Doug Shadel is currently the State Director for AARP Washington in Seattle. As a former fraud investigator and special assistant attorney general in Washington State, he is considered a leading expert on fraud schemes that target older people. He has co-authored three books about fraud, including Weapons of Fraud a Source Book for Fraud Fighters and produced several video documentaries on the subject. Shadel co-led a three-year U.S. Department of Justice/AARP Foundation study that for the first time documented prevention strategies that can dramatically reduce victimization.
Simon Lovell is a magician, former con man, and professional card cheat. His grandfather got him started in the game early on in life, putting a deck of cards in his hands at the age of four. What Simon didn’t realize is that his grandfather wasn’t showing him magic tricks but instead was teaching him how to con people. Simon gradually progressed to hustling at carnivals and on three card monte teams. By the time he was twenty Simon says he had a “PHD” in con games. Currently he stars in the one-man Off Broadway show Strange and Unusual Hobbies. He is the author of seventeen books, has produced fourteen videos and five DVDs on the subject of cheating, and has lectured to both police and casino operatives on the subject. He lives in New York City.
Stephen Porter, Ph.D
Dr. Stephen Porter received his Ph.D. in forensic psychology at UBC and currently is a researcher and consultant in the area of psychology and law. After working as a prison psychologist, Dr. Porter spent a decade as a professor at Dalhousie. In 2009, he transferred to UBC-Okanagan where he assumed a position as a professor of psychology and the Director of the Centre for the Advancement of Psychological Science & Law (CAPSL). Dr. Porter has published numerous scholarly articles on psychopathy and violent behaviour, deception detection, and forensic aspects of memory with funding from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC) and the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC). As a registered forensic psychologist, Dr. Porter is frequently consulted by Canadian courts and has been qualified as an expert witness in various areas, including "dangerousness and risk for violence" and "memory and the factors involved in credibility assessments". He has been consulted by police in serious crime investigations and provides training in deception detection and psychopathy to law enforcement, mental health professional groups, government agencies, journalists, trial judges, and other adjudicators. He proudly hails from Deer Lake, NL.