Meeting/Event Information


January 17, 2017

January 17 Monthly Meeting
January 17, 2017
12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
Industrial Commission of Arizona
800 W. Washington St.
Phoenix, AZ 85007
Stolen Identity Refund Fraud (SIRF)

$0.00 Member

$20.00 Guest Ticket





Join us at the Industrial Commission auditorium for our regular monthly training meeting on Tuesday, January 17, 2017.

Topic:  Stolen Identity Refund Fraud and Money Laundering Case Presentation

Speaker:  Special Agent Kathleen Neri, IRS Criminal Investigation and Monica Edelstein, Assistant United States Attorney, District of Arizona

Agenda: Sign-in begins at 11:30 am; presentation from 12:00 - 1:00 pm

Location:  Industrial Commission of Arizona, 800 W. Washington, 1st Floor Auditorium

Parking:  Free, on the top level of the garage just west of the building

Cost:  Free for current chapter members; $20 all others

Registration information:  Pre-registration is not required for this event. However, we encourage guests to pre-register online, as this allows you to pay your admission fee with a credit card. If you do not pre-register, cash and checks only are accepted at the door. Chapter members may also pre-register online, to save time at the sign-in table. Register online at

Refund Policy:  Email to cancel. To be eligible for a refund, cancellations must be received by the 3rd business day prior to the meeting (for example, by Thursday at 5 pm before a Tuesday meeting).

Complaint Resolution:  Please contact the Training Director at

Program Description

Special Agent Neri’s presentation will explain a Stolen Identity Refund Fraud (SIRF) Scheme. She will present a case from detection to trial, showing how the stolen identity were used to obtain hundreds of thousands of dollars in tax refunds and the profits laundering overseas.  

Learning Objectives

After completing this course, you will be able to:

  • Identify roles and mechanics of Stolen Identity Theft (SIRF) scheme
  • Identify patterns of SIRF scheme
  • Understand how prepaid cards can be used to launder proceeds


Program Information

Delivery Method:  Group Live      

Recommended Field of Study: Specialized Knowledge

Recommended CPE Credits:  1     (CPE Certificates will be emailed within 10 business days to those who attend the entire program and sign in on the attendance sheet.)  

Level:  Basic          

Prerequisites:  None     

Advance Preparation:  None

Presenter Information

Kathleen Neri has been a Special Agent with IRS Criminal Investigation since 2009.   Prior to joining the IRS-CI, Kathleen was the manager of Eide Bailly LLP Forensic Accounting and Investigative Services division in Phoenix.  Her experience includes reconciling financial records, tracing funds, investigating fraud and money laundering schemes and determining the financial loss incurred by organizations or the government. Kathleen is a Certified Fraud Examiner (CFE) and a Certified Forensic Interviewer (CFI).  She also previously served on our local CFE chapter board as a Director and Treasurer.

Monica Edelstein is an Assistant States Attorney in the District of Arizona and has been with the office since May 2013. She is currently assigned to the Financial Crimes and Public Integrity Section where she prosecutes white-collar crimes with an emphasis on large scale tax and corporate fraud cases. Prior to returning to Arizona, Monica spent eight years with the Department of Justice, Criminal Tax Division in Washington, D.C., prosecuting various tax-related crimes throughout the United States. Monica joined the Department of Justice as an Honor’s Program hire after completing her J.D. at the University of Arizona, and getting her LL.M in Taxation from New York University. Monica is a native Phoenician who is happily living close to nature out in the desert with her husband and two beautiful children.

NASBA Statement: Association of Certified Fraud Examiners, Arizona Chapter is registered with the National Association of State Boards of Accountancy (NASBA) as a sponsor of continuing professional education on the National Registry of CPE Sponsors. State boards of accountancy have the final authority on the acceptance of individual courses for CPE credit. Complaints regarding registered sponsors may be submitted to the National Registry of CPE Sponsors through its website: