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2016 Fraud and Forensic Accounting Conference



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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 13.3 hours of CLE credit.
Additional Info:
Registration: Online Registration for the conference is now closed. A limited number of seats may still be available for on-site registration, space permitting. If you have pre-registered, but still need to pay, please read the payment information below.

Payment: If you have pre-registered, but you have not yet paid, you can still submit your payment online by following the instructions below.

To pay online with a credit card, please click here . We accept Visa, Mastercard, American Express, and Discover. Note: You must have completed your registration prior to submitting the payment.

If you are paying with a check, but have not mailed your check yet, please just bring the check with you to the conference and give it to the event staff at the sign-in table. Checks should be made payable to "LSU Department of Accounting".

Refunds & Cancellations: Cancellations must be requested in writing by July 15, 2016 to be eligible for a refund. Cancellation requests should be emailed to Julie Van Scotter at jvanscotter@lsu.edu. After July 15, 2016, no refunds will be issued.

Hotel: A special rate of $94/night (+ 13% tax) has been set up at the Crowne Plaza for conference attendees. To receive the special rate, reservations need to be made by Friday, June 24, 2016.

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 HERE.

Questions? Contact the LSU Department of Accounting at 225-578-6228 or accounting@lsu.edu
 
 
 
 
Agenda
 
Monday, July 25, 2016
 
 
Introduction
8:00 a.m. - 8:10 a.m.
Richard White, PhD
Dean, E. J . Ourso College of Business


Public and Private Accounting Fraud Enforcement
8:10 a.m. - 9:30 a.m.
David Woodcock
Main Session


Helping Your Company Save Millions While Automating Your Fraud Analytics
9:40 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.
Richard B. Lanza
Breakout Session


Business Documents: Are They Authentic? Are You Sure? Could They Be Forged? Altered? Disguised? Dealing With Questionable Documents
11:15 a.m. - 12:35 p.m.
Frank Panepinto
Breakout Session


False Claims Act: What It Is and What Is the Accountant’s Role
11:15 a.m. - 12:35 p.m.
Eileen Leslie
Breakout Session


Lunch
12:35 p.m. - 1:20 p.m.



Wall Street Finance for Main Street: What Everyone Should Know About Valuation
1:20 p.m. - 2:40 p.m.
Jason MacMorran
Breakout Session


How to Steal Millions with IT Billing Fraud and Then How to Land in Federal Prison
1:20 p.m. - 2:40 p.m.
Steve Ellis
Breakout Session


Why Auditors Fail to Find Fraud
2:55 p.m. - 4:15 p.m.
Daryl Purpera
Main Session


 
 
Tuesday, July 26, 2016
 
 
Introduction
8:00 a.m. - 8:10 a.m.
Tommy Phillips, PhD
Chair, LSU Department of Accounting


Taxonomy of Fraud
8:10 a.m. - 9:30 a.m.
Alex C. Bell
Main Session


Origins of Crime-Related Forensic Accounting in the U.S.
9:40 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.
Tim Louwers, PhD
Main Session


How to Avoid Malpractice Lawsuits: Survival Techniques and Red Flags
11:15 a.m. - 12:35 p.m.
Brook Barnett-Bernal & Sharon Whitlow
Breakout Session


Data Analytic Script Writing Tips for Auditors
11:15 a.m. - 12:35 p.m.
Ronny Daigle, PhD & Jill Daigle
Breakout Session


Lunch
12:35 p.m. - 1:20 p.m.



Phishing, Spear Phishing and More
1:20 p.m. - 2:40 p.m.
Roger Harris
Breakout Session


Forensic Accountants Need Help, Too
1:20 p.m. - 2:40 p.m.
Scott McHone, PhD
Breakout Session


Lessons Learned from the Dixon, IL Fraud
2:55 p.m. - 4:15 p.m.
Kelly Richmond Pope
Main Session


 
 
 
 
 
Speakers
 
Day 1 (7/25/2016)
 
David Woodcock
 
David Woodcock is a partner at Jones Day, practicing in the firm’s Securities Litigation and Enforcement group. Prior to joining Jones Day, Woodcock served as regional director of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission's (SEC) Fort Worth Regional Office, where he was responsible for all aspects of the agency’s enforcement and examination activities in Texas, Oklahoma, Arkansas, and Kansas. He also served as chair of the cross-office/division Financial Reporting and Auditing Task Force, designed to enhance the SEC's detection and prosecution of violations involving accounting and false financial statements, and as a member of the Enforcement Advisory Committee. Prior to joining the SEC, Woodcock was as a litigation partner at an international law firm. Before attending law school, he was a certified public accountant, certified management accountant, certified information systems auditor, and practiced at two of the world's largest accounting firms. He currently serves as an adjunct professor at Texas A&M University School of Law.

Richard B. Lanza
 
Richard B. Lanza is the chief operating officer of Audit Software Professionals LLC and has nearly 25 years of internal audit and fraud detection experience. He specializes in data analytics and cost recovery efforts and has become a leading authority in these areas. Lanza has written more than 19 publications and educational training videos and more than 75 articles on the practical use of technology and cost recovery in an audit setting. The Association of Certified Fraud Examiners (ACFE) awarded him the Outstanding Achievement in Commerce honor for his research on proactive fraud reporting. He wrote the “Fear Not the Software” column in ACFE’s Fraud Magazine for six years, and he recently published “Cost Recovery: Turning Your Accounts Payable Department Into a Profit Center” for Wiley & Sons. Lanza has worked for organizations ranging in size of $30 million to $100 billion and in all, has helped them find savings through the pairing of fraud analytics and recovery auditing. He also previously volunteered as a past president of two Institute of Internal Audit chapters (Northern Virginia and Northern New Jersey).

Frank Panepinto
 
Frank Panepinto is a certified forensic document examiner, a certified fraud examiner, and a certified protection professional. He holds a bachelor's degree from LSU. Panepinto is a member of the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners (ACFE) and the International Association of Document Examiners (IADE) and has more than 41 years of criminal investigative experience.

He is a trained forensic questioned document examiner who is certified, through testing by the IADE and a trained and experienced criminal investigator of investment fraud, mortgage fraud, and insurance fraud. He conducted security and fraud investigations within the banking industry and the insurance industry. He was a detective sergeant with the East Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff’s Office and a criminal investigator with the U.S. Marine Corps and the U.S. Coast Guard.

Panepinto has been employed with the Louisiana Office of Financial Institutions since 2006 as its chief fraud investigator. He investigates multi-million dollar investment fraud and Ponzi schemes, as well as mortgage fraud.  

Eileen Leslie
Founder of Investigative CPA
 
Eileen K. Leslie is an experienced forensic analyst specializing in the areas of investigative financial consulting, fraud examination, and False Claims Act (FCA) investigation. Leslie has extensive experience performing white-collar crime and civil investigations for the government and in public accounting practice. During her years in practice, she has engaged in a number of forensic audits and financial investigations involving the violation of federal regulations. Her investigative instincts and diverse accounting background position her to help clients detect and investigate a variety of fraud schemes and complex financial transactions affecting businesses, individuals, and government entities.
 
Leslie holds a bachelor's in accounting from St. Cloud State University and a master of taxation from the University of Denver. She has nearly two decades of both public and private accounting and investigation experience, including serving as a financial analyst in the U.S. Attorney’s Office and an intelligence analyst for the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

Jason MacMorran
Shareholder in the Consulting Department
 
Jason MacMorran is a shareholder in the Consulting Department of Postlethwaite & Netterville. MacMorran's practice focuses on business valuation and economic damages, and his professional experience includes valuations for estate and gift matters, litigation, mergers and acquisitions, and financial reporting. He provides litigation support in economic damage issues, assists clients in complex financial forecasting and modeling, and performs general financial consulting.

MacMorran has prepared, overseen, or contributed to hundreds of valuations of businesses, interests in businesses, and intangible assets. He speaks nationally and locally on valuation and litigation topics, and he brings considerable training and experience to projects through his study to obtain the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants’ (AICPA) Accredited in Business Valuation credential (ABV), Certified in Financial Forensics credential (CFF), and the National Association of Certified Valuation Analyst’s Certified Valuation Analyst credential (CVA).  

Steve Ellis
President and CEO
 
Steve Ellis is president and chief executive officer of Automated Solutions, a privately held diversified manufacturing company located in the greater Charlotte area of North Carolina. The company manufactures a range of primarily packaging products, some of which are featured in the storage and organization department of The Home Depot stores. The company’s products are sold across the U.S., as well as Europe, Australia, and Mexico. Ellis has led the company to its three best years over its 17-year history, including its highest sales and earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation, and amortization (EBITDA), with a sales compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 23% and EBITDA CAGR of 37%. He has also led the company into new product lines and more than doubled its manufacturing footprint and number of employees.

He joined Automated Solutions in 2013 after more than 20 years of progressively higher leadership positions in primarily international corporations, most recently as executive vice president and chief financial officer for HSM Solutions (formerly Hickory Springs Manufacturing Company), a global diversified manufacturer of integrated solutions. In his role at HSM, he held P&L responsibility for the Plastic Technology, Inc. (PTI) venture majority-owned by HSM, as well as corporate business development in addition to the “typical” CFO functions of finance, treasury, accounting, IT, and credit. HSM is a large middle market company and is privately-held. Ellis also served on HSM’s Board of Directors. Highlights of his time at HSM include turning around PTI to generate highest profitability ever; engineering the first pension buy-in transaction in the U.S. with Prudential; and discovering a $2 million IT fraud, investigating, recovering most of the stolen funds, and assisting in obtaining criminal convictions for the people involved.

Ellis has served in a variety of leadership positions nationally and internationally. He was a VP with Tarkett, one of the largest global manufacturers of integrated flooring and sports surface solutions at more than $2 billion in revenues. Tarkett was publicly traded on the Frankfurt Stock Exchange at that time. He served Gate Gourmet, the world's largest independent provider of airline catering and provisioning services at more than $2 billion in revenues, for six-plus years until joining Tarkett. Gate Gourmet was owned by global private equity firm TPG. His positions with Gate Gourmet took him to places across the U.S. and beyond, including nearly three years living internationally in both Zurich and London.

Ellis started his career as a Naval officer in 1988 and gained early leadership and operations experience as a line officer and international experience when he was deployed to the Mediterranean Sea. He transitioned from military service into Big 4 public accounting, first with PricewaterhouseCoopers and then with Ernst & Young. His first role in the corporate world was as a controller for Horseshoe Gaming, at that time a $460 million privately held company with publicly traded debt and Securities & Exchange Commission filings.

Ellis was raised in Fayetteville, Arkansas and holds a bachelor's in accounting from LSU and an MBA from the University of Memphis. He still holds an active Certified Public Accountant license in the state of Georgia. He and his wife have three children and live in Hickory, North Carolina, where they are active in local non-profit organizations. Ellis is ultra-competitive in everything but is best in tennis and golf and enjoys maintaining a high fitness level, including competing in the first Obstacle Course Racing World Championship.

Daryl Purpera
 
Daryl G. Purpera was unanimously elected by the legislature to serve as the legislative auditor for the State of Louisiana on April 6, 2010 and sworn in on April 19, 2010. Purpera previously served as the first assistant legislative auditor for three years and has 29 years of audit experience including financial audits, investigative audits, conducting forensic interviews, and testifying before courts and legislative committees. 

Purpera holds a bachelor's in accounting from LSU and has been a certified public accountant since 1985. He is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA) and served on its State and Local Government Expert Panel from 2009-2011.

As a member of the Society of Louisiana Certified Public Accountants (SLCPA), Purpera serves on the Government Accounting & Auditing Committee. He is chairman of the National State Auditors Association’ (NSAA) Performance Audit Committee and a member of the Executive Committee. He serves as a state representative for the National Intergovernmental Audit Forum (NIAF), as well as an Executive Committee Member for the Southwest Intergovernmental Audit Forum (SWIAF). He is also a member of the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners (ACFE) and the Government Finance Officers Association (GFOA). 

As the Louisiana legislative auditor, Purpera statutorily serves on the Fiscal Review Committee, Public Retirement Systems’ Actuarial Committee, Cash Management Review Board, Investment Advisory Committee, and the Law Enforcement Officers & Firemen’s Survivor Benefit Review Board, as well as several other task forces and commissions. 

He is dedicated to the fulfillment of the LLA’s mission: “To foster accountability and transparency in Louisiana government by providing the legislature and others with audit services, fiscal advice, and other useful information.”    

 
 
Day 2 (7/26/2016)
 
Alexis C. Bell
 
Alexis Bell is a pioneer in the international anti-fraud industry. She helps companies address their fraud management concerns by designing a brand new program or assessing and enhancing their existing anti-fraud structure. She is passionate about her work and engages others to align with the company's vision. She is a published author with an Ivy League education (undergrad at Cornell University and fellowship at Dartmouth). She has international experience as a forensic accountant leading complex corporate fraud investigations (up to 300 million euros) specializing in insider threats. She has also led projects in data analysis, particularly around financial statement analysis and transaction-level data.
 
Bell designed and implemented the Global Anti-fraud Program from the ground up for a public company ($19 billion annual revenue, 165,000 employees). The program addressed areas of governance, fraud risk assessment, fraud awareness training, investigations, and continuous monitoring. She is energized by solving complex problems. Most recently, she pioneered the first Global Anti-fraud Program in the microfinance industry (nonprofit) in 22 post/active conflict developing countries in the Greater Middle East, Eurasia, Latin America, and Africa.

Bell is active in the anti-fraud community as a current member and former board president of the Charlotte Chapter Association of Certified Fraud Examiners, member of the U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigations (FBI) InfraGard Task Force and former member of the U.S. Secret Service Electronic Crimes Task Force in Charlotte, North Carolina. In addition, she lectures at conferences and provides specialized training both domestically and internationally.
 
Bell spearheaded and chaired internal diversity programs addressing employee education and community outreach regarding both women's and Native American initiatives. She has been an active member, serving on internal diversity and inclusion boards, as well as external nonprofit boards supporting both anti-fraud and the arts.

Tim Louwers, PhD
Director of the School of Accounting
 
Professor Tim Louwers is director of the School of Accounting at James Madison University where he holds the title of KPMG Eminent Professor of Accounting. Prior to beginning his academic career, he worked in public accounting with KPMG specializing in financial, governmental, and information systems auditing. He is a certified public accountant, a certified information systems auditor, and is certified in financial forensics by the American Institute of CPAs. He has authored or co-authored 12 books (including a bestselling auditing textbook) and more than 50 articles on a wide range of accounting, auditing, and technology-related topics. His works have been reprinted in both Russian and Chinese. He has appeared on both local and national television news broadcasts, including MSNBC and CNN news programs. In addition to his teaching responsibilities, Louwers is currently chairing the Auditing Subcommittee for the CPA Exam while also working on three new books.

Brooke Barnett-Bernal
Partner
 
Brooke Barnett-Bernal is a partner with the Long Law Firm LLP in Baton Rouge. Bernal attended LSU, where she graduated summa cum laude with a bachelor's in spanish in 2003 and a bachelor's international trade and finance in 2004. In May 2007, she graduated from LSU Paul M. Hebert Law Center, earning a Juris Doctorate and a bachelor of civil law degree.
  
During law school, she clerked for Long Law Firm and went on to join the firm. Her clients have included accountants, attorneys, architects, engineers, small business owners, and government agencies. Bernal frequently represents accountants in the accountant review panel process, which is unique to Louisiana. Her practice areas primarily include professional liability, construction litigation, business litigation, and insurance defense.  

Bernal is admitted to practice before all Louisiana state courts; the U.S. Eastern, Middle, and Western District courts; and the U.S. Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals.  

She is an active member of the Louisiana State Bar Association (LSBA) and Baton Rouge Bar Association (BRBA) and currently serves on the LSBA Legislation Committee and BRBA Bench Bar Committee, among others. She is the co-author of the "Ins and Outs of Rule 19 – How it Works and What You Need to Know" (LSU Law Center CLE, October 2009); "Construction Legislation 2010 Indemnity Clauses in Construction Contracts" (BRBA Construction Law CLE Seminar, March 2011); "ESI: Electronically Stored Information – Securing, Safeguarding, Submitting and Screwups" (Spoliation); "LSBA Uncorked: A CLE Adventure in California’s Wine Country," (March 2014); and "Discovery, Authentication And Admissibility Of Social Media Evidence" (BRBA Bench Bar Conference, July 2016).

Bernal was named as a “Rising Star” by Louisiana Super Lawyers in 2015 and 2016.

Sharon Whitlow
 
Sharon Whitlow is a partner with the Long Law Firm LLP in Baton Rouge. Her practice areas include business structure and transactions, commercial lending and debt collection, corporate litigation, and estate planning and successions. 

She earned her bachelor's in English education from Southeastern Louisiana University and her Juris Doctorate from LSU's Paul M. Hebert Law Center. After law school, Whitlow was an associate attorney with the law firm of Kelley and Guerry before clerking for the Hon. Judge Timothy Kelley in the 19th Judicial District Court. Prior to joining the Long Law Firm, she engaged in a limited solo practice in order to devote more time to her family.

Whitlow is admitted to practice before all Louisiana state courts; the U.S. District Court for the Eastern, Middle, and Western Districts of Louisiana; and the U.S. Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals.

She is a member of the Louisiana State Bar Association (LSBA) and the Baton Rouge Bar Association (BRBA). She is also an officer for Gateway Transition Center Inc., a nonprofit organization providing transition services for young adults on the autism spectrum; and she is a eucharistic minister, lector, and sacristan at St. Alphonsus Ligouri Church and Parish.

Ronny Daigle, PhD
Professor of Accounting
 
Ronny Daigle is a professor of accounting at Sam Houston State University. Prior to that, he served on the faculty at LSU. He is a case study facilitator in the LSU Center for Internal Auditing. He earned his undergraduate degree in accounting from the University of South Alabama, master's in accounting from Texas Tech University, and PhD in accounting from Texas Tech University. He is a licensed certified public accountant in the state of Alabama, as well as a certified fraud examiner and a chartered global management accountant. His teaching interests are in accounting information systems and auditing. His research interests include continuous auditing and judgment and decision making issues. His work has been published in a variety of academic, educational, and practitioner journals.

Jill Daigle
Vice President, Sr. Audit Specialist
 
Jill Daigle has 23 years of internal audit experience.  Ten of these 23 years include a heavy concentration in the area of information technology auditing. Her current focus is working with members of the Internal Audit Team at Zions Bancorporation to identify opportunities to test 100% of the audit population through the implementation of data analytics. Daigle has been working at Zions Bancorporation for six years. She has also developed and maintained a continuous auditing program. Previously, she held internal audit positions at Blue Cross Blue Shield of Louisiana, Amedisys Home Health, United Companies, and Hancock Bank. Her interests include data analytics, data governance, data visualization, and continuous auditing.

Roger Harris
Assistant Legislative Auditor and Director of Investigative Audit
 
Roger Harris is Assistant Legislative Auditor and Director of Investigative Audit for the Louisiana Legislative Auditor’s Office, where he supervises a 20-person 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. He routinely testifies before legislative committees on fraud investigations and related matters.

During the course of his career, Roger has successfully pursued and defended hundreds of alleged fraudsters. Roger has been a partner in a regional law firm, general counsel for two state agencies, legal counsel for a legislative committee, a business law instructor at Louisiana State University, and chairman of a state board that awards benefits to survivors of law enforcement officers and firemen who give their lives in the line of duty.

Roger has a bachelor’s degree in finance and a law degree from Louisiana State University. He was a Certified Fraud Examiner from 1993-1999 and became a Certified Compliance and Ethics Professional in 2013.

Scott McHone, PhD, CPA
 
Scott McHone has been providing accounting solutions since 1986. Along with being a certified public accountant, McHone is also a certified forensic accountant and a chartered global management accountant and has earned a certificate in Six Sigma. He owns and operates a CPA firm in California and is also the executive director of the American Board of Forensic Accounting.

Kelly Richmond Pope, PhD, CPA
Associate Professor
 
Kelly Richmond Pope is an associate professor in the School of Accountancy and MIS at DePaul University. She received her doctorate in accounting from Virginia Tech and she is licensed certified public accountant. She worked in the forensic accounting practice at KPMG, LLP on anti-money laundering engagements, insurance fraud investigations, and fraud risk management projects.

Her fraud research has been published in leading academic journals such as Behavioral Research in Accounting, Auditing: A Journal of Theory & Practice, and Journal of Business Ethics. She co-authored the The A.B.C.’s of Behavioral Forensics: Using Psychology to Prevent, Detect and Deter Fraud published by John Wiley & Sons. Additionally, she is a freelance writer for Forbes.com,The Daily Beast and The Washington Post.

Kelly is the creator of the award winning educational white-collar crime documentary Crossing the Line: Ordinary People Committing Extraordinary Crime. She participated in the inaugural Kartemquin’s Diverse Voices in Docs fellowship program sponsored The Academy for Motion Picture Arts & Sciences. She began filming her upcoming documentary All the Queen’s Horses shortly after the 2012 arrest of Rita Crundwell of Dixon, IL. Kelly has appeared on Inside Edition and Discovery ID’s docu-drama Forbidden as a subject matter expert discussing the Crundwell case. All the Queen’s Horses was a 2014 finalist for a Tribeca Film Institute grant.

She serves on the board of directors for the Illinois CPA Society, the Lynn Sage Breast Cancer Research Foundation, the Institute of Business and Professional Ethics at DePaul University and on the governing council for the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA).

 
 
 
 
 
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