Investigating Conflicts of Interest




CPE Credit: 8
Course Level: Intermediate
Prerequisite: Understanding of basic fraud examination techniques

Conflicts of interest can present significant fraud risks for corporations, government agencies, fiduciaries, customers and suppliers. It is also one of the most difficult areas of fraud to investigate and obtain adequate evidence. Improper investigations can create counterclaims and civil actions against organizations and fraud examiners.

In this class, gain an understanding of how and why conflicts arise and how to spot the warning signs of a conflict of interest, plus leave with an understanding of issues specific to these types of engagements. 


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You Will Learn How To:  

Implement investigative techniques for conflict of interest engagements

Conduct the flow of conflict of interest investigations

Deal with witnesses and the legal implications of these unique investigations

Prepare witness statements, documents and electronic evidence

Obtain appropriate evidence and preserve it to build a conflict of interest case 

Who Should Attend:  

Attorneys, legal professionals and law enforcement personnel

Controllers and corporate managers

Detectives and private investigators

Forensic and management accountants

Internal and external auditors

Loss prevention and security professionals

Certified Fraud Examiners and other anti-fraud professionals 


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Members: $295
Non-Members: $395
CPE Credit 


Field of Study
Specialized Knowledge 


Course Level


Understanding of basic fraud examination techniques 

Advanced Preparation 



Delivery Method 


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

Introduction and Legal Elements of Conflicts of Interest 

Conflict of interest cases are among the most difficult white-collar offenses to investigate; they generally occur at the upper levels of an organization and involve several characteristics that present unique challenges to a fraud examiner. This session introduces the elements of conflicts of interest, examines why they occur and discusses the legal elements involved in investigating such schemes.

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

Typical Conflict of Interest Situations 

The specific conflict scenarios described in this session all have common elements, and illustrate the general moral and legal maxim that a person cannot serve “two masters.” The scenarios presented are variations of the rule that a fiduciary, agent or employee must act in good faith, with full disclosure, in the best interest of the principal. You will also learn how to detect conflicts of interest and what red flags to look for.

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

Investigation Methodology 

This session will cover the methodology and approach that can be used in investigating conflicts of interest cases. You will discuss how to plan for the investigation, who should be on the investigation team, specific interviewing tips and techniques for conflicts of interest investigations and other considerations to keep in mind while working a conflict of interest case.

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

Document Collection, Organization and Analysis 

Internal company records, public records and non-public external documents are almost always important in a conflict of interest case. Once the relevant data and documents have been obtained, the investigation team must analyze the content before moving forward with the investigation. In this session, you will learn about different sources of information, as well as techniques and best practices for collecting, organizing, and analyzing the evidence you gather.

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

Civil Actions and Civil Litigation 

Victims of conflicts of interest can pursue civil actions to recover their losses from the perpetrator. This session explores the process of undertaking these civil actions and provides tips for fraud examiners on how to work with attorneys to make the case successful. In addition, you’ll learn how to protect yourself against civil claims that defendants might use to impede the investigation or to create side issues at trial.

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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