Virtual Seminar

Detecting Fraud Through Vendor Audits

  • Sep 28, 2023 8:00 a.m.
  • Central Time (GMT-5)
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Does your organization have an established contractual right-to-audit in your purchasing and vendor contracts? Auditing vendors and suppliers is critical to deterring and detecting fraud. Doing this ensures that your organization is being treated equitably and is not a victim of fraud.  

This course will help you to develop a solid foundation for vendor audits. This includes crucial information like identifying which vendors to target, how to prepare for a vendor audit, how to identify, gather and audit relevant vendor documentation and common vendor fraud schemes to look for.



Familiarity with the contract and procurement process.

You Will Learn How To:

Ensure that contract language supports future audits

Assess the strength of current vendor contracts and audit clause language

Identify and select good candidates for vendor audits

Recognize key parties affected by the vendor audit and obtain their support for the audit process

Identify and collect essential pre-audit background information

Determine and request supporting documentation for audit

Apply the most effective audit tests to detect potential fraud

Recognize the types of fraud and related red flags that might be uncovered during a vendor audit

Respond to identified vendor fraud warning signs

CPE Information

CPE Credit: 8
Advanced Preparation: None
Delivery Method: Group Internet Based

Credit by Field of Study

Auditing: 8

Registration & Fees

Registration Fee:
ACFE Members: $395
Non-Members: $495


Early Registration Deadline: August 29, 2023
Register by the Early Registration Deadline to SAVE  $100!

Course Outline

  • 11:10 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. Preparing for a Vendor Audit

    In this session, you will examine ways to clearly define the type of audit you will perform and use that to focus the audit plan and outline the expected procedures. You’ll learn how to develop management support for the audit, determine the necessary audit resources, collect pre-audit background information and more.

  • 1:30 – 2:50 p.m. Auditing Vendor Documentation

    Determine the most effective ways to request and gather documents, understand the types of vendor data that are relevant for the audit, and learn numerous audit tests designed to detect red flags of corruption, billing schemes and other forms of vendor fraud and abuse.

  • 3:05 – 4:25 p.m. Finding Fraud in Vendor Audits

    This section presents examples of the broad range of vendor fraud, such as schemes involving manipulation of labor, employee travel, materials, equipment and contract rates. Learn to identify the warning signs of common vendor frauds so you can more effectively uncover them.


Jeff Matthews, CFE - Speaker

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Payment must be received by August 29, 2023 to receive early registration discount. 

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. Should an event be cancelled or postponed by the ACFE due to unforeseen circumstances, the ACFE will process a full refund of registration fees within 30 days of such circumstances becoming known. The ACFE will attempt to notify affected customers by phone and email after it determines cancellation is necessary.

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