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Forensic Accounting: Conducting Online Investigations

  • CFF
  • CFE
  • CIA
  • CMA
  • CPA (US)
  • IAP
  • QIAL

Published: December, 2021

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  • Course Description
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Course Description

Overview

  • Planning the investigation
    2 mins
  • What are you looking for
    7 mins
  • Maintaining anonymity
    20 mins
  • Direct evidence vs Circumstantial evidence
    28 mins
  • Finding information on the internet
    41 mins
  • Sample of available information
    53 mins
  • Illegal investigation activities
    76 mins

Course Description

If you turn on the news today, you will likely see a story related to fraudulent activity. As criminals and scammers adapt to a world that revolves around the internet, committing fraud has become far easier. According to the Global Fraud and Identity Report, 33% of businesses experienced more fraud losses than they did in the prior year.

Forensic accountants typically begin an investigation and collect evidence when fraud suspicions already exist. Because of this, the data they look for when conducting an investigation include red flags and discrepancies that might indicate fraud has taken place. They may interview staff at an organization to gain more information and attempt to find the individual behind the fraud. Using the gathered information, they begin to form a hypothesis as to what happened and create follow-up plans to continue to assess the business.

The internet is a treasure trove of open-source information: We all leave detailed trails of our lives on social media, professional networking platforms, and online forums. For forensic accountants, all of this material can be instrumental in conducting investigations.

This CPE course is designed for individuals who would like to obtain a basic understanding of conducting online investigations and cover the following major topics:

  • How to conduct online investigations?
  • What resources and methods can be used for conducting investigation online ?
  • What are the ethical and legal issues that arise in online investigations?

Learning Objectives

  • To identify various methods and resources for conducting online investigations
  • To describe resources and methods for conducting online investigations
  • To identify ethical and legal issues that arise in online investigations

Recommended For

  • This CPE course is appropriate for forensic accountants, internal auditors, CFEs, MAFFs, CFFs, private investigators, and law enforcement personnel.

Who Should Attend?

  • Auditors
  • Certified Fraud Examiner
  • Certified Management Accountant
  • CPA (Industry)
  • CPA - Mid Size Firm
  • CPA - Small Firm
  • Young CPA

Course Qualification

Webinar Qualifies For

  • 2 CPE Credit for Qualification in Internal Audit Leadership (QIAL)
  • 2 CPE Credit for Internal Audit Practitioner (IAP)
  • 2 CPE Credit of Accounting for Certified Public Accountants (CPA-US)
  • 2 CPE Credit for Certified Management Accountants (CMA)
  • 2 CPE Credit of Accounting & Auditing for Certified Internal Auditors (CIA)
  • 2 CPE Credit for Certified Fraud Examiner (CFE)
  • 2 CPD Credit for Certified Financial Forensics (CFF)

Presenter

About Presenter

Dr. Robert Minniti

President Minniti CPA LLC

Dr. Minniti is the President and Owner of Minniti CPA, LLC. Dr. Minniti is a Certified Public Accountant, Certified Forensic Accountant, Certified Fraud Examiner, Certified Valuation Analyst, Certified in Financial Forensics, Master Analyst in Financial Forensics, Chartered Global Management Accountant, and is a licensed private investigator in the state of Arizona. Dr. Minniti received his doctoral degree in business administration from Walden University, received his MBA degree and Graduate Certificate in Accounting from DeVry University’s Keller Graduate School of Management, and received his Bachelor of Science in Business Administration degree from the University of Phoenix. Dr. Minniti taught graduate and undergraduate courses in forensic accounting at DeVry University, Grand Canyon University, Kaplan University, Northwestern University, and the University of Phoenix.

He designed graduate and undergraduate courses for Grand Canyon University, Northwestern University, and Anthem College. He is a writer and public speaker. He has experience in forensic accounting, fraud examinations, financial audits, internal audits, compliance audits, real estate valuations, business valuations, internal control development, business continuation planning, risk management, financial forecasting, and Sarbanes-Oxley compliance work. Dr. Minniti is an instructor teaching continuing professional education classes for the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, Compliance Online, CPE Link/CCH . AccountingEd, Global Compliance Panel, Clear Law Institute, CPE Solutions, Canopy CPE, The Institute of Management Accountants, the National Association of Valuators and Analysts, the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners, the Institute of Internal Auditors, and various state CPA Societies.

About Company

Minniti CPA LLC

www.minniticpallc.com

MINNITI CPA LLC is seeking professional, hard-working, licensed CPAs with at least four years of experience.

The Firm demands independence, integrity, objectivity, competence and due care from all of its personnel in the conduct of its engagements. Our Firm is structured to provide leadership in achieving high quality professional performance while maintaining the concept of individual responsibility. Policies and procedures have been established providing assurance that professional engagements are properly planned and executed. Decisions are based on the substance of issues, not on form.

Our policies and procedures designate Partners of the Firm for consultation on significant ethical, technical and industry questions. The policies and procedures are designed to assure that clients receive the best professional services we can provide. We continually keep in mind the public interest. We expect our Partners and Associates to identify and resolve all important engagement issues.

The job requires high level tax preparation skills, superior tax research and problem solving abilities, broad software knowledge, and excellent written and oral communication skills. We have a team approach to provide high quality client service for tax compliance, planning, financial statements, and general business consulting.

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