Please note change of venue. Our meetings are now taking place at the Garden Grove Community Meeting Center, 11300 Stanford Ave., Garden Grove, CA 92840. Please park on the west side of the building between the Meeting Center and the Library. Do not park on the east side of the buidling as that is Senior Center parking only. For a map to this location, please click here, http://mapq.st/2GAYnHo
The Orange County Auto Theft Investigators (OCATI) Association meets on the first Thursday of each month at 10:00 a.m., unless it is a holiday or some special circumstance.
The meetings are for auto theft detectives, insurance company special investigators, vehicle leasing loss prevention agents, and other people involved in the investigation, recovery, and prevention of vehicle thefts. Investigators from inside and outside Orange County attend the meetings to share information about current cases, suspects, and auto theft trends.
The February 7,
2019 OCATI meeting will have the usual round table discussion,
including training. The Guest Speaker will be California Highway Patrol
Cominos, currently assigned to the United
States Secrete Service Electronic Crimes Task Force (USSS - ECTF),
Los Angeles, as a digital forensic examiner. He will be
talking about digital evidence and vehicle theft, as is related to the
collection of such evidence, what types of artifacts you can expect to
find, limitations and legal issues.
There is a $5.00 fee per meeting. ($10.00 for December)
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The OCATI Roster is available to OCATI members as an Adobe .pdf download from the website to assist with your networking needs. The roster consists of OCATI meeting attendees. The roster is a password protected .pdf file, about 151 kb in size (last updated 01/10/19). The password was last given to the attendees at the 01/03/19 meeting. If you do not know the password or wish to have your information updated on the roster, please contact the Webmaster with your name, agency, telephone number, and email address. Click here to go to the roster.
Garden Grove Community Meeting Center
11300 Stanford Avenue
Garden Grove, CA 92840
(Click Here for Mapquest Map)
|The Guest Speaker at the January 2019 OCATI Meeting was Carolyn Love, OfferUp Community Safety Program Manager, who gave sharing tips and information about how how OfferUp works with Law Enforcement on criminal cases and investigations. She walked through the tools OfferUp employs to support Law Enforcement and how OfferUp will investigate, respond to, detect and deter criminal activity.|
|The Guest Speaker at the December 2018 OCATI Meeting was Richard O. Knapp, Knapp & Spurlock, LLP. Richard gave a Legal Update and Inaugural "Ask an Attorney" question session. Some of the topics discussed included insurance coverage, claims and investigation. Richard's presentation also included some interesting case studies of attempts to manipulate insurance payouts via fraudulent claims.|
|The Guest Speaker at the November 2018 OCATI Meeting was CHP Border Division Cargo Theft Interdiction Program (CTIP) Investigator Jim Kelley. Jim gave a presentation related to Cargo Theft crimes and the CHP program dedicated to this. Jim was able to show several investigations conducted by the CTIP Investigators that resulted in great recoveries and arrests.|
|The Guest Speaker at the October 2018 OCATI Meeting was Mick O'Neill from Hagerty Insurance, who will be giving a presentation on "Classic Car Theft and Insurance Fraud." Mick was able to give several case histories that represented some interesting attempts at defrauding Hagerty.|
|The Guest Speakers at the September 2018 OCATI Meeting were JJ Harrison and Ken Evans from CarMax, who gave a presentation on "CarMax Asset Protection." They also spoke about how CarMax can assist Law Enforcement in investigating vehicle theft cases.|
|The Guest Speaker at the July 2018 OCATI Meeting was Ryan Nilsen, CHP Border Division Investigative Services Unit -- Vehicle Theft, who gave a presentation on "VIN Switching: what to look for."|
|The Guest Speaker at the June 2018 OCATI Meeting was Shannah Field, Enterprise Holdings, who gave a presentation on "Law enforcement, Security Organizations and Rental Vehicles; Working Together for the Common Good."|
Guest Speaker at the May 2018 OCATI Meeting
Westminster Office Manager, who gave a presentation on Title
Washing, Lien Sales, and Fraud.
Yvonne led a very active interaction with the attendees who had many questions and comments on the subject matter. It appears that OCATI will be working with Yvonne to get together a committee to address issues involving fraudulent transactions.
Guest Speakers at the April 2018 OCATI Meeting
were Investigators Tony
Contreras and Mitchel
Sanchez from the California
Highway Patrol Mexico
Liaison Office, Efrain
Quezada from LoJack,
and Dennis Frias
from Oficina Coordinadora de
Riesgos Asegurados (OCRA).
They discussed the problems faced by law enforcement on both sides of the border regarding stolen vehicles crossing the border into Mexico / United States.
Guest Speakers at the March 2018 OCATI Meeting
Sergeant Steve Salvatori
from the California
Department of Insurance, Supervisory Special Agent Tom Downey
from the National Insurance
Crime Bureau, and Investigators Ron
Ramos and Reuben
Warren from the California
who gave a presentation on "Vehicle Insurance Fraud" with an emphasis
on "Owner Give Ups."
|The Guest Speaker at the February 2018 OCATI
Highway Patrol / OCATT,
a presentation on "Updates on Fraudulent Purchasing of Vehicles."
David's presentation hit home with many of the attendees as he discussed recent cases handled by OCATT and some of the local police agencies, car rental companies, and dealership security personnel in attendance.
|The Guest Speaker at the January 2018 OCATI
was Deputy District Attorney Dan
County District Attorney's Office / OCATT,
who gave a presentation on "Vehicle Theft Review / New Laws
2018." To say that many of the new laws appear to give the
criminals the advantage would be an understatement.
The new 2018 OCATI Officers were introduced: Alex Natividad (President), Melissa Somers (Vice President), and Betty Ashley (Secretary).
For prior OCATI
Meeting Training Presentations, please