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At Artifice, you’ll experience customizable, relevant training designed by a former FBI Agent and White Collar Crime Instructor.

Artifice trains professionals in a broad array of areas related to fraud detection. We also provide customizable training in the areas of ethics, internal controls, corporate compliance, interviewing, and investigations that can be adapted or designed to the needs, risks, concerns and training goals of each unique entity.

For those who need Continuing Professional Education (CPE) credits, either as a Certified Public Accountant (CPA), Certified Fraud Examiner (CFE), Certified Internal Auditor (CIA) or other similar designations, our training is designed to meet such standards. Artifice is a registered sponsor on the prestigious National Registry of Continuing Professional Education Sponsors with the National Association of State Boards of Accountancy. Our status as a registered sponsor allows us to directly offer you training that qualifies for CPE for most CPAs and CFEs and affirms our commitment to adhere to stringent standards for the delivery of high quality CPE. We have also conducted training sessions at law firms and for in-house counsel that have qualified for Continuing Legal Education (CLE).

Our lead instructor is John Hanson, CPA, CFE. John is a former FBI Agent and White Collar Crime Instructor at the prestigious FBI Academy, where he was also part of a three-person team that completely re-designed the training delivered by the Investigative Training Unit to new agents. While at the Academy, John also designed and delivered advanced fraud related “in-service” training for all active FBI Agents.

Our courses are designed and delivered to make sure attendees relate what they are being taught with actual life experiences. That learning is reinforced through scenarios, hypothetical applications, role-plays and relevant “war stories”.

Advanced Forensic Accounting

Artifice’s most popular course, this course provides attendees a completely unique learning experience based on a training course John designed and delivered while an Instructor at the FBI Academy. Since leaving the Bureau, John has redone the course, improving it dramatically and re-tooling it for delivery outside of law enforcement (i.e. nothing classified in it!). The primary purpose of the course is to teach attendees to think less like an auditor or non-investigator and more like an investigator.

This course qualifies for eight hours of CPE and is kicked off with a 2-3 hour, interactive presentation of forensic accounting and investigative techniques applied to financial data. This part of the presentation is peppered with numerous “war stories” to illustrate practical use and results of the various techniques. The class is then challenged to apply what they’ve learned by working in teams through a very engaging scenario. First, they will receive bank statements, which they must examine and analyze. These statements are very realistic and filled with patterns and “red flags,” some pretty obvious and others very subtle. An open discussion follows where the teams share what they found, how they found it, what it might mean, how it could be followed up on and how it changes their case theory.

Hungry for more detail (bank statements don’t have much) and to further develop their case, the teams are then provided the supporting documentation behind the bank statement transactions, such as copies of checks and deposit items. They then examine and research this information (it will require some internet hunting and resourcefulness!), and incorporate it into their previous analysis. Another open discussion is then held, again discussing what they found, how they found it, etc.

The practical based nature of the course, team-work (as small teams and as a larger class) and double-reinforcement of the learning through repeated application very practically and effectively impacts the way that the participants think, making them more effective investigators and/or auditors. The course not only works, it is also the most fun eight hours of CPE or financial training you’ll ever have outside of Hogan’s Alley!

Interviewing Techniques for Forensic Accountants and Consultants

Primarily designed for forensic accounting professionals and external or internal auditors, this course builds on and adapts criminal investigative interviewing techniques for use within the practical roles that non-criminal investigative professionals play.

Participants learn simple methods to build rapport and calibrate the people that they interview, gauge anxiety based upon the interviewee’s verbal and non-verbal cues, utilize behavioral interviewing questions and techniques to overcome “difficult” or potentially deceptive persons.

Additional Training Opportunities

Artifice has training experience with the following topics:

  • Bankruptcy Fraud
  • Corporate Compliance and Integrity
  • Credit Card Fraud
  • Embezzlements and Other Internal Fraud
  • Environmental Crimes
  • FCPA and Anti-Corruption
  • Financial Institution Fraud
  • Financial Investigative Tools and Techniques
  • Financial Statement / Accounting Fraud
  • Forensic Bank Records Analysis
  • Government Contracting Fraud / False Claims
  • Health Care Fraud
  • Identity Theft
  • Insider Trading
  • Insurance Fraud
  • ITAR, OFAC and Export Related
  • Intellectual Property Fraud
  • Internet and Computer Frauds
  • Investment / Economic Crimes (i.e. Ponzi, Pyramid Schemes, etc.)
  • Kickbacks, Conflicts of Interest and Self-Dealing
  • Mortgage Fraud
  • Professional Con-Artists Investigation
  • Public Corruption
  • Securities Fraud
  • Telemarketing Fraud
  • U.S. Sentencing Guidelines

Artifice Forensic Financial Services, LLC is registered with the National Association of State Boards of Accountancy (NASBA) as a sponsor of continuing professional education on the National Registry of CPE Sponsors. State boards of accountancy have final authority on the acceptance of individual courses for CPE credit. Complaints regarding registered sponsors may be addressed to the National Registry of CPE Sponsors, 150 Fourth Avenue North, Suite 700, Nashville, TN, 37219-2417. Web site:

  Have a training need? Contact us today and let Artifice design a
course for you and your team that meets your specific training goals.