2023 ACFE DC CONFERENCE (16 NASBA CPEs, in-person)
- March 1, 2023, 0800 to 1700 ET: Fraud, Character, and White-Collar Crime
- March 2, 2023, 0800 to 1700 ET: Enforcement/OIG Summit
Location: 1801 K Street, NW Washington DC 20006 (KPMG Conference Rooms, 1st floor)
ACFE DC Chapter Members: $200
Non-ACFE DC Chapter Members: $300
* Breakfast and lunch are included
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Field of Study: 14 CPEs Specialized Knowledge (Fraud-Related), 2 CPEs Ethics
Advanced Preparation: None
Program Level: Basic
Delivery Method: Group Live
March 1, 2023, 0800 to 1700 ET: Fraud, Character, and White-Collar Crime
Presented by Michael Pocalyko MPA MBA CFE NACD.DC, the CEO of Washington-based investigation and professional services firm SI (specinv.com). Mr. Pocalyko is a four-time corporate chairman and an expert in fraud and white-collar crime.
7:30 am - 8:00 am: Gathering and Networking — Breakfast
8:00 am - 8:50 am: Fraud and Character
An inquiry into the nature of that intangible quality of “character” in fraudsters. An attempt to answer the question why, even after accumulating enormous wealth, power, and influence, a certain kind of person still commits fraud.
9:00 am - 9:50 am: Common Ground in the Big Three
The “Big Three” corporate frauds of our generation are Enron (2001), Madoff (2008), and Theranos (2018). A case-method consideration of the frauds and what fraudsters Ken Lay, Bernard Madoff, and Elizabeth Holmes all have in common.
10:00 am - 10:50 am: The Future of Fraud
Challenges in the future of fraud, risk awareness, and audit. How factors like shaky organizational culture, bad management, poor oversight, tolerating toxic supervisors, and racial prejudice all work to enable fraud in business and in the federal government.
11:00 am - 11:50 am: What Happened at FTX?
Mr. Pocalyko is joined by forensic accountant Stacey Ferris MAcc CPA CFE of HKA and the University of Maryland as they explain the basics of cryptocurrency fraud, analyze the FTX fraud, and consider the criminal case against Sam Bankman-Fried.
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm: Networking Lunch
1:00 pm - 1:50 pm: Ethics - Four Cases on the Edge, Part One
ACFE-approved ethics course. Principles and practices of ethics and ethical decisions from SI’s case files. The first two cases are embezzlement by false invoicing in a financial services firm and an equity case that expanded into major corruption allegations.
2:00 pm - 2:50 pm: Ethics - Four Cases on the Edge, Part Two
ACFE-approved ethics course. Principles and practices of ethics and ethical decisions from SI’s case files. The next two cases consider what happens when evidence of a crime is developed in a civil case and when it may be proper to intervene in a merger.
3:00 pm - 3:50 pm: A Conversation with David Becker
David Becker, two-time General Counsel of the SEC, is one of the nation’s foremost legal experts in corporate governance, securities enforcement, and internal investigations. Mr. Pocalyko and Mr. Becker discuss white-collar crime and take questions.
4:00 pm - 4:50 pm: Why Fraud Persists
Reasons for fraud’s endurance despite the best efforts of CFEs, CPAs, internal auditors, and the anti-fraud community—systemic factors enabling fraud in businesses, government agencies, and organizations that believe they’re “doing everything right.”
March 2, 2023, 0800 to 1700 ET: Enforcement/OIG Summit
Fraud risks have been heightened due to numerous variables including, but not limited to, anticipated economic headwinds, events, and activities post-COVID, and geopolitical tensions. On March 2, 2023, Enforcement and Offices of Inspector Generals from various agencies are sharing their thoughts and initiatives to prevent and/or detect fraud.
Below is the notional schedule for the day. Presentation details for each session are forthcoming.
- 7:30 am – 8:00 am: Breakfast and opening remarks
- 8:00 am – 8:50 am: Federal Bureau of Investigations
- 9:00 am – 9:50 am: Department of Education, Office of Inspector General
- 10:00 am – 10:00 am: Department of the Army, Criminal Investigations Division
- 11:00 am – 12:00 pm: Social Security Administration, Office of Inspector General
- 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm: Lunch
- 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm: Pandemic Response Accountability Committee
- 2:00 pm – 2:50 pm: Securities and Exchange Commission, Office of Inspector General
- 3:00 pm – 3:50 pm: Metropolitan Police Department
- 4:00 pm – 4:50 pm: Department of Defense, Office of Inspector General
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The Association of Certified Fraud Examiners (ACFE) is the world's largest anti-fraud organization with nearly 85,000 members with the mission of reducing incidence of fraud and white-collar crime. The ACFE Washington Metropolitan Chapter aims to promote fraud detection and deterrence through educational training programs in the National Capital Region.
For additional information regarding Association of Certified Fraud Examiners (ACFE), please visit http://www.acfe.com.