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Speakers - 2018 Joint Conference

Our conference Speakers are a diverse, talented, and dynamic group of individuals who all have significant experience in their areas of expertise.  This page includes the bios of our 2018 speakers and we would like to thank them for volunteering to present.  

Rita Iacone, Supervisory Special Agent, FBI

Rita Iacone is the Supervisory Special Agent of the Health Care Fraud Squad for the Boston Division of the Federal Bureau of Investigation.  Rita has 15 years of investigative experience working white collar crime matters including health care fraud.  Prior to joining the FBI, Rita worked in public accounting as a Certified Public Accountant.

Pepper Kravetz, Special Agent, FBI

Pepper D.  Kravetz is an FBI Special Agent assigned to the Health Care Fraud Squad with the Boston Field Office.  Prior to her employment with the FBI Pepper was an Investigative Analyst with the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Massachusetts and a Senior Investigator in the Criminal Division of the Massachusetts Attorney General’s Office.  Over her career, Pepper has investigated a variety of healthcare fraud matters, to include staged auto accidents, provider billing fraud, RUG upcoding, prescription drug misbranding, private insurance fraud, and drug diversion.

Thomas J. Chapasko, District Manager, ATF

Tom Chapasko has been with ATF since 2004.  He began his career with ATF as an Industry Operations Investigator, conducting application and compliance inspections on federal firearms and explosives licensees.  He has worked as a Forensic Auditor and Senior Forensic Auditor with ATF since 2007 and as the District Manager of the Financial Investigative Services Division East II group since July of 2013.   His case work experience includes several arson-for-profit cases, tobacco diversion, firearms trafficking, narcotics and gangs cases, and a murder-for-hire case.  He has testified in Federal District court and at Federal Grand Jury.  In addition to his case work, Tom has taught at the Massachusetts Firefighting Academy, the Rhode Island Fire Marshal’s Association, the Rhode Island Chapter of the International Association of Arson Investigators (IAAI,) the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners (ACFE,) the ATF National Center for Explosives Training and Research (NCETR,) and at the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center (FLETC.)  He is a Certified Law Enforcement Instructor.  Tom is a Rhode Island resident and native.  He has earned BA and MBA degrees from Providence College.  GO FRIARS!  He is a Certified Fraud Examiner (CFE) and member of the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners (ACFE.)  When he is not working on forensic accounting, he enjoys traveling, cooking, and spending time with his family.  He is also an avid New England sports fan. GO SOX!

Catherine Richard, SA, US DHHS/OIG

Catherine Richard is a Special Agent for the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Office of Inspector General, Office of Investigations.  She has been investigating health care fraud for the past 11 years, 6 of which have been as an Agent.

Roy Mura - Attorney/Managing Member, Mura & Storm, PLLC

Roy A. Mura is the founder and managing member of the eight-lawyer firm Mura & Storm, PLLC, headquartered in Buffalo, New York.  He is a 1986 law graduate of University of Buffalo School of Law and a 1983 linguistics degree graduate of SUNY at Binghamton. The author of the widely read and award-winning  Coverage Counsel blog (, Mr. Mura’s practice includes insurance coverage analysis and litigation, first-party property, third-party liability, auto/UM/UIM, no-fault, fraud and arson defense work for numerous property and casualty insurers on a state-wide and regional basis. He has successfully litigated and tried numerous insurance fraud and coverage cases for insurers through trial and appeal in New York and writes and speaks regularly for insurers and adjusters nationwide on various issues relating to insurance coverage, fraud, social media research for claims and underwriting investigations, “bad faith” and the defense of first- and third-party claims.  He is a member of and proudly serves as General Counsel to the New York State Chapter of the International Association of Special Investigation Units.  He is also a member of the International Association of Arson Investigators, New York State Fire Investigators State Chapter No. 23, Defense Research Institute, several local claims associations and the New York State and Erie County bar associations. He has been listed in the New York Super Lawyers – Upstate Edition since 2012, and maintains the highest possible AV rating with Martindale-Hubbell.  He is married, has three children, four grandchildren, and all but gave up golf several years ago to pursue his avocation for all-season fresh water fishing.

Adam D. Schneider, RAC, SSA/OIG

Adam D. Schneider is currently serving as the Resident Agent-in-Charge for the Social Security Administration Office of the Inspector General (SSA/OIG). His areas of responsibility encompass investigative operations in the states of New Hampshire, Vermont and Maine. He also oversees the IG’s Massachusetts Cooperative Disability Investigations Unit. He manages investigations into public benefit fraud, enumeration fraud, bank fraud, health care fraud, embezzlement, assault, bribery, counterfeiting, public corruption, child pornography, domestic and international terrorism. As a collateral duty, he serves as the program manager for the IG’s agency-wide Critical Incident Stress Management Program and is also a tactical medic. He is an Executive Board member of the Joint Terrorism Task Force in New Hampshire and the Anti-Terrorism Advisory Council in Maine. Adam began his career with SSA/OIG as a Special Agent in the OIG’s New York City Office in 2003. He moved to the OIG’s headquarters in Maryland where he was promoted to Assistant Special Agent-in-Charge for the Electronic Crimes Division.  In that assignment he led investigations into high technology crimes and managed the agency’s digital forensics laboratory. In 2011, he was selected to serve a one-year detail as the Executive Officer to the Inspector General until October 2012, when Adam moved into his current position. Since 2002, Adam has taught courses at the federal, state, and local level on disability fraud, identity theft, counter terrorism, insider threats, computer crimes, social media, intermediate weapon systems and law enforcement control tactics. Prior to his federal career, Adam was a Criminal Investigator for the New York State Revenue Crimes Bureau. He also served as volunteer Firefighter, Emergency Medical Technician and Hazardous Materials Technician for 16 years. Adam received a Bachelor of Science Degree in Criminal Justice from Northeastern University in 1998 and is currently working towards a Master’s Degree in Healthcare Management at Champlain College in Burlington, VT. Adam resides in Amherst, New Hampshire with his wife Rachel, and his eight-year old son.

Karen A. Ward, Training Manager, ISO ClaimSearch®

With an insurance career spanning 30 years, Karen Ward re-joined Verisk Analytics in 2017 in their Insurance Solutions – Claims division as the Training Manager for ISO ClaimSearch®.  Immediately prior to that, she worked at a major carrier for 13 years in a Learning Consultant role for Claims (10 years) and Underwriting (3 years).  Karen began her career in claims operations then moved to property and casualty multi-line claims handling and management.   Her experience includes a prior stint with ISO Commercial Risk Services now known as Verisk Insurance Solutions – Underwriting.

Anthony M. DiPaolo, CFE, Chief of Investigations Insurance Fraud Bureau of Massachusetts

Mr. DiPaolo joined the Insurance Fraud Bureau in 1992 and he has been the Chief of Investigations since 2006.  He is credited with developing and managing the IFB’s premium fraud unit since its inception in 1994. Prior to joining the IFB, Mr. DiPaolo was with the U. S. Air Force for ten years as a Special Agent, concentrating on fraud investigations.  He has extensive experience in developing fraud detection programs.  Mr. DiPaolo earned his Bachelor of Science Degree, in Criminal Justice from Wilmington College and his Master of Science Degree in Criminal Justice from Northeastern University.  Mr. DiPaolo is an adjunct instructor at Northeastern University in their criminal justice program and has been since 1996; he teaches courses on white collar crime and criminal investigations.  Mr. DiPaolo is a frequent speaker on a variety of insurance fraud topics.  He is a member of the National Association of Certified Fraud Examiners.

Dennis Lyons, S.D. Lyons

Dennis Lyons of S. D. Lyons, Inc. has over 25 years of experience in the examination and analysis of automotive ignition lock systems and automotive transponder systems. Mr. Lyons is an ASE Certified Master Automotive Technician and has been a Certified Forensic Locksmith for over 15 years. He has lectured on auto theft analysis all over the country and currently teaches an auto theft class at the annual NICB Special Investigations Academy.

Tony Cretella, Unified Investigations & Sciences, Inc.

Tony Cretella spent 20 years with the CT State Police with 17 of those years working as an accident reconstructionist.  He was a Road Trooper, the first Community Policing Trooper, Resident Trooper for the Town of Bethany, a bodyguard for the Honorable Governor Jodi Rell, and spent the last 8 years of his career in Traffic Services as a founding member of the Reconstruction Unit.  During his career he was assigned over 500 fatal and serious injury wrecks and assisted in well over 1000.  Besides performing accident reconstruction, he also did a large amount of forensic mapping for the Major Crime Unit.  Tony was involved in several high profile crimes including; the Petit home invasion in Cheshire, Ct., the Clean Energy power plant explosion in Middletown, CT., the mass shooting at MDI beer distributors in Manchester, CT, and the school shooting at Sandy Hook.  He has been recognized in both civil and criminal courts as an expert in the field of accident reconstruction and consulted with several States Attorneys offices across the US regarding police pursuits and crashes resulting from these pursuits.

Steven Ryan, Esq., Halloran & Sage

Steven has extensive experience in first-party and third-party personal and commercial policy coverage disputes. He also represents and advises several Fortune 500 insurance carriers in complex litigation related to coverage disputes, bad faith, unfair insurance practice claims, arson and fraud investigations and prosecuting declaratory judgment actions at both the trial and appellate levels. Steven’s practice includes defense of insureds in connection with personal injury and property damage claims resulting from automobile, commercial and residential premises and construction losses. In addition, Steven has extensive experience with handling complex litigation matters including, subrogation and recovery actions, and maritime and admiralty claims in federal court.

He provides coverage opinions on all personal lines of insurance, excess policies, group health, maritime policies and commercial policies including builder’s risk, surety, professional liability, employers’ liability policies as well as excess/surplus policies. Steven has handled appeals involving coverage before the Connecticut Appellate Court and Connecticut Supreme Court. Steven has also litigated cases in Rhode Island and Massachusetts. He has also conducted claim investigations in Florida, Arkansas, North Carolina, Rhode Island, New York, and Massachusetts. Steven is routinely called upon to advise clients in the early stages of claim investigations to reduce and/or eliminate extra contractual exposure. He also represents and counsels carriers in regulatory matters before the Connecticut Insurance Department. Steven has tried numerous jury and bench trials to verdict. Steven has investigated thousands of suspicious and fraudulent insurance claims throughout the United States on behalf of insurance carriers nationwide. He has also acted as a liaison between his carriers and local law enforcement for investigations involving insurance fraud. Steven also represents towns and municipalities against general and professional liability claims. Steven also defends law enforcement officers against civil rights claims. Steven counsels municipalities, Boards of Educations and town councils regarding issues involving risk management. Steven has authored numerous articles and given seminars on a multitude of issues concerning the insurance industry. He is routinely called upon to train claim representatives and special investigators regarding the analysis of suspicious and fraudulent claims. Steven is a former member of the Glastonbury Town Council, Glastonbury Town Plan and Zoning Commission, Glastonbury Human Relations Commission and the Manchester Housing Authority. As an Eagle Scout, Steven is an avid supporter of the Boy Scouts of America.

David O. Brink Esq., Founding Shareholder, Smith & Brink, P.C.

David Oliver Brink is the founding shareholder of Smith & Brink, P.C. and serves as its National Litigation Manager.  He is a Certified Fraud Examiner.  He leads the firm’s Federal RICO, Healthcare Fraud and Insurance SIU Practice Groups.  Mr. Brink’s trial practice in the State and Federal Courts encompasses a broad spectrum of insurance law cases, including: Federal RICO recovery lawsuits, arsons for profit, and medical provider fraud.  Through his offices in Massachusetts, Rhode Island, New York, Pennsylvania and Michigan, Mr. Brink currently represents insurers throughout the United States. Mr. Brink has been representing insurers in SIU fraud matters for 33 years.  He filed his first RICO insurance fraud case in 1988.  This case was tried in 1992 and resulted in a landmark $5,000,000.00 dollar judgment in favor of the insurer.   See Aetna Casualty v. Rodco et als, 43 F. 3d 1546 (1st Cir. 1994).  Through the years his law firm has been counsel of record in thousands of cases involving fraud issues, including dozens of reported appellate decisions. From 1987 to 2003, he served as the National Legal Counsel for the International Association of Special Investigations Units.  He presently serves as General Counsel for New England Insurance Fraud Investigators Association.  Mr. Brink has authored and published numerous articles on insurance related topics, (including Insurance Applications for Crash Data Retrieval: Legal Considerations in 2011, published in Collision Magazine, Volume 6, Issue 1, Spring 2011, Prosecution Management in SIU: Balancing Competing Interests (2009); RICO and Insurance Fraud (Wiley 2001), Building on Common Ground: A White Paper Discussing Strategies For Combating Insurance Fraud (Clemens 1996).  He has appeared on several national news magazine programs including CBS 60 Minutes and ABC 20/20. Over the past three decades, Mr. Brink has lectured at over 30  insurance industry national seminars, including the National Insurance Crime Bureau Academy, the National Insurance Fraud Management Conference and the International Association of Insurance Fraud Investigators Conference. Mr. Brink is from Princeton, New Jersey.  He is a graduate of Grove City College, (1982) (Magna Cum Laude, Presidential Scholar), and Western New England University Law School (1985).  He is admitted to practice before the Massachusetts,  Rhode Island and Maryland bars, as well as the Federal Court for the Districts of Massachusetts, Rhode Island and Connecticut.

Bruce Medoff, Shareholder, Smith & Brink

Mr. Medoff is a Director, Shareholder and Officer of Smith & Brink, P.C. He has focused his practice on insurance defense, special investigations issues, and bad faith claims while continuing his practice of criminal defense, construction litigation, appellate advocacy, and general civil litigation, including commercial litigation and debt collection. Mr. Medoff has engaged in a wide range of insurance defense work, including motor vehicle collisions, landlord/tenant, premises liability and arson. He has prosecuted civil R.I.C.O. actions on behalf of insurers in Federal Court. Mr. Medoff has written and lectured extensively on insurance and legal issues to many organizations.

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Doug McInnis Esq., Of Counsel, Morrison Mahoney

Doug is an Of Counsel in the Boston office of Morrison Mahoney, representing some of the nation’s leading insurers in a variety of civil litigation matters, including bodily injury, products liability, and complex business litigation. Doug’s practice focuses on insurance fraud investigation and litigation of RICO, healthcare, and state and federal False Claims Act matters, with a concentration in the areas of healthcare fraud and No-fault insurance fraud. Prior to his legal career, Doug was an actor. He has appeared in numerous national commercials and television programs including Law & Order, Law & Order: SVU, and Sex & the City.

Marykate Williams Esq., Morrison Mahoney

Attorney Williams  is an associate in the Boston office of Morrison Mahoney.  She concentrates her practice in the areas of auto liability, insurance coverage disputes, insurance fraud, healthcare fraud, civil RICO, and the defense of bad faith claims.  She is a graduate of New England School of Law in Boston.  While in law school, Ms. Williams served as an Editor for the New England Journal on Criminal and Civil Confinement.

Capt. Paul Zipper, Ph.D, Massachusetts State Police

Capt Zipper has been with the Massachusetts State Police for 31 years. He earned his Ph.D. from Northeastern University and an M.S. degree in Justice from American University. He has a B.S in Criminal Justice and a B.S. in Media Systems and Management from Westfield State University. Zipper is currently the Section Commander of the Fire and Explosion Investigation Unit operating out of the State Fire Marshal’s Office. He has conducted hundreds of fire investigations over the years, in the process gaining an expertise in witness and suspect interview and interrogation techniques. His work with the Lawrence Arson Task Force, which began in 1992, brought him national (and international) attention. He has lectured in Australia, Canada and The United Kingdom. He has taught the arson investigation class at the FBI National Academy.  The Massachusetts State Police Academy has utilized his training program on interview and interrogation techniques. He has also been part of the development team that developed the basic and advanced fire investigation courses at the Massachusetts Fire Academy. As a consultant for the Tri-Data Corporation, Zipper conducted comprehensive evaluations of arson and fire investigation units in major cities across the country. He served as a technical advisor with the United States Fire Administration through the National Fire Academy on a project, which developed a course in Interview Interrogation and Courtroom Testimony Techniques. He was a technical advisor with the USFA on a Juvenile Firesetter Curriculum. As a  liaison for the FIU with the Massachusetts State Coalition for Juvenile Firesetter Programs, Captain Zipper helped draft program standards and guidelines for screening interviews and referral procedures, and has worked to formalize the interface between law enforcement and the multi-disciplinary intervention programs. He is a contributing author of the text, Firesetting in Children and Youth: A Multidisciplinary Practical Handbook. In 2004 He was part of the team that developed and delivered a curriculum titled “the investigation of youth set fires” for the International Association of Arson Investigators (IAAI). He has also co-authored an article titled “Children and Arson: The Importance of Early Intervention in Juvenile Firesetting:” for The FBI in their Law Enforcement Bulletin which was published in April of 2005.  Zippers most recent publication is as a contributing author of the text, Law Enforcement Ethics: Classic and Contemporary Issues.

Det. Mario Oliveira, Law Enforcement Coordinator, NESPIN

Detective Mario Oliveira is retired from the Somerville Police Department where he served honorably for 17 years. On November 2, 2010, while assigned to the ATF Boston office as a Task Force Officer, Detective Oliveira was shot six times at point blank range while serving a Federal arrest warrant.  The injuries sustained during this incident forced Detective/TFO Oliveira to retire. Since being retired, Detective/TFO Mario Oliveira has dedicated his time to educating and assisting Police departments & law enforcement officers and their families on the inherent dangers of police work and how to cope with the tragedy of being seriously or fatally injured in the line of duty. Detective Oliveira is the Executive Director of New England Chapter of Concerns of Police Survivors. He is also currently a Co-founder of Violently Injured Police Officers Assoc. (both are 501c3 non-profit organizations) Det. Mario Oliveira is currently employed with NESPIN as the Eastern Massachusetts Metro/Boston area Law Enforcement Coordinator.

Mark O. Huard, FCLS, CIFI, NICB

Mark joined the National Insurance Crime Bureau as a Special Agent in December of 2014. He is responsible for NICB investigative activities in Massachusetts. Prior to joining NICB Mark spent 18 years working as a Senior Investigator in the SIU for two personal lines carriers, with the last 10 years working in the Major Case Unit focusing on organized fraud rings. Prior to working in the insurance industry Mark spent 12 years as a Police Officer. He also worked as a firefighter/EMT, obtaining Career and Level 2 certifications. He is a veteran of the U.S. Army and the Air Force Reserves. He has an associate’s degree in Criminal Justice, completed a certificate program from Utica College in Financial Crime Investigation, and maintains designations as a Fraud Claims Law Specialist and Certified Insurance Fraud Investigator.

Dr. John L. Cerf

Dr. Cerf is a former New Jersey State Trooper.  He served as the chief of chiropractic in a hospital where he was on-call in the emergency department for six years.  He is certified in chiropractic electrodiagnostic testing.  He was a regular columnist in Dynamic Chiropractic, a trade publication with worldwide circulation of over 35,000.  Dr. Cerf serves as the Vice President of the American College of Chiropractic Consultants—a non-profit organization that provides an educational forum where chiropractic practice can be critiqued and discussed within the context of standard of care, medical necessity, appropriateness, and legal issues.  While maintaining an active chiropractic practice, Dr. Cerf devotes much of his professional time to reviewing medical records, performing independent examinations, investigating evidence-based practices, and providing expert support for SIU and law enforcement.

Heidi Jordan, SSA, NICB

Heidi Jordan was hired by the National Insurance Crime Bureau in 1994 as a Special Agent, and was promoted to Senior Special Agent in 2002. Heidi is assigned to the Northeast Region office, with investigative responsibilities in New Hampshire, Maine and Vermont, including some Canadian cross-border cases. Working with insurance industry investigators, and law enforcement at the local state and federal levels, Heidi’s case investigations involve vehicle fraud and theft, commercial fraud and theft, medical fraud, heavy equipment, marine and off-road vehicles, cloning, property fraud such as burglaries and arson, and export fraud. Prior to joining NICB, Heidi also gained eight (8) years of experience within the insurance industry, handling claims involving complex coverage issues, fatalities and fraud. Heidi is also an instructor of Vehicle Theft, Title Fraud and Vehicle Identification for the NH Police Standards and Training Council and the Vermont Criminal Justice Training Council.  Heidi was the 2014-2015 President of the International Association of Auto Theft Investigators (IAATI,) an organization of over 3,000 vehicle theft investigators from around the world; and has served on their Boards since the late 1990s.

Joe Stephenson, Managing Director of SIU, Hagerty

Joe Stephenson, CIFI, CSMIE is the current Managing Director of SIU for Hagerty, a classic car insurer, and has been in the insurance industry since 2006.  He has over 25 years of investigative experience, having started his career in law enforcement working in the area of child sexual assault investigations, and eventually becoming an ACTAR accredited accident reconstructionist. As an expert in the field of social media investigations, Joe lectures frequently to insurance, finance, and government professionals on how to leverage free online resources and to think outside the box with today's available data.  This passion and experience has resulted in him developing significant relationships with several leading fraud analytic and eDiscovery companies, whereby Joe now consults internationally in the development and integration of new products for fraud detection. Joe is also a Founding Partner of JMJ Group LLC, a social media analytics company based out of New Hampshire, as well as the President of the New England Chapter of IASIU, and 4th VP of the Northeast Chapter of IAATI.  Joe also sits on several committees for both the International IASIU & IAATI organizations, he has a regular column in SIUToday magazine, and has been a featured columnist in the APB magazine and PropertyCasualty360. You are encouraged to connect with or follow Joe via LinkedIn and you are always welcome to message or email Joe with questions.

William Tait, Shareholder, Smith & Brink

Mr. Tait is a Shareholder, Officer and Member of the Board of Directors of Smith & Brink, P.C. and Managing Attorney of its Springfield office.  Mr. Tait’s practice concentrates in fraud investigations, insurance coverage and the defense of bad faith claims.  Mr. Tait handles a wide array of cases, including personal injury, property damage, fraud cases to include staged accidents, theft cases, arson, and property/commercial claims.  Mr. Tait also is involved in cases involving medical provider fraud. Mr. Tait is a frequent speaker at seminars for clients on both local and national levels.

Adam Brand, Esq., Brand & Tapply, LLC

Adam J. Brand, founder and managing partner of Brand & Tapply, LLC, represents insurance clientele in all phases of first and third-party coverage and litigation.  Brand & Tapply, LLC specializes in combating suspect claims throughout the United States in virtually all lines of insurance.  Mr. Brand has extensive trial experience before state and federal courts in complex coverage litigation, automobile, commercial and homeowner fraud and arson cases, as well as medical provider, bad faith and extra-contractual liability matters.  Mr. Brand is actively involved in the insurance industry’s education efforts and has served as a panelist and lecturer at seminars and conferences sponsored by international, national and local insurance organizations.

Jacques N. Parenteau, Partner, Parenteau & O’Hara, P.C.

Jack Parenteau, Partner, Parenteau & O’Hara, P.C., Police officer, Bodily injury claim rep., SIU Investigator, Auto Theft Unit Supervisor, SIU Manager and Lawyer.  Jack has investigated, managed, and litigated SIU cases for 31 years. He has handled SIU cases from inception through appellate decisions. He has developed strategy for handling medical fraud cases locally and as national coordinating counsel.  He has an active practice handling Insurance Defense, Bad Faith, SIU, and Subrogation actions for insurers.  Jack has a Bachelor of Science degree in Criminal Justice with honors from Northeastern University; he is a graduate of the Maine Criminal Justice Academy; he received his Juris Doctorate from Massachusetts School of Law where he was a Member of Law Review.

Jack has litigated cases in both Federal and State courts in Massachusetts, Maine, New Hampshire, and Vermont.  He is admitted to practice in the state courts of Massachusetts, Maine, New Hampshire, and Vermont, as well as the United States District Courts for the District of Massachusetts, Maine, and New Hampshire and the United States Court of Appeals for the First Circuit.  He is a member of the Massachusetts Bar Association, Maine Bar Association, New Hampshire Bar Association, and the Vermont Bar Association.  Jack is an active member of the National Association of Subrogation Professionals, and he is General Counsel to NEIASIU.

Timothy W. Tapply, Esq.

Timothy W. Tapply, founder and managing partner of Brand & Tapply, LLC, specializes in combating suspect claims throughout the United States in virtually all lines of insurance. Mr. Tapply has trial experience before state and federal courts in complex coverage litigation, automobile, commercial and homeowner fraud and arson cases, as well as medical provider, bad faith and extra-contractual liability matters.  Mr. Tapply is actively involved in the insurance industry’s education efforts and has served as a presenter at seminars and conferences sponsored by international, national and local insurance organizations.

Joshua Pakstis, Assistant Attorney General, Insurance and Unemployment Fraud, Criminal Bureau - ‎MA AGO

Joshua Pakstis has been an Assistant Attorney General in the Insurance and Unemployment Fraud Unit within the Criminal Bureau for the past eleven years.  He has investigated and prosecuted all manner of insurance fraud, from staged automobile accidents and claims, to workers compensation and premium evasion fraud, and also including health care and provider fraud.  Prior to working at the Attorney General’s Office, AAG Pakstis was an Assistant District Attorney in the Essex County District Attorney’s Office.  AAG Pakstis hold a J.D. from Pepperdine University School of Law.  

Bruce Levine, PT, MS, Physical Therapy Fraud and Abuse Consultant

Bruce Levine, PT, MS graduated from Springfield College in 1988 with his MS in physical therapy.  Mr. Levine has practiced physical therapy for 29 years with an emphasis in the areas of sport, orthopaedic, and occupational rehabilitation. In addition to his clinical practice, he consults within the insurance Industry, and with State and Federal Agencies in the areas of health care fraud, waste, and abuse, the utilization of supportive personnel in rehabilitation, licensure and regulation in physical and occupational therapy, peer review, and credentialing of internationally educated physical therapists. He has extensive experience testifying on behalf of his clients in small claims and jury trials, arbitrations, and licensing matters. Mr. Levine has owned his own physical and occupational therapy practice, managed multiple site practices, and consulted with practice owners and administrators in the areas of marketing and compliance. He currently practices at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston. Bruce is the former Chairman of the Board of Allied Health Professions, the licensing authority for physical therapists, occupational therapists, and athletic trainers for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.

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