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Coronavirus Response Fraud—Let’s Work Together to Stop It!

  • 06/15/2022
  • 8:15 AM - 11:00 AM
  • Italian American Community Center
  • 55


  • Current 2020 member of the Albany Chapter of the ACFE.
  • Not a current 2022 member of the Albany Chapter of the ACFE.

Criminals and bad actors target coronavirus response funds, seizing on opportunities to steal or intentionally misuse this money. The OIG, Special Investigations Unit, works to identify, prevent, and stop the criminals who seek to steal or misuse these funds.

Event Details

  • Cost: $20 for members, $35 for non-members, $15 for student members
  • CPE: 2 hours
  • Times: Check-in & buffet breakfast begins at 8:15 AM with presentation beginning promptly at 9:00 AM 
  • Location: Italian American Community Center, 257 Washington Ave Ext., Albany, NY 12205

Registration will be open until 5:00 pm on Tuesday, June 14, 2022

Cancellations are accepted through Friday, June 10, 2022.

If you have any questions please email Kim Babbie at AlbanyACFE@aol.com.

Program Description

Criminals and bad actors are targeting coronavirus response funds, seizing on every opportunity they can in this time of crisis to steal or intentionally misuse this money, including preying on students; schools; and Federal, State, and local government agencies. The OIG, through its Special Investigations Unit, is working to identify, prevent, and stop the criminals and bad actors who seek to steal or misuse these funds.

The OIG Special Investigations Unit is composed of professional criminal investigators with decades of experience in conducting education-related investigations and stopping education-focused fraud schemes involving Federal education programs. Many of those investigations started with a call to the OIG by a person who suspected fraud. That is how we were able to stop it. That is why we need your help to identify potential coronavirus fraud and report it to the OIG.

Working together is the best way to stop those who seek to enrich themselves with coronavirus response funds. We need your help in furthering our initiative and ensuring these coronavirus relief funds reach the intended recipients.

Speaker Bios

Debbi Mayer

Debbi currently works as a Special Agent for the U.S. Department of Education, Office of Inspector General (ED/OIG) in the Special Investigations Unit. Her responsibilities include identifying and preventing fraud, waste and abuse in connection with the $276 billion in coronavirus relief funds that were awarded to the U.S. Department of Education.  Prior to her current position, Debbi Mayer served as the Assistant Special Agent in Charge for ED/OIG’s Northeastern Region where she supervised agents assigned to the New York and Boston field offices. ASAC Mayer has led hundreds of Department of Education fraud investigations, which have resulted in successful criminal and civil prosecutions and harsh federal sentences. Under ASAC Mayer’s supervision, hundreds of millions of tax payer money has been saved/recovered pursuant to criminal restitution orders, forfeiture, civil settlements and administrative actions.

Jack Sauer

Jack Sauer is a State & Local Advisory and Assistance team member at the U.S. Department of Education (ED), Office of the Inspector General (ED-OIG). Jack provides advisory and assistance services to ED-OIG teams on various projects covering ED grant funding awarded to state education agencies, local school districts, and institutions of higher education. He has 14 years of audit experience in various organizations and industries. Previously, Jack was a Senior Auditor at ED-OIG and has led several audits of ED programs during his career. Jack has earned an M.B.A. - Accounting and an M.P.A. - Heath Services Administration; and is a Certified Internal Auditor, Certified Information System Auditor, and received Certification in Risk Management Assurance.

Speaker Materials

ED OIG Corona Virus Funds Fraud and Abuse.pdf

Fraud Reporting Requirements.pdf

Identity Theft Fraud Rings Infographic 508 Compliant (002).pdf

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