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     

Atlanta, GA | February 15-16, 2017

You Will Learn How To:  

Assess the risk of fraud within your organization and respond when it is identified 

Detect and investigate fraud with the use of data analytics 

Collect documents and electronic evidence needed in the course of an investigation

Perform effective information-gathering and admission-seeking interviews.

Discern legal and regulatory concerns related to internal investigations

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 


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 about the foundations of the fraud examination process.

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

Legal Considerations During Internal Investigations 

Prior to initiating an investigation, Certified Fraud Examiners must be aware of the myriad legal concerns and regulations that might be relevant in the course of conducting an internal fraud examination. 

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

Planning an Internal Investigation

This session will provide strategies for planning an internal fraud investigation and insight on selecting members of your investigative team.

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

Investigating Fraud Using Data Analytics

As data analysis is an integral element of modern fraud detection and investigation, this session will provide an understanding of how it can be one of the most powerful tools in an investigator's repertoire.

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

Emerging Technological Trends

This session will cover several emerging technological trends- such as BYOD, cloud computing, and social meda- and their potential effects on the investigative process. 



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

Internal Evidence Retrieval

This session will detail the process of retrieving internal documents and electronic evidence while maintaining a proper chain of custody.

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

External Evidence Retrieval 

This session will provide insight regarding the collection of evidence from external sources ranging from public records to cover operations. 

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

Information-Gathering Interviews

This session will concentrate on the various forms of information-gathering interviews and help you to understand which type of questions to ask and when to ask them. 

12:30-1:30 p.m.  Lunch on Own
1:30-2:50 p.m. 

Admission-Seeking Interviews 

When the investigation has progressed to the point where a suspect has been identified and all relevant evidence has been collected, the investigation moves to the admission-seeking interview phase. This section will guide you through the strategies needed to obtain an admission of guilt and a signed confession.

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

Concluding the Investigation 

This section will guide you through the report writing process and explain post-investigation scenarios such as presenting your case to a prosecutor and testifying as a fact witness. 

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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