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    CPE Credit: 4-20 

    The 2013 ACFE Asia-Pacific Fraud Conference offers an unparalleled opportunity to learn from top anti-fraud professionals in the Asia-Pacific and beyond. In addition to notable keynote speakers, the program features two tracks covering current fraud issues, case studies and practical solutions. Download the brochure 

     

    PRE-CONFERENCE
    Wednesday, 20 November 
    13:00-17:00
    Pre-Conference
    Forensic Interview Techniques for Fraud Examiners and Auditors - Session Full
    Jonathan Davison
    Managing Director, Forensic Interview Solutions (FIS) Limited 

    At the heart of many failed investigations is the inappropriate application of interview methodology. Utilizing a scientifically-endorsed interview method such as the PEACE framework can increase the efficiency of fraud detection and investigations. In this Pre-Conference workshop, you will learn the process for conducting interviews with a clear purpose and learn how to secure a detailed, reliable and accurate account whilst avoiding “confirmation bias”. You will also learn to utilise forensically appropriate questioning styles.

    You Will Learn How To:
    Interview using the PEACE framework and appreciate its workplace application
    Recognize the added value, security, and risk reduction of recording interviews
    Appreciate the business benefit of a strategic interview structure
    Implement the PEACE strategy within your business environment


    Level: Intermediate
    Recommended Prerequisite: Experience in interviewing witnesses and fraud suspects in a fraud examination
    Field of Study: Communications

    MAIN CONFERENCE
    Thursday, 21 November
    8:30-9:50
    Opening Session | Jeffrey Robinson
    Why Fraudsters Are Targeting the Asia-Pacific Region
    Jeffrey Robinson
    Author, Lecturer and Journalist 

    As Asia continues to homogenize, and the United States has gone international in its fight against tax fraud with FATCA, fraudsters are looking for greener pastures. Natural opportunists, they want a highly populated region with modern banking, an advanced technological infrastructure and real economic growth, in order to insure their "business" future. They also want a region where multiple borders, multiple jurisdictions and multiple legal structures are built in to complicate investigators and prosecutors, in order to insure their personal safety.

    Networking Break
    9:50-10:05
    10:05-11:25
    Concurrent Sessions
    2B: Theft of Trade Secrets: Is Your Company Exposed?
    Tadashi Kageyama, CFE
    Senior Managing Director, Kroll Advisory Solutions 

    As Asian companies move steadily up the value chain, a new problem becomes more and more urgent: protection of intellectual property (IP). Long accustomed to manufacturing someone else’s designs, suddenly Asian companies find they have design secrets of their own worth protecting. IP protection should not only focus on patents and trademarks, it must cover the less tangible commercial secrets or company ‘know-how’ referred to as trade secrets. This session will cover the growing problem of trade secret theft in Asia, its impact to companies and potential measures to mitigate this risk.

    You Will Learn How To: 

    Protect your organisation's trade secrets with an integrated IP approach

    Recognize common trade secret theft scenarios in Asia

    Avoid common mistakes that companies make

    Level: Intermediate
    Recommended Prerequisite: None
    Field of Study: Specialized Knowledge and Applications

    2A: Conducting Fraud Examinations in Conflict/Post-Conflict and Emerging Markets
    Mike Baird 
    Senior Law Enforcement Instructor 

    Conducting fraud examinations in conflict and post-conflict zones and emerging markets presents a unique set of issues and challenges. Learn how to assess the environment, recognize common fraud schemes in these environments and identify weakness within controls. You’ll also learn how working with local law enforcement can enhance chances of prosecution.

    You Will Learn How To: 

    Assess your environment, including physical challenges and limitations

    Identify common fraud schemes within procurement, construction, investment, etc.

    Recognize weakness within controls

    Take steps to improve and enhance controls
     

    Level: Intermediate
    Recommended Prerequisite: None
    Field of Study: Specialized Knowledge and Applications

    Networking Break
    11:25-11:40
    11:40-13:00
    Keynote Lunch | John Geurts
    Internal Fraud and Beyond
    John Geurts
    Executive General Manager Group Security & Group Property, Commonwealth Bank
     

    John Geurts is the Executive General Manager of Group Security & Group Property at Commonwealth Bank, one of Australia’s largest providers of integrated financial services. In his keynote presentation, Geurts will discuss how Commonwealth Bank has leveraged their experience with financial institution fraud to combat other fraud risks many large corporations face including contract and procurement fraud, embezzlement and vendor fraud.

    Networking Break
    13:00-13:15
    13:15-14:35
    Concurrent Sessions
    4B: The Challenges of Being an Expert Witness
    Prabhat Kumar, CFE, FCA, DIFA
    Executive Director, Alliance IFA (M) Sdn. Bhd. 

    Forensic accountants’ and fraud examiners’ work product is always subject to criticism and is well-anticipated in our adversarial legal system. What basic reasons can lead to the rejection of the evidence of experts? This session will discuss situations that might make expert testimony subject to criticisms, how to keep your work product free from flaws and how to write and defend your report.

    You Will Learn How To: 

    Prevent major reasons a testimony may result in a criticism

    Address possible solutions such as peer review, recommendation, and open discussion with lawyers

    Write and defend your report to avoid judge criticism
     

    Level: Intermediate
    Recommended Prerequisites: Experience in the preparation of a fraud case for trial and testifying; a working knowledge of the legal elements of a fraud examination
    Field of Study: Specialized Knowledge and Applications

    4A: Procurement Fraud: What to Watch Out for in Asia
    Mark Brown, CFE
    Director, PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP


    Michael Skyum
    Director - Advisory Consulting, PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP 

    Asia is home to some of the busiest commercial ports in the world. As global trade continues its rapid growth in Asia, the threat posed by procurement fraud is greater than ever. This session will provide an overview of procurement fraud in Asia, including the common types of schemes, circumstances that create heightened risk, and fraud detection and investigative techniques.

    You Will Learn How To: 

    Identify the types of procurement fraud schemes that are common in Asia

    Recognize red flags of potential risks in an organisation

    Employ the investigative techniques most helpful in detecting these types of schemes
     

    Level: Intermediate
    Recommended Prerequisite: A familiarity with the contract and procurement process
    Field of Study: Specialized Knowledge and Applications

    Networking Break
    14:35-14:50
    14:50-16:10
    Concurrent Sessions
    5B: Recognizing and Avoiding the Pitfalls of State Secrets in China
    Edward Epstein
    Managing Partner, Troutman Sanders LLP 

    State secrets are broadly defined in China and any investigation into a corporation or assets with any state ownership will touch upon information that may be classified as a state secret. Examine the definition of state secrets in China, and learn to identify potential red flags so you can avoid liability for handling information that may be treated as a state secret. This session will also discuss recent cases concerning foreign parties subject to China's state secrecy laws and regulations.

    You Will Learn How To: 

    Define state secrets in China

    Properly handle business information that is deemed to be a state secret

    Identify red flags to avoid state secrets liability where conducting an investigation in China
     

    Level: Advanced
    Recommended Prerequisite: A working knowledge and/or experience performing fraud examinations in China and an understanding of the laws controlling investigative work
    Field of Study: Specialized Knowledge and Applications

    5A: Processing Large Data Sets in Complex Fraud Investigations
    Dr. Allan Watt, CFE, CFCE
    Cyber Program Coordinator/Lecturer, Macquarie University, Centre for Policing Intelligence and Counter Terrorism 

    Explore an Australian case study for which the speaker was the lead computer forensic investigator. The case involved the execution of a variety of search warrants, resulting in the collection of more than 200 terabytes of data that all required analysis. Attempting to process and analyse a set of data of this magnitude presents challenges, including slowing the investigation. This session details the dos and don'ts of processing a large set of data, something that will be encountered more regularly in the future.

    You Will Learn How To: 

    Handle an investigation with a large set of data

    Determine whether data analytics and sampling should be used
     

    Level: Intermediate
    Recommended Prerequisite: An understanding of data analytics as it relates to fraud detection and examination
    Field of Study: Auditing

    Networking Reception
    16:15-18:00
    MAIN CONFERENCE
    Friday, 22 November
    8:30-9:50
    Keynote Session | Bruce Dorris
    Know Your Fraudster (KYF)
    Bruce Dorris, J.D., CFE, CPA
    Vice President & Program Director, Association of Certified Fraud Examiners
     

    Fraud examiners have an acute ability to catch thieves within a company, but many times they miss the mark on determining where the true risk of fraud lies within the organization. This session will examine many of the warning signs that fraudsters give us and identify ways to better manage fraud risks based on these signs.

    Networking Break
    9:50-10:05
    10:05-11:25
    Concurrent Sessions
    7D: Investigative Interviewing Techniques for Fraud Detection
    Jonathan Davison
    Managing Director, Forensic Interview Solutions (FIS) Limited 

    Recent cases with the Royal Commission into the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) and the Corrupt Practices Investigation Bureau (CPIB) in Singapore highlight the issues caused by poor interviewing techniques in fraud investigations. Learn the relevant skills and methods to conduct effective fraud interviews with victims, witnesses and suspects with integrity using the PEACE model of interviewing in accordance with corporate guidelines, laws and regulations.

    You Will Learn How To: 

    Make investigative decisions and record the rationale

    Understand and apply the PEACE interview framework

    Conduct an effective investigative interview
     

    Level: Intermediate
    Recommended Prerequisite: Experience in interviewing witnesses and fraud suspects in a fraud examination
    Field of Study: Communications

    7C: Practical Guide to Fraud Prevention
    Gaurav Ajmani, CFE, CCEP
    Investigations Senior Manager, Microsoft Corporation 

    Fraud prevention requires constant reviewing and updating of existing processes and controls. This session will explain how you can use a control gap in existing processes, identified during a fraud investigation, to update and strengthen controls. This session aims at advising you on how lessons learned from the investigation can support process improvement and fraud prevention. This session also covers database review techniques for fraud prevention.

    You Will Learn How To: 

    Integrate fraud learning in improving process controls and fraud prevention

    Engage stakeholders in fraud prevention

    Understand database review techniques for fraud prevention
     

    Level: Intermediate
    Recommended Prerequisite: An understanding of the fraud triangle theory and how it explains fraudulent conduct
    Field of Study: Specialized Knowledge and Applications

    Networking Break
    11:25-11:40
    11:40-13:00
    Keynote Lunch | Nagesh Pinge
    Keynote Lunch: Challenges in Creating an Anti-Fraud Environment
    Nagesh Pinge
    Chief Internal Auditor, Tata Motors 

    Drawing on almost three decades of experience, Nagesh Pinge will share his real-world examples of how companies are addressing fraud and creating anti-fraud environments. This keynote session will also explore how prevailing practices differ amongst industries, including banking, retail and manufacturing.

    Networking Break
    13:00-13:15
    13:15-14:35
    Concurrent Sessions
    9D: Using Hotlines to Detect and Investigate Fraud
    Roger Darvall-Stevens, CFE
    Partner, Fraud Investigation & Dispute Services, Ernst & Young 

    The ACFE's 2012 Report to the Nations concludes that “frauds are much more likely to be detected by tips than any other method.” Tips can be received via hotlines (often called fraud or ethics helplines), the Internet, email or hard copy document like a letter. Regardless of the method, the ultimate purpose of whistleblowing is to “encourage courage.” Learn best practices in setting up and improving hotlines from the presenter’s 25 years of experience, plus review the latest benchmarking studies, checklists and practices in whistleblowing.

    You Will Learn How To: 

    Make effective use of hotlines

    Compare your company or government department to global benchmarking data
     

    Level: Intermediate
    Recommended Prerequisite: None
    Field of Study: Specialized Knowledge and Applications

    9C: Anti-Money Laundering
    Catherine Williams, CFE, CPA, CA
    Senior Managing Director, FTI Consulting 

    The presentation will address the stages of money-laundering — placement, layering and integration — and the practical difficulties of applying the theory to the funds flow analysis. This session will also look at the current regulatory regimes, the implications of the regulations on business and organisational risk, and what that means for AML practitioners. Finally this session will provide an overview of actual cases, in particular dealing with the evidentiary requirements for criminal prosecutions and the role of the AML expert assisting in such proceedings.

    You Will Learn How To: 

    Take a practical approach to AML investigations

    Avoid problems when documenting funds flow

    Adhere to evidential requirements for prosecution
     

    Level: Intermediate
    Recommended Prerequisites: A knowledge of the fundamentals of how illicit funds are masked and the processes involved
    Field of Study: Specialized Knowledge and Applications

    Networking Break
    14:35-14:50
    14:50-16:10
    Closing Session | Panel Discussion
    Closing Session: Panel Discussion: What Anti-Fraud Professionals Can and Are Doing to Fight Fraud in the Asia-Pacific Region
    Moderator: Jeffrey Robinson
    Author, Lecturer and Journalist 

    Continue a discussion of Jeffrey Robinson’s opening remarks on Asia’s new "pandemic" with a panel of experts. This interactive session will explore how some jurisdictions are dealing with the issue, what you need to know about fraud in this multi-border, multi-jurisdictional and multi-legal cauldron, and how you can turn the fraudsters built-in advantage to your own.


     

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