-- A three-day forum on fraud and identity theft, featuring a talk from
a former Mafia boss, is expected to attract law enforcement agencies
from throughout California to Gold Country Casino, starting today.
Butte County District Attorney Mike Ramsey, whose office is
presenting the forum, said fraud and identity theft are the country's
two fastest-growing categories of crime.
Topics to be covered include investigation of check and credit
card fraud, computer and Internet fraud, counterfeiting, postal fraud
and frauds involving contractors, workers compensation and automobile
On Thursday police officials will hear from Michael Franzese,
a recognized expert on business and corporate fraud and a convicted
Mafia boss once dubbed the "Long Island Don."
He reportedly beat charges brought by former New York state
prosecutor Rudy Giuliani, but later decided to plead guilty to a
racketeering indictment, accepted a 10-year prison sentence, then quit
From 2 to 4 p.m. on Thursday, Ramsey and investigator Jos Van
Hout will present information to the public on fraud and identity theft
at Gold Country Casino.
There is no reservation needed to attend the free public
seminar. More information about identity theft and fraud can be
obtained at www.buttecounty.net/da.