Founded in 1981, following the passage of The State Employer/Employee Relations Act (SEERA), the California Association of Fraud Investigators (CAFI) was incorporated as a Non-Profit Mutual Benefit Association in 1985.
CAFI is a unique affiliate of the California Statewide Law Enforcement Association (CSLEA) Instead of representing one department, as do most all the other affiliates, CAFI represents investigators in eleven different departments, both sworn and non-sworn. Sworn personnel with CAFI fall under Penal code 830.3, and to date, the only sworn peace officers to carry firearms are those with the California Horse Racing Board. The non-sworn personnel fall under Penal Code 830.11 and have the powers of a peace officer, but are not considered peace officers. Currently, 63% of the CAFI membership is sworn, and 37% is non-sworn. Ten directors represent one or more of these departments and are elected to serve two-year terms by the membership.
CAFI Board Members:
Paul San Gregorio – President
As a former California Highway Patrol officer and currently an investigator for the California Department of Food and Agriculture, Paul San Gregorio is a veteran law enforcement officer proudly serving the State of California for more than 20 years.
Carol Nolan – Vice President
As a Lead Investigator with the California Horse Racing Board, Carol Nolan works days, nights, holidays and weekends combating crime in and around horse racing tracks in Northern California. From the welfare of the animals to the safety of those who attend the race tracks, Nolan investigates crimes that involve weapons, drugs and organized crime.
Bruce Todd – Treasurer
Bruce Todd is a Special Investigator with the Investigation Division of the Department of Insurance, where he conducts criminal and administrative investigations of premium theft and violations of the insurance code committed by agents. These include investigations of elder financial abuse including inappropriate sales of annuities and life policies. In addition, he is responsible for investigating illegal activity committed by public adjusters and bail agents. He also serves as a member of the Department of Insurance Computer Forensics Team.
Elizabeth Stewart – Secretary
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Devon Brown – Board Member
Ms. Brown began her career with the Employment Development Department (EDD) in 2005 while attending college. She started in the Unemployment Insurance office processing benefit audits. She later transferred assignments to the Benefit Overpayment Collection Section where she handled customer inquiries regarding voluntary and involuntary collections activity as well as working with the courts and sheriff’s departments to collect funds on outstanding balances.
Julie Lowrie – Board Member
As an Investigator in the Office of Enforcement for the California Department of Managed Health Care, Julie Lowrie investigates health care fraud involving managed care organizations, such as health care service plans, delegated downstream entities, and others affiliated with such plans; protecting Medicare eligible consumers from fraudulent and deceptive practices in the marketing of Medicare Advantage, Medicare Supplement and Medicare Prescription Drug Plans; and is an integral player in the conservation and seizure of insolvent managed care organizations.
Jennifer Marks – Board Member
Jennifer Marks is an Associate Corporations Investigator for the California Department of Business Oversight (formerly the Department of Corporations), providing protection to consumers, litigation support, educational outreach to the public, assisting as the Department’s Enforcement Division’s Law Enforcement Liaison, Academy Coordinator and the Department’s POST Chief.
Josh Meixner – Board Member
Josh Meixner is a Special Investigator with State Fund, where he conducts criminal investigations of workers’ compensation fraud committed by claimants, as well as premium fraud committed by employers. He was a graduate of the Sacramento County Sheriff’s Department Training Academy. He began his career in law enforcement in 1994 working for the Lodi Police Department assigned to the Narcotics Division working as an undercover narcotics officer. In 1995, Josh began working for the Yolo County Sheriff’s Department as a Deputy Sheriff, where he was assigned to the Patrol and Security and Investigations Divisions. In 1998, Josh went on to work for the Ione Police Department as a Police Officer assigned to the Patrol Division.
Diane Plaza – Board Member
With 35 years of State service, 12 of them as a Peace Officer, Diane Plaza brings a wealth of enforcement knowledge to the State of California and to her current job as an Investigator with the Investigations Branch of the Department of Social Services, Community Care Licensing Division.