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ACPEN Signature 2023: Business Fraud Update and Managing the Risk of Fraud

Total Credits: 8 including 8 Auditing- Technical



Fraud continues to be a pervasive problem for organizations of all sizes and in all industries. And it can happen to your organization. Accountability professionals are the first line of defense against fraud. Accordingly, accountants, internal auditors, external auditors, and risk management professionals need to develop the skills needed to prevent, detect, and deter fraud.

According to the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners’ (ACFE) 2022 Report to the Nations:

  • Certified Fraud Examiners estimate that the typical organization loses about 5% of its revenues each year due to fraud. 
  • The median loss per fraud case is $117,000; the average loss per fraud case is $1,783,000.
  • 42% of frauds are discovered by tips, usually from employees.
  • Asset misappropriation schemes are the most common (86%) but least costly ($100,000 median loss).
  • Financial statement fraud schemes are the least common (9%) but most costly ($593,000 median loss).
  • Corruption is the most common scheme in all global regions.

These statistics are alarming and should be a wake-up call for all business and government professionals. The impact of fraud is almost always devastating and can be catastrophic.

The 2023 Business Fraud Update is another fast-moving seminar that will provide a comprehensive look at the latest developments about fraud from the technical, legal, and operational perspectives and update participants on the most recent legal and regulatory developments in this important area of professional responsibility.  

In addition, attendees will watch a unique and specially designed simulated case of fraud in a corporate setting and watch as the panelists, in their roles as characters in the simulation, respond to the emerging situation and deal with it as a corporate and legal matter to determine the fraud, identify the perpetrators, respond as an organization and deal with criminal and corporate fallout. Following each stage of the fact situation the entire panel will discuss the developments and consider how damage to the company could have been avoided and how it can be mitigated!

Basic Course Information

Learning Objectives
  • Understand fraud risk management from the technical, legal, and operational perspective
  • Learn the most recent legal and regulatory developments pertaining to fraud deterrence, prevention, and detection

Major Subjects
  • Business Fraud
  • Fraud Risk Management
  • Fraud Risk Assessments
  • Data analytics
  • Digital analysis

Course Materials


David L. Cotton, CPA, CFE, CGFM's Profile

David L. Cotton, CPA, CFE, CGFM Related Seminars and Products

Chairman of Cotton & Company LLP

David L. Cotton, CPA, CFE, CGFM, is an accountant with Cotton, a Sikich Company, headquartered in Alexandria, Virginia. He has performed grant and contract, indirect cost rate, financial statement, financial related, and performance audits for more than two dozen Federal inspectors general as well as numerous other Federal and State agencies and programs.

Dave received a BS in mechanical engineering (1971) and an MBA in management science and labor relations (1972) from Lehigh University in Bethlehem, PA. He also pursued graduate studies in accounting and auditing at the University of Chicago Graduate School of Business (1977 to 1978).

Dave served on the Advisory Council on Government Auditing Standards (the Council advises the United States Comptroller General on promulgation of Government Auditing Standards—GAO’s yellow book) from 2006 to 2009. He served on the Institute of Internal Auditors (IIA) Anti-Fraud Programs and Controls Task Force and co-authored Managing the Business Risk of Fraud: A Practical Guide. He served on the American Institute of CPAs Anti-Fraud Task Force and co-authored Management Override: The Achilles Heel of Fraud Prevention.

Dave is the past-chair of the AICPA Federal Accounting and Auditing Subcommittee and has served on the AICPA Governmental Accounting and Auditing Committee and the Government Technical Standards Subcommittee of the AICPA Professional Ethics Executive Committee.

Dave chaired the Fraud Risk Management Task Force, sponsored by COSO and ACFE and is a principal author of the COSO-ACFE Fraud Risk Management Guide. Dave has testified as an expert in governmental accounting, auditing, and fraud issues before the United States Court of Federal Claims and other administrative and judicial bodies. He has been an instructor for the George Washington University masters of accountancy program (Fraud Examination and Forensic Accounting), and has instructed for the George Mason University Small Business Development Center (Fundamentals of Accounting for Government Contracts).

Dave was the recipient of the ACFE 2018 Certified Fraud Examiner of the Year Award (“presented to a CFE who has demonstrated outstanding achievement in the field of 2 fraud examination … based on their contributions to the ACFE, to the profession, and to the community”).


Vincent M. Walden, CPA, CFE's Profile

Vincent M. Walden, CPA, CFE Related Seminars and Products


Kona AI

Vincent Walden, CPA, CFE, is CEO of KonaAI, specializing in forensic data analytics, continuous controls monitoring, anti-bribery & corruption analytics and compliance. His primary area of concentration is in providing leading technology and perspectives on both proactive compliance programs and reactive investigations and is 2022’s CFE of the Year by the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners.

Prior to leading KonaAI as their CEO, he was a managing director at Alvarez & Marsal, and a partner at Ernst & Young’s Forensic & Integrity Services Practice in Dallas, New York and Atlanta. Before EY, he worked at KPMG and Arthur Andersen. During his career, he also served as President and CFO of a privately-funded Internet company, which was subsequently sold to a Fortune 500 Company.

As an industry thought leader, Mr. Walden sits on Compliance Week’s Advisory Board and is featured in many publications including Internal Auditor Magazine, Compliance Week, Forbes, The Wall Street Journal, Harvard Business Review and The Economist. He is a regular columnist for FRAUD Magazine and writes about anti-fraud innovation. As part of COSO’s Anti-Fraud Task Force, Mr. Walden co-authored its “Fraud Risk Management Guide”, which was released in September 2016 and is being updated in 2022. He also hosts a bi-weekly podcast show, “The Walden Pond”, which focuses on compliance innovation and is an Adjunct Professor at Fordham Law School teaching on compliance technology & innovation.

Paul E. Coggins, JD's Profile

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Paul Coggins, JD, is a partner at Locke Lord LLP, where he co-chairs the firm’s national White Collar Criminal Defense and Internal Investigations practice. Paul served as the U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of Texas from 1993 to 2001 and as the president of the National Association of Former United States Attorneys from 2019 to 2021. He received his B.A. in Political Science from Yale University and both a B.A. and a Diploma in Law from Oxford University as a Rhodes Scholar, before graduating from Harvard Law School.

Paul is a former radio host, a published author, a frequent speaker, and is involved in numerous public service organizations. Paul’s most recent novel (The Eye of the Tigress) was released in August 2021. His third Cash McCahill book (Chasing the Chameleon) is due out next year.

Sandra Johnigan, CPA's Profile

Sandra Johnigan, CPA Related Seminars and Products

Sandra Johnigan is a CPA, Certified in Financial Forensics, and a Certified Fraud Examiner. She currently serves as an Editorial Advisor to the Journal of Accountancy. She served a four-year term, completed in 2016, as a member of the Auditing Standards Board of the American Institute of CPAs (AICPA). She is also one of the principal authors of the Committee of Sponsoring Organizations of the Treadway Commission’s (COSO) Fraud Risk Management Guide. The Guide is intended to serve as best practices guidance for organizations when implementing the COSO fraud risk assessment principle.

Ms. Johnigan is engaged by public companies in civil litigation involving internal controls, disclosures, fraud and accounting issues in SEC filings. Engagements by accounting firms have included the application of auditing standards and accounting principles to a wide variety of issues, including internal controls, allowance for loan losses, financial instruments, revenue recognition and detection of fraud. She has also been engaged by the Department of Justice and the Securities and Exchange Commission. Prior to her current consulting, Ms. Johnigan was an audit partner with EY, where she served as the National Office Chair of both the Thrift Industry Group and Real Estate Industry Group, and Co-Chair of the Financial Services Group. She previously was chair of the AICPA Forensic & Litigation Services Committee and served on the AICPA Council and the AICPA Forensic and Valuation Services Executive Committee.


Mr. Dennis F. Dycus, CFE, CPA, CGFM's Profile

Mr. Dennis F. Dycus, CFE, CPA, CGFM Related Seminars and Products

Dennis F. Dycus, CPA, CFE, CGFM, is retired, after 39 years in the Office of The Comptroller of the Treasury of the State of Tennessee as the Director of the

Division of Municipal Audit where he was responsible for the audits of all local governments in Tennessee. His responsibilities included conducting investigations related to fraud, waste and abuse in local governments.

For the last several years, Dennis has developed and/or conducted training programs in all fifty U.S. states and in various countries for the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners, The American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, and many state CPA societies and associations. In addition, Dennis has provided training for the United States, GAO, Department of Labor, the Environmental Protection Agency, the GAO and the OMB. He has also worked with numerous state audit organizations and individual professional firms.

Mary O'Connor, CPA's Profile

Mary O'Connor, CPA Related Seminars and Products

Ms. O’Connor is Partner, Forensic and Valuation Services of Sikich LLP specializing in forensic consulting in litigation and fraud matters for corporations, municipalities, and schools.
Ms. O’Connor has provided litigation consulting and expert witness testimony to Federal, State, and local jurisdictions across the United States and internationally. She routinely works with companies and organizations to solve issues related to employee dishonesty and to provide independent support for insurance claims, civil litigation, and restitution matters.
Becoming a Partner of Sikich LLP in 2010, she was formerly employed by the international forensic accounting firm of RGL, Inc., and Deloitte. She holds a B.A. from the University of Illinois, Urbana, and an M.B.A. with a concentration in finance from Georgia State University, Atlanta. She also holds a certificate in internal controls from the University of Georgia, Athens.

Chad Francis, CPA, CFE Related Seminars and Products

Senior Manager

EY’s Forensic & Integrity Services

Chad Francis, CPA, CFE, is a Senior Manager in EY’s Forensic & Integrity Services practice in Dallas, Texas. Chad specializes in conducting complex

investigations concerning fraud and other sensitive matters, often stemming from government enforcement or whistleblower allegations.

For the last five years, his primary focus has been in the sanctions and export control space, conducting investigations and assessing compliance programs across the world. That work frequently brought him to China and Russia as those regions became more and more of a focal point. Chad also serves in expert consulting roles in legal matters arising from M&A transactions, class actions, and contract disputes.

Chad utilizes a combination of forensic data analysis and traditional investigation techniques to assist companies and legal counsel all around the world. He has conducted on-the-ground investigations in over 20 countries across five continents and has led teams operating in many more. Chad is experienced in managing large, multi- dimensional projects that require coordination across many parts of an organization and involve 100+ professionals. Chad serves as a guest lecturer at universities on topics related to fraud investigation, and he also presents on related topics at industry conferences.

Kevin M. Rockecharlie, CISA's Profile

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Kevin M. Rockecharlie, CISA, is a former Partner/Principal of Information Technology Assurance Services for CohnReznick, LLP in Dallas, TX. Kevin has more

than 20+ years of experience providing assurance and consulting services to a wide range of industries working with both public and privately held companies.

Kevin’s expertise includes implementing technical accounting guidance such as ASC 606 (Revenue Recognition), implementing artificial intelligence in financial audits, configuration of financial systems, development of data analytics, evaluating and recommending cybersecurity controls as well as performing information technology audits. Kevin has held positions at Accenture, Protiviti, Alcatel-Lucent (Nokia) and Dell Computer.

Kevin graduated from Texas Tech University with a Bachelor of Business Administration in Management Information Systems. He also holds a Master of Science in Accounting and Information Management as well as a Master of Business Administration.


Alan M. Buie, JD's Profile

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Alan M. Buie, JD, is an Assistant United States Attorney in the Western District of Texas, assigned to the Austin office. After graduating from law school in 1992, he clerked for a judge for two years and then spent six years in private practice in Washington, DC.

Alan entered government service in the Fort Worth office of the SEC in 2000 and served there as an enforcement attorney until 2005. In 2005, he became an Assistant United States Attorney for the Northern District of Texas, assigned to the Fort Worth Office, and served there until 2008. From 2008 to 2012, Alan served in the Dallas office as the corporate and securities fraud AUSA for the Northern District of Texas.

In 2012, Alan began serving in his current position, where he represents the government in criminal cases in federal district court, with a particular emphasis on investment fraud and other financial crimes.

Additional Info

Basic Course Information

Prerequisites None
Advanced Preparation None
Designed For Industry and Government Accountability Professionals, Certified Public Accountants, Risk Management Professionals
Original Recording Date 09/20/2023
Yellow Book No
Course Developer Business Professionals' Network (ACPEN)
Date Added to Catalog 03/01/2023

Additional Information

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Instructional Delivery Method Group Internet Based
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Course Registration Requirements Online Registration



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