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December Members Appreciation Event - Evolution of Fraud Investigation - Presented by BDO

  • December 12, 2017
  • 9:30 AM - 2:00 PM
  • HESS Club 5430 Westheimer Rd, Houston TX 77056
  • 18


  • 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.
  • Same Day Walk-In Pricing Open to All.

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Presentation: 2017 Members Appreciation Event  - Presented by BDO

Speakers: Eric Shirk, Forensic Technology Services Litigation Principal, BDO

Kirstie Tiernan, CFE, OCA, Forensic Technology Services DIrector, BDO

Jeff Harfenist, Litigation Managing Director, Global Forensics, BDO

Presentation Description: This event is a 4 hour event that we are providing at a discounted price to our current members Houston Chapter members.  All other attendees will have to pay the regular price for a 4 hour event.


This event will walk you through the different phases of Fraud investigation from the forensic accounting and internal audit work to the criminal investigation process and finally ending with the prosecution of fraud.  We have engaged experts on all of these matters to come and speak to our members and better clarify how the different pieces fit together.  They will also discuss how the various entities work together to successfully investigate and prosecute fraud as well as discussing key success factors and common pitfalls they have experienced.

Eric Shirk is a Litigation Principal in BDO USA, LLP’s Forensic Technology Services practice and is the national leader of the group’s Digital Forensics and Cyber Investigations practice.

With over 20 years of technical experience, he specializes in conducting both domestic and international digital investigations for corporations and their legal counsel most commonly in the financial, healthcare and energy sectors.

In addition to providing his client’s with investigations expertise, Eric also provides litigation consulting services involving discovery protocols, neutral third party analysis agreements, 26(f) conferences, protective orders, preservation and collection protocols and 30(b)(6) preparations. Eric frequently provides expert witness testimony in both state and federal courts most commonly in the areas of intellectual property theft and digital evidence spoliation.

Prior to joining BDO he was a Managing Director and Technical Consultant for UHY Advisors where he oversaw the firm’s digital forensics practice. He is the sole inventor for a US Patent for “System and Method for Preserving Electronically Stored Information.” This solution is marketed as “Tristan” and allows a layperson to complete a forensic image of a laptop, desktop or server computer.

Kirstie Tiernan is a Director in Forensic Technology Services department in the Chicago office with more than 13 years of experience providing data analytics, technology consulting, and risk management services. A Certified Fraud Examiner and an Oracle Certified Associate, Kirstie assists clients with utilizing data across the organization from multiple sources, locations, systems, languages, and functions.

Kirstie is experienced in managing big data analytics projects requiring the collection of entire ERP systems with experience in many accounting systems, including PeopleSoft, SAP and Oracle. Managing a team of database and data analytics experts, she provides clients with the necessary dashboards, statistical models, and predictive analytics to turn data into information upon which key business decisions are made. Applying her expertise in artificial intelligence and machine learning, Kirstie regularly works with clients to prevent and detect organizational fraud. 

Kirstie approaches projects with a focus on process efficiency, regularly implementing technological advancements within systems and databases in order to improve and accelerate time-consuming client processes. She also incorporates strategic data analytics initiatives to assist litigants, claimants, investigators and auditors with creating decisive and definite reports and conclusions.

Jeff Harfenist  leads the firm’s Global Forensics practice in the Southwest. He has more than 30 years of forensic accounting experience, having managed teams on some of the most high-profile investigations in U.S. history, including Tyco and Enron. Advising multinational organizations and their counsel, Mr. Harfenist has extensive experience leading domestic and international engagements for public and private organizations across numerous industries.

His practice focuses on fraud-related matters, including alleged violations of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (“FCPA”), kickbacks, embezzlement, Ponzi schemes, financial statement fraud, M&A anti-corruption due diligence and joint venture audits. Jeff guides organizations on compliance and due diligence best practices, risk assessments, assisting clients in developing and implementing anti-corruption and anti-fraud compliance programs and the ongoing testing and monitoring of these programs. He is experienced in conducting internal investigations in response to inquiries by regulatory bodies.

Skilled in implementing systems designed to detect fraud and mitigate risk, Jeff is adept at utilizing forensic tools to identify anomalous transactions and high-risk relationships. He is experienced in working with large data sets, having managed matters involving more than 50 million documents. A sought after presenter on international fraud-related matters, Jeff has published and presented extensively on managing fraud risk, including on such topics as FCPA, compliance, monitoring, electronic databases, risk assessments, among others. He was previously the National Fraud and Forensic Service Leader for a tax and business consulting firm. 

CPE Credits: 4.0 CPE Hours

9:00 AM
9:30 AM
10:30 AM

Eric Shirk - Current State of Challenges in Data Protection
Kirstie Tiernan - Effective Use of Data Analytics and Reporting
11:30 AM Lunch (Buffet Style)
12:00 PM Jeff Harfenist - Anti-Corruption Update
1:00 PM
1:50 PM
2:00 PM 

Jeff Harfenist - Conducting Effective Fraud Risk Analysis and Reviews
Closing Remarks


Learning Objectives:

  • Understand the basics of fraud investigation in corporate environments

  • Understand the basics of fraud investigation by law enforcement

  • Understand the basics of prosecution of fraud

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

NASBA Sponsor No. 125230

The Houston Area Chapter of the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners is registered with the National Association of State Boards of Accountancy (NASBA) as a sponsor of continuing professional education on the National Registry of CPE Sponsors. State boards of accountancy have the final authority on the acceptance of individual courses for CPE credit. Complaints regarding registered sponsors may be submitted to the National Registry of CPE Sponsors through its website: www.learningmarket.org.

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Houston, Texas 77227-2853

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