On May 4, 2015, I am offering our “Advanced Forensic Accounting” course in Richmond, VA. The course offers 8 hours of CPE (for CPAs). Click here for a link to the official advertisement with all the relevant information.
“Advanced Forensic Accounting” is designed primarily to influence the way that one approaches and thinks when analyzing financial records in the course of a financial investigation. This is an improved and appropriately modified course that was used to train new FBI Agents at the FBI Academy, many of whom had no prior investigative, audit or financial experience. In 2013 and 2014, the Securities and Exchange Commission engaged us to teach this course to its Enforcement Examiners and Examiners in 7 of their 11 Divisions.
The course begins with an introduction to critical thinking in an investigative environment and how that is different from the way in which an auditor thinks. Time is also spent discussing how financial records can be used to build a profile of a person and how that profile is useful to an investigation. Specific and technical steps are then discussed related to how to go about collecting, organizing and analyzing financial information and how to document that analysis. The vast majority of learning is through participation in and discussion on a detailed practical exercise where the class is given three months of bank statements, including the supporting documentation for each transaction, and tasked to conduct analysis using the techniques discussed.
Come join us and see if you can figure out what Samir Samour is up to!