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Think Like A Forensic Accountant (4 Sessions, up to 16 CPE's)

with Tiffany Couch

Tiffany Couch is CEO/Founder at Acuity Forensics, a nationally recognized forensic accounting firm based in the Pacific Northwest. She has more than 24 years of experience in the field of accounting with the last 17 years focused on forensic accounting related engagements. Her expertise is in matters involving fraud investigation, forensic accounting, contract and regulatory compliance, internal control risk assessment, and complex litigation. Professional background and experience include audit, tax, and business consulting services for nonprofit, government, and privately held business entities in a range of industries.

She has provided expertise as a source to the New York Times, Forbes, CNBC, NPR, and the Wall Street Journal. She is also a regular contributor to multiple industry publications and has been interviewed by regional, national and international broadcast news stations.

Ms. Couch is the winner of the 2014 James R. Baker Speaker of the Year, presented by the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners (ACFE) to honor an individual who has demonstrated the true spirit of leadership in communication, presentation, and quality instruction. She also serves as a faculty member for the ACFE. With almost 75,000 members worldwide, the ACFE is the world’s largest antifraud organization and the premier provider of anti-fraud training and education. Ms. Couch is also the author of The Thief in Your Company, available at Amazon and other online bookstores.

Upon purchase you will receive

  1. Video Link
  2. PDF materials to follow and for note taking
  3. Quiz
  4. Certification upon successful completion of quiz: 71% and over
Get all 4 sessions for the price of 3 and receive 16 CPE's including 1 Ethics Credit

Session 1

Understanding Hidden Impacts of Fraud

Everyone needs a reminder about fraud and fraud case. Who are the likely culprits? What are the common schemes? How do clients (victims) often react? What can we learn from whistleblowers? We will set the stage for the entire conference by starting with great stories and a reminder why the basics are the foundation of every successful fraud investigation.

Think Like a Forensic Accountant

Professional Skepticism. What does it REALLY mean? It’s a requirement under most professional standards, but how does one “practice” it? In this course, we will use examples of actual documents and verbatim interactions that helped this forensic accountant turn otherwise ordinary “internal control review” engagements into fraud examinations uncovering losses in the millions.

Plan for Success

We will discuss the importance of setting intentions in every professional interaction and the keys to a successful investigation every single time.

Session 2

Understanding Accountant Speak/Document Management (Canada)

Having trouble speaking the same language as the accountants? Perhaps you are law enforcement or a non-accountant entering into the world of fraud investigation. Unsure about the key documents you need for your case? Don’t know the difference between profit, revenue and income? You aren’t alone!

In this session, you will gain an easy understanding of accounting basics and key information gleaned from these documents with a focus on fraud risk and internal controls. Discussion will also center around properly managing documents during and after a case.

Session 3

Interviewing Skills for Auditors

Your professional standards require you to consider the risk of fraud in an organization and to rely on interviews of management and staff to satisfy this requirement. In this course we will talk about the fact that just 4 percent of all frauds are discovered by external auditors, examine the reasons why those statistics are so low, and incorporate ways to bring more success to the informational interviews you conduct as an auditor. Attendees will learn what an “interview” is, how to overcome what Tiffany calls “The Scarlet Letter ‘A’” (A is for Auditor!), and learn the basics of verbal and nonverbal cues, structuring questions, and understanding the dynamics of setting up an appropriate interview setting.

Ethics for Fraud Examiners

We will cover the ACFE Code of Professional Conduct, including examples of what to do and not to do during a fraud examination.

Session 4

Case Studies

Expense Reimbursement Fraud Case Studies
Luxury vehicles, fine Italian suits and shoes, expensive vacations and children in the best private schools. The lifestyles of executives making high six-figure salaries…or the lifestyles of fraudsters? Expense reimbursement fraud is common, but is it easy to find? Learn how multi-million-dollar expense reimbursement fraud schemes were perpetrated against this fraud examiner’s corporate clients for many years – and how questions regarding small expenses uncovered major losses. We will explore the most common types of expense reimbursement fraud, tools to investigate whether expenses are legitimate, and the evidence used to close the case.

Cash Skimming Scheme Case Studies

Chances are, you've caught a potential cash skimming case, but these off-book frauds are difficult to prove, especially with little to no documentation. We will break down various cash skimming cases successfully prosecuted as a result of this forensic accountant's investigations.

Cash Disbursement Scheme Case Studies

According to the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners’ Report to the Nations, a typical Fraudulent Disbursement Check Tampering Scheme incurs losses of more than $150,000 by the time it is discovered and are one of the #1 fraud schemes discovered. We will review the most common of these schemes, identify the common documents needed to identify these schemes and work through various actual prosecuted cases.

Making your Case with Microsoft Excel

Microsoft Excel is one of the most powerful data analysis tools available to the practitioner and is available on most personal computers with the purchase of Microsoft Office products. Although there are many other powerful data analysis programs available on the market, they are often cost prohibitive and require a high level of training and usage to become proficient. Excel can do much of the analysis necessary to perform professional engagements. In this session, attendees will discover some of the most powerful tools in Excel and learn about an inexpensive ($39) add-on called KuTools that can take your data analysis and final deliverables to the next level. 

The Thief in Your Company - What You'll Learn

This book will educate and entertain you, pull at your heart strings and convince you to put Tiffany's time-tested security blueprint into practice. Learn how to:

  • Be familiar with and protect against the most common fraud schemes
  • Recognize the typical fraudsters
  • Leave the door open for whistleblowers to report suspicious activity
  • Take specific actionable steps if fraudulent activity is discovered
  • Understand the emotional impacts of financial crimes



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