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Joint Event: IIA and ACFE Fraud Audit Event (4 Hours CPE)

  • May 14, 2019
  • 9:00 AM - 2:15 PM
  • HESS Club 5430 Westheimer Rd, Houston TX 77056
  • 3


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May Fraud Audit Event IIA and ACFE Present Four Hours CPE

Presentation One (2 hours):  

Mr. Vona will deliver a two hour presentation at the HESS Club, for the Houston ACFE and IIA Chapters on Tuesday, May 14, 2019.

Topic: How to Integrate Fraud into Your Audit Program

The cornerstone of the fraud auditing approach is the auditor’s ability to write fraud risk statement that can be easily integrated into the fraud audit program. The approach has a defined methodology with a step by step approach to fraud risk identification.  At the conclusion of this session, the student will understand how to write a fraud risk statement, how to use the fraud risk statement matrix, how to correlate the fraud risk statement to fraud risk assessment and how to build a fraud audit program.

Leonard W. Vona is a forensic accountant with more than 38 years of diversified auditing and forensic accounting experience, including a distinguished 18-year private practice. Mr. Vona has successfully conducted more than one hundred financial investigations for some of the largest high profile corporations in the United States. In addition, Mr. Vona's trial experience is extensive, including appearances in both federal and state courts. He is qualified as an expert witness, CPA and CFE.

Mr. Vona is the author of three books, Fraud Risk Assessment: Building a Fraud Audit Program, The Fraud Audit: Responding to the Risk of Fraud in Core Business Systems and Fraud Data Analytic Methodology: The Fraud Scenario Approach all published by Wiley Publishers.  Learn more about Fraud Auditing by visiting Leonardvona.com

Presentation Two: (1 Hour):  Stephen Howard and Katherine McMillen, Weaver LLP 


Presentation Description: This session will address corporate fraud and misconduct which remain a constant threat in today’s organizations.

ObjectivesIdentifying and understanding the fraud and misconduct risks that can undermine increasingly complex, business objective; Evaluating the design and operational effectiveness of corporate compliance programs and related antifraud programs and controls; Gaining insight on better ways to design and evaluate controls to prevent, detect, and respond to fraud and misconduct; How to respond when you identify fraud and misconduct

Speakers : Stephen Howard, Director, Forensics and Litigation Services, Weaver LLP

Stephen Howard, CFE, has gained experience and knowledge during his 15 years of providing consulting services to public and private sector clients as a member of a Big Four accounting firm, as well as other global consulting practices. He has provided financial consulting services, transaction services such as business valuations and financial modeling, internal audit services, litigation support and other consulting services to clients in various industries. Additionally, Mr. Howard has extensive experience in fraud investigations and forensic accounting, including earnings management investigations, fraudulent financial statement reporting, various accounting improprieties, procurement fraud, and money laundering. 

Speaker : Katherine McMillen, Manager, Forensics and Litigation Services, Weaver LLP

Katherine McMillen, CPA, CFE, has provided audit and forensic services to public and private sector clients for over six years as a member of both Big Four and regional public accounting firms. In the course of her career, Ms. McMillen has provided clients with a wide range of professional services, including external audits, financial and operating control reviews, FCPA and other regulatory compliance risk assessments, and litigation support for commercial and marital disputes. Ms. McMillen also has significant experience conducting forensic investigations into allegations of fraud and misconduct, including asset misappropriation, breaches of fiduciary duty, vendor and employee collusion, contract fraud, and other matters relating to white-collar crime.

Presentation 3 (One Hour): 

Tasneem Kalolwala, Director of Internal Audit, NRG Energy Inc.

Presentation Three (One Hour):  Frauditing: Internal Audit and Fraud, two sides of the same coin

In today’s world where doing more with less has become the norm and every auditor is striving to become a trusted advisor, incorporating fraud review within the assurance projects is required rather than preferred. Integrated audits no longer mean a combination of Information Technology and Operations/Finance review; but it also implies integrating an assessment of fraud schemes and identifying red flags within projects. More audit groups are called upon to assist with investigations and other consulting work. This presentation will focus on the following key areas to assist auditors in enhancing and developing relevant fraud review skills:

  • IPPF requirements as it relates to auditors responsibilities for fraud detection and review
  • Opportunities and ways to enhance assurance projects and auditor involvement
  • Various tools and skillsets that auditors and fraud examiners have in common/share
  • Techniques to perform and enhance the annual fraud risk assessment

Tasneem is an internal audit director at NRG Energy, a leading US integrated power company. She has 16+ years of progressive experience leading teams and projects, with emphasis on internal audits, fraud risk assessments, fraud detection, fraud prevention, investigation assistance and compliance. Her experience is across various industries including retail, telecommunications and utilities within both the private and public companies. Tasneem is a CFE, CIA, CRMA and a member of the IIA and ACFE. She is currently a Team Lead on the Houston IIA Test Development Team.

CPE Credits: 4 CPE Credits


09:00 AM
09:30 AM
   Registration Begins 
   Leonard Vona Presentation
11:30 AM    Lunch & Chapter News
12:15 PM

   Stephen Howard & Katherine McMillen

01:15 PM 

   Tasneem Kalolwala Presentation 

Learning Objectives

  • Identifying and understanding the fraud and misconduct risks that can undermine increasingly complex, business objective
  • Evaluating the design and operational effectiveness of corporate compliance programs and related antifraud programs and control
  • Gaining insight on better ways to design and evaluate controls to prevent, detect, and respond to fraud and misconduct

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
  • Who Should Attend?:  Anti-fraud professionals, Auditors, Accountants, Attorneys, Investigators, Law Enforcement, Educators, Students
  • Advanced Preparation: None
  • Program Level: Intermediate

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