Advanced Forensic Accounting – May 4th, Richmond, VA

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!

Advanced Forensic Accounting – Norfolk, VA

I am offering my wholly unique and practical “Advanced Forensic Accounting” course on November 5, 2014 in Norfolk, VA. The course is worth 8 hours of CPE for CPAs, which should be accepted also for CFEs, CIAs and others who accept CPA CPE.

Using just three months of bank account information, will you be able to unravel “Sammy’s” plan? Lives may depend on it….

This unique and interactive course is designed primarily to influence the way that one approaches and thinks when analyzing financial records in the course of a fraud or financial investigation. It is an improved and appropriately modified course (i.e. nothing “classified”) that I developed and used to train new FBI Agents at the FBI Academy, many of whom had no prior investigative, audit or financial investigations experience.  In 2013 and 2014, the SEC engaged me to present this course to many of its Enforcement Examiners and Examiners in most of its 11 Divisions.

The course begins with an introduction to critical thinking in an investigative context, followed by a discussion about how financial records can be used to profile a person and how that profile can be critical and useful in an investigation. Specific and technical steps are then discussed about collecting, organizing and analyzing financial information and how to document that analysis.

The vast majority of learning is through participation in and discussion about a detailed practical exercise where you are challenged with a forensic accounting role within a real-life scenario. In the scenario,you work in teams and are provided with three months of bank statements,including the supporting documentation for each transaction, and tasked to conduct analysis and live internet research using the techniques you have learned. The places and people in the scenario are mostly real or otherwise back-stopped on the internet to challenge and enthrall new and experienced financial investigators alike.

The practical based nature of this course, team-work (as small teams and as a larger class) and double-reinforcement of the learning through repeated application works, effectively impacting the way that you think and making you a better financial/fraud investigator.

The course not only works – it’s the most fun eight hours of CPE or similar training you’ll ever have outside of Hogan’s Alley!