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Forensic Accounting: From Fundamentals to Investigation Reports

  • CPA (CA)
  • CFF
  • CFE
  • CIA
  • CMA
  • CPA (US)
  • CA - ICAEW
  • ACCA
  • CA - Ireland
  • CA - Scotland
  • CPA - Ireland
  • CWS

Published: January, 2022

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Course Description


  • Definition of a forensic accountant
    3 mins
  • Forensic accounting designations
    25 mins
  • Documentation production issues
    54 mins
  • Forensic accounting engagement letters
    90 mins
  • Sample background report
    115 mins
  • Obtaining credit reports
    150 mins
  • Preemployment medical exams
    173 mins
  • Consulting versus testifying expert
    192 mins
  • Obtaining evidence
    224 mins
  • Assist in drafting requests for admission
    263 mins
  • Three types of surveillance
    312 mins

Course Description

Forensic accounting encompasses fraud investigation and prevention, as well as a wide variety of functions in litigation. 

Technology expands the way companies conduct business; however, technology also provides greater opportunities for those willing to commit fraud. Forensic accountants rely on their skills in accounting, coupled with their investigative skills, to explain to clients, courts, and jurors how fraudulent schemes occur and the effect caused by fraud.

This CPE course will provide you with a solid understanding of financial forensics. You will become familiar with the forensic accountant’s professional responsibility. You will learn to investigate fraud and to analyze and report on financial information for use in legal proceedings. You will learn about the career opportunities in the forensic accounting field and the skills and knowledge necessary to be a successful forensic accountant.

In this CPE accounting webinar, you will learn all the fundamentals of forensic accounting.

Just because you know someone, it doesn’t mean that person is safe. Statistics show “friendly fraud” is on the rise. Unfortunately, “friendly” doesn’t refer to a nicer, less-devastating form of fraud — it refers to the fact that the perpetrator is someone you know, like a roommate, casual acquaintance, or even a relative, which arguably makes the scam even more devastating. Because of this, it’s wise to choose the people we allow into our lives carefully.

Doing a background check will help you discern if someone is trustworthy before they begin working in your home, at your business, or with your children. While doing a background check, we can search for any red-flag signs of fraud, or any other disturbing findings, like previous (or current) lawsuits, arrests, warrants, bankruptcy declarations, eviction notices, and much more.

This CPE course is designed for individuals who would like to obtain a basic understanding of conducting background checks and suspect profiles. It will discuss resources and methods for conducting background checks and suspect profiles and the ethical and legal issues that arise while conducting it.

Forensic accountancy can only be successful if every step in the investigative process is given sufficient priority. 

That said, it could be argued that nothing matters more than an effective forensic data collection process. Regardless of the nature or extent of the financial crime, the outcome will be determined by what takes place during this crucial stage. Forensic accountants must have comprehensive knowledge of evidence-gathering techniques, along with the confidence to put them into practice. The investigator needs to know where, when, and how to both search for and gather evidence, following the detection of suspected fraud

This CPE course is designed for individuals who would like to obtain a basic understanding of the proper methods and procedures for gathering and maintaining evidence in a forensic accounting engagement. You will learn how to approach the forensic data collection process strategically and effectively.

The speaker of this CPE accounting webinar, Dr. Robert Minniti, will also discuss the Federal Rules of Evidence and the need for the documentation of the chain of custody. You will learn to differentiate between evidence used in civil cases and evidence used in criminal cases.

Cases of financial fraud often focus on the core issue of where the money went. Successfully carrying out a fraud scheme involves not only taking the money but covering up the fraud and hiding the money trail.  But skilled financial investigators know there is always a trail, and while the money may or may not be recovered, it can be located.

Persons engaged in fraud and illegal activity have long used several methods to hide ill-gotten assets. Today, forensic investigators have powerful new technological tools to track and uncover these assets. Some specialized techniques may require digital forensic specialists; however, more basic options are also effective. Whether the suspected fraudster is a business partner, an employee, or some other related party, the process for uncovering hidden accounts tends to follow a similar path. 

If you are working in the forensic accounting field at some time in your career it may be necessary to search for hidden assets.

The purpose of this CPE course is to explain how forensic accountants look at the big picture, both financially and by understanding past behaviors, to uncover items that may help you or your client.

Learning Objectives

  • To define forensic accounting.
  • To describe the role and responsibilities of forensic accountants.
  • To determine how you can enter the forensic accounting field.
  • To identify various methods and resources for conducting background checks and suspect profiles.
  • To describe the ethical and legal issues that arise while conducting background checks and suspect profiles.
  • To identify methods and procedures for gathering and maintaining evidence in a forensic accounting engagement.
  • To discuss important steps involved in evidence collection.
  • To identify document gathering procedures.
  • To explain why people, hide assets.
  • To review various methods for finding hidden assets.
  • To review the methods for confiscating assets.
  • To identify methods for finding hidden income.

Recommended For

  • This CPE course is intended for CPAs, CFEs, CFFs, CMAs, CIAs, internal auditors, external auditors, corporate accountants, government accountants, and risk management personnel seeking to understand the many roles and services offered through forensic accounting and accountants seeking to augment their practices and increase billable.
  • This CPE course for CPAs is recommended for Forensic Accountants, Internal Auditors, CFEs, MAFFs, CFFs, Private Investigators, and Law Enforcement Personnel.
  • This CPE course is intended for CPAs, CFEs, CFFs, CMAs, CIAs, internal auditors, external auditors, and risk management personnel considering an HOA fraud engagement for the first time, are new to the field, or would just like a refresher on the procedures for performing an HOA fraud investigation engagement.
  • This course is appropriate for CPAs, CFEs, external auditors, internal auditors, CIAs, forensic accounts, CFFs, law enforcement personnel, and others who might be involved in searching for hidden assets.

Who Should Attend?

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

Course Qualification

Webinar Qualifies For

  • 8 CPD Credit for Chartered Professional Accountant (CPA Canada)
  • 8 CPD Credit for Certified Financial Forensics (CFF)
  • 8 CPE Credit for Certified Fraud Examiner (CFE)
  • 8 CPE Credit for Certified Internal Auditors (CIA)
  • 8 CPE Credit for Certified Management Accountants (CMA)
  • 8 CPE Credit of Accounting for Certified Public Accountants (CPA-US)
  • 8 CE Credit for Certified Fiduciary & Investment Risk Specialist (CFIRS)
  • 8 CE Credit for Certified Wealth Strategist (CWS)
  • 8 CPD Credit for Chartered Accountants - Ireland (CAI)
  • 8 CPD Credit for CPA - Ireland
  • 8 CPD Credit for Chartered Accountants - Scotland
  • 8 CPD Credit for Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA)
  • 8 CPD Credit for Chartered Accountants - ICAEW

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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


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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Ratings and Review


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Sergio Castillo, CFE

Mar 16th, 2022


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