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Effective Report Writing for Fraud Examiners

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. Learn to write an effective report during this one-day seminar. This instructor-led course will introduce you to the fundamentals of good report writing and enable you to clearly and effectively communicate the results of your investigation. 

CPE Credit: 8                Field of StudyCommunications

Course Leader:

Chris Rosetti, CFE, CPA 
Chief Operating Officer, 
NYSA Pension Plan & Benefits Fund

You Will Learn How To: 

  • Assess your audience and plan your report
  • Organize your report content to maximize readability
  • Incorporate visual aids to illustrate key points
  • Identify and address relevant legal issues in report writing
  • Write effective expert-witness reports
  • Avoid common mistakes when preparing reports
Who Should Attend:
  • Certified Fraud Examiners and other anti-fraud professionals 
  • Business professionals who conduct interviews
  • Attorneys, legal professionals and law enforcement personnel
  • Controllers and corporate managers
  • Detectives and private investigators
  • Governance, risk management and compliance officers
  • Internal and external auditors, CPAs, CAs and forensic accountants
  • Loss prevention and security professionals
  • Business professionals, educators and students interested in the anti-fraud field

Monday, October 3, 2016

Effective Report Writing for Fraud Examiners

7:30-8:00 a.m.


8:00-9:20 a.m.

Assessing Your Audience and Planning Your 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.

9:20-9:35 a.m.


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.

10:55-11:10 a.m.


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.

12:30-1:30 p.m.


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.

2:50-3:05 p.m.


3:05-4:25 p.m.

Improving Your 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.

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