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Increasing Fraud Detection: See Inside the Mind of a Perpetrator

  • Accountant
  • CPA (CA)
  • CRMA
  • CFE
  • CIA
  • CPA (US)
  • CVA
  • CA - ICAEW
  • ACCA
  • MAFF
  • CA - Ireland
  • CA - Scotland
  • CPA - Ireland
  • CWS

Published: November, 2021

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Course Description


  • Misappropriation
    3 mins
  • The evolution of thought
    17 mins
  • The Boldest Fraudster
    30 mins
  • Education: Occupational Fraud, Internal Fraud
    45 mins
  • Effective Fraud Reporting Programme
    78 mins
  • Modeling: Ethical Leadership other foundational policies
    93 mins

Course Description

How can we deter internal fraud more effectively? Many internal controls currently attempt to stop the actions of potential fraudsters. But Steve Dawson, CPA, CFE, explores the importance of interrupting the very thought process of a perpetrator. 

This online CPE Fraud webinar for CPAs examines and explains the thought process of fraud perpetrators using the model of the fraud triangle. Much of today's internal controls to defend against fraud simply address specific opportunities potential perpetrators can manipulate or work around to commit fraud. This course shifts the approach of fraud prevention to focus on the mind of the perpetrator; fraud prevention should begin with interrupting the very thought process that leads a person to commit internal fraud. Discover a 5 Step approach that can raise the Perception of Detection and deter internal fraud. 

Key topics covered in the online CPE webinar for CPAs: 

  • Through this eye-opening presentation, learn how a potential fraudster develops the plan to commit fraud 
  • Discover innovative ways to stop these plans early in the development stage. 
  • Cost-effective processes that “Increase the Perception of Detection”, which is considered the number one internal control that can be implemented in any organization.

Recommended for: 

This CPA fraud webinar is recommended for professionals or staff engaged in design, review or implementation of Internal Controls or internal audit function of their company

Learning Objectives

  • To define elements and significance of internal fraud in relation to the Fraud Triangle
  • To describe how raising the Perception of Detection is effective at speaking to the thought process in the mind of a potential perpetrator
  • To understand general motivations of perpetrators
  • To list 5 Steps to raise the Perception of Detection in the workplace
  • To discuss examples within each step that can be modified and practiced in the participant’s specific workplace
  • To explore several examples from case-studies

Who Should Attend?

  • Auditors
  • CPA (Industry)
  • CPA - Mid Size Firm
  • CPA - Small Firm
  • Young CPA

Course Qualification

Webinar Qualifies For

  • 2 CPD Credit for Chartered Professional Accountant (CPA Canada)
  • 2 CPE Credit for Certified Valuation Analyst (CVA)
  • 2 CPE Credit of Auditing for Certified Public Accountants (CPA-US)
  • 2 CPE Credit for Certified Internal Auditors (CIA)
  • 2 CPE Credit for Certified Fraud Examiner (CFE)
  • 2 CPD Credit for Certified Financial Forensics (CFF)
  • 2 CPE Credit for Certification in Risk Management Assurance (CRMA)
  • 2 CPE Credit for Master Analyst In Financial Forensics (MAFF)
  • 2 CPE Credit for Certified Business Appraiser/Master Certified Business Appraiser (CBA/MCBA)
  • 2 CE Credit for Certified Fiduciary & Investment Risk Specialist (CFIRS)
  • 2 CE Credit for Certified Wealth Strategist (CWS)
  • 2 General Credit for Accountant/Bookeeper
  • 2 CPD Credit for CA - ICAEW
  • 2 CPD Credit for Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA)
  • 2 CPD Credit for Chartered Accountants - Ireland (CAI)
  • 2 CPD Credit for Chartered Accountants - Scotland
  • 2 CPD Credit for CPA - Ireland

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About Presenter

Steve Dawson

President, Dawson Forensic Group

Dawson Forensic Group performs fraud investigations, litigation support, asset tracing, accounting records reconstruction, fraud prevention training/consulting, and other forensic accounting services for companies that are or have experienced internal fraud.

Through our Institute for Small Business Internal Controls, we work tenaciously to help companies reduce the risk of internal fraud. Whether through employee training, written materials, or internal controls consulting, we believe that companies can fight the plague of internal fraud better than current practices show.

My book "Internal Control / Anti-Fraud Program Design for the Small Business" was recently published by Wiley Publishing and is available in hardback or e-book format at all major online retailers

About Company

Dawson Forensic Group


Dawson Forensic Group was founded by our president Steve Dawson CPA, CFE upon his retirement from a distinguished 26 year career as a partner in one of the nations top 400 public accounting firms, serving as a financial statement auditor, forensic examiner, and nationally-recognized public speaker/trainer.  

As a certified public accountant (CPA) and a certified fraud examiner (CFE), Mr. Dawson recognized the need for a single-purposed company devoted to fraud prevention, detection, and education.  As a result, he established Dawson Forensic Group to combat small business fraud through forensic auditing, litigation support, accounting records reconstruction, internal control design consulting, and anti-fraud training services.  

The company has continued to expand in staff and levels of service due to the increasing need for small businesses to accomplish the necessary goals of establishing sound internal controls and developing effective anti-fraud programs


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Ratings and Review


74 Ratings



Very Good









Rodney Pettaway, CFE

Jun 28th, 2022

The course has some real life examples which helps the learning process.


Cindy Driest, CFE, CIA

Mar 11th, 2022



Khalid Nadim, CFE

Jan 30th, 2022

Overall I found the session interesting and there were a few new takeaways that I think will add to my knowledge base.


Brentton Wolfingbarger,, CFE

Nov 24th, 2021



Beverly J Johnston Johnston, CFE

Jan 13th, 2022

The presentation was a repeat of a previous course.

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