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Orange County Auto Theft Investigators Association

Prior OCATI Meeting Training Presentations

2016 Training Presentations at OCATI Meetings

Guest Speaker Jim EberhartHoliday Party Luncheon prepared by Tacos El MexicanoThe Guest Speaker at the December 2016 OCATI Meeting was Investigator Jim Eberhart from the CHP / Orange County Auto Theft Task Force.  Jim gave a presentation on "Vehicle Theft Statistical Overview for California and Orange County (Specifically)."  The 2017 OCATI Officers were introduced: Mike Steffanoff (President), Randy McWilliams (Vice President), Betty Ashley (Secretary), and Mick O'Neill (Past President).  This meeting was also our annual Holiday Party.  A catered luncheon prepared by Tacos El Mexicano was served after the meeting.  There was plenty of food available to the attendees. 

Guest Speaker Avis Car Rental Security Director Ernie DuranGuest Speaker Avis Rental Car Security Manager Jeff MyersThe Guest Speakers at the November 2016 OCATI meeting were Avis Car Rental Security Director Ernie Duran who discussed Avis Budget Car Rental issues and Avis Car Rental Security Manager Jeff Myers, who  discussed Avis Zipcar Rental issues.  It was a very informative training session with both Ernie and Jeff answering a multitude of questions from the attendees. 

The Guest Speaker at the October 2016 OCATI Meeting was Richard Knapp, Knapp & Spurlock, LLP.  Richard gave a presentation on Investigating Collusive Staged Vehicle Accidents, citing the reasons behind the crime, the different methods used, the red flags to look for, and some of the recent cases he has been involved in.

The Guest Speaker at the September 2016 OCATI Meeting was Doug Garrett of Garrett Engineering.  Doug gave a presentation about Black Box / EDR technologies and data retrieval / interpretation.  Doug was able to provide information that was currently available to law enforcement and SIU personnel.  Airbags can be a great source of information...

Guest Speaker NICB Special Agent Jay RockerGuest Speaker NICB Special Agent Jay RockerThe Guest Speaker at the August 2016 OCATI Meeting was Special Agent Jay Rocker from the National Insurance Crime Bureau / Orange County Auto Theft Task Force.  Jay gave a presentation about NICB and how NICB can help law enforcement and insurance companies in their vehicle theft investigations.  Jay also provided handout material from NICB, including NICB Passenger Manuals, NICB Vehicle Theft / Fraud Guides, the latest stats available from NICB, and upcoming training provided by NICB. 

Guest Speaker Kelli CogertGuest Speaker Kelli CogertThe Guest Speaker at the July 2016 OCATI Meeting was Senior Forensic Specialist Kelli Cogert from the Orange County Sheriff's Department Crime Lab.  Kelli spoke about the Crime Lab, its functions, and available forensics services.  There appeared to be a great deal of interest from the attendees about DNA collection and fingerprinting of recovered vehicles. 

Guest Speaker Dennis FriasGuest Speaker Dennis FriasThe Guest Speaker at the June 2016 OCATI Meeting was Dennis Frias, Locator Technologies / VINMonitor.  Dennis gave a presentation on "LPR Usage Update for Insurance SIU and Law Enforcement ."  Dennis' presentation touched on the similarities and differences of usage by law enforcement and private industry.  Dennis definitely covered some of the restrictions of usage and requirements regarding retention of databases.

Guest Speaker Larry PerraultThe Guest Speaker at the May 2016 OCATI Meeting was Larry Perrault, Sr. Manager, Hyundai Connected Car Program and Product Management.  Larry gave a presentation on the capabilities of their Blue Link system, specifically about assisting LE & insurance with theft recovery/tracking.  Garden Grove Police Sergeant Ron Echavarria also gave an overview of auto theft issues in Garden Grove.

Guest Speaker TRAP Captain Randy StoverGuest Speaker TRAP Crime Analyst Maria FerreiraThe Guest Speaker at the April 2016 OCATI Meeting was Captain Randy Stover, LASD / TaskForce for Regional AutoTheft Prevention, who made a presentation on the recent Task Force Symposium that took place in March.  Randy spoke about the networking that occurred, allowing for the personnel from multiple task forces to have the opportunity to get to know one another and what problems other task forces were encountering.  He said it was also an opportunity for some important legal updates to be shared.  He said that LASD / TaskForce for Regional AutoTheft Prevention Crime Analyst Maria Ferreira had the opportunity to share information.  Randy then had Maria come up to show some of the auto theft data she was able to retrieve.  Randy wanted to make it clear that they are willing to share their information with others, law enforcement and insurance SIU personnel.

Guest Speaker CHP Investigator Jim KelleyGuest Speaker CHP Investigator Jim KelleyThe Guest Speaker at the March 2016 OCATI meeting was from the CHP Border Division Cargo Theft Interdiction Program (CTIP). Investigator Jim Kelley made a presentation related to Cargo Theft crimes and the CHP program dedicated to this.  Jim clearly defined cargo theft, where it is taking place, and what is done to combat it by CTIP and other law enforcement programs in California.

Guest Speaker Detective Brian YoriThe Guest Speaker at the February 2016 OCATI meeting was LAPD / TaskForce for Regional AutoTheft Prevention Detective Brian Yori, who gave a presentation on VC 2805 Business Inspections.  Brian explained what can and can't be done during an inspection and the difference between a business inspection and a search warrant service.

Guest speaker Dan HessGuest speaker Dan HessThe guest speaker at the January 2016 OCATI meeting was Dan Hess, Orange County District Attorney's Office Deputy District Attorney, assigned to OCATT.  Dan gave a presentation on Vehicle Theft, Fraud, Case Presentation, and Filings.  He showed how Proposition 47 is affecting how some cases are being filed and what it now takes to make a good case to put someone in prison.


2015 Training Presentations at OCATI Meetings
Guest speaker Mick O'Neill, Hagerty InsuranceThe guest speaker at the December 2015 OCATI meeting was Mick O'Neill, Hagerty Insurance SIU, who gave a presentation on Classic Car Theft.  Mick spoke about several of his current cases and some of the "warning signs" that were seen regarding the thefts.  This meeting was also our annual Holiday Party.  A catered luncheon prepared by Tacos El Mexicano was served after the meeting.  There was plenty of food available to the attendees. 

The guest speaker at the November 2015 OCATI meeting was NICB Special Agent Lou Koven who gave a presentation on Export Activity at the LA/Long Beach Seaport and the new Export Declaration process which was recently initiated.  Lou's presentation provided the attendees with a good idea of what the U.S. Customs and Border Protection Outbound Enforcement Team does in conjunction with the California Highway Patrol and NICB to try to intercept stolen vehicles being exported from the ports.

Guest Speaker Salvage Program Officer Alex NatividadGuest Speaker Salvage Program Officer Jonathan CollinsThe Guest Speakers at the October 2015 OCATI meeting were CHP Border Division Salvage Program Officer Jonathan Collins, who provided general  information on the Statewide Salvage Vehicle Inspection Program and how it is coordinated between California DMV Referrals and CHP to interdict stolen vehicles and parts.  CHP Border Division Salvage Program Officer Alex Natividad discussed specific Salvage inspection issues for Orange County and current  Salvage Theft  trends.

Guest Speaker Dick Sartor'Touchy / Feely' time for the attendeesGuest Speaker at the September 2015 OCATI meeting was Richard "Dick" Sartor, Western States Cargo Theft Association / Duncan & Son Lines, who gave a presentation / demonstration regarding cargo containers and container identification.  Dick brought in one of the Duncan & Son Lines trucks with a container to give the attendees first hand knowledge of cargo containers.

Guest Speaker Octavio Sanchez, CHP Mexico Liaison UnitThe Guest Speaker at the August 2015 OCATI meeting was Octavio Sanchez from the CHP Mexico Liaison Unit.  Octavio spoke about how the Mexico Liaison Unit functions on both sides of the border.  He spoke about how the Mexico Liaison Unit can be of assistance to the meeting attendees.  Octavio also let everyone know about liaison operations with Mexico and the vehicle repatriation process.  He also explained the important process of the Mexico Liaison Unit taking courtesy stolen vehicle reports of U.S. vehicles, owned by people in the U.S., who had a vehicle stolen in Mexico.

Guest Speaker Mike McManusThe Guest Speaker at the July 2015 OCATI meeting was Mike McManus from CarFax.  Mike gave a presentation on using CarFax as an investigative tool for law enforcement and insurance company SIU personnel.  He gave hands on training, including running VINs of vehicles submitted by the attendees.

Guest Speaker Dave Navarro
The Guest Speaker at the June 2015 OCATI meeting was Dave Navarro from the California Highway Patrol, assigned to OCATT.  Dave gave a debriefing on a title washing case, Operation HOGG Life. Dave's case was very interesting and led to numerous arrests. Some of the arrestees were known to some of the attendees.

Guest Speaker Betty AshleyGuest Speaker Betty AshleyThe Guest Speaker at the May 2015 OCATI Meeting was Betty Ashley from Wells Fargo Dealer Services.  Betty gave a presentation on the customer side of fraud/sub leasing.  Are they a willing participate or a true victim and how does Wells Fargo Dealer Services work with them.  Betty made it clear that people should understand that when they buy a car, they are supposed to know they have to pay for it.

Guest Speaker Christina Van VoorhisGuest Speaker Christina Van VoorhisThe Guest Speaker at the April 2015 OCATI Meeting was Christina Van Voorhis from Enterprise Rentals.  Christina gave a presentation on the investigation of rental vehicle fraud cases.  Enterprise stresses the importance of working cooperatively with law enforcement and following through with prosecution on their filed cases.

Guest Speaker DDA Claudia AlvarezGuest Speaker Investigator Michael BedardThe Guest Speakers at the March 2015 OCATI meeting were Deputy District Attorney Claudia Alvarez and District Attorney Investigator Michael Bedard from the Orange County District Attorney's Office Auto Fraud Unit.  They gave a presentation on what it takes for a successful prosecution of an auto fraud case in Orange County.

The Guest Speaker at the February 2015 OCATI Meeting was  CHP / OCATT Investigator Jim Eberhart who gave a presentation on sport bike investigations.  Jim's presentation included interesting videos of several crews and their activities.  Everyone walked away knowing more about sport bikes... especially the 2015 Kawasaki HR2 coming in with 300hp...

Guest Speaker DOI Sergeant Joe LopezThe Guest Speaker at the January 2015 OCATI Meeting was Sergeant Joe Lopez of the California Department of Insurance 1050 Team. Joe gave a presentation on what his team does and some of the cases they are working on.  He educated the attendees on Staged / Caused Accident Organized Crime Groups.

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