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Orange County Auto Theft Investigators Association

The next OCATI Meeting will be on Thursday, May 2, 2019, at the Garden Grove Community Meeting Center...
OCATI Meeting 04/04/19

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 May 2, 2019 OCATI meeting will have the usual round table discussion, including training. The Guest Speakers will be personnel from local regional task forces OCATT and TRAP, who will be giving us a run down on theft trends and recent / current cases. Other local task force regional personnel have been invited but have not yet confirmed.

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 152 kb in size (last updated 04/05/19). The password was last given to the attendees at the 04/04/19 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
(714) 741-5262
(Click Here for Mapquest Map)
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

Position Name / click for email Agency Telephone
President Melissa Somers Crime Prevention Program of SoCal (562) 860-9006
Vice President Alex Natividad California Highway Patrol / SVIP (714) 488-5868
Secretary Betty Ashley Wells Fargo Dealer Services (Retired) (949) 923-1332

2019 Training Presentations at OCATI Meetings

Guest Speaker Lou KovenGuest Speaker Lou KovenThe Guest Speaker at the April 2019 OCATI Meeting was NICB / FEAR Special Agent Lou Koven. Lou works closely with the U.S. Customs and Border Protection Outbound Enforcement Team and the CHP FEAR Team.  Lou spoke about how U.S. Customs, NICB, and the CHP FEAR Team can assist in investigations involving suspected export fraud as well as sharing some of the recent recovery cases. 

Guest Speaker A.G. SpeakeGuest Speaker A.G. SpeakeThe Guest Speaker at the March 2019 OCATI Meeting was California Highway Patrol / SLOCATT Investigator A.G. Speake, who is also a Certified iVe Vehicle Forensics Instructor.  A.G. discussed Berla Corporation (USA), whose goal is to create awareness of the investigative applications for the data stored in infotainment and telematic systems.  Included in the presentation was an Overview of what can be acquired from infotainment and telematics systems within a vehicle, the non-destructive methods to acquire and analyze the info, real life cases and studies at local and national levels, discussion on the OEMs currently supported by iVe and vehicle forensics tool kit, and a live demo of vehicle take-a-part.

Guest Speaker Carolyn LoveGuest Speaker Carolyn LoveThe Guest Speaker at the February 2019 OCATI Meeting was California Highway Patrol Investigator Rich Cominos, currently assigned to the United States Secrete Service Electronic Crimes Task Force (USSS - ECTF), Los Angeles, as a digital forensic examiner.  Rich spoke 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.

Guest Speaker Carolyn LoveGuest Speaker Carolyn LoveThe 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.

2018 Training Presentations at OCATI Meetings

Guest Speaker Richard O. KnappGuest Speaker Jim KelleyThe 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.  

Guest Speaker Jim KelleyGuest Speaker Jim KelleyThe 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.

Guest Speaker Mick O'NeillGuest Speaker Mick O'NeillThe 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.  

Guest Speaker J.J. HarrisonGuest Speaker Ken EvansThe 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.   

Guest Speaker Ryan NilsenThe 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."   

Guest Speaker Shannah FieldGuest Speaker Shannah FieldThe 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 Yvonne McFaddenGuest Speaker Yvonne McFaddenThe Guest Speaker at the May 2018 OCATI Meeting was Yvonne McFadden, DMV 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 Speaker Dennis FriasGuest Speaker Efrain QuezadaGuest Speaker Tony ContrerasGuest Speaker Mitchel SanchezThe 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 Speaker Steve SalvatoriGuest Speakers Tom Downey, Ron Ramos, Reuben WarrenThe Guest Speakers at the March 2018 OCATI Meeting were 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 Highway Patrol, who gave a presentation on "Vehicle Insurance Fraud" with an emphasis on "Owner Give Ups."

Guest Speaker David NavarroGuest Speaker David NavarroThe Guest Speaker at the February 2018 OCATI Meeting was Investigator David Navarro, California Highway Patrol / OCATT, who gave 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.

Guest Speaker Dan HessGuest Speaker Dan HessThe Guest Speaker at the January 2018 OCATI Meeting was Deputy District Attorney Dan Hess, Orange 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).

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