurred. Understanding the rational for the actions of individuals could assist in addressing issues around the loyalty, culture, and controls in an organisation.


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