Online Virtual Seminar

Effective Report Writing for Fraud Examiners

  • Feb 15, 2024 8:00 a.m.
  • Central Time (CT)
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Whether working with a client or as part of an internal investigation, communicating your findings is an important part of the fraud examination process. A written report provides not only a record of the investigation’s results, but can build credibility for your work. 

This course will introduce you to the fundamentals of good report writing and enable you to clearly and effectively communicate the results of your investigation.




You Will Learn How To:

Assess your audience and plan your report.

Incorporate visual aids to illustrate key points.

Identify and address relevant legal issues in report writing.

Organize your report content to maximize readability.

Avoid common mistakes when preparing reports.

Write effective expert-witness reports.

CPE Information

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

Credit by Field of Study

Communications and Marketing: 8

Registration & Fees

Registration Fee:
ACFE Members: $415
Non-Members: $515
Early Registration Deadline: January 16, 2024
Register by the Early Registration Deadline to SAVE USD $100!

Course Outline

  • 8:00 – 9:20 a.m. Assessing the Audience and Planning the Report

    Fraud cases can be won or lost on the strength of the written report. This session will cover how to ensure your report speaks to those who will be reading it, from management to law enforcement to a jury. You will also learn valuable techniques for the planning stages of your report that will make the writing process more efficient and effective.

  • 9:35 – 10:55 a.m. Writing Fraud Examination Reports

    Report formats can vary widely, but using a report template as a starting point can help you include all relevant information and stay on track. In this session, you will walk through the organization and suggested components of a fraud examination report, as well as discuss how to best use visual aids to enhance your report’s content and presentation.

  • 11:10 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. Legal Considerations in Report Writing

    A good report should provide evidence against the fraud perpetrator, not the fraud examiner. This session will explore the most common ways a report can lead to legal liability for the examination team and how you can avoid them when compiling your case and writing your report.

  • 1:30 – 2:50 p.m. Expert Witness Reports

    Reports for expert witness engagements differ in several specific ways from general fraud examination reports. Learn the different types of expert witness reports, what to include in these documents, and best practices for writing reports when you’re engaged as an expert in a case.

  • 3:05 – 4:25 p.m. Improving Writing Skills

    Everyone — even the best writer — has room for improvement. Improving your writing skills will help you to better document your investigations and build your professional reputation. This session will help you brush up on your grammar, develop your professional writing style, and avoid common mistakes that can undermine the professionalism of your written communications.


Bret Hood, CFE - Speaker

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21st Century Learning & Consulting



Payment must be received by January 16, 2024 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 the 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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