Small Town, Big Theft: A $2 Million Embezzlement Case Study

Small Town, Big Theft A $2 Million Embezzlement Case Study
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Small Town, Big Theft A $2 Million Embezzlement Case Study On Demand Webinar


This case study will walk you through a real-life Texas Rangers embezzlement investigation. The perpetrator was a long-time bookkeeper at a medium-size oilfield supply company. The theft occurred over a period of 15 years and was only discovered by chance by a coworker. The bookkeeper and her husband ultimately pleaded guilty to the theft, due to overwhelming incriminating evidence. 

You will learn how to recognize internal and behavioral red flags of embezzlement and incorporate internal controls to prevent and deter fraud.



You Will Learn How To:

Identify elements of fraudulent behavior in the case study described and measures to prevent such activity.

Recall successful tactics of investigation and testifying as an expert witness that contributed to a successful outcome in the case study described.

Recognize the red flags of fraud exhibited by the parties involved in the case study described.

CPE Information

CPE Credit: 2
NASBA Information: Auditing
Advanced Preparation: None
Last Updated: March 2024
Delivery Method: QAS Self-Study


Jason Zirkle, CFE - Speaker

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Training Director

Jason Zirkle is the training director for the ACFE and has 8 years’ experience in fraud and money laundering investigations. Prior to working for the ACFE, Zirkle was an intelligence analyst with the Texas ranger division of the Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS). At DPS, he worked alongside Texas Rangers and DPS special agents, providing investigative support and financial analysis on major financial crime investigations. These included money laundering, fraud, embezzlement, public corruption, identity theft, illegal gambling and other white-collar crimes. He also provided financial expertise to non-financial criminal cases, such as murder investigations, narcotics, and human smuggling and trafficking.

He has testified in multiple trials and grand juries and has worked many joint-federal investigations with federal law enforcement agencies.

In 2019, Zirkle joined the ACFE to serve as its training director, where he teaches ACFE training courses and assists in updating ACFE training curriculum.



CPE Credit

Please note: To be eligible for CPE credit, you must complete the final exam within one year of purchase date. You may only claim CPE credit for a course once.

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