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Palo Alto Investigators Win Honor from International Organization
High Technology Crime Investigation Association Awards Case of the Year to People v. Zumot Detectives
Contact : Christa Miller, High Technology Crime Investigation Association    207.317.7913
Public Information Officer, Palo Alto Police Department    650.329.2413
Roseville, CA The International High Technology Crime Investigation Association (HTCIA), a consortium of law enforcement, private investigators and corporate security professionals, has awarded its annual "Case of the Year" honor to members of a Palo Alto/Central Valley investigative team who used cellular phone and carrier information to arrest and successfully prosecute Bulos “Paul” Zumot, convicted in February of killing his girlfriend Jennifer Schipsi.

Detective Aaron Sunseri and Sergeant Con Maloney worked with two Central Valley cell phone experts  to review and analyze over 4000 pages of call detail records and text message content. Sunseri and Maloney pieced together the forensic cell phone evidence and the geographically mapped call details with the other evidence they obtained. They were then able to help Santa Clara Deputy District Attorney Charles Gillingham build a case around what Zumot's and Schipsi's phone records showed: that both victim's and suspect's behavior changed markedly from their norms on the day of the murder, to a much greater extent than might ordinarily be seen.

The case was profiled on NBC's Dateline and ABC's 20/20 as well as in Bay Area and law enforcement trade media. “People v. Zumot shows the extent to which investigators must collaborate with one another to put together both digital and physical pieces of a case,” said Duncan Monkhouse, HTCIA International President. “Promoting this kind of collaboration was the reason HTCIA was founded, and we are pleased to support our members who live that mission every day.”

Sunseri, Maloney and Gillingham will be recognized with commemorative plaques, as will the Central Valley investigators Jim Cook and James Eichbaum, at the HTCIA International Conference being held this year in Indian Wells, CA from September 12-14. 


The High Technology Crime Investigation Association (HTCIA) is designed to encourage, promote, aid and effect the voluntary interchange of data, information, experience, ideas and knowledge about methods, processes, and techniques relating to investigations and security in advanced technologies among its membership. HTCIA is the largest organization worldwide dedicated to the advancement of training, education and information sharing information between law enforcement and corporate cybercrime investigators.