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JULY 16, 2020



Attendees were allowed access to the meeting early with the ability to see and hear others that they had not probably been able to see in approximately six months due to the two prior WSATI Training Meeting / Luncheons being cancelled due to Covid-19 restrictions placed on WSATI and our hosting venues.  Many people were seen who haven't been seen since the last WSATI Meeting / Luncheon held in Garden Grove on January 16, 2020.

WSATI Southern Chapter Legal Advisor Richard Knapp
(Knapp & Spurlock, LLP) welcomed everyone to the meeting in the WSATI Southern Chapter's newest meeting venue... virtual

Chapter Title  Name/Click for E-Mail Current Agency Telephone
President: Johnny Miyasaki Fire Cause Analysis (562) 884-6402
Vice President: Melissa Somers Crime Prevention Program of SoCal (562) 860-9006
Secretary: Joe Starbird Long Beach Police (310) 345-6465
Treasurer: Dave Williams Beverly Hills Police / TRAP (626) 863-3295
Sergeant-At-Arms: Luis Alvarez Viper Group Inc (949) 241-7243
Associate Director: Jesse Bravo Irwindale PD / TRAP (626) 423-2469
Associate Director: Melissa Castaneda Automotive Collision Consultants (424) 203-9326
Associate Director: Jess Corral National Insurance Crime Bureau (626) 361-1574
Associate Director: Bruce Hosea LAPD / TRAP (626) 873-2361
Associate Director: Rob Midzuno Nationwide Insurance SIU (415) 290-6114
Associate Director: Mike Octave LASD / TRAP (626) 873-2360
Associate Director: Alan Skobin LASD / TRAP (818) 778-2970
Associate Director: Richard Spallinger National Insurance Crime Bureau (520) 940-8831
2019 Past President: Mick O'Neill Hagerty SIU (213) 400-1030
Legal Counsel: Richard O. Knapp Knapp & Spurlock, LLP (714) 434-9600

Richard acted as the moderator of the Virtual Meeting and started with the Pledge of Allegiance.  

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Richard then introduced the guest speakers who would be giving presentations during the Virtual Meeting.

The presentation began with California Department of Insurance Detective Sergeant Rick Edmonson, currently assigned to the L.A. Auto Insurance Fraud Task Force.  Rick spoke about how his task force is assigned cases, what they are looking for to ensure successful filings Los Angeles County, and some pitfalls to avoid.

Richard then introduced Orange County District Attorney Auto Fraud Team Deputy District Attorneys Steven Bunn and Stephen Tanizaki.  They both spoke of legal requirements for filing of cases in Orange County.

Richard opened up the Roundtable Discussion.  Due to questions regarding the "security" of the virtual meetings, meeting attendees were advised to not bring up confidential information.  As such, Webmaster Gary Labb did not speak about the encrypted online networking roster and did not give the attendees the password to allow them access to the roster.

The meeting was adjourned.


* Meeting Fees are currently being waived during virtual meeting format *

The Training Meetings / Luncheons begin at 10 a.m. and go until about 1 p.m. Lunch is served about 11:30 a.m.  We would recommend coming about 9:30 a.m. to meet your peers and share coffee or tea. 
The cost is:
Training Meeting / Luncheon   $25.00 Training Meeting / No Luncheon  $10.00
(includes one raffle ticket) (morning coffee/tea included)


Due to the current coronavirus disease (COVID-19) restrictions placed on both WSATI and participating venues, the next WSATI Training meeting will be virtual via Zoom.

Ladies and Gentlemen,

The next WSATI Southern Chapter Training Meeting will be held virtually on Thursday, September 17, 2020 10:00 am.

The Guest Speakers at this meeting will be John Grant from Grant Lien Sales and Dennis Frias and Tony Ko from Locator Technologies.  They will be giving a presentation on "Towing and Lien Sales."

As we approach the Training Meeting date you will be asked to pre-register for an online meeting.  After pre-registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the virtual Training Meeting.

Log in about 9:30 to enjoy some virtual networking.  BYOC & P (Bring Your Own Coffee & Pastries😉)

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