Meeting/Event Information


September 26, 2018

PACFE 11th Annual Conference
September 26, 2018
7:45 AM - 4:30 PM
Hershey Lodge
325 University Drive
Hershey, PA 17033
The PACFE will host its 11th Annual Conference on Wednesday September 26, 2018 at the Hershey Lodge. A total of 8 hours of CPE will be awarded for this conference, including 3 hours of ethics. Please register by September 21, 2018 to attend.

$179.00 Member Registration
$139.00 Earlybird rate before August 31

$199.00 Guest Registration
$159.00 Earlybird rate before August 31

$129.00 Tickets for Groups of 5 or More

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We have a diverse line-up of outstanding speakers for this year's conference, including: 


Keynote Speaker:

Walt Pavlo, Former Manager, MCI Communications Corporation


About the Speaker:

Walt Pavlo is a convicted white-collar criminal who claims that he was pressured by his bosses to commit financial statement fraud at MCI/WorldCom. In January of 2001, Pavlo received a 41-month federal prison sentence for money laundering, wire fraud, and obstruction of justice. He was a Senior Manager in Billing Collections at MCI/WorldCom and dealt with customer payments, credits, and reconciliations of accounts. He felt pressure from upper level management at MCI/WorldCom to constantly achieve revenue growth in the company. Revenue projections for the company were laid out beforehand for each period, and employees were pressured to meet or exceed these projections. As Pavlo watched his bosses manipulate the company’s financial records, he soon began to manipulate them himself. Soon after, Pavlo’s own employees would learn to conduct fraudulent activity under their boss. Pavlo and his supervisors met to devise ideas on how to cook the company’s books. Financial records were manipulated by Pavlo, his superiors, and his colleagues in a widespread effort to fraudulently make the company look like it was meeting revenue growth projections, even though it wasn’t. Pavlo learned how to conceal uncollectible debt, which boosted the company’s assets and profits. Auditors eventually found unusual journal entries made by Pavlo and confronted him about it. It was then that he confessed to his fraudulent behavior. Similar to many other people who commit white collar crime, Pavlo didn’t feel as though he was doing anything wrong in the beginning. He felt that he was doing his job and making his employers happy by altering the company’s financial data. In the long run, he incorrectly thought, the problem would remedy itself. Even a highly-educated and well-experienced employee can become a white-collar criminal. Pavlo received an Industrial Engineering degree from West Virginia University and his MBA from the Stetson School of Business at Mercer University in Atlanta, Georgia. He left behind his wife and two young sons when he served a two-year prison sentence for his financial crimes.

About the Course:

Walt Pavlo, Jr. is nationally recognized expert on white collar crime and Forbes contributor.  In this segment, he shares insights into the federal criminal justice system as well as sharing his own cautionary tale which led to his two-year prison term.  In this transparent and informative presentation he will cover:

  • Motivations of white-collar criminals (pressure, opportunity and rationalization)
  • Importance of “Tone at the Top” in corporate cultures
  • Importance of professional skepticism in the audit process
  • White Collar crime prosecutions
  • Consequences of white-collar crime for the corporation

His interactive presentation puts the audience inside the company and in meetings where decisions to perpetrate a fraud are made.  Pavlo’s unique presentation represents an interactive case study where the audience can ask questions of his account and then relate that experience to issues within today’s corporate environment.


Sudhir Kondisetty, Principal RSM US LLP


Ransomware, to pay or not to pay, that all depends on your internal controls. Is your organization prepared for ransomware and the aftermath? Ransomware is designed to circumvent common security controls with ease. It  preys on the vulnerability that cannot be patched, the user. During the presentation we will cover the following topics:

  • What is ransomware and why do attackers use it?
  • Common behaviors and trends
  • Backup and recovery controls
  • Personal information security
  • Awareness training


Dennis Lormel, Retired Special Agent, Federal Bureau of Investigation


As we move through 2018, the threat of money laundering, fraud and terrorism is ever present.  This session will discuss the nexus between money laundering, fraud and other illicit finance.  Whether it’s individuals, groups of individuals, domestic criminal organizations, transnational criminal organizations, homegrown violent extremists or terrorist organizations, it is important to understand who we are dealing with and how they can converge and benefit from each other.  It is also important to understand that whoever they are and whatever threat they pose, without access to funding, they cannot sustain their illicit activities.


Special Agent, Federal Bureau of Investigation


Hostile state actors continue to pose a rising threat to the United States.  These adversaries have always used political and military power to pursue their goals, but today they increasingly rely on softer means such as economic espionage, computer intrusions and perception management/active measures campaigns.  This presentation will discuss the broad threat we face today, followed by the FBI’s strategy for addressing this threat.



Cancellation Policy: Due to cost commitments of the PACFE relating to the event, cancellation requests must be received at least 5 days before the event for refunds to be issued. Please contact with any questions.

CPE Credit Hours: Anyone attending the entire conference will receive 8 CPE credit hours including 3 ethics credits. To ensure requirements are met attendees must sign into the conference in the morning and pick up their CPE certificates at the end of the conference. If you need to leave early, you must notify a PACFE board member (will be identified at conference) when you leave to be eligible for prorated credit hours based on the sessions you attended. Please contact with any questions.

LunchPlease email if you have specific dietary restrictions or requirements.