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    • March 04, 2020
    • 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM
    • SHSU Main Campus

    Thomas Mullinnix, CFE

    Owner of Re-Vision Management Consulting, LLC

    Sam Houston State University alumni

    • March 10, 2020
    • 8:30 AM - 3:00 PM
    • HESS Club 5430 Westheimer Rd, Houston TX 77056
    • 117
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    March Ethics Event - Four Presentations

    Presentation 1:  Ethical Social Media Marketing for Professionals (Ethics 1 hour)

    Speaker: Diana Moinot, Founder and Managing Partner, Moinot Insurance Group, Houston, TX

    Diana Moinot is founder and managing partner of Moinot Insurance Group. Prior to founding Moinot Insurance Group, she served as Marketing Manager at Rimkus Consulting Group, Inc. and as Business Development Manager at Abercrombie, Simmons & Gillette, Inc.

    Presently, she is a board member of the Houston Claims Association, Claims Litigation Management fellow and member of Infragard and Independent Insurance Agents of Texas.

    Her core expertise includes over 20 years of B2B and B2C marketing consulting experience including 13 years of insurance and claims services marketing success.

    Learning Objectives:

    • What is social media and how has it evolved?
    • What are the currently popular social media tools and platforms?
    • Learn the the three main principles of social media ethics: Authenticity, Transparency, and Communication.

    Presentation 2: Ethical Considerations in Whistleblower Situations (Ethics - 1 hour)

    Speaker: David Schein, Claremont Management Group and Associate Dean, University of St. Thomas, Houston, TX

    With the recent impeachment investigation in Washington allegedly triggered by a whistleblower in the White House, a lot of attention has been focused n this topic. The presentation will present the ethical and practical case for protecting whistleblowers, determining who is a whistleblower and the legal and ethical response to complaints or allegations brought forward by whistleblowers. Our analysis is at the Federal level for this presentation since there are various state laws and too many to cover all of them, as well. The presentation will include protection of whistleblowers in the financial industry, specifically the Sarbanes-Oxley and the Dodd-Frank Act

    Dr. Schein is a professor, consultant and trainer.  He is the Associate Dean & Director of Graduate Programs at the University of St. Thomas in Houston, TX.  His key responsibilities include graduate recruiting, maintaining AACSB membership and compliance, the Annual CSB Business Symposium and various administrative responsibilities while teaching Business Law, MBA Business Ethics courses and management courses. Concurrently, through Claremont Management Group, Inc. he provides consulting and training on employment law and HR matters to many businesses and entrepreneurs from his office in Texas and a satellite office in Virginia.  His expert analysis and counsel is based on over forty years of practical experience, including a decade with Fortune 50 companies.  Dr. Schein has done numerous seminars and training sessions from coast to coast.   He previously taught at the University of Richmond, the University of Virginia, the University of Mary Washington, and other prestigious universities.

    Dr. Schein has received national acclaim for his book examining the leadership and ethical decisions of American Presidents Wilson through Obama, The Decline of America: 100 Years of Leadership Failures

    https://www.amazon.com/Decline-America-Years-Leadership-Failures/dp/1682615030

    See live PBS Interview on YouTube: https://youtu.be/ilE1RkOvi8I

    Learning Objectives:

    • Which laws protect state and federal whistleblowers?
    • The protection of whistleblowers in the financial industry, specifically the Sarbanes-Oxley and the Dodd-Frank Act
    • How do whistleblowers wrestle with ethical dilemmas?

    Presentation 3:  The Cross-Cultural Interview


    Speaker:  Brent Walker, SCLA CIFI,  Regional Director, Investigative Services, Traveler's Insurance


    The need for cross-cultural interviewing skills is a reality in today’s world of fraud investigation. The people we interact with often come from cultures very different than our own. To overcome cultural barriers, build rapport and conduct successful interviews, the modern investigator must understand how to adapt investigative interviewing approaches to the cultural influences that the other person may have. This class will introduce how understanding cultural awareness, using the communication process, along with active listening, emotional intelligence, and international business etiquette, can reduce cultural barriers and improve our interviews with people from other cultures.   

    Brent Walker has been fighting insurance fraud for over twenty years. He investigated his first insurance fraud case as a police detective. Since then, Brent has held many roles within insurance company special investigation units (SIU), to include field investigations, major case, and regional management. In addition to his past law enforcement experience, he also served in the United States Marine Corps Reserve. Presently, Brent volunteers with several antifraud organizations. This includes his current position as a director of the International Association of Special Investigation Units (IASIU), chairing the legislative and organizational improvement committees and past service as a local chapter president. He is also on the government affairs committee for the Coalition Against Insurance Fraud and a current member of the government affairs strategic planning work group with the National Insurance Crime Bureau (NICB).  Brent also volunteers as a career mentor for veterans as they transition from military service to corporate careers.

     Learning Objectives:

    • How to overcome cultural barriers with interviewees
    • How to use active listening, emotional intelligence to reduce cultural barriers
    • Learning about international business etiquette and how it factors into interviews

    Presentation 4: Overview of Digital Forensics, Forensic Fraud Investigations and Data Privacy Concerns

    Speaker: Jared Trent, CISSP, J.D, Senior Director, FTI Consulting

    Jared Trent, Senior Director in FTI Consulting’s Forensic and Litigation Consulting Group, will provide an overview of digital forensics including evolving data sources and advances in mobile forensics. Additionally, Jared will discuss emerging ethical concerns around data privacy specifically around the recently enacted California Consumer Privacy Act (“CCPA”). Jared will walk through two digital forensics fraud investigation case studies to provide real world context.

     Jared Trent is a Senior Director at FTI Consulting and is based in Houston, TX.  Mr. Trent has over a decade of experience in e-discovery and computer forensics, has testified as an expert witness as well as conducted direct and cross-examination of expert witnesses, and has extensive experience in the examination of computer systems and media. He has performed forensic collections and investigations in countries spanning North and South America, Africa, and Europe.

    Prior to joining FTI Consulting, Mr. Trent was a prosecutor in Pennsylvania where he specialized in fraud and computer crimes. He successfully prosecuted one of the largest home improvement fraud matters in the state. He was appointed to the Pennsylvania Bar Association’s Cybersecurity and Data Privacy Committee.

    Before his time as a prosecutor, Mr. Trent worked as an expert in computer forensics and e-discovery and as a computer forensics instructor. He has trained agents from the FBI, SEC, Royal Canadian Mounted Police, Scotland Yard, and other local and national law enforcement agencies. Mr. Trent has worked on matters ranging from mergers and acquisitions, financial restatements, intellectual property theft, anti-money laundering, contract disputes, and embezzlement. He has clients in the energy sector, technology, food processing, hedge funds, healthcare, and manufacturing.  Mr. Trent served in the United States Marine Corps as an Intelligence Analyst where he received multiple awards and citations, including for his efforts in identifying and preventing a major threat to U.S. forces during the initial days of Operation Iraqi Freedom.  Subsequent to the Marines he worked for Booz Allen Hamilton in cyber defense at the Joint Task Force – Global Network Operations, and as a Marine reservist assigned to the Africa watch desk for the Joint Analysis Center in Molesworth, England.

    Learning Objectives:

    • Learn an overview of digital forensics
    • Changes in evolving data sources and digital advances
    • Will see a demonstration of digital fraud forensic investigations

    CPE Credits: 4 Fraud CPE Credits (2 of these credits will count towards ACFE ethics requirements but will not meet the CPA ethics requirements)

    Agenda:

    8:30 am       Registration

    9:00 am       Speaker 1 - Diana Moinot

    10:15 am     Speaker 2 - David Schein

    11:30 am     Chapter News & Lunch

    12:45 pm     Speaker 3 - Brent Walker

    2:00 pm       Speaker 4 - Jared Trent

    3:00 pm       Closing & Dismissal


    Event Policies:

    • If you have registered and/or paid for an event and you need to cancel, you MUST email events@houstonacfe.org no later than 5 days prior to the event to request a refund and/or cancel your registration.      
    • For more information regarding refund, complaint and/or program cancellation policies, please visit the Terms & Conditions section of the website, or email us at events@houstonacfe.org.     

    Additional Information:

    • Delivery Method: Group-Live
    • Prerequisites: Working Knowledge of Fraud and Fraud Schemes
    • Field of Study: Specialized Knowledge and Applications [Fraud]
    • Who Should Attend?:  Anti-fraud professionals, Auditors, Accountants, Attorneys, Investigators, Law Enforcement, Educators, Students
    • Advanced Preparation: None
    • Program Level: Intermediate

    NASBA Sponsor No. 125230

    The Houston Area Chapter of the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners is registered with the National Association of State Boards of Accountancy (NASBA) as a sponsor of continuing professional education on the National Registry of CPE Sponsors. State boards of accountancy have the final authority on the acceptance of individual courses for CPE credit. Complaints regarding registered sponsors may be submitted to the National Registry of CPE Sponsors through its website: www.learningmarket.org.

     

    • March 18, 2020
    • 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM
    • SHSU Main Campus


    • April 01, 2020
    • 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM
    • SHSU Main Campus

    Chris Cirrit, CIA, CGAP, CFE

    Director of Internal Audit

    Texas Board of Criminal Justice

    • April 08, 2020
    • 5:00 PM - 7:30 PM
    • Heights Bier Garten, 1433 N Shepherd Dr #1, Houston, TX 77008
    • 45
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    The Houston Area Chapter of the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners would like to invite chapter members to the Spring 2020 Networking Reception.  It is a great opportunity to meet fellow anti-fraud professionals and relax during the week.  The Houston ACFE will be providing food and beverages, but the Heights Bier Garten offers a great dinner menu as well for members who want to continue the networking over dinner. 

    You're not a chapter member yet? That's ok!  You can register online and pay your dues today to become eligible.

    Houston Chapter Members wanting to attend MUST RSVP.

     

    Event Location: Heights Bier Garten, 1433 N Shepherd Dr #1, Houston, TX 77008, parking available in adjacent lot.

    Event Date: Wednesday, April 8, 2020 5:00 to 7:30 pm

    • April 15, 2020
    • 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM
    • SHSU Main Campus

    Dr. Brad Glisson

    Associate Professor 

    Director of the Cyber Forensics Intelligence Center

    Sam Houston State University

    • June 15, 2020
    • June 16, 2020
    • 2 sessions
    • Audimation Services, 16340 Park Ten Place, Suite 335, Houston, TX 77084
    • 17
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    The Houston ACFE is happy to partner with Audimation Services to provide a 'hands on' learning opportunity for Fraud Data Analysis with instructor Scott Langlinais, CPA.  Scott has over 20 years of experience in fraud detection and investigation. He has planned and conducted examinations related to executive corruption, bribes, kickbacks, vendor over billing and under-performance, and employee theft. Scott regularly reports his findings to Boards of Directors, has testified in court on fraud matters, and has submitted his findings to federal law enforcement.

    During this two-day hands-on seminar, attendees will apply data analysis techniques to real-life fraud scenarios using data files and case studies to identify and solve problems.  Our goal is to teach audit and accounting professionals to detect fraud, waste and abuse early and address them professionally.

    Whether you are a seasoned investigator or someone seeking a better understanding of what can go wrong in your organization, you will benefit from this program.  Novice auditors or those new to data analysis will learn and employ fundamental detection techniques to real cases, while advanced users and investigators will apply their knowledge in new and challenging ways to detect buried symptoms within complex schemes.

    Attendees should bring a laptop computer with IDEA software installed and updated.  The Instructor will provide downloadable data for use in class.  Don't use IDEA?  A free demo version of IDEA software will be provided to you.  IDEA runs in Windows and is not  compatible with the Mac operating system.

    From the opening exercise, we will employ a team approach to solving cases, as in the field.  Within IDEA, you will apply to actual case data: Creative Extractions; Statistical Analyses; Join-matches & mismatches; Trend Analysis; Pivot Tables; Embedded Functions; Field Manipulation; Numeric & Date Stratification; Benford's Law; Data Duplications & Exclusions; and more!

    Who should attend:  Auditors, Investigators, Accounting Professionals.

    Location: Audimation Services, 16340 Park Ten Place, Suite 335, Houston, TX  77084

    Learning Objectives:

    Preparing to Detect Fraud

    • Factors that discourage us from detecting fraud.
    • Building discipline to handle wrongdoing and avoid the dangers of mishandling cases.
    • Applying a five-step approach to fraud detection.
    • Understanding what can go wrong and recognizing symptoms of wrongdoing.
    • Correcting problems with the data import, identifying missing and hidden data.
    • Keeping your data organized.

     

    Detecting Fraud with IDEA

    • Identifying patterns through statistical review, data sorting, and field summarizations.
    • Effective and creative extractions for disbursements, employee reimbursements, liquid assets,
      revenues, and general ledger transactions.
    • Employing editable fields to flag anomalies.
    • Applying duplicate key detection/exclusion, and combining with field manipulation to detect
      circumvention of system controls. 
    • Avoiding six common errors in data analysis.
    • Stratifying data to detect approval circumvention, earnings management, and money laundering.
    • Using special functions to carve out symptoms embedded within blocks of data.
    • Employing join-matches and mismatches to detect fictitious vendors, revenue leaks, and false shipments.
    • Extracting key-word symptoms of corruption and fraudulent financial reporting.
    • Application of pivot tables, Benford's law, and trend analysis.

     

    Putting It All Together

    • Developing programs to detect theft and fraudulent reporting.
    • Applying techniques to solve cases from allegation to presentation of evidence.
    • Weaving techniques into a continuous monitoring program.
    • Using principles of effective thinking and presentation to compile effective evidence.

    CPE Credits: up to 16 CPE Credit

    Agenda (Both Days):

    7:30 AM
    Check-in and Networking
    8:30 AM
    Course Begins
    12:00 PM
    Lunch (Provided)
    4:30 PM
    Course Ends

    Event Policies:

    If you have registered and/or paid for an event and you need to cancel, you MUST email events@houstonacfe.org no later than 5 days prior to the event to request a refund and/or cancel your registration.      

    For more information regarding refund, complaint and/or program cancellation policies, please visit the Terms & Conditions section of the website, or email us at events@houstonacfe.org.    

    Additional Information:

    Delivery Method: Group Live
    Prerequisites: Not Applicable
    Field of Study: Specialized Knowledge and Applications [Fraud]
    Who Should Attend:  Anti-fraud professionals, Auditors, Accountants, Attorneys, Investigators, Law Enforcement, Educators, Students
    Advanced Preparation: None
    Program Level: Basic

    NASBA Sponsor No. 125230

    The Houston Area Chapter of the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners is registered with the National Association of State Boards of Accountancy (NASBA) as a sponsor of continuing professional education on the National Registry of CPE Sponsors. State boards of accountancy have the final authority on the acceptance of individual courses for CPE credit. Complaints regarding registered sponsors may be submitted to the National Registry of CPE Sponsors through its website: www.learningmarket.org.


Past events

February 26, 2020 SHSU Student Chapter Event Featuring Joseph Agins
February 25, 2020 February Training SHSU (Woodlands) "Skeptical and Financially Savvy Individuals Can Be Vulnerable to Becoming Victims of Financial Fraud"
February 12, 2020 SHSU Student Chapter Event Featuring Scott Lanham
February 11, 2020 Houston ACFE February 2020 Luncheon "Business Email Compromise and Money Mule Networks"
February 05, 2020 SHSU Student Chapter Event Featuring Chrysti Ziegler
January 28, 2020 January SHSU - Woodlands Campus Training: "Why do CFEs Need Ethics Training?"
January 14, 2020 Houston ACFE January 2020 Luncheon - Utilizing Methods of Proving Income in Fraud Examinations - HESS Club
December 10, 2019 Houston ACFE December Members Appreciation Event - 5 Hours CPE for CFE in one day
November 21, 2019 2019 Houston Cyber Security Summit
November 19, 2019 ACFE Luncheon - Lessons from Fraud Cases - UH Student Presentations
November 07, 2019 November SHSU - Woodlands Campus Training: "Cryptocurrency, Bitcoin Fraud - What is it and how to investigate it?"
November 06, 2019 SHSU Chapter Event - November 6
October 17, 2019 October Training (Woodlands): Topic: Data Analytic Script Writing Tips for Fraud Auditing
October 16, 2019 SHSU Chapter Event: Panel Discussion
October 15, 2019 UH Chapter Event in Collaboration with IASA - October 15
October 10, 2019 Houston ACFE and IIA Members Only Networking Event
October 10, 2019 2019 Houston ACFE Annual Fraud Conference
September 25, 2019 SHSU Chapter Event - September 25
September 18, 2019 SHSU Chapter Event - September 18
September 12, 2019 September Training (Woodlands): "Topic: Fraud Prevention from the Perspective of an Individual that Embezzled $13.5 Million"
September 10, 2019 ACFE Luncheon Training - Tuesday, September 10, 2019: "How Tricksters Deceive with Digital Spoofing and What to Do if it Happens to You"
August 21, 2019 August Training (Woodlands): Maximizing your Hotline Program: Leveraging the Data to Gain Key Insights into Your Organizational Culture
August 13, 2019 ACFE Luncheon Training - Tuesday, August 13, 2019, "Mitigating Corruption Risks in Mergers and Acquisition Transactions"
July 15, 2019 Utilizing Methods of Proving Income in Fraud Examinations - SHSU (Woodlands)
July 09, 2019 July Training Luncheon: "Preparing Fraud Investigation Interviews and Rules of Admissibility"
June 23, 2019 30th Annual ACFE Global Conference - HACFE group Rate
June 11, 2019 June Training Luncheon: "Cryptocurrency, Bitcoin Fraud - What is it and how to investigate it?"
May 14, 2019 Joint Event: IIA and ACFE Fraud Audit Event (4 Hours CPE)
April 11, 2019 SHSU Student Chapter Event - April 11
April 10, 2019 Spring 2019 Networking Reception
April 09, 2019 April 2019 Luncheon: "How Financial Crime Investigators Follow The Money For Human Trafficking"
March 12, 2019 March 2019 Annual Ethics Training (4 Hours CPE)
February 12, 2019 February Luncheon: Making Fraud Prevention Personal - What Kind of Auditor or Investigator Are You?
February 06, 2019 SHSU Student Chapter Event - February 6th
January 08, 2019 January Luncheon: AICPA Guide to Data Analytics: Explorations and Interpretations using IDEA
December 11, 2018 Houston ACFE December Members Appreciation Event - FCPA Compliance (morning) and Forensics/Security for Fraud Examiners (afternoon) - 8 hours CFE CPE
November 14, 2018 Houston ACFE Fraud Week Networking Event
November 14, 2018 SHSU Student Chapter Event - November 14
November 13, 2018 November Luncheon: Do you want to be SUCCESSFUL or SIGNIFICANT in the Security & Fraud Industry?
November 07, 2018 SHSU Student Chapter Event - November 7
October 31, 2018 SHSU Student Chapter Event - October 31
October 24, 2018 UH - Student Chapter Event - Cross Functional Panel
October 18, 2018 2018 Houston ACFE Annual Fraud Conference
October 12, 2018 UHCL Student Chapter Event - October 12
October 03, 2018 UH - Student Chapter Event: Grill the Auditors Speaker Panel
October 03, 2018 SHSU Student Chapter Event - October 3 - Fraud and Embezzlement
September 21, 2018 FCPA & Global Corporate Corruption Risk: What’s New?
September 19, 2018 SHSU Student Chapter Event - September 19
September 11, 2018 September Luncheon: Social Engineering - How Fraudsters are Getting to Your Organization
August 23, 2018 Identifying Fraudulent Documents - SHSU (Woodlands)
August 15, 2018 Houston ACFE and ASIS Joint Training and Luncheon: CIKR “Critical Infrastructure and Key Resources” Cyber Protection Strategies
July 10, 2018 FCPA & Global Corporate Corruption Risk: What’s New?
June 12, 2018 Educating Stakeholders on Fraud
May 22, 2018 Analytic Interviewing® Detecting Deception in the Blink of an Eye
May 14, 2018 2018 Annual Heartland Fraud Seminar
May 08, 2018 "Low Man on the Totem Pole – How I Became a White Collar Criminal"
May 04, 2018 28th Annual DFW Fraud Conference
April 18, 2018 Student Relations: SHSU April 18th Meeting
April 16, 2018 Student Relations: UH Internal Audit Student Association April 16th Event
April 13, 2018 Student Relations: UHCL April 13th Meeting
April 11, 2018 The Ethics of Enron Presentation at SHSU
April 10, 2018 April Luncheon: Transforming Data Analytics into Useful Field Investigation
April 06, 2018 12th Annual ACFE San Antonio Conference
April 04, 2018 Student Relations: SHSU April 4th Meeting
March 27, 2018 Spring 2018 Networking Reception
March 13, 2018 March Luncheon/Annual Ethics Training
February 13, 2018 February Luncheon: 2017 HACFE Fraud Fighter of The Year Fraud Case
January 25, 2018 Sam Houston State University (Huntsville) Fraud Documentary: All the Queens Horses
January 24, 2018 Sam Houston State University (Woodlands) Fraud Documentary: All the Queens Horses
January 24, 2018 Sam Houston State University (Hunstville) Fraud Documentary: All the Queens Horses
January 09, 2018 January Luncheon: Cyber Fraud and Cryptocurrencies
December 12, 2017 December Members Appreciation Event - Evolution of Fraud Investigation - Presented by BDO
November 30, 2017 North Houston Fraud Seminar: Cyber Fraud in 2017
November 14, 2017 November Luncheon: Using Advanced Data Analytics to Combat Financial Crime in MSBs and FinTech
October 05, 2017 Houston ACFE and IIA Networking Reception
October 05, 2017 Houston ACFE Annual Fraud Conference
September 12, 2017 September Luncheon: Fraud Trends in Harris County
August 08, 2017 August Luncheon: Counterfeit Trends and Techniques
July 11, 2017 July Luncheon: Leveraging Multi-Applications for Advanced Forensic Fraud Analysis
June 18, 2017 28th Annual ACFE Global Conference
June 13, 2017 June Luncheon: Navigating the Risks of Procurement Fraud
May 19, 2017 AUSTIN CHAPTER - Spring Seminar
May 09, 2017 May Luncheon: Fraud Investigation in the Corporate Environment
May 05, 2017 Dallas - Fort Worth Fraud Conference
April 21, 2017 San Antonio Chapter Annual Fraud Conference
April 11, 2017 April Luncheon: High Dollar Corporate Scams
March 21, 2017 Spring 2017 Networking Reception
March 14, 2017 March Luncheon/Annual Ethics Training:Ethical Issues for Fraud Examiners; Interviewing Prospective Witnesses & Evaluating Deception
February 14, 2017 February Luncheon: The Many Faces of Fraud in EMS
January 10, 2017 January Luncheon: Prevention and Awareness for Anti-victimization
December 13, 2016 December Members Appreciation Event - Evolution of Fraud Investigation
November 08, 2016 November Luncheon: 2016 Hiring and Compensation Trends
October 17, 2016 Fall 2016 Networking Reception
October 17, 2016 Houston ACFE Annual Fraud Conference 2016
September 13, 2016 September Luncheon: Payment Fraud: Fraud Trends and Best Practices to Mitigate Your Risk
August 09, 2016 August Luncheon: Increasing and showing the value of protection operations through strategic partnerships within your organization
July 12, 2016 July Luncheon: Big Data and Internal Auditing
June 14, 2016 June Luncheon: Houston ACFE Fraud Impact Award Winner
June 12, 2016 27th Annual ACFE Global Conference
May 10, 2016 May Luncheon: Identifying and Seizing Electronic Evidence
April 12, 2016 April Luncheon/Annual Ethics Training: A Celebration of Heroes; A Whistleblower's Story
March 17, 2016 Spring 2016 Networking Reception
March 08, 2016 March Luncheon: Basics of Internal Controls in Fraud Examination
February 09, 2016 February Luncheon: Identity Theft is a Major Problem in America
January 12, 2016 January Monthly Luncheon

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