Advanced Fraud Examination Techniques




CPE Credit: 24
Course Level: Advanced
Prerequisite: See course details

Acquire the case experience and know-how you need to excel in your job. This three-day advanced course takes place in a uniquely interactive learning environment where you will work on two actual fraud cases that have been modified for teaching purposes. Working through these scenarios, you will simulate many aspects of a real case — interviewing a suspect and trying to obtain a confession; compiling evidence and building your case; offering testimony and being cross-examined. By understanding how it feels to be part of a small team working a real investigation, you will enhance your skills as a fraud examiner and expand your capabilities. 

While in Austin, your visit to ACFE headquarters will provide a unique opportunity to experience the Fraud Museum exhibit, located in the offices of the Geis Building. Established by ACFE founder and Chairman, Dr. Joseph T. Wells, CFE, CPA, the Fraud Museum tells the story of fraud’s intriguing past with an extensive and eclectic collection of historical fraud pieces. The ACFE Open House reception also welcomes you to the Gregor Building, a historic, 1920s-era home that houses the ACFE’s executive and administrative staff. Tour the building and meet ACFE staff members as you visit the home of the world’s premier anti-fraud association. 


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You Will Learn How To:  

Plan and execute complex fraud examinations

Avoid legal issues, ranging from workplace searches to electronic communication, during your investigation

Strengthen your evidence-gathering skills by determining what items are relevant and how they should be collected and interpreted

Implement advanced analytical techniques for detecting common fraud schemes

Improve your ability to use technology and the latest computer software

Prepare for and conduct critical interviews of both witnesses and suspects pertinent to the case

Testify under direct and cross-examination 

Who Should Attend:  

Experienced fraud examiners seeking to complement their practical experience with the knowledge of leading anti-fraud experts

Attorneys, legal professionals and law enforcement personnel

Controllers and corporate managers

Detectives and private investigators

Forensic and management accountants, accounts payable and financial analysts

Governance, risk management and compliance officers

Government employees

Internal and external auditors, CPAs and CAs 

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: $995 

Non-Members: $1195


CPE Credit

CPE Credit by Field of Study 

 Field of Study  CPE Credit 


 Specialized Knowledge


 Business Law


 Communications and Marketing


 Information Technology





Course Level



A solid understanding of the legal, financial, investigative, and criminological principles of fraud prevention, detection, and examination

Experience conducting fraud examinations

Advanced Preparation 



Delivery Method 


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

Planning the Fraud Examination 

One of the best ways to sharpen your fraud examination skills is through practice. This week you will hone your skills by working two different fraud case scenarios. In this session, you will explore the details of one case and decide how to assemble the fraud team, compile a thorough fraud examination checklist and begin developing information.

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

Analytical Techniques, Part 1 

There are several different fraud schemes that might be present in your cases. In this session, you will apply analytical techniques to determine where fraud might have occurred based on the specifics of the first case and the risks you’ve identified as part of your planning.

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

Legal Issues, Part 1 

When conducting an investigation involving powerful people, you must be sensitive to the potential volatility of the situation. In this session, you will discuss the intricacies of certain privileges, and the duties of officers and directors to conduct investigations of wrongdoing.

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

Computer Forensics 

As part of the case evidence, you will review how information can be recovered from a computer through forensic examination.

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

Applying Interview Techniques, Part 1 

Before beginning the interviews of witnesses, your team must decide how, where and when to conduct other critical interviews. Using ACFE staff as subjects, you will conduct interviews to obtain information and evidence for your case.



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

Identifying and Gathering Evidence 

Your second case, like most fraud cases, involves massive amounts of documentation and complex relationships. You will decide what evidence is needed and relevant, how it should be gathered and interpreted and what should be done to best protect the chain of custody.

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

Analytical Techniques, Part 2 

There are several different fraud schemes that might be present in your cases. In this session, you will apply another set of analytical techniques to determine where fraud might have occurred based on the specifics of the second case and the risks you’ve identified as part of your planning.

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

Applying Interview Techniques, Part 2 

You will gather information about your second case by conducting actual interviews of witnesses and potential suspects.

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

Legal Issues, Part 2 

Fraud examiners must plan their investigation around the legal parameters that protect both employees and employers. This session will discuss specific legal issues concerning the investigation, ranging from workplace searches to electronic communication.

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

Using the Computer in Fraud Examinations 

The computer is a powerful tool to help you analyze data — quickly and efficiently — as well as present data. With the numerous schemes that you have identified as part of your cases, you'll use computer programs, Internet websites and databases to focus on how to identify red flags. You will also be shown how to present the data that is easily understood by the client and, most important, the judge and jury.



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

Admission-Seeking Interview Techniques 

Getting a confession is never easy, and the players that you are up against in this case are highly intelligent and most likely will be arrogant and uncooperative. Your team will interview the suspects and try to walk away with a confession and signed statement.

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

Reporting the Case 

You will meet with counsel and the client to provide a summation of the case and your findings. The findings will then be formatted into a written report.

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

Preparing the Case for Litigation 

It looks like your case is going to trial. In this session, you will learn how to work with prosecutors, civil counsel and defense counsel to tip the scales of justice in your client’s favor.

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

Advanced Testifying Methods 

With the assistance of counsel, you will decide what evidence will be introduced on direct examination, how the testimony should be presented and what visual aids will be used. Then, you will determine what the weaknesses are in the case, and how to best answer the questions so that you can be properly prepared to be grilled under cross-examination.

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

Anti-Fraud Programs/Fraud Prevention 

At the conclusion of an investigation, you might be asked to put together an anti-fraud program to prevent future occurrences. Your team will put together such a program and present it to the rest of the attendees.

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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