Case Study: Undercover Infiltration of Three Outlaw Motorcycle Gangs
ATF Special Agent (Ret.)
Darrin served as a Special Agent in Federal law enforcement for approximately 30 years. During his career, Darrin primarily worked investigations involving armed violent criminals, complex criminal organizations, violent street gangs, armed robbery crews, and armed drug traffickers. Darrin is a Subject Matter Expert on undercover techniques and outlaw motorcycle gangs.
LT. Mike Ledoux (Ret.)
CARFAX for Police
Lt. Ledoux serves as the Business Development Manager for the CARFAX for Police program. Prior to working at CARFAX, he spent over 24 years with the Nashua Police Department. His position as the Business Development Manager calls for developing long-term partnerships between CARFAX and Law Enforcement Agencies. Law Enforcement's participation in CARFAX for Police allows access to the CARFAX database and its very unique & valuable investigative tools.
Sgt. Bob Kenney (Ret.)
Motorcycle Investigations & Identification
Connecticut State Police
Sergeant Kenney joined Connecticut State Police in 1974, and was a
regular sworn member for 44 years, retiring in 2018. Sergeant Kenney was assigned to the CSP Auto Theft Task Force as the supervisor of the New Haven field office. Sergeant Kenney started working in the field of Outlaw Motorcycle Gangs and Harley-Davidson motorcycle theft and identification in 1977. Since that time, he has personally recovered well over 1,000 stolen Harley-Davidson motorcycles with altered and/or mutilated VIN’s and assisted other law enforcement agencies throughout North America and Europe with the Identification and recovery of hundreds of additional stolen motorcycles with altered and/or mutilated VIN’s. Sergeant Kenney has also been extensively involved in sport bike identification since 2005 and has recovered and assisted in the recovery of hundreds of stolen sport bikes. He is a court declared expert in the identification of Motorcycles and been an instructor in the Identification of Harley-Davidson motorcycles since 1978. He has produced Confidential Manuals for law enforcement titled “The Identification of Harley-Davidson Motorcycles” which is used by law enforcement personnel throughout the world. Also the “Identification of Aftermarket V-Twin Motorcycles and Component Parts" as well as the “All Terrain Vehicle Identification Manual" and the "Sport Bike Identification Manual."
GM Electric Vehicle Security
George Baker serves as GM’s primary interface to the local, national and international vehicle crime investigation community. He leads the Global Vehicle Security Team, working with technical experts in all areas of vehicle security to ensure GM identifies and counters emerging vehicle crime trends to provide optimal vehicle security to GM product owners.
Prior to this assignment, Baker held a number of positions at General Motors, dating back to July 1995. He first served as a locomotive program manager in Mexico and Russia. He then led GM’s automotive activity in Russia, overseeing an emerging dealer network spread over eleven time zones. In early 2000, he became director of GM Military Trucks, leading the development and deliveries of specially-modified trucks to major military and federal agencies in the United States and overseas. In April 2004, he became OnStar’s public policy manager and primary liaison to law enforcement, assisting with expansion of services in the US, Europe, Mexico and South America.
Before beginning his corporate career, Baker served in the US Army on tanks and as a Russian Foreign Area Officer. A retired lieutenant colonel and the son of a state trooper, George holds an engineering degree from West Point and a master’s degree in Russian area studies from Harvard University.
Detective Kevin Leonpacher
Digital Evidence in Modern Investigations
Atlanta Police Department
Det. Kevin Leonpacher has been with the Atlanta Police Department for over 20 years. As a detective, he has worked in general investigations, the Special Victims Unit, and has been assigned to the Homicide Unit for the past 13 years. During that time, he has participated in hundreds of investigations, an increasing number of which have relied on leveraging a broad range of digital evidence.
Sergeant Gregory O'Connor
Case Study: Project High 5
Peel Regional Police
Sgt. Greg O'Connor is currently assigned to 22 Division as a patrol supervisor for the past year. Greg has been employed since August of 2004 with Peel Regional Police and prior to that was a summer student with the Ontario Provincial Police for two summers working in the Marine Unit. Greg previously worked in the Intelligence Services - Commercial Auto Crime Bureau where he had worked since October 2017. During this tenure, he has established himself as one of the most knowledgeable and highly regarded auto theft investigators in the province. With a strong investigative background, having worked in such areas as the Street Crime and Gang Unit, Neighborhood Policing Unit, 21 Division Criminal Investigations Bureau and the Break & Enter/Auto Unit, Greg has established himself as an expert examiner of stolen and altered VIN vehicles as well as a highly competent and successful investigator.
Auto Theft & Key Programming
Herndon & Associates
Timothy Herndon is the C.O.O. at Herndon & Associates located in Livonia, MI. He is an IAAI Certified Fire Investigator (CFI) and Auto Theft investigator specializing in mobile property investigations in the US and Canada. He has examined over 8000 vehicles involved in reported thefts and/or fires in his 25 year career with the company. He instructs regularly for Law Enforcement, Fire Service and the insurance industry and has testified and been qualified as an expert in District, County and Federal courts throughout the country.
George B. Ripley, CIFI, FCLS, ACLS, IAAI-FIT
Art of Interviewing, Illusions, and Courtroom Testimony
George is the SIU Manager for Donegal Insurance Group where he has worked for 3 1/2 years. In this capacity, he manages the company’s anti-fraud program, anti-fraud compliance and insurance fraud investigations across multiple lines of business. Prior to Donegal, he spent 21 years employed with the York City Police Dept. in York, PA. During his career as a York City Detective, he investigated over 150 Homicide cases and a steady caseload of Major Crimes. He has logged in countless hours in the interview room and testifying in jury trials. He de-briefed almost every jury at trial conclusion for research and professional development. George was the Supervising Detective when he retired from police work in 2018. He instructed Police Officers and Detectives in the areas of interview, interrogation and court room presence and testimony. He has been published in an online magazine and interviewed on regional television regarding the unconventional use of magic to remove barriers during interviews, interrogations and witness interactions. Unsurprisingly, he is also a professional magician who performs magic for corporate events, fundraisers and once a month on Fox 43 Morning News.
A. G. Speake
Berla/California Highway Patrol
A.G. Speake - is a Detective with the California Highway Patrol specializing in auto theft, computer crimes, cell phone forensics as well as a Certified Berla Vehicle Forensics Instructor and a Computer forensics instructor for the California Department of Justice. His field experience has proven to be an invaluable asset, applying the latest vehicle forensic technology and data analysis tools to today's vehicle crimes. His goal is to create awareness of the investigative applications for the data stored in infotainment and telematics systems while combating Auto theft.
LT. Jarek Pyrzanowski
Medical Street Fraud
New Jersey Division of Criminal Justice
Formerly assigned to the NJSP Auto Theft Task Force and an expert in Vehicle Theft and Vehicle Finance Fraud, Lt. Pyrzanowski currently oversees a specialized unit investigating Medicaid fraud and prescription drug fraud. Find out how these two seemingly unrelated expertises fit together in a complex world and how you can leverage both utilizing automobile crime investigation techniques.
OnStar Security & Demonstration
Sherry LeVeque is the Assistant Manager of Emergency Services Outreach at OnStar and focuses on public safety education of OnStar’s emergency and stolen vehicle assistance technologies. Prior to this role, Sherry spent four years designing OnStar’s emergency and stolen vehicle curriculum, supporting the implementation of Stolen Vehicle Slowdown. Before joining OnStar in 2007, she worked at Troy PD (MI) in the jail and as a Communications Training Supervisor for eleven years. She has served on the IACP Vehicle Crime Committee for five years and holds degrees in Law Enforcement and Human Resources, a Masters in Training & Development.
Not Your Father's Auto Theft
Joseph Guidice is a Special Agent with the National Insurance Crime Bureau (NICB). Beginning in January 2021, Joe is a blended agent who covers all aspects of vehicle theft and insurance fraud related to auto, homeowners, and workers compensation claims. Prior to the NICB, Joe was a Detective in the New York City Police Department (NYPD). Joe spent 20 years in the NYPD as an investigator and instructor for the Auto Crime Division. Joe’s first 5 years in the NYPD were on patrol. Prior to the NYPD, Joe has worked as an underwriter for All Brokerage Corporation and Motor Insurance Corporation.
Joe served as the President of the Northeast Chapter of the International Association of Auto Theft Investigators (IATTI) from 2017-2018 and represented his Northeast Chapter at the international conference in Cape Town, South Africa in 2017.
Not Your Father's Auto Theft
SrSA 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. Assigned to the Northeast Region office, her area of responsibility encompasses New Hampshire, Maine and Vermont, including Canadian cross-border cases. Working with law enforcement at the local state and federal levels, and with insurance industry investigators, Heidi’s case investigations involve all vehicle-related crimes (fraud, theft, fire), vehicle and property arson, medical fraud, heavy equipment theft, marine and off-road vehicles, cloning, vehicle export fraud, property fraud such as burglaries. 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, Vehicle Identification, and Insurance Fraud for the NH Police Standards and Training Council and the Vermont Criminal Justice Training Council.
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