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.
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