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    • May 14, 2019
    • 9:00 AM - 2:15 PM
    • HESS Club 5430 Westheimer Rd, Houston TX 77056
    • 101

    May Fraud Audit Event IIA and ACFE Present Four Hours CPE

    Presentation One (2 hours):  

    Mr. Vona will deliver a two hour presentation at the HESS Club, for the Houston ACFE and IIA Chapters on Tuesday, May 14, 2019.

    Topic: How to Integrate Fraud into Your Audit Program

    The cornerstone of the fraud auditing approach is the auditor’s ability to write fraud risk statement that can be easily integrated into the fraud audit program. The approach has a defined methodology with a step by step approach to fraud risk identification.  At the conclusion of this session, the student will understand how to write a fraud risk statement, how to use the fraud risk statement matrix, how to correlate the fraud risk statement to fraud risk assessment and how to build a fraud audit program.

    Leonard W. Vona is a forensic accountant with more than 38 years of diversified auditing and forensic accounting experience, including a distinguished 18-year private practice. Mr. Vona has successfully conducted more than one hundred financial investigations for some of the largest high profile corporations in the United States. In addition, Mr. Vona's trial experience is extensive, including appearances in both federal and state courts. He is qualified as an expert witness, CPA and CFE.

    Mr. Vona is the author of three books, Fraud Risk Assessment: Building a Fraud Audit Program, The Fraud Audit: Responding to the Risk of Fraud in Core Business Systems and Fraud Data Analytic Methodology: The Fraud Scenario Approach all published by Wiley Publishers.  Learn more about Fraud Auditing by visiting Leonardvona.com

    Presentation Two: (1 Hour):  Stephen Howard and Katherine McMillen, Weaver LLP 


    Presentation Description: This session will address corporate fraud and misconduct which remain a constant threat in today’s organizations.

    ObjectivesIdentifying and understanding the fraud and misconduct risks that can undermine increasingly complex, business objective; Evaluating the design and operational effectiveness of corporate compliance programs and related antifraud programs and controls; Gaining insight on better ways to design and evaluate controls to prevent, detect, and respond to fraud and misconduct; How to respond when you identify fraud and misconduct

    Speakers : Stephen Howard, Director, Forensics and Litigation Services, Weaver LLP

    Stephen Howard, CFE, has gained experience and knowledge during his 15 years of providing consulting services to public and private sector clients as a member of a Big Four accounting firm, as well as other global consulting practices. He has provided financial consulting services, transaction services such as business valuations and financial modeling, internal audit services, litigation support and other consulting services to clients in various industries. Additionally, Mr. Howard has extensive experience in fraud investigations and forensic accounting, including earnings management investigations, fraudulent financial statement reporting, various accounting improprieties, procurement fraud, and money laundering. 

    Speaker : Katherine McMillen, Manager, Forensics and Litigation Services, Weaver LLP

    Katherine McMillen, CPA, CFE, has provided audit and forensic services to public and private sector clients for over six years as a member of both Big Four and regional public accounting firms. In the course of her career, Ms. McMillen has provided clients with a wide range of professional services, including external audits, financial and operating control reviews, FCPA and other regulatory compliance risk assessments, and litigation support for commercial and marital disputes. Ms. McMillen also has significant experience conducting forensic investigations into allegations of fraud and misconduct, including asset misappropriation, breaches of fiduciary duty, vendor and employee collusion, contract fraud, and other matters relating to white-collar crime.

    Presentation 3 (One Hour): 

    Tasneem Kalolwala, Director of Internal Audit, NRG Energy Inc.

    Presentation Three (One Hour):  Frauditing: Internal Audit and Fraud, two sides of the same coin

    In today’s world where doing more with less has become the norm and every auditor is striving to become a trusted advisor, incorporating fraud review within the assurance projects is required rather than preferred. Integrated audits no longer mean a combination of Information Technology and Operations/Finance review; but it also implies integrating an assessment of fraud schemes and identifying red flags within projects. More audit groups are called upon to assist with investigations and other consulting work. This presentation will focus on the following key areas to assist auditors in enhancing and developing relevant fraud review skills:

    • IPPF requirements as it relates to auditors responsibilities for fraud detection and review
    • Opportunities and ways to enhance assurance projects and auditor involvement
    • Various tools and skillsets that auditors and fraud examiners have in common/share
    • Techniques to perform and enhance the annual fraud risk assessment

    Tasneem is an internal audit director at NRG Energy, a leading US integrated power company. She has 16+ years of progressive experience leading teams and projects, with emphasis on internal audits, fraud risk assessments, fraud detection, fraud prevention, investigation assistance and compliance. Her experience is across various industries including retail, telecommunications and utilities within both the private and public companies. Tasneem is a CFE, CIA, CRMA and a member of the IIA and ACFE. She is currently a Team Lead on the Houston IIA Test Development Team.

    CPE Credits: 4 CPE Credits


    09:00 AM
    09:30 AM
       Registration Begins 
       Leonard Vona Presentation
    11:30 AM    Lunch & Chapter News
    12:15 PM

       Stephen Howard & Katherine McMillen

    01:15 PM 

       Tasneem Kalolwala Presentation 

    Learning Objectives

    • Identifying and understanding the fraud and misconduct risks that can undermine increasingly complex, business objective
    • Evaluating the design and operational effectiveness of corporate compliance programs and related antifraud programs and control
    • Gaining insight on better ways to design and evaluate controls to prevent, detect, and respond to fraud and misconduct

    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
    • 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.


    • June 23, 2019
    • June 28, 2019
    • Austin Convention Center, Austin, TX
    • 0
    Registration is closed

    Join anti-fraud professionals from across the world for the world's largest anti-fraud organization's annual global conference.  This annual event is being held at the Austin Convention Center in Austin, TX.  In addition to several tracks of educational sessions, the ACFE Global Fraud Conference hosts the foremost experts in the anti-fraud field. These keynote speakers share their insights and address the key anti-fraud issues relevant to you. 

    By registering for this event on the Houston Chapter website you are asking to be registered as part of the Houston Chapter group.  You will be required to complete a manual Supplement Registration Form (PDF that is required by the National ACFE). 

    The group registration price is determined by the number of individuals who register.   You will be billed at the final discount rate.  The prices listed are the maximum amount you will be billed if you register and do not cancel prior to April 5, 2019.  The group registration rate is the lowest rate you can receive, including early bird registration.  So we encourage members to take advantage of this opportunity.

    If you do NOT want to take advantage of the group registration rate you can view more information and register directly as an individual on the conference website at FraudConference.com

Past events

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 Houston ACFE and IIA Networking Reception
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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