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Mark Warshavsky awarded the Thomas R. Porter Lifetime Achievement Award

Mark S. WarshavskyOur friends at Gettry Marcus CPA, P.C. are pleased to announce that partner (and long-time SPI member) Mark S. Warshavsky, CPA/ABV/CFF, CVA, CBA, ASA, CFE, MAFF, DABFA, MBA, has been named the 2017 recipient of the prestigious Thomas R. Porter Lifetime Achievement Award presented by the National Association of Certified Valuators and Analysts (NACVA). Mr. Warshavsky accepted the award during the NACVA/CTI Annual Consultants' Conference, June 7-10, 2017 at Swissôtel, Chicago, IL.

At Gettry Marcus, Mark S. Warshavsky is the Partner-in-Charge of the firm’s Business Valuation and Litigation Services Group, one of the largest in the New York metropolitan area, with certified business valuation professionals and a team of forensic accountants. The Thomas R. Porter Lifetime Achievement Award is presented annually by NACVA to an individual who exemplifies the qualities that Tom R. Porter displayed passionately throughout his life and within the financial profession, who demonstrated exemplary character and leadership, and has contributed professionally to NACVA and the industry.


Bruce Sackman on Medicine, Money and Fraud

On May 16, 2017, SPI President Bruce Sackman gave a presentation to the New York External Fraud Committee, on how medical centers work to combat fraud waste and abuse in their organizations. Sackman, Senior Investigator for the Mount Sinai Healthcare System, addressed the topics of external and internal financial frauds, including Medicare Medicaid frauds, bribery, theft of equipment and supplies, employee misconduct...

The variety of frauds and motives was impressive. In New York City, some doctors can get very creative in their billings when treating foreign patients, for instance. These patients who come from all over the world to get treatment in the city’s top institutions pay cash and in advance. They often overpay for services not rendered. As they fly back home, their visits are deleted from systems. While "Phantom billing" and "Upcoding" line the pockets of corrupt physicians, other types of fraud, such as "unbundling" (charging separately for procedures that could be under one code), are often committed by salaried employees of hospitals who don’t make direct financial gain, said Sackman: "These are people who want to avoid embarrassment at meetings,  they want to 'make numbers' and hope that they will move up the ladder,” he explained.

Sackman described different laws that help combat fraud and abuse in medical facilities, such as the Stark Anti Kickback Law and the systems in place to encourage whistleblowers to come forward with information on fraud, such as Qui Tam Litigation. He also talked about external threats and the WanaCry cyberattack. “Security isn’t always a priority in hospitals. Medicine is,” he stated. That’s why ID thieves and hackers target hospitals for ransomware. “A lot of hospitals have paid ransomware, and you don’t hear about it,” he said.

Incoming Verification: Why PI's should offer this specialized service

SPI member Anthony Luizzo, CFE, CST, PI (Ret. NYPD) and Phil Luizzo of Vault Verify published an article in the April issue of PI Magazine on a service that PI firms don't offer very often: Handling incoming verification requests for current and previous employees. This function is almost always performed by internal HR or management personnel. The authors explain why it’s important to offering, and/or partnering with firms that offer this specialized service and help diminish corporate liability. Digital subscribers can read the piece on the PI Magazine website.

OSMOSIS Conference October 2017 Featuring Emmanuelle Welch

Featuring Emmanuelle Welch

SPI Secretary Emmanuelle Welch owns French Connection Research, a Brooklyn-based private investigative agency licensed in New York State and Washington, DC. Founded in 2004 as a research business out of Los Angeles, the agency has branched out into white collar crime investigations, international asset searches, intellectual property disputes, opposition research, and cross-Atlantic fraud cases, quite often involving French individuals living with a certain panache (and ill-gotten money) under Instagram-worthy Florida skies.

Welch's session on Hacking the Meet-up and Hook-up Apps will dive into the world of meet-up and hook-ups phone apps and websites can come in handy to perform a missing person locate, asset investigations, fraud and more. Most of the tips and tools can only be learned from experience. Using examples drawn from real-life cases, Welch will show you how to tailor a profile while staying anonymous, search apps and sites using tools and hacks and engage successfully.

You will leave this lecture with the how-to on:

  • Learn about the top hook-up and meet-up apps and websites and identity which ones are likely used by the target of your investigation.
  • Learn how to create an effective profile to search within each app and which built-in features can be use to an investigator’s advantage.
  • Get tips from professional investigators about the codes and slang words used within specific communities to screen profiles and engage more efficiently.

Read the full details about Emmanuelle Welch and her OSMOSIS session here:

OSMOSIS 2017 is being held from October 8– 11, 2017 at the Sheraton Myrtle Beach Convention Center Hotel located at 2101 North Oak Street, Myrtle Beach, SC, 29577. For more information or to register, visit

May 3, 2017- SPI president Bruce Sackman was awarded the President's Award by the National Police Defense Foundation

On Wednesday, May 3, SPI President, Bruce Sackman, was given the President's Award by the National Police Defense Foundation (NPDF) at their wonderful Annual Gala at Russo's on the Bay, in Howard Beach, NY.  It was a complete sell-out with over 450 guests attending   and included representatives from over twenty different fraternal organizations.

In his speech, Bruce asked millenials in the audience to join professisonal organizations by stating "That's how you really meet people, not behind the screen of a smartphone or tablet".

Read about it here.

Award Acceptance




 Photos by Serena Xu-Ning