2017 Conference Speakers

2017 13th Annual GREFPAC Conference Line Up of Speakers

 Hot Topics
KeyNote Speaker: Rachel Dollar. Editor of Mortgage Fraud Blog.
 Rachel is a California attorney, a published author, a Certified Mortgage Banker, and a recognized expert in the mortgage lending industry. Ms. Dollar is a trial lawyer and a founding partner of the AV ® rated, California law firm, Smith Dollar PC, from which she represents financial institutions and lenders in real estate and mortgage banking related litigation. Read More

First-Hand Account of Fraud and its Consequences
James Scalzo, convicted of mortgage fraud talk, 
will about his experience, how he rationalized the actions and how they snowballed out of control. 

 Corporate Culture and Ethics
Scott Hilsen, Certified Fraud Examiner. Managing Director in Investigations at KPMG Forensic,
 will focus on corporate culture and ethics, and how companies can create a positive culture of compliance by promoting proper ethics.

Scott handles internal and government investigations, bribery and corruption, compliance, and e-discovery. Past President of the Georgia Chapter of the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners, and is on the ACFE’s National Advisory Council. Read More

 Robb Hagberg. Director of Enterprise Fraud Risk at Freddie Mac is Freddie Mac’s primary spokesperson on fraud and suspicious activity.  Robb is also the Financial Fraud Investigation Unit’s liaison both within and outside of Freddie Mac relative to development of policy, guidance and strategy as they are related to fraud and anti-money laundering matters.  Read More

Fraud Trends
Kevin Ludden, Fraud Industry Relations Manager, Fannie Mae. The Mortgage Fraud Program identifies, investigates, remediates, and mitigates fraud. Kevin’s role includes oversight of all internal and external fraud training, while acting as Fannie Mae’s fraud liaison and public spokesperson on fraud related matters. Read More

Common Loan Deficiencies, and Fraud Trends
Kevin Shearer. Director of the Quality Assurance Division (QAD), Atlanta Homeownership Center. He is responsible for managing risk by ensuring that HUD approved lenders are originating and servicing FHA-insured loans in compliance with the Department’s requirements.  Kevin has over 16 years of management experience in HUD single family programs.  Read More

Latest on FHA new Loan Review System (LRS) which is scheduled to go live on March 31, 2017
Valerie Williams, Director of Processing and Underwriting, HUD. A graduate of the University of Louisiana at Lafayette, Valierie is a Senior Single Family Specialist with HUD.

Trends, Tools & Tactics
Arthur Fleming, Senior Vice President, Federal Home Loan Bank.
 He will address fraud in policies and procedures.

Trends, Tools & Tactics
Eileen Doran. CIS Directagor of Risk Management, Federal Home Loan Bank. 
FHLBank Atlanta offers competitively-priced financing, community development grants, and other banking services to help member financial institutions make affordable home mortgages and provide economic development credit to neighborhoods and communities. 

FBI Financial Crimes
FBI Special Agent Jae Parks, Anti-Money Laundering Division. Always informative, the FBI will be speaking on the broader range of  Financial Crimes that affect both our personal and professional lives.


Rachel Dollar. She has been recognized repeatedly by Inman News as one of the 100 Most Influential Real Estate Leaders in the United States and has been consistently named by Super Lawyers as one of the top attorneys in Northern California. She has developed a reputation as one of the foremost innovators and thought leaders in the real estate finance industry and has been widely quoted in the Wall Street Journal, USA Today, the Los Angeles Times, and other publications. Ms. Dollar is a nationally recognized speaker on the topics of mortgage banking and mortgage fraud; she has testified before Congress; and has appeared on CNN, CBS News, and other radio and television programs. She is the editor of the award winning website, Mortgage Fraud Blog.. Back to Top

James Scalzo

Scott Hilsen. Former chair of the Forensic Accounting Advisory Board at Georgia Southern University.  Co-chair of the E-Discovery Section of the State Bar of Georgia, and former co-chair of the Securities and Corporate Litigation Subsection of the Atlanta Bar Association. Chosen repeatedly by Law and Politics as a Georgia Super Lawyer. He received his J.D., cum laude, in 1993 from Georgia State University, where he was the Managing Editor of the Georgia State University Law Review.  He received an M.B.A. in 1993 from Georgia State University and a B.A. in Criminology and Law in 1989 from the University of Florida. Awarded Distinguished Practitioner Paper Award, Fraud and Forensic Accounting Education Conference, Charleston, South Carolina. http://www.scotthilsen.net    Back To Top

Robb Hagberg. Since 2006, Robb has directed detection, investigation, and resolution of complex mortgage fraud and other fraud schemes that cover all 50 states as well as supporting Freddie Mac’s anti-money laundering efforts.   He and the Financial Fraud Investigation team actively assist numerous government agencies and law enforcement with mortgage fraud investigations including FHFA-OIG, FBI, US Attorney’s Offices, U.S. Postal Inspector, IRS, state regulators and licensing boards. 

Prior to joining Freddie Mac, he held leadership roles in the fraud investigations and quality assurance spaces for Option One Mortgage in Jacksonville, FL, ABN AMRO/LaSalle in Ann Arbor, MI and Mortgage Guaranty Insurance Corporation (MGIC) in Milwaukee, WI.  Robb has a BS from the Indiana University School of Business.  The focus of his degree was on Marketing, Advertising and Business Management. 

(Freddie Mac was established by Congress in 1970 to provide liquidity, stability and affordability to the nation’s residential mortgage markets. Freddie Mac supports communities across the nation by providing mortgage capital to lenders. Today Freddie Mac is making home possible for one in four home borrowers and is one of the largest sources of financing for multifamily housing. For more information please visit www.FreddieMac.com and Twitter @FreddieMac.) Back To Top

Kevin Ludden.  Kevin has 25 years of extensive fraud investigation and training experience spending 16 years in Freddie Mac’s Fraud Investigation Unit, including 2 years as Fraud Manager with the MHA (Making Home Affordable) program.  From here, he moved on to Interthinx, Flagstar Bank, and most recently, VP of Institutional Investigations at CitiMortgage. 

He has assisted in a number of criminal and civil fraud cases throughout the country, resulting in numerous prosecutions, and millions in recoveries.  Kevin has worked closely with all levels of law enforcement, and has contributed expert testimony in both civil and criminal trials.

Kevin attended the State University of N.Y. at Fredonia, and works out of Fannie Mae’s corporate headquarters in Washington, DC. Back to Top

Kevin Shearer.  Prior to becoming the Director, Kevin served as a Branch Chief in QAD and in Processing and Underwriting Division’s (PUD) Technical Support Branch.  Kevin also served in an acting capacity as the PUD Director for 21 months.

Kevin began his HUD career in Flint, Michigan as a single-family appraiser.  Since then, he has held a number of positions in the Atlanta Homeownership Center, including housing specialist, underwriter, senior housing specialist and appraiser.  Kevin holds the Certified Residential Real Property Appraiser classification; he was originally licensed as an appraiser in 1991.

Kevin is a graduate of Western Illinois University. Back to Top

Valerie Williams

Eileen Doran. The Bank's members-its shareholders and customers-are commercial banks, credit unions, savings institutions, community development financial institutions, and insurance companies headquartered in Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Maryland, North Carolina, South Carolina, Virginia, and the District of Columbia. FHLBank Atlanta is one of 12 district banks in the Federal Home Loan Bank System, which since 1990 has contributed more than $5.1 billion to the Affordable Housing Program. Back to Top