Michael Kramer, JD, CFE
Before entering the private sector, Mr. Kramer was a Special Attorney with the United States Department of Justice, Organized Crime and Racketeering Section, assigned to the investigation and trial of corruption and fraud cases throughout the United States. As a consultant on anti-corruption matters, his clients have included the World Bank, eight of the ten largest corporations in the United States, and federal and state agencies in the United States. He also served as Senior Advisor to the Independent Investigation Committee, headed by Paul Volcker, on the United Nations Oil for Food Program in Iraq.
Mr. Kramer has managed major corruption and fraud investigations and provided training to local agencies in more than seventy countries throughout the world. He is widely recognized by his peers and by professional associations as one of the leading experts in the field. A graduate of Princeton University and Georgetown Law School, Mr. Kramer is the author of two books, numerous training materials, software programs, and professional articles on fraud, money laundering and computer fraud. He has contributed to, and was editor of, the Fraud Examination Manual for the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners.
Mr. Lasich spent 27 years as a criminal investigator and manager with the U.S. Department of the Treasury and the Inspector General’s Office of the Resolution Trust Corporation. He conducted money laundering and financial investigations of organized crime members, major corporations and narcotics syndicates throughout the United States, Europe, and the Pacific Rim. He also coordinated and delivered national anti-money laundering programs for the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center (the U.S. Government’s law enforcement training arm).
Mr. Lasich is a member of the Advisory Board for the International Association for Asset Recovery, and a contributing author of the book, “Tracing Stolen Assets,” which was released in 2009. He teaches “International Money Laundering, Corruption and Terrorism” at the George Washington University Law School.
Maribeth Vander Weele is President of the Vander Weele GroupLLC, a Chicago-based firm that specializes in oversight of large-scale grant programs. While the firm offers traditional fiscal and compliance reviews, it is passionate about making grants monitoring programs meaningful and mission-based: focusing oversight on conditions that affect at-risk populations.
The Vander Weele GroupLLC has conducted grants monitoring in 24 U.S. states and offers other tools to promote effective oversight: investigations, data analytics to detect fraud, forensic audits, and investigative intelligence. Since its founding in 2003, the firm has employed a powerful blend of expertise to promote operational integrity in an array of large organizations with big missions.
A Certified Protection Professional and Certified Inspector General, Maribeth has conducted fraud investigations in China, Malaysia, Singapore, Mexico, and in the United States and remotely in Indonesia, South America, Europe, and the Middle East. In the public sector, Maribeth was appointed as the outsourced Inspector General of the Public Building Commission of Chicago, which manages hundreds of millions of dollars of public construction projects.
The former Inspector General of Chicago Public Schools, Maribeth also served as the President of the Illinois Association of Inspectors General.