Adv. Pre-Licensing Investigation Techniques - Oct 2019


Oct. 14, 2019 - Oct. 15, 2019 (All day)

Office/Remote Location

Room #220


Participants will learn advanced techniques to conduct in-depth personal and business related background and financial investigations on gaming suppliers, vendors, key employees, principals and senior leadership. Attendees will learn about financial statements and analysis as well as current trends in investigative interviewing techniques and report writing. This program includes classroom style lectures, break-out exercises and case studies.

This seminar is specifically designed for regulatory staff conducting pre-licensing investigations and those who are interested in learning about the techniques used by gambling regulators to conduct background reviews of applicants. Anyone is welcome to attend, including Commissioners, Board members, Executive Directors, Licensing and Compliance Managers, auditors, and investigators.

We do recommend our Pre-Licensing Financial & Background Investigations program or 2 years of investigation experience as a suggested pre-requisite to this program.

Seminar topics include:

• Personal financial statement and cash flow analysis

• Business financial statement and cash flow analysis

• Investigative interview preparation

• Background and foreign investigations

• Investigative report writing

• Current trends and case studies

Day 1 – Personal and Business Financial Analysis: Look at industry trends including an in-depth analysis in where to look for fraudulent activity, detailed tax return analysis with explanations of how to compare to bank statements. The day ends with a session on how to prepare for an investigative interview with a court reporter and working with attorneys.

Day 2 – Background and Foreign Investigations and Investigative Report Writing: Preparatory work for foreign travel. How to verify information domestically. Investigative report writing including how to present the analysis in a succinct, easy-tounderstand manner. Includes break-out exercises and contemporary case studies.


Julie Damavandi retired from the Nevada Gaming Control Board after 18 years in the Investigations Division including her last post where she supervised a team of agents conducting 20 to 30 investigations at any given time. During her tenure at the NGCB, she conducted complex investigations throughout the United States , the United Kingdom, the Netherlands, Japan, Malaysia, Singapore, Hong Kong, New Zealand, and Australia.

Sally Elloyan has spent over 30 years in the field of gaming regulation. Starting with the Nevada Gaming Control Board in 1987 as an agent in the Investigations Division she worked her way through the ranks to the position of Deputy Chief of Investigations, managing both domestic and international investigations.



Are there recommended accommodations?

In addition to the large number of hotels located on the Las Vegas Strip, a number of participants choose to stay at nearby off-strip hotels.

Is transportation or parking available?

We encourage participants to arrive either by taxi, Uber or Lyft. However, parking passes can be reserved for a limited number of spaces on the UNLV campus.

What is the attire for the program?

The attire is business casual.

What is the refund policy?

1. In the event a course is canceled, registrants will be notified as soon as possible and receive a full refund of their registration fee. The International Center for Gaming Regulation is not responsible for any travel and related expenses or other expenses incurred by any participant due to a course cancellation.

2. A service fee of Twenty Percent (20%) will apply to all participant initiated cancellations received three (3) weeks prior to the event.

3. A service fee of Fifty Percent (50%) will apply to all participant initiated cancellations received two (2) weeks (14 days or less) prior to the event. In the event you need to cancel, you may substitute another person to attend in your place. However, you will need to inform us in writing no later than two (2) business days prior to the start of the event.

4. All cancellations and refund requests must be made in writing. Refunds granted for credit card charges will be credited to the original account charged. No refunds will be given in the event of “No Shows.” Refunds may take up to 4 weeks for processing.

Where can I contact the organizer with any questions?

For additional questions, please contact Craig Ferreira, Operations and Marketing Manager, International Center for Gaming Regulation: or (702) 895-2445.



Admission Information

Who can attend this event?

Gaming regulators and law enforcement officers with responsibility for conducting licensing and background investigations - including Board and Commission members, or other governmental officials, with regulatory oversight or policy making responsibilities. We do recommend our Pre-Licensing Financial & Background Investigations program or 2 years of investigation experience as a suggested pre-requisite to this program.

What is included in the registration fee?

The fee includes all classroom materials and a certificate of completion from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. A continental breakfast, lunch and afternoon refreshments each day will also be provided. All other expenses, including airfare, ground transportation, evening meals and incidentals are the responsibility of the participant.

Contact Information

International Center for Gaming Regulation
Craig Ferreira

External Sponsor

The International Center for Gaming Regulation is one of three research centers within the International Gaming Institute, on the campus of the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. The Center's mission is to promote research and learning in the areas of gaming regulation in jurisdictions around the world.