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2015 Fraud and Forensic Accounting Conference



Details
Location:
Crowne Plaza
Address:
4728 Constitution Avenue
Baton Rouge, LA 70808
Who Should Attend:
Certified public accountants, certified fraud examiners, certified internal auditors, forensic accountants, governmental accountants, attorneys, and other accounting and auditing professionals or educators.
Cost:
$330 for both days (16 CPE Hours), $165 for one day (8 CPE Hours), lunch included. The two day conference qualifies for 14 CLE hours.
Additional Info:
Thank you for your interest in the Fraud & Forensic Accounting Conference. Pre-registration for the conference is now closed. Registration will be allowed at the door on July 30th and July 31st, space permitting. If you have any questions, please contact the LSU Department of Accounting at 225-578-6228 or accounting@lsu.edu.

After completing your registration, you can either pay online with a credit card or mail a cheque. To pay with a credit card, please CLICK HERE
Please make cheques payable to "Department of Accounting" and mail your payment to:
Department of Accounting
Louisiana State University
2800 Business Education Complex
Baton Rouge, LA 70803

Hotel: A special rate of $97/night (+ tax) has been set up at the Crowne Plaza for conference attendees. To receive the special rate, reservations need to be made by Monday, June 29, 2015. Any reservations made after that date may still be able to get the discounted rate but will be based on availability.
To make a reservation, call the hotel directly at 1-800-678-4065 or 225-925-2244 and use the group code “FFT” or let them know you are with the “Fraud & Forensic Accounting Conference.” You can also make a reservation online by clicking on the following link:Fraud & Forensic Accounting Conference 2015.
 
 
 
 
Agenda
 
Thursday, July 30, 2015
 
 
Introduction
8:00 a.m. - 8:15 a.m.




The HealthSouth Scandal: Identifying the Red Flags
8:15 a.m. - 10:00 a.m.
Weston Smith
Main Session


Malware and its Impact on Forensic Accounting/Auditing
10:15 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Golden G. Richard
Breakout Session


Taming Fraud in the Changing Health Care Marketplace
10:15 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Anne McGeorge
Breakout Session


Lunch
12:00 p.m. - 12:45 p.m.




Fraud Directly Related to Confirmations
12:45 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.
Brian Fox
Breakout Session


Red Flags of Investment Fraud
12:45 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.
Nancy Boudreaux
Breakout Session


Why Auditors Fail to Find Fraud
2:45 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Roger Harris
Main Session


 
 
Friday, July 31, 2015
 
 
Introduction
8:00 a.m. - 8:15 a.m.



Giving Voice to Values: The "How" of Values-Driven Leadership
8:15 a.m. - 10:00 a.m.
Mary C. Gentile
Main Session


Fight Fraud in the Petroleum/Energy Industries
10:15 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Andrew Goodwin and Matt Brown
Breakout Session


Fraud Scams and Schemes- Learning from History
10:15 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Mark Shirley
Breakout Session


Lunch
12:00 p.m. - 12:45 p.m.



Using the Computer to Catch Fraud
12:45 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.
Chris Peters
Breakout Session


False Claims Act: Finding Fraud
12:45 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.
Catherine Maraist
Breakout Session


Interviewing in a Digitally-Obsessed, Narcissistic, Easily Distracted and Rationalistic Society
2:45 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Don Rabon
Main Session


 
 
 
 
 
Speakers
 
Day 1 (7/30/2015)
 
Weston Smith
 
Weston Smith began his career as a CPA with Ernst & Young, specializing in audit and healthcare consulting. He was hired by Healthsouth during its infancy and ultimately became CFO of the company, which boasts more than 2,000 locations in all 50 states and five countries. However, underneath that success, Smith was a participant in a financial statement fraud that ran for more than 15 years with an earnings overstatement of more than $3 billion. Weston eventually exposed the fraud voluntarily and accepted the consequences of his former actions.
  
Today, in addition to working as an accountant for a small business, he is a guest lecturer with an emphasis on fraud prevention and ethical conduct. He has been published in Issues in Accounting Education and has spoken at more than 50 universities and numerous professional groups across the country and internationally. He has also appeared on CNBC, Fox Business Network, and other media outlets.

Golden G. Richard
Director of the Greater New Orleans Center for Information Assurance
 
Golden G. Richard III is an expert in digital forensics and computer security. He is also a Fellow of the American Academy of Forensic Sciences and has more than 35 years of experience in computer systems and computer security. He is professor of computer science, a university research professor, and director of the Greater New Orleans Center for Information Assurance (GNOCIA) at the University of New Orleans, where he has taught and conducted research for the past 20 years. Richard's research interests mirror his teaching interests: digital forensics, reverse engineering, offensive computing, operating systems internals, and malware analysis. He is also a member of the United States Secret Service Electronic Crime Taskforce, holds a position on the editorial board of the Journal of Digital Investigation and the International Journal of Digital Crime and Forensics (IJDCF), and serves as the academic liaison for USENIX to UNO. He is a founding member and chairman of the non-profit that runs the Digital Forensics Research Workshop (DFRWS), the premiere venue for publishing digital forensics research. He earned a bachelor of science in computer science (with honors) from the University of New Orleans and an MS and PhD from The Ohio State University.

Anne M. McGeorge
 

Anne M. McGeorge is in charge of Grant Thornton LLP’s Healthcare practice and has represented healthcare clients for almost 30 years. She has worked extensively with large health systems, academic medical centers, managed care organizations, coalitions and purchasing organizations, healthcare private equity firms, and physician practices. She has assisted clients in all aspects of financial consulting, including mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures, corporate restructuring, physician contracting, executive compensation, risk assessments, due diligence, regulatory issues, and IRS matters.  

McGeorge has also provided litigation support on healthcare-related matters and has testified as an expert witness on many occasions.
 
As the national managing partner for the healthcare practice, she is responsible for overseeing the service offerings to Grant Thornton’s healthcare clients around the country. These include audit (internal and external), tax, healthcare advisory, technology solutions, valuation, reimbursement, internal controls consulting, forensics, litigation support, M&A, compensation consulting, Sarbanes-Oxley compliance, and risk management.

McGeorge sits on the private equity operating committee of the firm, a group of 10 partners focusing on services to private equity and venture capital firms. She is also on the firm’s executive leadership team, as well as the firm’s national steering committee for the Women at Grant Thornton initiative.

McGeorge was formerly a partner with Deloitte and Touche LLP and Arthur Andersen LLP.

She teaches numerous educational sessions to Grant Thornton personnel and speaks frequently on national healthcare topics.

Away from Grant Thornton, she serves as an adjunct faculty member at the Gillings School of Global Public Health at the University of North Carolina and instructor for Duke University’s Certificate Program for Non-Profit Management. 

McGeorge is an advisory board member of The Exempt Organization Tax Review. She is also a member of the Healthcare Financial Managers Association, the American Health Lawyers Association, the American College of Health Executives, the Women Business Leaders in Healthcare and the AICPA. Her board experience includes Be The Match (new technologies committee), United Way of the Central Carolinas (audit committee chair), Go Red for Woman (a division of the American Heart Association), and the Gateway YMCA (finance committee chair), among others. 
 
She has authored and/or assisted with the publications Improving Community Health Through Hospital-Public Health Collaboration, Governance in High Performing Health Systems, The Essentials of Physician Practice Management, The Tax Economics of Charitable Giving, and A Guide to Navigating Intermediate Sanctions.

In the past, McGeorge has been named a “Wish Society Honoree” by the Make-A-Wish Foundation in 2013, a “Woman Extraordinaire” by Business Leader magazine in 2011, one of Charlotte’s “Most Influential Women” in 2010 by the Mecklenburg Times, and one of the “Top 25 Women in Business” by the Charlotte Business Journal in 2001. 

She earned her bachelor of business accounting from William and Mary College and her master's in accounting taxation from the University of Virginia.

Brian Fox
President
 

Brian Fox, CPA, MBA, is recognized as the creator of Electronic Confirmations and received the first six patents granted on electronic audit confirmations. He is the president and founder of Confirmation.com and former adjunct professor at Vanderbilt University.

Fox is a five-time winner of the accounting profession’s “Top 40 Under 40 CPA in America,” named one of the “Top 100 Most Influential People in Accounting,” and was named as an Entrepreneur of the Year in Nashville. He was also recognized as one of Nashville’s “40 Under 40” and as one of Nashville’s Emerging Leaders in its inaugural class. Prior to Confirmation.com, Fox worked in audit for Ernst & Young LLP in Dallas and in mergers and acquisitions for PriceWaterhouseCoopers. The company’s Confirmation.com service is used by all of the top 10 banks, the Federal Reserve System, and by more than 100,000 accountants in 100+ countries.

Confirmation.com, which has been ranked No. 96 and No. 169 on the Inc. 500 list, has won the overall “Best in Business Award” in Middle Tennessee, been named as a Future 50 company for four years, Fast 50 twice, and a Tennessee Hot 100. Its service has won the highest awards in accounting software – Top New Audit Product, the Tax & Accounting Innovation Award, the Reader’s Choice Award, and the Quality Award for Best Audit Service among many other honors.

Fox is a nationally recognized speaker on financial fraud and has appeared on Fox Business News, Business News Network, and MarketsWiki TV. He has articles and quotes in the Financial Times, Forbes, Wall Street Journal, Fortune, New York Times, Compliance Week, CNBC, The CPA Journal, The CPA Technology Advisor, AP Matters, The Auditor’s Report, and many more. In addition to serving on the boards of several private companies, Fox is on the advisory board for Southern Methodist University’s Masters in Accountancy Program and the alumni council for Vanderbilt’s Owen School of Business. He serves as a mentor in the Inc. 500 Military Entrepreneurs Mentor Program, the Jumpstart Foundry, the Nashville Entrepreneurship Center, and is on the advisory board for the Nashville Capital Network. He is a member of the AICPA, where he was a member of the Task Force for the Future and is a member of the Tennessee Society of CPA’s. 

Fox completed his MBA at Vanderbilt University’s Owen Graduate School of Management with a dual concentration in finance and electronic commerce and received a BBA in accounting from Southern Methodist University’s Cox School of Business.

Nancy Boudreax
Training Program Manager
 
Nancy Boudreaux is the training program manager for Louisiana’s Office of Financial Institutions (or OFI), which regulates securities in Louisiana and investigates complaints of securities fraud. 

Available as a free speaker to groups and associations throughout the state, Boudreaux warns investors about risky behaviors for fraud, popular fraud schemes, and free resources from OFI to help protect assets from con artists. She has spoken on fraud awareness at dozens of Louisiana association conferences.

She holds a bachelor of science in psychology from LSU, and her career has covered more than 25 years as a training professional in the corporate world before joining OFI in 2010. She designed and delivered presentations in different industries on management, customer service, safety, employee orientations, sales, marketing, and departmental operations. Her passion for training and her unique presentation style have made her a popular speaker at state association conferences in Louisiana. She was invited by the North American Securities Administrators Association (NASAA) to speak at their international Investor Education Conference in 2011 and at their Enforcement Conference in 2013. NASAA also invited her to serve on a national committee for investor outreach in 2013-14, and this year, she is serving on the new life stages committee.

Roger Harris
Legislative Auditor
 
Roger Harris is Assistant Legislative Auditor and Director of Investigative Audit for the Louisiana Legislative Auditor’s Office, where he supervises a 21-person, award-winning investigative audit unit.  Roger has over 30 years of experience handling fraud cases as a law enforcement officer, a commercial banker, an attorney and as an investigative auditor.  During the course of his career, Roger has successfully pursued and defended hundreds of alleged fraudsters.  

Roger is a Martindale-Hubbell AV Preeminent® Rated attorney.  He previously served as a partner in a regional law firm, general counsel for two state agencies, legal counsel for a legislative committee, an adjunct faculty member of Louisiana State University teaching business law, and chairman of a state board that awards benefits to survivors of law enforcement officers and firemen who die in the line of duty.  He frequently testifies before legislative committees on fraud reports and related matters.  

Roger holds degrees in finance and law from Louisiana State University.  He was a Certified Fraud Examiner in 1993-1999 and became a Certified Compliance and Ethics Professional in 2013.  

 
 
Day 2 (7/31/2015)
 
Mary C. Gentile
Senior Research Scholar
 

Mary C. Gentile, PhD, is creator and director of Giving Voice to Values (GVV), senior research scholar at Babson College, senior advisor at Aspen Institute Business & Society Program, and an independent consultant on management education and leadership development.

GVV (www.GivingVoiceToValues.org), a pioneering business curriculum for values-driven leadership, has been featured in Financial Times, Harvard Business Review, Stanford Social Innovation Review, and McKinsey Quarterly, among others, and piloted in more than 675 business schools and organizations globally. It is also included in the award-winning book, Giving Voice To Values: How To Speak Your Mind When You Know What's Right (Yale University Press (www.MaryGentile.com)). The 2013 edited volume is Educating for Values-Driven Leadership: Giving Voice To Values Across the Curriculum (Business Expert Press, 2013) and includes chapters by a dozen faculty from different functional areas who describe how they use GVV. In 2014, a new series of six online interactive social cohort-based modules based on GVV was launched with Nomadic.fm (http://nomadic.fm/ProgDetailGivingVoiceToValues.html). 

Due largely to her work with GVV, Gentile has been named to the “Top 100 Thought Leaders in Trustworthy Business” in 2013 and 2014; she was awarded the 2013 Recognition for Leadership in Humanistic Management from The Humanistic Management Network at the Academy of Management Conference; she was named to the Good Business New York Leading Women for 2012 list of “Women Who Are Changing The World: 25 Dynamic Leaders Actively Creating a Better World Through Work & Business;" and her book on GVV received the Axion Gold Medal for Business Ethics.

From 1985-1995, Gentile was faculty member and manager of case research at Harvard Business School. She was one of the principal architects of HBS’s Leadership, Ethics, and Corporate Responsibility curriculum. She co-authored Can Ethics Be Taught? Perspectives, Challenges, and Approaches at Harvard Business School and was content expert for the award-winning interactive CD-ROM, Managing Across Differences (Harvard Business School Publishing).

Other publications by Gentile include Differences That Work: Organizational Excellence through Diversity; Managing Diversity: Making Differences Work; and Managerial Excellence Through Diversity: Text and Cases, as well as numerous articles, cases, and book reviews in publications such as Academy of Management Learning and Education, Harvard Business Review, Stanford Social Innovation Review, Risk Management, CFO, The Journal of Human Values, BizEd, Strategy+Business, etc.

She earned her bachelor’s degree from The College of William and Mary and her MA and PhD from State University of New York at Buffalo.

Andrew Goodwin
Manager
 
Andrew Goodwin is a manager in Ernst & Young's Fraud Investigation & Dispute Services (FIDS) practice based in New Orleans. He has significant experience assisting clients with complex fraud, litigation, and compliance matters. His experience in forensic accounting includes assisting companies with investigating fraudulent vendor billing, conflicts of interest, bribery, employee expense fraud, fraudulent disbursements, illegal trading activity, and stock options backdating. In addition, he has assisted companies in resolving disputes arising from royalty payments and acquisition pricing.
 
Goodwin serves clients in the energy industry, with a focus on oil & gas. He is a member of the FIDS U.S. Domestic Oil & Gas Industry team, which assists clients with fraud investigations, compliance with regulatory requirements, royalty disputes, royalty and contract compliance, and contract disputes. He has experience assisting clients throughout the oil & gas industry, including those involved in E&P and oilfield services. He has managed projects in more than 20 different countries, including South America, Africa, Asia, and Europe.
 
Goodwin has served as a lecturer on topics related to fraud risk and oil and gas accounting at LSU. He has presented on fraud risk assessments to the ACFE and has assisted in drafting numerous thought leadership pieces on trends in the oil and gas industry and in fraud risks. He is a certified public accountant and certified fraud examiner and holds a bachelor's of accountancy from Loyola University of New Orleans.

Matt Brown
Manager
 
Matt Brown is a manager in Ernst & Young’s Fraud Investigation & Dispute Services practice in Houston. He has significant experience in applying financial, accounting, and economic analysis to complex business disputes over a variety of engagements. Brown has been involved in matters related to the appropriate application of generally accepted accounting principles. He has worked on financial investigations involving earnings management and improper revenue recognition. His work frequently requires reconstruction of accounting and financial records for the purposes of performing financial and forensic analysis, as well as restatement of company financials. 

Brown's experience includes forensic accounting regarding SEC reporting violations, violations of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA), and other alleged fraudulent activities. He also has experience in disputes involving intellectual property, including matters brought before the International Trade Commission. Additionally, Brown has experience as an external auditor specializing in financial audits and controls compliance audits of public oil and gas companies.

Brown has served as a lecturer on topics related to fraud risk and oil and gas accounting at LSU. He holds a master of science in accounting and MBA from Northeastern University. He also received a bachelor of business administration from Texas A&M University and is a certified fraud examiner.

Mark Shirley
 
Mark W. Shirley, CPA/ABV/CFF, CVA, CFFA, CFE, is the managing partner of V & L Consultants LLC in Baton Rouge. His profession discipline and experience is in business valuation, forensic/investigative accounting, and financial analysis/modeling. 

Shirley has developed several training and continuing education courses for professional organization accrediting advanced accounting and finance disciplines. Additionally, advanced training courses have been developed in applied statistics and financial modeling. 

He is an adjunct faculty member at the University of Nevada, Reno's National Judicial College and is on the advisory panel for MDEX Online's Daubert Tracker, an online research database regarding the landmark 1993 Supreme Court ruling, Daubert v. Merrell Dow Pharmaceuticals.

Since 1996, Shirley has presented lectures in more than 50 U.S. cities, Puerto Rico, and Canada for organizations including AICPA, New York Society of CPAs, LCPA, NACVA, American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers, National Judicial College, LSU Law Center, FBI Academy, and numerous civic and professional organizations. He has also provided expert witness testimony before the U.S. Tax Court, Federal District Court, U.S. Bankruptcy Court, Louisiana District Courts, Tunica-Biloxi Indian Tribal Court, and local specialty courts.

Chris Peters
Partner
 
Chris Peters, CFE, MBA, is the founder of GPS Consultants LLC. Prior to starting GPS in May 2011, Peters was the chief financial officer for one of the largest home remodeling companies in the country. As CFO, he focuses on improving the company's existing operations in the Baton Rouge, New Orleans, Lafayette, Houston, and Tampa markets. He also spearheaded the company's expansion into two new markets - Dallas/Ft. Worth (acquisition) and Philadelphia (start-up).
 
Previously, Peters worked for a regional CPA firm where he focused on advising clients with improving the business operations through forensic accounting, internal auditing, litigation support, data analysis, strategic planning, and business valuation.
 
Peters graduated from LSU with a degree in management and entrepreneurship. After graduation, he joined the Louisiana Business & Technology Center as a graduate assistant/small business consultant for the LSU Small Business Development Center. There, he advised and assisted small businesses and entrepreneurs with preparing business plans and financial projects used for raising capital to start and/or grow their businesses. During this time, Peters obtained his MBA in finance and entrepreneurship from the LSU Flores MBA Program and was awarded the LBTC Graduate Assistant of the Year honor.

Catherine Maraist
Civil Chief
 
Catherine Maraist is the civil chief in the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Middle District of Louisiana, a position she has held since 2011. Prior to assuming the role of civil chief, she served as the appellate chief for the office and also prosecuted all types of cases as an Assistant United States Attorney (criminal division) from 2003-2012. As a member of the Middle District of Louisiana’s Health Care Strike Force, she prosecuted criminal and civil healthcare fraud cases while working with federal agents from the FBI, the Department of Health and Hospital Services, and the IRS. She currently works with these same agents in investigating and prosecuting civil fraud cases brought pursuant to the federal False Claims Act. Prior to joining the U.S. Attorney’s Office, she worked as a trial attorney from 1999-2002 at the Aviation and Admiralty Section of the Department of Justice’s Torts Branch in Washington, D.C. under the attorney general’s honor program. She received her JD in 1998 from LSU Law School, where she was the articles editor of the Louisiana Law Review and a member of Order of the Coif. Maraist has taught at CLE programs on various criminal, civil, and appellate subjects and has taught regularly at the LSU Law School’s Trial Advocacy Program since 2002.

Don Rabon
Editor
 
Don Rabon is a retired deputy director of the Western Campus of North Carolina Justice Academy. He formerly served as manager of the institution's Investigations Center. He has experience with rural and municipal law enforcement agencies, and his instructional areas include interviewing, detecting deception, rapport building, interrogation, persuasion, audit-related interviewing, investigations and investigative discourse analysis, and interviewing Generation ME!

Rabon has provided - over a period of 35 years - interviewing instruction and investigative assistance to related professionals in 48 states, Puerto Rico, The Virgin Islands, Belgium, France, Germany, Australia, New Zealand, Canada, Trinidad, Barbados, Singapore, Ireland, and England. In addition, training has been provided to federal, state, and local criminal justice personnel; NATO counterintelligence personnel; and private sector investigative and corporate security personnel.

His instructional clients have included the United States Secret Service, the FBI's Behavioral Science Unit, U.S. Army Criminal Investigation Command, CIA, USDA, IBM, Coca-Cola Company, California Highway Patrol, U.S. Postal Service Office of the Inspector, Illinois State Police, and American Airlines.

Rabon holds an associate of applied science in criminal justice from Davidson County Community College and a bachelor of science in criminal justice administration from East Tennessee State University. He performed advanced studies at Eastern Kentucky University and also served three years with the U.S. Army.   

He is the published author of four texts - Interviewing and Interrogation 2nd edition, Investigative Discourse Analysis 2nd edition, Persuasive Interviewing, and Fraud Related Interviewing. He is also the editor of the interview-focused newsletter, Hamlet’s Mind, found at www.hamletsmind.com

 
 
 
 
 
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