Fraud and Forensic Conference in Savannah, Georgia

March, 2011 – Atlanta, GA – We’ve all heard of white collar crime, but new trends such as red and even pink collar crime will be explored at an upcoming conference for fraud-fighters. The 5th Annual Fraud & Forensic Accounting Education Conference will be held June 2-4, 2011 on the Savannah Riverfront. Georgia Southern University’s Center for Forensic Studies in Accounting and Business will host the conference, with Atlanta-based accounting firm Porter Keadle Moore, LLP (PKM) as the primary conference sponsor.

 Ernest A. Almonte, former Rhode Island Auditor General and immediate past chairman of the AICPA, will be this year’s conference keynote speaker. Mr. Almonte is an internationally-known expert on fraud and government finance.

“Anyone who has experienced one of Ernie’s presentations wants to come back again,” said Don Berecz, the center’s director and a former FBI Special Agent. “He’s a compelling speaker with great insight into ethics, core values and the importance of the work accomplished by investigators, fraud examiners and forensic accountants.”

 The conference will have more than 35 speakers discussing a variety of “colorful” and cutting-edge topics:

  • Red Collar Crime: Murder Happens will demonstrate that fraud investigations many times spill over into conventional crimes.
  • Fraud in the Year 2030 will examine growing trends in white collar crime.
  • Women are not immune from the temptations of fraud, resulting in “pink collar crime.”
  • Cybercrime, Money Laundering, and the Ukraine will feature the FBI cybercrime agent investigating the case of alleged Ukrainian money mules. 
  • CSI Savannah: Preparing Your Expert for the Next Generation of Jurors will educate attorneys about working with a new generation of jurors. 
  • Four sessions on risk management are scheduled to help businesses assess, prevent and manage fraud-related issues.

 Speakers include current and former FBI special agents, federal prosecutors, fraud investigators, forensic accountants, attorneys, consultants, analysts, technology executives, educators and researchers.

“It would be hard to imagine a more thorough – and interesting – array of forensic accounting topics and speakers,” says PKM Managing Partner Phil Moore. “We’ve gotten great feedback in past years, and this year’s agenda is stronger than ever. Plus, it’s being held in Savannah, one of the most beautiful cities in the country, which is an additional incentive.”

While the event primarily targets professionals who are Certified Fraud Examiners (CFE) and Certified in Financial Forensics (CFF), many others have attended in past years to earn continuing education credits. Attendees include a wide array of professionals involved in internal auditing, information systems, public accounting, taxation, litigation support, government investigations, law enforcement, regulation, law, business, higher education and journalism. The conference offers up to 20 hours of continuing professional education. 

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IAG Forensics & Valuation is a CPA firm that specializes in forensic accounting, fraud investigation, business valuation and litigation support.

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