Internship steered MSCJ graduate toward career path

October 16, 2013
Nancy Schneider

Nancy Schneider never considered fraud investigation as a career until, while earning her master’s degree in criminal justice, she decided to complete an internship with the Department of Justice where she worked with the Medicaid Fraud Control Unit. “The internship is what turned my entire life onto the course that it is now on.”

After completing her internship, Nancy was hired by American Family Insurance as a paralegal responsible for litigation investigations and cross trained in insurance fraud investigations.

Eventually, Nancy earned her Fraud Claims Law Specialist and Fraud Claims Law Associate designations in the insurance industry. She graduated from UW-Platteville with honors in 2009.

“Nancy was not only an excellent student, but her ability to be successful in completing the coursework while maintaining her high-demand work responsibilities was superior,” said Cheryl Banachowski-Fuller, director of the MSCJ degree program.

In December 2012, Nancy was hired by the Wisconsin State Department of Children and Families to do regulatory compliance investigations in the Program Integrity Unit.

While working with an investigator from the Child Care Anti-Fraud Task Force, Nancy decided to get into criminal investigation herself. “I love it. It’s the niche that I fit into.”

Now a member of that same task force, Nancy conducts criminal investigations related to fraud in the Wisconsin SHARES program, which subsidizes child care costs for low-income families. Nancy will also train fellow investigators on Internet research and profiling.

In addition, Nancy is an adjunct criminal justice instructor at Bryant and Stratton College in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

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