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March Luncheon/Annual Ethics Training:Ethical Issues for Fraud Examiners; Interviewing Prospective Witnesses & Evaluating Deception

  • March 14, 2017
  • 9:00 AM - 2:00 PM
  • HESS Club 5430 Westheimer Rd, Houston TX 77056
  • 16


  • Members Seat - Only current active members of the Houston Chapter may register a members seat.
  • Registration for non-members.
  • You must be a student chapter member to register at this rate.

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Presentation: Interviewing Prospective Witnesses & Evaluating Deception

Key Speaker: James D. Ratley, CFE 

President Association of Certified Fraud Examiners 

Presentation Description:

You cannot prepare enough for your interviews. The psychology of deception is very complex and often manifests itself through verbal and non-verbal cues. Learn why observation is critical during the entire investigation but more so during the interviewing process. 

You will see how the various environmental and psychological factors can enter into the simplest of interviews and also learn that developing the right questions in the right sequence can produce very beneficial results.

James D. Ratley Bio

Mr. Ratley is the President & CEO of the ACFE.

Mr. Ratley works to promote the ACFE to the public and other professional organizations and continues to assist in the development of anti-fraud products and services to meet the needs of the ACFE's members. In addition to his executive duties, Mr. Ratley serves as a member of the ACFE's faculty, and teaches regularly at workshops and conferences on a variety of fraud-related subjects. 

Mr. Ratley was named One of the Top 100 Most Influential People in Accounting by Accounting Today in 2012, 2013 and 2014 with the magazine praising his leadership in a "changing, growing and evolving" accounting landscape. He was also recognized by Internal Auditor as a 2014 Outstanding Contributor for his article, “Become a Better Interviewer,” published in the magazine’s June 2013 issue, and he was selected as one of Security magazine's Most Influential Security Executives for 2010. 

Mr. Ratley serves as adjunct professor at the University of Texas, where he teaches a masters-level fraud examination course in the McCombs School of Business (Accounting Department). He was also a Visiting Scholar at the University of Nebraska in Lincoln. 

Mr. Ratley has been certified as a Master Peace Officer by the Texas Commission on Law Enforcement Standards and Education. He is a member of the Austin Chapter of the ACFE. 

Presentation: Ethical Issues for Fraud Examiners

Key Speaker: John D. Gill, J.D., CFE 

Vice President - Education Association of Certified Fraud Examiners 

Presentation DescriptionIn your work to resolve allegations of fraud, you might encounter ethical issues that require you to look beyond the technical requirements of your job and toward the moral dimensions. But ethical issues can be perplexing. This presentation will discuss how to approach an ethical dilemma and where to look for guidance.

John D. Gill Bio

John D. Gill graduated from the University of Arkansas with a Bachelor’s Degree in English. In 1990, he received his J.D., with honors, from the University of Texas School of Law. 

Prior to working for the ACFE, Mr. Gill was an attorney in the Austin, Texas office of the law firm of Bragg, Chumlea, McQuality, Smithers and Curry where he was involved with civil fraud, insurance, and deceptive trade practices cases. He was the editor of the DTPA Forms and Practice Guide written by David Bragg and Michael Curry. 

In 1995, Mr. Gill joined the ACFE and served as both its General Counsel and the manager of the Research Department for nine years. When the Research Department expanded in 2003, he took on the role of Research Director. 

In 2009, he was promoted to Vice President – Education. In that capacity he oversees the production and development of all of the books, manuals, self-study courses, and seminar and conference materials produced by the ACFE. Currently, the ACFE publishes thirteen different books and manuals, thirty self-study courses, dozens of online offerings, and materials for more than thirty different seminars and conferences. 

He serves on the faculty of the ACFE and is a co-instructor of the CFE Exam Review class. He is a co-author of The Fraud Examiners Manual and serves as the editor-in-chief for the CFE Exam and the CFE Exam Preparation Course. He is also a contributing author to Fraud Magazine. 

Mr. Gill is a member of the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners, the Austin Chapter of ACFE, Phi Beta Kappa, the State Bar of Texas, and the American Bar Association. 


CPE Credits: 4 Fraud CPE Credits (2 credits will count towards ACFE ethics requirements but will not meet the CPA ethics requirements)


    Registration Begins 
    Interviewing Prospective Witnesses & Evaluating Deception
11:30AM     Lunch 
12:00PM     Ethical Issues for Fraud Examiners
2:00PM      Closing & Dismissal 

Learning Objectives:

  • Understand the importance of thinking through an ethics issue and understand what questions should be asked?
  • Discover what factors should be considered and how to recognize and respond to key ethical issues 
  • Make ethics and good decisions a cornerstone of your daily life

Event Policies:

  • If you have registered and/or paid for an event and you need to cancel, you MUST email events@houstonacfe.org no later than 5 days prior to the event to request a refund and/or cancel your registration.      
  • For more information regarding refund, complaint and/or program cancellation policies, please visit the Terms & Conditions section of the website, or email us at events@houstonacfe.org.     

Additional Information:

  • Delivery Method: Group-Live
  • Prerequisites: Working Knowledge of Fraud and Fraud Schemes
  • Field of Study: Specialized Knowledge and Applications [Fraud]
  • Who Should Attend?:  Anti-fraud professionals, Auditors, Accountants, Attorneys, Investigators, Law Enforcement, Educators, Students
  • Advanced Preparation: None
  • Program Level: Intermediate

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Houston, Texas 77227-2853

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