2024 Fraud & Forensic Accounting Conference

The Fraud & Forensic Accounting Conference is an annual event hosted by the LSU Department of Accounting and features speakers from around the country. Topics discussed include fraud across various industries, such as energy and healthcare; red flags in investment fraud; what auditors look for in investigating fraud; and using technology to catch fraud. The conference is designed especially for certified public accountants, certified fraud examiners, certified internal auditors, forensic accountants, governmental accountants, attorneys, and other accounting and auditing professional or educators. 

 

Conference Details 

Dates:

Thursday, July 18 – Friday, July 19
8:00 a.m. - 4:15 p.m. each day

Location:

Crowne Plaza Hotel
4728 Constitution Ave., Baton Rouge, LA 70808

Hotel: 

A special rate of $106 has been set up at the Crowne Plaza for conference attendees. To receive the special rate, reservations need to be made by Thursday, June 20, 2024. To make a reservation, call the hotel directly at 225-925-2244 and use the group code "FFA" or let them know you are with the "Fraud & Forensic Accounting Conference." You can also make a reservation online

Who Should Attend:

CPAs, Certified Fraud Examiners, Certified Internal Auditors, forensic accountants, governmental accountants, other accounting and auditing professionals, educators, financial executives, and lawyers.

CPE:

The conference qualifies for 16 CPE hours (8 hours a day)

 

Registration

Cost:

$360 for both days; $180 for one day; lunch included. 

Register:

REGISTER TODAY

Submit your payment online: https://commerce.cashnet.com/LSUDPTACCT

If you would prefer to mail a check, please make the check payable to the “LSU Department of Accounting” and mail it to:
Attn: Maggie Olivier
LSU Department of Accounting 
501 South Quad Drive
2800 Business Education Complex
Baton Rouge, LA 70803

 

Refunds & Cancellations:

Cancellations must be requested in writing by Wednesday, July 10, 2024 to be eligible for a refund. Cancellation requests should be emailed to Maggie Olivier. After July 10, 2024, no refunds will be issued.

 

Agenda: Thursday, july 18, 2024

Session Speaker
Introduction
8:00 a.m. - 8:10 a.m.
Premier Rooms 2 & 3
Jared Llorens, PhD 
Dean, E. J. Ourso College of Business 
Main Session
8:10 a.m. - 9:30 a.m.
Premier Rooms 2 & 3
Trusted Analytical Insights
Mike Willis, CPA
Main Session
9:40 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.
Premier Rooms 2 & 3
Crypto & Cyber-enabled Fraud
Scott Holt, Jr., CPA
Breakout Session:
11:15 a.m. - 12:35 p.m.
How They Did It: An In Depth Look at Hindenburg’s Take Down of Tingo and Adani
Francine McKenna, CPA
Premier Room 2

Update on Valuation

Jason MacMorran, CPA
Premier Room 3
Lunch
12:35 p.m. – 1:20 p.m.
Premier Room 2
 
Breakout Session:
1:20 p.m. - 2:40 p.m.
Big Liars: The Science of Who Lies and Why
Christian Hart
Premier Room 2

What Does a Lawyer Look for When Selecting Consultants
Holly Sharp, CPA
Premier Room 3
Main Session
2:55 p.m. - 4:15 p.m.
Premier Rooms 2 & 3
Accounting and Tax Conversations with AI
Christine Cheng, Ph.D., CPA

 

Agenda: friday, july 19, 2024

Session Speaker
Introduction
8:00 a.m. - 8:10 a.m.
Premier Rooms 2 & 3
Tommy Phillips, PhD, CPA
Chair, LSU Department of Accounting
Main Session
8:10 a.m. - 9:30 a.m.
Premier Rooms 2 & 3
Technology – The New Face of Fraud
Mark Shirley, CPA, CFF, CFE
Main Session
9:40 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.
Premier Rooms 2 & 3
ESG: Extracting Financial Significance From Non-Financial Big Data
Deniz Appelbaum, Ph.D.
Breakout Session:
11:15 a.m. - 12:35 p.m. 
Crypto Accounting and Asset Types
Stacey Ferris, CPA
Premier Room 2

How to Avoid the 3 C’s of Accounting Malpractice: Conflicts, Claims, & Catastrophes
Brooke Bernal, JD
Premier Room 3
Lunch
12:35 p.m. - 1:20 p.m.
Premier Room 1
 
Breakout Session:
1:20 p.m. - 2:40 p.m.
Catching the FTX Problem with Financial Statement Analysis
Stacey Ferris, CPA
Premier Room 2

Case Study & Fraud Trends
Josephine Huffman, FBI
Premier Room 3
Main Session
2:55 p.m. - 4:15 p.m.
Premier Rooms 2 & 3 
Digital Deception: Understanding the Evolving Fraud & Identity Landscape
Roger Harris, JD, CCEP, CFI

 

SPEAKERS

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Dr. Deniz Appelbaum, Chair and Associate Professor of the Department of Accounting and Finance at the Feliciano School of Business of Montclair State University in New Jersey enriches her academic pursuits with a practical view, after twenty years of experience in operations, credit, and business development in the corporate world. Dr. Appelbaum has published over 25 manuscripts in Accounting Horizons, Journal of Emerging Technologies in Accounting, Auditing: Journal of Practice and Theory, Journal of information Systems, and in other academic and practitioner journals, based on her research regarding analytics, AI and machine learning, big data, blockchain, municipal reporting, and fraud detection. Dr. Appelbaum has conducted research with Proctor & Gamble, Dunn & Bradstreet, AICPA, GASB, the Volcker Alliance, the Asian Development Bank, and KPMG. Dr. Appelbaum emphasizes the use of data analytics and appropriate software tools in the classroom, to prepare accounting and auditing students for the technically advanced modern business environment. The accounting and auditing professions are currently undergoing huge disruptions due to technical innovations, and Dr. Appelbaum is devoted to preparing her students and the profession for these changes.

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Brooke Barnett-Bernal is a partner with Long Law Firm in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, and primary practice areas include professional liability defense, design and construction law, commercial litigation, insurance defense, condominium law, and business transactions. Her clients include architects, accountants, engineers, surveyors, attorneys, small business owners, condominium associations, government agencies and insurance companies.  She frequently represents accountants in the accountant review panel process, which is unique to Louisiana.   Mrs. Bernal serves on the adjunct faculty of the LSU Law Center and teaches a course in trial advocacy and evidence.  She also participates in the Trial Advocacy and Persuasion Program at the LSU Law Center as faculty instructor and section leader.  Mrs. Bernal is admitted to practice before all state and federal courts in Louisiana, as well as the U.S. Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals.  She is featured on the 2022-2024 “Louisiana Super Lawyers” list, a distinction reserved for only 5% of attorneys in Louisiana and holds an AV Preeminent Rating with Martindale-Hubbell.  Mrs. Bernal has co-authored numerous papers, articles, seminars and presentations on evidentiary issues and accounting malpractice, among other topics, and speaks Spanish. 

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Christian L. Hart is a Professor of Psychology at Texas Woman’s University, where he is the Director of the Psychological Science program and the Director of the Human Deception Laboratory. His research focuses on the topic of lying and deception. His two books, Big Liars and Pathological Lying: Theory, Research, and Practice, cover much of his research on people who lie prolifically. Some of his recent research has explored the personality traits of people who tend to lie excessively, psychological tools for identifying pathological liars, mechanisms for accurately predicting when people are likely to respond honestly versus dishonestly, and the moral analyses that give rise to excessive lying. His work has been covered widely in the press, including The New York Times, The Washington Post, National Public Radio (NPR), the London Times, CNN, and CBS News. Dr. Hart holds a master’s degree and Ph.D. in Experimental Psychology and teaches courses on deception and forensic psychology. Before becoming a professor, Dr. Hart was a Lieutenant Commander in the U. S. Navy, where he served as an Aerospace Experimental Psychologist and taught at the Navy Test Pilot School.

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Francine McKenna is an educator, a writer, and a speaker. She authors the newsletter The Dig, where she scrutinizes accounting, audit and corporate governance issues at public and pre-IPO companies.

She has been a full-time Lecturer at the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania, an adjunct professor for the Masters of Accounting program at University of Miami and for the MBA program at American University’s Kogod School of Business in Washington DC, an adjunct professor teaching custom-developed graduate-level courses in accounting ethics for the Ohio State University Fisher College of Business, and a guest lecturer teaching a custom-developed Maymester course on reporting on corporate fraud at Baylor University. McKenna is a frequent speaker at universities, conferences and other forums. She was honored in 2020 as the Dreier Chair in Accounting Distinguished Speaker at Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles, CA.

Beginning in 2006, McKenna was an investigative reporter and feature writer for publications including Dow Jones MarketWatch, Forbes, American Banker, Financial Times, Chicago Booth Review, the Pro-Market blog of the University of Chicago’s Stigler Center, Accounting Today, and Boston Review. At MarketWatch, and for The Wall Street Journal and Barron’s, McKenna reported on public company accounting, fraud and financial investigations, and the potentially dubious financial reporting practices of pre-IPO companies. Her column “Accounting Watchdog” appeared at Forbes.com. Her column “Accountable” appeared in American Banker. You may also know her writing from her blog, reTheAuditors.com. McKenna was a member of the inaugural class of Journalism Fellows at the Stigler Center of the University of Chicago Booth School of Business. She was twice a finalist for the Gerald Loeb Award for Distinguished Financial Journalism, for reTheAuditors.com and for her magazine articles at Forbes.

McKenna was BearingPoint’s first female Managing Director in Latin America, responsible for the Industrial, Automotive and Transportation practice for the firm in the region. She directed the Y2K Project Management Office for JP Morgan in Latin America. Earlier in her career she worked as an accounting manager, financial reporting manager and controller in private industry. She began in internal audit at Chicago’s Continental Illinois National Bank and Trust.

McKenna has lived and worked in Mexico, Brazil, Argentina and Italy, and is fluent in Spanish as well as her native English. Before turning to journalism and academia, McKenna spent more than 20 years in public accounting and consulting, including as a managing Director for KPMG LLP/BearingPoint in the U.S. and Latin America, and auditing the firm itself in the post-Sarbanes-Oxley era as a Director for PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP.

McKenna earned a Master’s in Liberal Arts degree from the University of Chicago and an undergraduate degree is from Purdue University’s Krannert School where she majored in accounting. She is a registered CPA in Illinois.

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Holly Sharp is the Director of Consulting Services and a shareholder of LaPorte CPAs & Business Consultants, where she has been employed since 1980.  She is also an adjunct professor at Tulane University, A. B. Freeman School of Business, where she has been employed since 1999.  She is the past Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Center for Development and Learning, the Treasurer of the Cultural Landscape Foundation, and Secretary of the Parking Facilities Corporation.  She is the past president of the Preservation Resource Center, Women’s Professional Council, and New Orleans Estate Planning Council.  She received a Bachelor of Science in Business Management from Tulane University in 1979, and a Master of Science in Tax Accounting from the University of New Orleans in 1981.  She is a Certified Public Accountant, a Certified Fraud Examiner, and Certified in Financial Forensics.

Holly is a frequent lecturer on damage calculations and has authored or co-authored several publications on damage calculations including the AICPA Practice Aid “Measuring Damages Involving Individuals.”

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Mike is the Associate Director of the Office of Data Science and Innovation at the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission where he is responsible for leading the design and implementation of technological processes,  tools and innovations to support the many data analytical needs of the Commission, including the creation, implementation, and maintenance of forms, tools and processes designed to capture, analyze and disseminate structured data submitted by SEC registrants through their filings with the Commission.  He is also the SEC’s representative on the Regulatory Oversight Committee and is currently serving as Vice-Chairman.

Questions? Contact the LSU Department of Accounting at 225-578-6202 or accounting@lsu.edu.