Office of Financial Institutions
OFI Hosts White Collar Crime School

Press Release Date:  Monday, May 19, 2008  
Contact Information:  Kelly May
Public Information Officer
502-573-3390 Ext 252

   FRANKFORT, Ky. (May 19, 2008) – The Kentucky Office of Financial Institutions (OFI) hosted training May 12-16 for law enforcement officers and regulators dealing with records in financial fraud cases.

   About two dozen law enforcement officers and regulators attended from around the country, including Kentucky, Virginia, Indiana, Michigan and California. Five participants were OFI staff members. Andrea Williams, Fayette County assistant commonwealth’s attorney, was a local guest speaker during the workshop.

   The Financial Records Examination and Analysis (FREA) training was presented by the National White Collar Crime Center. Instructors Leann Pritt, training instructor with the National White Collar Crime Center, and Julie Russell, senior regional security manager of the Kimberly-Clark Corporation, explained how to review and analyze various types of financial records using computer software, by compiling charts or otherwise getting them ready for presentation to the prosecutor and the court. They also discussed how to testify about the records involved in financial fraud cases.

   “This class was extremely informative. The instructors did a great job in presenting,” said participant Chad Harlan, who is an investigator in OFI’s Securities Division. “The information that was presented will be beneficial as we go forward in analyzing documents and presenting information to prosecutors in order to bring cases to completion.”

   OFI is an agency of the Department of Public Protection in the Environmental and Public Protection Cabinet.  It supervises the financial services industry by examining, chartering, licensing and registering various financial institutions, securities firms and professionals operating in Kentucky. OFI’s mission is to serve the public through effective and efficient regulation that promotes consumer confidence and economic growth.


 NOTE: Photo available on request.