INTERNATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF
AUTO THEFT INVESTIGATORS
WRC-IAATI Executive Board Achievement of Excellence Award
|2014||California Attorney General Financial Fraud and Special Prosecutions Unit|
|2013||Orange County Auto Theft TaskForce (OCATT)|
|2012||Colorado Auto Theft Preventation Agency (CATPA)|
The award is intended to honor a unit, team or organization possessing the qualifications of an active member of WRC-IAATI and who has distinguished themselves in a multi-disciplined motor vehicle crimes investigation or through their unparalleled support in combating motor vehicle crimes through public education efforts or financial support of an organization undertaking such investigations. Criteria for nominations:
1) Eligible recipients will be:
1) Will consist of a plaque with the organizational
winner’s name, the year and investigation’s designation
The recipient will be determined by a committee comprised of Western Regional Chapter Executive Board members. Please submit nominations to 2016-2017 WRC-IAATI President John Bartolone and Treasurer Rick Greenwood by August 16, 2017. Please submit a 1 page description of the nomination. The cut-off date for the nominated activity is between June 15, 2016 and June 15, 2017. The award will be presented during the Arizona Auto Theft Investigators Association (AATIA) Seminar in Laughlin, NV, taking place on September 11-14, 2017. For further information on the Seminar, please click here.
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The 2013 Award was presented at the 2013 Arizona Auto Theft Investigators Association (AATIA) Training Seminar in Laughlin, NV on September 12, 2013. The 2013 WRC-IAATI Executive Board Achievement of Excellence Award was presented to the Orange County (CA) Auto Theft TaskForce (OCATT) representatives Task Force Commander Lieutenant Brian Lee, Sergeant Bob Barkley, and Lead Case Investigator Kraig Palmer. As the result of lead investigator Kraig Palmer's investigation into the theft of rental cars obtained by fraudulent credit card information, OCATT detectives located and recovered 42 vehicles with an estimated value of over $1,200,000, and 27 suspects were arrested. Additionally, two stolen guns were recovered and numerous charges were added for possession of narcotics. Several probation searches and search warrants were also conducted. During the execution of one of the probation searches, OCATT detectives discovered an advanced credit card manufacturing operation and recovered several thousand dollars in credit card manufacturing equipment and software. OCATT detectives also recovered over 100 credit card account profiles used for credit card theft. After the primary suspect’s arrest, the Orange County District Attorney’s Office filed 35 felony counts against her.
The 2012 Award was presented at the 2012 Western States Auto Theft Investigators (WSATI) Training Seminar in South Lake Tahoe, NV on October 3, 2012. The 2012 WRC-IAATI Executive Board Achievement of Excellence Award was presented to the Colorado Auto Theft Prevention Authority (CATPA) Executive Board represented by Grant Manager Dianna Pratt Wilson and board member Tanya Rumer. CATPA has provided excellent leadership and supervision in granting over $4 million dollars in grants to auto theft task forces, public education endeavors and training.