May 2017

On behalf of the Illinois IASIU board we want to start off by thanking all of you who attended all of our March presentation. A special thanks to attorneys Eric Moch and Isaac Melton from the Law Firm HeplerBroom. They spoke about updates and trends in Medical Fraud, Good Faith/Bad Faith and Important Recent Court Decisions. As always, we hope that you were able to bring back much good information from this presentation and will be able to tell those who are not able to attend what new information is being passed on regarding our daily battle against insurance fraud.

We have an exciting line up for our annual seminar. First to speak is Mr. Joe Stephenson who will speak on Social Media: A Better Way to Find What You’ve Been Missing: Joe Stephenson is the Managing Director of SIU for Hagerty and has been in the insurance industry for over 10 years handling a variety of personal and commercial line claims. He is a certified insurance fraud investigator. Next, we have attorney Mr. Matthew Smith who has been a featured speaker at our seminars, he will be speaking on Part I- Is Insurance Fraud Still Relevant? Part II- Where’s Waldo… And What Is He Up To? He is followed by attorney Mr. Steven J. Badger who The Emerging Hail Risk – What the Hail is Going On? Steve represents the commercial property insurance industry in emerging and significant risk exposures, both as a plaintiff in large loss catastrophe subrogation matters and as a defendant in coverage matters involving weather related litigation. Finally, last but not least we have Mr. Hale Guyer who will discuss High Tech Computer/Internet Fraud. For over 20 years he has been designing and instructing courses certified through the Illinois Law Enforcement Training & Standards Board on such topics as: Identity Theft, Cyber Stalking, Computer Fraud, Cyber Terrorism, Confidence Crimes, Cyberbullying, Investigating Crimes on Craigslist and Investigating Crimes Against Seniors. Hale has presented over 100 classes attended by over 2,000 law enforcement officers representing Federal, State, County and Local Law Enforcement Agencies. In addition he has appeared at several speaking engagements before Senior and Triad groups for financial and other business employees.

This is YOUR Chapter and you have a dynamite Board serving you. I know that you all will continue to support the Chapter as we move ahead in the coming years and continue to grow and serve our members.  Thanks to all of you for all that you have done and will continue to do…

The Board asks that if you would like to recommend a training topic/speaker, please make your thoughts known to Ron Gottardo, who is our Training Chair for the Chapter. His e-mail is Ron.Gottardo.ba8k@State  It is with such suggestions in the past that our training has stayed on the mark for what the membership needs to be exposed to. The presentation is scheduled from 9 A.M. to 11 A.M.  Networking and coffee will begin at 8:30 A.M.

As a reminder, please mark your calendars for the meeting dates shown on the website so you are sure not to miss a meeting. Keep in mind that our bi-monthly meetings are held in January, March and November on the third Friday of the month, that the Annual Seminar is in May and the September Networking meeting is held at the Bloomingdale Golf Course.  The Board hopes to see all of our members at the meetings.

Thanks to ALL who make this Chapter the success that it has been and for your support as we go forward. It is YOUR involvement that makes this Chapter what it is.

As always,
David O’Carroll

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