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

Total Credits: 8 including 4 Accounting - Technical, 4 Auditing- Technical

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ACPEN Signature |  Accounting and Auditing
David L. Cotton, CPA, CFE, CGFM |  Paul E. Coggins, JD |  Sandra Johnigan, CPA |  John D. Gill, JD, CFE |  Katherine Miller, JD |  Kevin M. Rockecharlie, CISA |  Vincent M. Walden, CPA, CFE |  Mr. Dennis F. Dycus, CFE, CPA, CGFM |  Mary O'Connor, CPA
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8 Hours
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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

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Chairman of Cotton & Company LLP

Dave Cotton is founder and Chairman Emeritus of Cotton & Company, Certified Public Accoun­tants, headquartered in Alexan­dria, Virginia.  Cotton & Company was founded in 1981 and has a practice concentration in assist­ing Federal and State agencies, inspectors general, and government grantees and contractors with a variety of govern­ment program-related assurance and advisory services.  Cotton & Company 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 organizations, programs, activities, and functions.  In April 2022, Cotton & Company became a wholly-owned subsidiary of Sikich LLP. 

Cotton & Company’s Federal agency audit clients have included the U.S. Government Accountability Office, U.S. Navy, U.S. Marine Corps, U.S. Transportation Command, U.S, Defense Security Cooperation Agency, U.S. House of Representatives, U.S. Capitol Police, U.S. Small Business Administration, U.S. Bureau of Prisons, Millennium Challenge Corporation, U.S. Marshals Service, and Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.  Cotton & Company also assists numerous Federal agencies in preparing financial statements and improving financial management, accounting, and internal control systems.

Dave received a BS in me­chanical engineering and an MBA in management science and labor rela­tions from Lehigh University in Bethle­hem, PA.  He also pursued gradu­ate studies in accounting and auditing at the University of Chicago Graduate School of Business.  He is a Certified Public Accountant (CPA), Certified Fraud Examiner (CFE), and Certified Government Financial Manager (CGFM).

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).  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 is currently co-chairing a task force to update the COSO-ACFE Fraud Risk Management Guide.  In May 2022, Governor Glenn Youngkin appointed Dave to the Virginia Board of Accountancy.

Dave served on the board of the Virginia Society of Certified Public Accountants (VSCPA) and on the VSCPA Litigation Services, Professional Ethics, Quality Review, and Governmental Accounting and Auditing Committees.  He is a member of the Association of Government Accountants (AGA) and past-advisory board chairman and past-president of the AGA Northern Virginia Chapter and past Vice Chair of the AGA Professional Ethics Board.  He is also a member of the IIA and the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners.

Dave has testified as an expert in governmental accounting, auditing, and fraud issues before the United States Court of Federal Claims, the Armed Services Board of Contract Appeals, and other administrative and judicial bodies. 

Dave has spoken and written frequently on cost accounting, professional ethics, and auditor fraud detection responsibilities.  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 fraud examination …  based on their contributions to the ACFE, to the profession, and to the community”); AGA’s 2012 Educator Award (“to recognize individuals who have made significant contributions to the education and training of government financial managers”); and AGA’s 2006 Barr Award (“to recognize the cumulative achievements of private sector individuals who throughout their careers have served as a role model for others and who have consistently exhibited the highest personal and professional standards”).


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.  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 (Sting Like a Butterfly) was released in March 2020, and a sequel (The Eye of the Tigress) will be released in August of 2021.

Sandra Johnigan, CPA's Profile

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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.


John D. Gill, JD, CFE's Profile

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John D. Gill, J.D., CFE, graduated from the University of Arkansas with a Bachelor’s Degree in English. In 1990, he received his J.D., with honors, from the University of Texas School of Law.

Prior to working for the ACFE, Mr. Gill was an attorney in the Austin, Texas office of the law firm of Bragg, Smithers and Curry, where he was involved with civil fraud, insurance, and deceptive trade practices cases. He was the editor of the DTPA Forms and Practice Guide, written by David Bragg and Michael Curry.

In 1995, Mr. Gill joined the ACFE and served as both its general counsel and the manager of the Research Department for nine years. When the Research Department expanded in 2003, he took on the role of Research Director where he oversaw the development of dozens of educational products. In 2009, he was promoted to Vice President – Education. In that capacity, he continues to assist in the production and development of books, manuals, self-study courses, seminars, and conferences produced by the ACFE.

He serves on the faculty of the ACFE and is a co-instructor of the CFE Exam Review class. He is a co-author of The Fraud Examiners Manual. He is the publisher of and a contributing author to Fraud Magazine.

Mr. Gill is a member of the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners, the Austin Chapter of ACFE, Phi Beta Kappa, and the State Bar of Texas.

Katherine Miller, JD's Profile

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United States Attorney Northern District of Texas

Katherine Miller is an Assistant United States Attorney and Chief of the Economic Crimes and Public Corruption Section in the Dallas Office of the United States Attorney’s Office for the Northern District of Texas.  

She has handled primarily criminal white collar matters for over seventeen years as a federal prosecutor.  She previously served as an Assistant District Attorney in North Texas following several years of private practice at a Dallas firm.  She earned her undergraduate degrees from Southern Methodist University and her law degree from the University of Texas School of Law. 


Kevin M. Rockecharlie, CISA's Profile

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Kevin M. Rockecharlie, CISA, is a Principal at Cohn Reznick, LLC in Dallas, TX. Kevin has more than 19 years of experience providing professional IT audit and consulting services to a wide range of industries. Kevin has worked with both public and private companies, and he also has extensive experience with SOX 404 compliance. Kevin helps his clients understand how IT and accounting work together. Prior to joining the firm, Kevin held industry positions at Accenture, Alcatel-Lucent and Dell Computer.


Vincent M. Walden, CPA, CFE's Profile

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Managing Director Forensic Technology: Regulatory & Compliance Intelligence

Alvarez & Marsal Disputes and Investigations, LLC

Vincent Walden is a Managing Director with Alvarez & Marsal’s Disputes and Investigations in New York. He specializes in forensic data analytics, continuous controls monitoring, information governance and legal discovery services. His primary area of concentration is in providing leading technology perspectives on both proactive compliance programs and reactive investigations.

With more than 25 years of investigative and legal technology experience, Mr. Walden has extensive experience in anti-fraud and surveillance analytics, anti-bribery and corruption compliance monitoring, sanctions and trade compliance monitoring, and anti-trust compliance monitoring. He also has deep insights in using leading technology approaches to artificial intelligence and proprietary anti-fraud behavioral algorithms.

Prior to joining A&M, Mr. Walden spent 14 years at Ernst & Young’s Forensic & Integrity Services Practice in Dallas, New York and Atlanta, where he most recently served as a Partner for the past eight years. 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. He also hosts a bi-weekly podcast show, “The Walden Pond”, which focuses on compliance innovation.

Mr. Walden earned a bachelor’s degree in business administration from the University of Southern California. He completed the Harvard Leadership Program at Harvard Business School, and is also a Certified Public Accountant and a Certified Fraud Examiner. Mr. Walden volunteers as the President of The Association of Certified Fraud Examiner’s Education and Research Foundation, which provides academic scholarships to students and anti-fraud research to qualified recipients. 

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

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In June of 2012, Dennis retired after 39 years with the Office of the Comptroller of the Treasury of the State of Tennessee as the Director of the Division of Municipal Audit.  His responsibilities included the oversight of the financial audits of all local governments in Tennessee, with the exception of counties and their affiliated units, as well as conducting investigations related to fraud, waste, and abuse in local governments.  Since Dennis' retirement, he is continuing with his development and presentation of continuing education programs for state CPA societies/associations, local governments, other professional associations, and private sector firms as well as offering consulting services and speaking at  local, state and national professional conferences.

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.


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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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