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Meet the PNW Chapter Board of Directors

Kari Overson, President

Kari is the principal private investigator and certified fraud examiner of her own firm, Overson Investigative Group LLC (OIG).

She has over 26 years' experience as a federal agent conducting complex white collar investigations involving bank and loan fraud, SBA Program Fraud, bankruptcy fraud, contract fraud, money laundering, mortgage fraud, and real estate fraud. In private practice, her focus has been on these same specialties and conducting financial analyses for divorce cases, due diligence, and elder financial exploitation cases. Contact:

Bob Holtfreter, Vice President

Bob is the Distinguished Professor of Accounting & Research at Central Washington University...

and held the first Grant Thornton Distinguished Professorship at a prior university.

For the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners (ACFE), Bob serves on their Advisory Council, the Editorial Board of the Fraud (FM) and the author of their “Taking Back the ID” Identity Theft/Cyber Security column. He has published eighty-seven issues of the column and thirty-one feature articles in the FM , both records. He has received the ACFE’s “Outstanding Achievement in Accounting” award (2005), the “Educator of the Year” award (2006) and the “Hubbard” research award (2017. He is considered by other leading academic and practitioners in the fraud area as the leading researcher in the world in the Identity theft/cybersecurity area.

He has served on the Advisory Council of the White-Collar Crime Consortium and currently serves on the Accounting Council for the Gerson Lehrman Group (the largest independent Equity Research organization in the world), where he serves as a paid consultant for their clients in the accounting, auditing, and fraud areas. He has been an invited speaker for numerous organizations, including the FBI”s Annual Fraud Summit. He also had a 2-hour presentation at one of the chapter’s annual fraud conferences and was a member of the chapter’s Outreach Committee.

Bob has served or is currently serving on the Editorial Boards of over twenty journals, including many in the fraud area, and has published over 125 peer-reviewed journal articles in various journals. Bob has also served as President/Program Chair/Chairman of the Board of Directors for various national academic organizations and is the current President of the CWU Phi Kappa Phi chapter for the (PKP) National Honorary Society. He has also served as President and Chairman of the Board of Directors for the Yakima chapter of the Washington Society of CPA’s. Bob also served as the co-chair of the Budget Strategy Team for the city of Yakima and as the Chairman of three major committees/task forces for the Washington Department of Fish & Wildlife (WDF&W). Including the ACFE awards, Bob has received over twenty major university, State and national awards and honors for teaching, leadership/service, and research.

Victoria Kitts, Secretary/Treasurer

Victoria is a senior manager in the audit and assurance department at Clark Nuber...

a regional CPA and consulting firm, focusing on a variety of not-for-profit organizations. The CFE certification helps Victoria assist her clients with strengthening their internal controls, and watching for signs of fraudulent activity during their annual financial statement audits.

Eric Hunter, Director of Training

Eric is a military veteran with 20 years of experience in intelligence operations and investigations.

From 2017-2021 he was a Special Agent at the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA), Office of Inspector General (OIG) and prior to that, he was a financial crimes investigator with the Drug Enforcement Administration in Seattle, WA. He led complex investigations concerning bank fraud, money laundering, organized retail crime, gift card fraud, disaster loan fraud, small business contract fraud, bribery, e-commerce fraud, collusion, wire fraud, conspiracy, kickbacks, and theft.

He has been a Certified Fraud Examiner (CFE) since 2020, certified by the Associate of Certified Fraud Examiners (ACFE), and he is a member of the ACFE’s Pacific Northwest Chapter. His wife and him are both Army veterans and in 2021 we formed Summit Support Associates, LLC, (SSA). SSA is a minority-owned, veteran-owned, woman-owned small business that provides project management services and fraud examination services to our various business partners across the United States.

He is also employed at Amazon in Seattle, WA as a Risk Manager where he resolves global Seller escalations supporting worldwide e-commerce compliance and fraud operations. He has recently become proficient at writing custom queries in SQL to gather data to support my findings and recommendations when enforcing bad actors involved with e-commerce schemes. At Amazon, he is also a contributing member at the Amazon Warriors and Black Employee Network affinity groups that assist our members with professional development, networking, and work/life balance programs.

James Peet

James is the Principal Manager of Peet & Associates, LLC, a private investigative firm...

specializing in fraud investigations and forensic accounting for fraud. He’s been a CFE since 2011 and has taught criminal justice classes on white collar crime and business investigations. Along with traveling, he also authors science fiction novels in his spare time.

Katherine Robinson 

Katherine has spent her career using her experience and three professional certifications to aid and educate those with boots on the ground...

in the risk management and anti-fraud professions by providing insights into the practical application of industry theory. By arming other professionals with valuable insights, she believes they will be able to make smarter, faster, and wiser choices sooner and aid their customers and communities more effectively.

She has worked in the banking risk and compliance industry for almost ten years and in the anti-fraud industry for over 15 years. She previously worked as a Forensic Accountant and Fraud Examiner for the FBI, then for the State of Washington as a Regulator over state-chartered credit unions, and now directly for banks and credit unions in their 2nd Line of Defense. She specializes in gearing up new risk management and compliance programs and expanding their integrated Governance, Risk Management and Compliance capabilities. She holds licenses as a Certified GRC Professional, Certified Fraud Examiner and Certified Anti-Money Laundering Specialist.

She is on the Board with the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners Pacific Northwest Chapter, is a leading participant in the ACFE mentorship program, and a public speaker for the ACFE and Risk Management Association. She also does network consulting and coaching with other bank and credit union teams to help them gear up their GRC functions, which ultimately bring together the second- and third-line teams to work cooperatively together from centralized systems. Most recently, she and her team accepted the 2023 RIMS Global ERM Award of Distinction on behalf of a bank for work they had done to improve and expand its ERM practices and operations.

John Fick

A highly accomplished leader and Keynote Speaker, who is a Certified Fraud Examiner (CFE), Certified Financial Crimes Investigator (CFCI), and...

a Certified Economic Crimes Forensics Examiner (CECFE) with more than 15 years of experience within the financial crimes industry. Extensive experience in developing and leading a fraud shop that focuses on preventing, mitigating, investigating, and resolving financial fraud incidents related to fraudulent financial transactions and risk. Well-developed skills in personnel management, conducting complex investigations; interviewing suspects, witnesses, and victims; recovering financial losses; and testifying in court during civil and criminal litigation. Dedicated leader with excellent communication skills and a proven track record of success building relationships while working within and across multiple company locations, with law enforcement organizations and preparing cases for criminal investigation and prosecution.

Gordan Craig

Gordan is a teacher of auditing, forensic accounting, and related subjects. He teaches students the ethical awareness and auditing skills they need,

awareness and auditing skills they need, including use of data analytics tools, to be successful as new members of the accounting profession. He applies his experience as an internal audit professional to the classroom. This experience included verifying that Army business processes work effectively to enhance military readiness, care for Soldiers and their families, use funds appropriately, and meet legal and regulatory requirements. He is currently teaches at the University of Washington Tacoma. He is a Certified Public Accountant, Certified Internal Auditor, Certified Fraud Examiner and Certified Information Systems Auditor.

James Siwek

Jim spent nine years in the US Army initially in the Military Police Corps and later was accepted in the Criminal Investigations Division.

The investigations Jim conducted with Army CID involved violent crimes, to include homicides, sexual assaults, burglaries, and drug and gang related offenses. He served in Berlin, Germany; Turkey; White Sands, NM; Fort Riley, KS; and Savannah, GA. Specialty assignments include the Special Reaction Team (SRT) Leader, and Drug Suppression Team Chief.

Thereafter, Jim became a Special Agent with the US Department of Housing and Urban Development, Office of Inspector General (HUD-OIG) for over 20 years. As an agent with HUD-OIG he was assigned to the Chicago, IL District Office, and then as the Assistant Special Agent in Charge (ASAC) in Seattle, WA. Here Jim investigated fugitive felon and white collar fraud, to include housing assistance fraud, block grant, and community development fraud, focusing on embezzlement and public corruption. Jim has also investigated fraud concerning HUD’s Multi-family program, and mortgage fraud. The mortgage fraud investigations involved loan origination fraud, appraisal fraud, mortgage rescue fraud, Reverse Mortgage fraud, and bankruptcy fraud. These investigations have led to the prosecution of loan originators, underwriters, attorneys, appraisers, realtors, “investors” and loan brokers.

As the ASAC in Seattle, Jim was responsible for the oversight of investigations being conducted in Washington, Oregon, Idaho, Montana, South Dakota and Alaska. Jim then went on to teach the Criminal Justice program at Puget Sound Skills Center, where he taught high school juniors and seniors about the Criminal Justice System.

Jim currently works for Peraton, where he conducts health care fraud investigations. His education includes a Master’s Degree in Organizational Leadership. He is a Certified Firearms Instructor and a Certified Fraud Examiner. He is a member of the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners and the Federal Law Enforcement Officers Association.

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