Minutes of the September Meeting

By Kevan Sheridan, President, Tampa PC Users Group

The Windows SIG (Special Interest Group) discussion began at 6:45 PM. Several small group topics were covered during the session. The president began the regular meeting at 7:00 PM.

Laura Royal, Financial Criminal Investigator with the Office of Financial Regulation, Bureau of Investigations (http://www.fldfs.com/), performed the main demonstration for the evening. The topic was A Case Study: Securities Fraud on the Internet - Putting the Pieces Together.

This program took us from start to finish of how an investigator uncovered a pump and dump investment scheme promoted through a message board on the Internet. We covered the basics of beginning the case with a complaint about $33.00 which led to uncovering a $3 million fraud from a company in Sarasota. We walked through the investigation process, bank record analysis, investigative resources, witnesses, the Internet message board and the bogus press releases. We learned what it takes to obtain a search warrant, perform an arrest and prepare for trial. As a consumer you can report suspected fraud at http://www.fldfs.com/Data/Fraud/Report%20Suspected%20Fraud.asp or you can request assistance at http://servicepoint.fldfs.com/eservice_enu/start.swe . Overall, this was a very interesting demonstration. The meeting ended at 8:40 PM. u