Conducting Internal Investigations



CPE Credit: 16
Course Level: Basic
Prerequisite: None

Conducting an internal investigation can be a difficult task. An investigation into employee wrongdoing can be costly, disruptive and time-consuming, and can also lead to a variety of legal problems and other unexpected complications if it is not conducted with the utmost care and confidentiality. However, a well-run internal investigation can enhance a company’s overall well-being and can help detect the source of lost funds, identify responsible parties and recover losses. It can also provide a defense to legal charges by terminated or disgruntled employees. But perhaps most important, an internal investigation will signal to other employees that the company will not tolerate fraud.

Conducting Internal Investigations will prepare you for every step of an internal investigation into potential fraud, from receiving the initial allegation to testifying as a witness. In this course, you will learn how to lead an internal investigation with accuracy and confidence by gaining knowledge about various topics, such as relevant legal aspects of internal investigations, using computers in an investigation, collecting and analyzing internal and external information, interviewing witnesses and writing reports.

This instructor-led course includes a relevant practical problem, which you will work through from beginning to end. This will provide practical experience that you will be able to apply in your own work. 


Upcoming Courses 

Orlando, FL | May 12-13, 2016

You Will Learn How To:  

Conduct an effective internal investigation, step by step

Pinpoint legal issues that might arise during an internal investigation

Use computer and Internet technology to make your internal investigations more effective

Collect and analyze internal and external documents

Perform admission-seeking interviews

Confidently testify as a witness 

Who Should Attend:  

Attorneys, legal professionals and law enforcement personnel

Controllers and corporate managers

Detectives and private investigators

Governance, risk management and compliance officers

IT professionals

Loss prevention and security professionals

Certified Fraud Examiners and other anti-fraud professionals 


Ethics Icon  This course satisfies the ACFE’s requirement of two Ethics CPE hours per year. To read more about the Ethics CPE requirement for CFEs, please visit


Members: $695
Non-Members: $845

*Pricing listed is for U.S. events. International event pricing may vary by location. Please view the individual event page for International pricing


CPE Credit 



Field of Study

Specialized Knowledge and Applications


Course Level


Advanced Preparation 



Delivery Method 



*Please note: Schedule listed is for U.S. events. All events outside of the U.S. are pushed back 30 minutes with registration beginning at 8:00 a.m. and the last session ending at 4:55 p.m. 


  Day One  
7:30-8:00 a.m.   Registration & Continental Breakfast   
8:00-9:20 a.m. 

Introduction to Internal Investigations 

In this opening session, you will learn how to begin the investigation - from receiving the allegation to setting up an action plan. You will also share ideas about previous investigations and discuss techniques that have proved successful for your organization.

9:20-9:35 a.m.  Break 
9:35-10:55 a.m. 

Legal Elements of Internal Investigations 

As you continue your investigation, you will need to know how to gather and document evidence. Since this is an internal investigation, you will also need to know how internal investigations differ from external investigations and the pitfalls to avoid when conducting them.

10:55-11:10 a.m.  Break  
11:10 a.m.-12:30 p.m. 

Investigating by Computer 

Learn how to use the computer as an essential tool in conducting your investigation. It can be used as a tool to analyze data to find and prove fraud, and can also be used to present your case to management or law enforcement in an easily understandable format.

12:30-1:30 p.m.  Group Lunch  
1:30-2:50 p.m. 

Internal Document Collection and Analysis 

As you know, documents play a key role in most every fraud examination. Finding the documents and then analyzing them to prove the fraud is essential. In this session, you will discuss which documents you'll need, where to find them, and then analyze their importance.

2:50-3:05 p.m.  Break  
3:05-4:25 p.m.  

External Document Collection 

Information to prove your case can be found both inside and outside your organization. This session focuses on external sources such as public information as well as information found on the Internet. Also discussed will be the use of observation in fraud examinations.



  Day Two 
7:30-8:00 a.m.   Continental Breakfast   
8:00-9:20 a.m. 

Interviewing Witnesses 

No matter what type of investigation or audit you are involved in, one thing is clear - you must communicate effectively in order to get the most useful information. This session will concentrate on gathering information from witnesses and where to go from there.

9:20-9:35 a.m.  Break  
9:35-10:55 a.m. 

Interviewing Witnesses (Cont'd) and Admission-Seeking Interviewing 

The discussion continues on how to interview witnesses, including learning how the interviewee may try to deceive you through either verbal or nonverbal clues. You will then move on to the subject of your investigation and the most effective methods that can be used to obtain a confession.

10:55-11:10 a.m.  Break  
11:10 a.m.-12:30 p.m. 

Admission-Seeking Interviewing (Cont'd) 

This session continues to focus on interviewing the subject as well as criteria for obtaining a signed statement.

12:30-1:30 p.m.  Group Lunch  
1:30-2:50 p.m. 

Concluding the Investigation 

You've concluded your investigation, but your work isn't over yet. You'll need to write a report which details the results of your investigation and then present the case to management, attorneys, law enforcement, and prosecutors. This session will discuss techniques that have been used in successful report writing as well as how to present your findings that will accomplish your objectives.

2:50-3:05 p.m.  Break  
3:05-4:25 p.m.  

Testifying as a Fact Witness 

Learn how this differs from being an expert witness and the skills you'll need to be effective on the stand. It may be the most difficult part of your investigation.

Event Cancellation Policy 

Our cancellation policy is intended to keep costs low for attendees. Due to financial obligations incurred by ACFE, Inc. you must cancel your registration prior to the start of the event. Cancellations received less than 14 calendar days prior to an event start date are subject to a $100 administrative fee. No refunds or credits will be given for cancellations received on or after the start date of the event. Those who do not cancel and do not attend are responsible for the full registration fee.


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