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Vomit Fraud! SCAM ALERT! What is it and how do you protect yourself from rogue UBER drivers?!
 
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Have you guys heard about this #VomitFraud ? Apparently some @uber drivers have figured out a way to #scam people out of money by claiming they vomited in their car. Gross! Here's my advice! Be sure to subscribe! https://goo.gl/E3MGMs Visit our Website for more: http://www.acuityacademy.com/ More about Tiffany Couch: Tiffany is Acuity Forensics' founder and principal. Ms. Couch has more than 20 years of experience in the field of accounting, with the last 13 years focused completely on forensic accounting related engagements. She has conducted dozens of financial investigations, managed cases involving tens of thousands of documents, and has testified in state and federal jurisdictions. She has worked with local, state and federal officials to support their work (or provide a resource) in several significant embezzlement cases. Tiffany holds a Bachelor of Science in accounting degree cum laude from Central Washington University. She is a Certified Public Accountant (CPA), Certified in Financial Forensics (CFF), and is a Certified Fraud Examiner (CFE). She is a faculty member for the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners (ACFE); and is a nationally recognized speaker on the topic of fraud and forensic accounting. She has also published several articles in local, regional, and statewide publications. Tiffany is the winner of the 2014 James R. Baker Speaker of the Year, presented by the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners to honor an individual who has demonstrated the true spirit of leadership in communication, presentation and quality instruction. She is also an honoree for the 2007 Accomplished and Under 40, in which Clark County community leaders recognize their "rising stars", hosted by the Vancouver Business Journal.
Views: 55 Tiffany Couch
Fraudsters will LIE! - Expense Reimbursements - Tips to avoid common fraud mistakes!
 
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Be sure to subscribe! https://goo.gl/E3MGMs Visit our Website for more: COMING SOON! Expense Reimbursements - Fraudsters will LIE! - I want to explain some concerns to you so that you won't make the potential mistakes I talk about in this video! More about Tiffany Couch: Tiffany is Acuity Forensics' founder and principal. Ms. Couch has more than 20 years of experience in the field of accounting, with the last 13 years focused completely on forensic accounting related engagements. She has conducted dozens of financial investigations, managed cases involving tens of thousands of documents, and has testified in state and federal jurisdictions. She has worked with local, state and federal officials to support their work (or provide a resource) in several significant embezzlement cases. Tiffany holds a Bachelor of Science in accounting degree cum laude from Central Washington University. She is a Certified Public Accountant (CPA), Certified in Financial Forensics (CFF), and is a Certified Fraud Examiner (CFE). She is a faculty member for the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners (ACFE); and is a nationally recognized speaker on the topic of fraud and forensic accounting. She has also published several articles in local, regional, and statewide publications. Tiffany is the winner of the 2014 James R. Baker Speaker of the Year, presented by the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners to honor an individual who has demonstrated the true spirit of leadership in communication, presentation and quality instruction. She is also an honoree for the 2007 Accomplished and Under 40, in which Clark County community leaders recognize their "rising stars", hosted by the Vancouver Business Journal.
Views: 87 Tiffany Couch
The employee is living beyond their means - Top Red Flags of Fraud
 
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Be sure to subscribe! https://goo.gl/E3MGMs Visit our Website for more: http://www.acuityacademy.com/ Homes they can't afford, luxurious cars, jewelry, vacations, clothes, and more. You know what you pay your employee. You probably also have a good idea of what their spouse does for a living. Does this person's lifestyle match your understanding of their income? In one instance, our client's former accountant was buying beautiful and expensive gifts for co-workers and owners. The woman had a house at the beach, a brand-new vehicle... and two teenage boys at home. She made $15 per hour as a single mother. It was clear that her lifestyle exceeded her income. In nearly every case we've investigated, our interviews have revealed that the suspect's lifestyle did not match the estimated income of their household. More about Tiffany Couch: Tiffany is Acuity Forensics' founder and principal. Ms. Couch has more than 20 years of experience in the field of accounting, with the last 13 years focused completely on forensic accounting related engagements. She has conducted dozens of financial investigations, managed cases involving tens of thousands of documents, and has testified in state and federal jurisdictions. She has worked with local, state and federal officials to support their work (or provide a resource) in several significant embezzlement cases. Tiffany holds a Bachelor of Science in accounting degree cum laude from Central Washington University. She is a Certified Public Accountant (CPA), Certified in Financial Forensics (CFF), and is a Certified Fraud Examiner (CFE). She is a faculty member for the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners (ACFE); and is a nationally recognized speaker on the topic of fraud and forensic accounting. She has also published several articles in local, regional, and statewide publications. Tiffany is the winner of the 2014 James R. Baker Speaker of the Year, presented by the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners to honor an individual who has demonstrated the true spirit of leadership in communication, presentation and quality instruction. She is also an honoree for the 2007 Accomplished and Under 40, in which Clark County community leaders recognize their "rising stars", hosted by the Vancouver Business Journal.
Views: 98 Tiffany Couch
I received a message on Facebook asking for my help. Here's what I did.
 
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So I got a message on Facebook asking for my help. Be sure to subscribe! https://goo.gl/E3MGMs Visit our Website for more: http://www.acuityacademy.com/ More about Tiffany Couch: Tiffany is Acuity Forensics' founder and principal. Ms. Couch has more than 20 years of experience in the field of accounting, with the last 13 years focused completely on forensic accounting related engagements. She has conducted dozens of financial investigations, managed cases involving tens of thousands of documents, and has testified in state and federal jurisdictions. She has worked with local, state and federal officials to support their work (or provide a resource) in several significant embezzlement cases. Tiffany holds a Bachelor of Science in accounting degree cum laude from Central Washington University. She is a Certified Public Accountant (CPA), Certified in Financial Forensics (CFF), and is a Certified Fraud Examiner (CFE). She is a faculty member for the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners (ACFE); and is a nationally recognized speaker on the topic of fraud and forensic accounting. She has also published several articles in local, regional, and statewide publications. Tiffany is the winner of the 2014 James R. Baker Speaker of the Year, presented by the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners to honor an individual who has demonstrated the true spirit of leadership in communication, presentation and quality instruction. She is also an honoree for the 2007 Accomplished and Under 40, in which Clark County community leaders recognize their "rising stars", hosted by the Vancouver Business Journal.
Views: 22 Tiffany Couch
Employee refuses to provide basic financial information - Top Red Flags of Fraud
 
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Be sure to subscribe! https://goo.gl/E3MGMs Visit our Website for more: http://www.acuityacademy.com/ Perhaps you have been asking to look at basic financial information like financial reports, bank reconciliations, or bank statements. Perhaps your accountant or auditors have been asking for information necessary for your annual tax return, audit, or bank loan update. Perhaps you have a new consultant or a software system you are trying to implement and information necessary to advance this project is being stalled by a key employee. When someone is refusing to provide basic financial information that should be available "at the push of a button", heed this as a warning that there could be something the key employee doesn't want you to find. It could be as simple as they don't have their work done and don't want you to know about it. Unfortunately, it is often a sign that there is an underlying theft scheme that could be uncovered with the documents they are failing to provide. More about Tiffany Couch: Tiffany is Acuity Forensics' founder and principal. Ms. Couch has more than 20 years of experience in the field of accounting, with the last 13 years focused completely on forensic accounting related engagements. She has conducted dozens of financial investigations, managed cases involving tens of thousands of documents, and has testified in state and federal jurisdictions. She has worked with local, state and federal officials to support their work (or provide a resource) in several significant embezzlement cases. Tiffany holds a Bachelor of Science in accounting degree cum laude from Central Washington University. She is a Certified Public Accountant (CPA), Certified in Financial Forensics (CFF), and is a Certified Fraud Examiner (CFE). She is a faculty member for the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners (ACFE); and is a nationally recognized speaker on the topic of fraud and forensic accounting. She has also published several articles in local, regional, and statewide publications. Tiffany is the winner of the 2014 James R. Baker Speaker of the Year, presented by the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners to honor an individual who has demonstrated the true spirit of leadership in communication, presentation and quality instruction. She is also an honoree for the 2007 Accomplished and Under 40, in which Clark County community leaders recognize their "rising stars", hosted by the Vancouver Business Journal.
Views: 30 Tiffany Couch
What's the reaction when fraud happens?  - Tiffany Couch - Forensic Accountant
 
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At first it's not the money being stolen that hurts the most. It's the breach of trust. More proof that business is personal. Be sure to subscribe! https://goo.gl/E3MGMs More about Tiffany Couch: Tiffany is Acuity Forensics' founder and principal. Ms. Couch has more than 20 years of experience in the field of accounting, with the last 13 years focused completely on forensic accounting related engagements. She has conducted dozens of financial investigations, managed cases involving tens of thousands of documents, and has testified in state and federal jurisdictions. She has worked with local, state and federal officials to support their work (or provide a resource) in several significant embezzlement cases. Tiffany holds a Bachelor of Science in accounting degree cum laude from Central Washington University. She is a Certified Public Accountant (CPA), Certified in Financial Forensics (CFF), and is a Certified Fraud Examiner (CFE). She is a faculty member for the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners (ACFE); and is a nationally recognized speaker on the topic of fraud and forensic accounting. She has also published several articles in local, regional, and statewide publications. Tiffany is the winner of the 2014 James R. Baker Speaker of the Year, presented by the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners to honor an individual who has demonstrated the true spirit of leadership in communication, presentation and quality instruction. She is also an honoree for the 2007 Accomplished and Under 40, in which Clark County community leaders recognize their "rising stars", hosted by the Vancouver Business Journal.
Views: 11 Tiffany Couch
Acuity Forensics - Clarifying the Complex
 
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We are your expert resource and trusted partner. Whether you need help unraveling complex financial data, suspect fraud, or seek litigation support, we can connect the pieces and provide answers. We are based near the Portland, Oregon metropolitan area, but our clients reside in the Pacific Northwest and beyond. Be sure to subscribe! https://goo.gl/E3MGMs Visit our Website for more: http://www.acuityforensics.com/ Fraud Investigation, Litigation support, Speaker & Media source More about Tiffany Couch: Tiffany is Acuity Forensics' founder and principal. Ms. Couch has more than 20 years of experience in the field of accounting, with the last 13 years focused completely on forensic accounting related engagements. She has conducted dozens of financial investigations, managed cases involving tens of thousands of documents, and has testified in state and federal jurisdictions. She has worked with local, state and federal officials to support their work (or provide a resource) in several significant embezzlement cases. Tiffany holds a Bachelor of Science in accounting degree cum laude from Central Washington University. She is a Certified Public Accountant (CPA), Certified in Financial Forensics (CFF), and is a Certified Fraud Examiner (CFE). She is a faculty member for the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners (ACFE); and is a nationally recognized speaker on the topic of fraud and forensic accounting. She has also published several articles in local, regional, and statewide publications. Tiffany is the winner of the 2014 James R. Baker Speaker of the Year, presented by the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners to honor an individual who has demonstrated the true spirit of leadership in communication, presentation and quality instruction. She is also an honoree for the 2007 Accomplished and Under 40, in which Clark County community leaders recognize their "rising stars", hosted by the Vancouver Business Journal.
Views: 53 Tiffany Couch
The employee works long hours - Top Red Flags of Fraud
 
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Be sure to subscribe! https://goo.gl/E3MGMs Visit our Website for more: http://www.acuityacademy.com/ More about Tiffany Couch: Tiffany is Acuity Forensics' founder and principal. Ms. Couch has more than 20 years of experience in the field of accounting, with the last 13 years focused completely on forensic accounting related engagements. She has conducted dozens of financial investigations, managed cases involving tens of thousands of documents, and has testified in state and federal jurisdictions. She has worked with local, state and federal officials to support their work (or provide a resource) in several significant embezzlement cases. Tiffany holds a Bachelor of Science in accounting degree cum laude from Central Washington University. She is a Certified Public Accountant (CPA), Certified in Financial Forensics (CFF), and is a Certified Fraud Examiner (CFE). She is a faculty member for the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners (ACFE); and is a nationally recognized speaker on the topic of fraud and forensic accounting. She has also published several articles in local, regional, and statewide publications. Tiffany is the winner of the 2014 James R. Baker Speaker of the Year, presented by the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners to honor an individual who has demonstrated the true spirit of leadership in communication, presentation and quality instruction. She is also an honoree for the 2007 Accomplished and Under 40, in which Clark County community leaders recognize their "rising stars", hosted by the Vancouver Business Journal.
Views: 21 Tiffany Couch
Step Five: Secure Key Documents -  Top 10 action items when fraud is uncovered or suspected
 
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Be sure to subscribe! https://goo.gl/E3MGMs Visit our Website for more: http://www.acuityacademy.com/ Step Five: Secure Key Documents - Top 10 action items when fraud is uncovered or suspected Start collecting bank statements, canceled checks, financial statements, vendor invoices, deposit slips, receipts, payroll reports or any other documents that may be pertinent to the case. For example, if the employee was an Accounts Payable Clerk and was responsible for paying your bills, and you noticed that she had written an unauthorized check to herself or one of her personal credit cards, it would be important to call your bank and collect the bank statements and cancelled check images for the period of time your Accounts Payable Clerk worked for you. Take an inventory of the suspect's desk and ensure the contents are also either untouched (e.g. if they are in a locked office); or are boxed and locked in a secure location. Typically, the personal items of the suspect (e.g. pictures, personal mementos, etc.) must be returned to the suspect timely. It is also a good idea to take pictures of the employee's desk just prior to the inventory. The goal here is to ensure the timely return of personal effects, retain evidence necessary for your case, and to ensure the continuity of your business by identifying documents necessary to transact day to day business. More about Tiffany Couch: Tiffany is Acuity Forensics' founder and principal. Ms. Couch has more than 20 years of experience in the field of accounting, with the last 13 years focused completely on forensic accounting related engagements. She has conducted dozens of financial investigations, managed cases involving tens of thousands of documents, and has testified in state and federal jurisdictions. She has worked with local, state and federal officials to support their work (or provide a resource) in several significant embezzlement cases. Tiffany holds a Bachelor of Science in accounting degree cum laude from Central Washington University. She is a Certified Public Accountant (CPA), Certified in Financial Forensics (CFF), and is a Certified Fraud Examiner (CFE). She is a faculty member for the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners (ACFE); and is a nationally recognized speaker on the topic of fraud and forensic accounting. She has also published several articles in local, regional, and statewide publications. Tiffany is the winner of the 2014 James R. Baker Speaker of the Year, presented by the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners to honor an individual who has demonstrated the true spirit of leadership in communication, presentation and quality instruction. She is also an honoree for the 2007 Accomplished and Under 40, in which Clark County community leaders recognize their "rising stars", hosted by the Vancouver Business Journal.
Views: 22 Tiffany Couch
Step Six: Contact Owners/Mangement -  Top 10 action items when fraud is uncovered or suspected
 
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Be sure to subscribe! https://goo.gl/E3MGMs Visit our Website for more: http://www.acuityacademy.com/ Step Six: Contact Owners/Mangement - Top 10 action items when fraud is uncovered or suspected Depending on the size or type of organization (e.g. non-profit), there may be inside individuals who need to be notified of the potential fraud. As an example, there may be a board of directors to call, perhaps you manage the business and need to call the owner and/or CEO. It is important that any contact to insiders be limited only to those individuals who need to know about the situation. Conversations should include the events that precipitated the uncovering of the fraud, actions taken to secure evidence and a plan on how best to interact with the with the suspect, if any, and evidence collected a basic discussion about next stea If the contact is to a Board of Directors, the information may need to be conveyed in an Executive Session of a meeting. More about Tiffany Couch: Tiffany is Acuity Forensics' founder and principal. Ms. Couch has more than 20 years of experience in the field of accounting, with the last 13 years focused completely on forensic accounting related engagements. She has conducted dozens of financial investigations, managed cases involving tens of thousands of documents, and has testified in state and federal jurisdictions. She has worked with local, state and federal officials to support their work (or provide a resource) in several significant embezzlement cases. Tiffany holds a Bachelor of Science in accounting degree cum laude from Central Washington University. She is a Certified Public Accountant (CPA), Certified in Financial Forensics (CFF), and is a Certified Fraud Examiner (CFE). She is a faculty member for the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners (ACFE); and is a nationally recognized speaker on the topic of fraud and forensic accounting. She has also published several articles in local, regional, and statewide publications. Tiffany is the winner of the 2014 James R. Baker Speaker of the Year, presented by the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners to honor an individual who has demonstrated the true spirit of leadership in communication, presentation and quality instruction. She is also an honoree for the 2007 Accomplished and Under 40, in which Clark County community leaders recognize their "rising stars", hosted by the Vancouver Business Journal.
Views: 16 Tiffany Couch
Step #6 - Contact owners and management
 
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Depending on the size or type of organization (e.g. non-profit), there may be inside individuals who need to be notified of the potential fraud. As an example, there may be a board of directors to call, perhaps you manage the business and need to call the owner and/or CEO. It is important that any contact to insiders be limited only to those individuals who need to know about the situation. Conversations should include the events that precipitated the uncovering of the fraud, actions taken to secure evidence and a plan on how best to interact with the with the suspect, if any, and evidence collected a basic discussion about next step If the contact is to a Board of Directors, the information may need to be conveyed in an Executive Session of a meeting.
Views: 300 Tiffany Couch
Sentenced!
 
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Tiffany watched a former employee of a local small business get sentenced last week for embezzlement. How do you prevent fraud in your company? Do you know the red flags? Acuity Academy is your resource to keep your company assets safe. Read Tiffany's book "The Thief in Your Company", available at Amazon, to learn more!
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How do you FEEL about learning something new?
 
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Some of us embrace it, some of us push back against it, but I think you should always be open to learning something new even when it's scary. Be sure to subscribe! https://goo.gl/E3MGMs Visit our Website for more: http://www.acuityacademy.com/ More about Tiffany Couch: Tiffany is Acuity Forensics' founder and principal. Ms. Couch has more than 20 years of experience in the field of accounting, with the last 13 years focused completely on forensic accounting related engagements. She has conducted dozens of financial investigations, managed cases involving tens of thousands of documents, and has testified in state and federal jurisdictions. She has worked with local, state and federal officials to support their work (or provide a resource) in several significant embezzlement cases. Tiffany holds a Bachelor of Science in accounting degree cum laude from Central Washington University. She is a Certified Public Accountant (CPA), Certified in Financial Forensics (CFF), and is a Certified Fraud Examiner (CFE). She is a faculty member for the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners (ACFE); and is a nationally recognized speaker on the topic of fraud and forensic accounting. She has also published several articles in local, regional, and statewide publications. Tiffany is the winner of the 2014 James R. Baker Speaker of the Year, presented by the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners to honor an individual who has demonstrated the true spirit of leadership in communication, presentation and quality instruction. She is also an honoree for the 2007 Accomplished and Under 40, in which Clark County community leaders recognize their "rising stars", hosted by the Vancouver Business Journal.
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Acuity Academy Introduction Video - Fraud prevention and Small Business Advice!
 
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Be sure to subscribe! https://goo.gl/E3MGMs Visit our Website for more: Small business is the #1 victim of internal fraud. On average, companies lose 5% of their gross sales to embezzlement. Acuity Academy is the preeminent resource for small business, nonprofits, and those that consult with small organizations to educate themselves on the risk of fraud and find unparalleled resources which will assist them in reducing fraud risk. Forensic accountant Tiffany Couch is the author of "The Thief in Your Company". She has seen theft in many forms, but what sticks with her the most is not the fraud schemes or the dollar losses. It's the victims who all experience the same emotional devastation that these crimes leave in their wake. Acuity Academy Introduction Video - Fraud prevention and Small Business Advice!
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Step Three: Eliminate access -  Top 10 action items when fraud is uncovered or suspected
 
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Be sure to subscribe! https://goo.gl/E3MGMs Visit our Website for more: Step Three: Eliminate computer and facility access - Top 10 action items when fraud is uncovered or suspected Does your suspect have access to a computer, tablet, phone or other electronic device? Do they have the ability to access key documents and information stored "in the cloud"? All phones, computers, tablets, and electronic devices need to be collected and stored in a secured location. Remote access to your servers, email system or any other cloud-based system should be immediately disabled. The same goes for physical access. Keys and/or key-cards should be collected and in some cases, locks may need to be changed. The goal of securing electronic devices, disabling remote access, and removing physical access to your location is imperative in reducing the risk that key evidence related to your case cannot be altered or destroyed. More about Tiffany Couch: Tiffany is Acuity Forensics' founder and principal. Ms. Couch has more than 20 years of experience in the field of accounting, with the last 13 years focused completely on forensic accounting related engagements. She has conducted dozens of financial investigations, managed cases involving tens of thousands of documents, and has testified in state and federal jurisdictions. She has worked with local, state and federal officials to support their work (or provide a resource) in several significant embezzlement cases. Tiffany holds a Bachelor of Science in accounting degree cum laude from Central Washington University. She is a Certified Public Accountant (CPA), Certified in Financial Forensics (CFF), and is a Certified Fraud Examiner (CFE). She is a faculty member for the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners (ACFE); and is a nationally recognized speaker on the topic of fraud and forensic accounting. She has also published several articles in local, regional, and statewide publications. Tiffany is the winner of the 2014 James R. Baker Speaker of the Year, presented by the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners to honor an individual who has demonstrated the true spirit of leadership in communication, presentation and quality instruction. She is also an honoree for the 2007 Accomplished and Under 40, in which Clark County community leaders recognize their "rising stars", hosted by the Vancouver Business Journal.
Views: 23 Tiffany Couch
Most well liked employee - Learn about the Top Red Flags of Fraud in your business
 
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Be sure to subscribe! https://goo.gl/E3MGMs Visit our Website for more: http://www.acuityacademy.com/ Time for some Story Time with Tiffany Couch Most well liked employee - Learn about the Top Red Flags of Fraud in your business Don't get us wrong, we understand the importance of loyal and trusted employees. However, we have also found that fraudsters tend to be one of the most trusted and well-liked staff member in the organization. They use their ability to be liked and trusted to perpetrate their crimes. All employees should understand that their work is subject to question and scrutiny on a regular basis. This keeps your assets safe, and your employees safe in their jobs. More about Tiffany Couch: Tiffany is Acuity Forensics' founder and principal. Ms. Couch has more than 20 years of experience in the field of accounting, with the last 13 years focused completely on forensic accounting related engagements. She has conducted dozens of financial investigations, managed cases involving tens of thousands of documents, and has testified in state and federal jurisdictions. She has worked with local, state and federal officials to support their work (or provide a resource) in several significant embezzlement cases. Tiffany holds a Bachelor of Science in accounting degree cum laude from Central Washington University. She is a Certified Public Accountant (CPA), Certified in Financial Forensics (CFF), and is a Certified Fraud Examiner (CFE). She is a faculty member for the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners (ACFE); and is a nationally recognized speaker on the topic of fraud and forensic accounting. She has also published several articles in local, regional, and statewide publications. Tiffany is the winner of the 2014 James R. Baker Speaker of the Year, presented by the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners to honor an individual who has demonstrated the true spirit of leadership in communication, presentation and quality instruction. She is also an honoree for the 2007 Accomplished and Under 40, in which Clark County community leaders recognize their "rising stars", hosted by the Vancouver Business Journal.
Views: 36 Tiffany Couch
What's the number one way to prevent fraud at work? Watch this video...
 
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I discuss what I've found to be the number one way to prevent fraud at small businesses (large ones too). Your employees just have to know you're looking for it. It's that simple! Be sure to subscribe! https://goo.gl/E3MGMs Visit our Website for more: http://www.acuityacademy.com/ More about Tiffany Couch: Tiffany is Acuity Forensics' founder and principal. Ms. Couch has more than 20 years of experience in the field of accounting, with the last 13 years focused completely on forensic accounting related engagements. She has conducted dozens of financial investigations, managed cases involving tens of thousands of documents, and has testified in state and federal jurisdictions. She has worked with local, state and federal officials to support their work (or provide a resource) in several significant embezzlement cases. Tiffany holds a Bachelor of Science in accounting degree cum laude from Central Washington University. She is a Certified Public Accountant (CPA), Certified in Financial Forensics (CFF), and is a Certified Fraud Examiner (CFE). She is a faculty member for the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners (ACFE); and is a nationally recognized speaker on the topic of fraud and forensic accounting. She has also published several articles in local, regional, and statewide publications. Tiffany is the winner of the 2014 James R. Baker Speaker of the Year, presented by the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners to honor an individual who has demonstrated the true spirit of leadership in communication, presentation and quality instruction. She is also an honoree for the 2007 Accomplished and Under 40, in which Clark County community leaders recognize their "rising stars", hosted by the Vancouver Business Journal.
Views: 7 Tiffany Couch
The employee is rarely absent, won't take vacation - Top Red Flags of Fraud
 
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Be sure to subscribe! https://goo.gl/E3MGMs Visit our Website for more: http://www.acuityacademy.com/ The employee is rarely absent, won't take vacation - Top Red Flags of Fraud - A fraudster needs to have control. Control over mail, incoming phone calls, the accounting system, and more. As a result, they often do not take personal time off. We have worked countless fraud cases where the suspect had gone years without so much as one day off. Again, this red flag was looked at as a sign of a loyal employee instead of what it really was - the sign of a potential fraud scheme. More about Tiffany Couch: Tiffany is Acuity Forensics' founder and principal. Ms. Couch has more than 20 years of experience in the field of accounting, with the last 13 years focused completely on forensic accounting related engagements. She has conducted dozens of financial investigations, managed cases involving tens of thousands of documents, and has testified in state and federal jurisdictions. She has worked with local, state and federal officials to support their work (or provide a resource) in several significant embezzlement cases. Tiffany holds a Bachelor of Science in accounting degree cum laude from Central Washington University. She is a Certified Public Accountant (CPA), Certified in Financial Forensics (CFF), and is a Certified Fraud Examiner (CFE). She is a faculty member for the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners (ACFE); and is a nationally recognized speaker on the topic of fraud and forensic accounting. She has also published several articles in local, regional, and statewide publications. Tiffany is the winner of the 2014 James R. Baker Speaker of the Year, presented by the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners to honor an individual who has demonstrated the true spirit of leadership in communication, presentation and quality instruction. She is also an honoree for the 2007 Accomplished and Under 40, in which Clark County community leaders recognize their "rising stars", hosted by the Vancouver Business Journal.
Views: 28 Tiffany Couch
Is DENIAL a normal reaction to fraud or should you trust people more?
 
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Be sure to subscribe! https://goo.gl/E3MGMs Visit our Website for more: What do you do when something doesn't "feel" right in your company, but you TRUST your employees? Do you know that the fraudster in your company is always the person you like and trust? If you didn't trust them, they wouldn't have the keys to your kingdom, right? We are human and trust others, which is fine! But as small business owners we need to trust AND verify. There are simple ways to make sure your company assets stay safe. Read "The Thief in Your Company", available at Amazon, for more information.
Views: 21 Tiffany Couch
Step One: Take a Deep Breath -  Top 10 action items when fraud is uncovered or suspected
 
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Be sure to subscribe! https://goo.gl/E3MGMs Visit our Website for more: http://www.acuityacademy.com/ Step One: Take a Deep Breath - Top 10 action items when fraud is uncovered or suspected When insider fraud is discovered, emotions run high. You may be experiencing feelings of shock, embarrassment, anger, and frustration. Without notice, tears may suddenly emerge from your eyes. You've gone from being in a power position to feeling out of control. We want you to know that all of these feelings are normal. We've witnessed our own clients experiencing similar ranges of emotion. It is our goal to return your power to you. You can handle this. It might not be figured out overnight, but with a structured plan of action, you can get to the bottom of it. The best thing you can do first is to simply take a moment to center yourself. Take a deep breath. You will find you will need to come back here, to Step 1, more often than not. But, that's okay. Making decisions from a more centered and calm position will typically result in a more positive outcome. More about Tiffany Couch: Tiffany is Acuity Forensics' founder and principal. Ms. Couch has more than 20 years of experience in the field of accounting, with the last 13 years focused completely on forensic accounting related engagements. She has conducted dozens of financial investigations, managed cases involving tens of thousands of documents, and has testified in state and federal jurisdictions. She has worked with local, state and federal officials to support their work (or provide a resource) in several significant embezzlement cases. Tiffany holds a Bachelor of Science in accounting degree cum laude from Central Washington University. She is a Certified Public Accountant (CPA), Certified in Financial Forensics (CFF), and is a Certified Fraud Examiner (CFE). She is a faculty member for the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners (ACFE); and is a nationally recognized speaker on the topic of fraud and forensic accounting. She has also published several articles in local, regional, and statewide publications. Tiffany is the winner of the 2014 James R. Baker Speaker of the Year, presented by the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners to honor an individual who has demonstrated the true spirit of leadership in communication, presentation and quality instruction. She is also an honoree for the 2007 Accomplished and Under 40, in which Clark County community leaders recognize their "rising stars", hosted by the Vancouver Business Journal.
Views: 44 Tiffany Couch
As an Auditor do you know how people are seeing you?
 
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Tiffany Couch shares some thoughts on how you as an Auditor might be perceived when you go to a business to do your job. She also highlights some ways you can get people to open up. Be sure to subscribe! https://goo.gl/E3MGMs Visit our Website for more: http://www.acuityacademy.com/ More about Tiffany Couch: Tiffany is Acuity Forensics' founder and principal. Ms. Couch has more than 20 years of experience in the field of accounting, with the last 13 years focused completely on forensic accounting related engagements. She has conducted dozens of financial investigations, managed cases involving tens of thousands of documents, and has testified in state and federal jurisdictions. She has worked with local, state and federal officials to support their work (or provide a resource) in several significant embezzlement cases. Tiffany holds a Bachelor of Science in accounting degree cum laude from Central Washington University. She is a Certified Public Accountant (CPA), Certified in Financial Forensics (CFF), and is a Certified Fraud Examiner (CFE). She is a faculty member for the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners (ACFE); and is a nationally recognized speaker on the topic of fraud and forensic accounting. She has also published several articles in local, regional, and statewide publications. Tiffany is the winner of the 2014 James R. Baker Speaker of the Year, presented by the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners to honor an individual who has demonstrated the true spirit of leadership in communication, presentation and quality instruction. She is also an honoree for the 2007 Accomplished and Under 40, in which Clark County community leaders recognize their "rising stars", hosted by the Vancouver Business Journal.
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Step Two: Log all Communications and Events -  Top 10 action items when fraud is uncovered
 
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Be sure to subscribe! https://goo.gl/E3MGMs Visit our Website for more: http://www.acuityacademy.com/ Step Two: Log all Communications and Events - Top 10 action items when fraud is uncovered or suspected Find a dedicated yellow legal pad or notebook. It sounds simple, but this tool will serve two purposes. The primary goal here is to start documenting important information such as when the suspect was hired, what their job duties were, what clues uncovered the potential fraud, previous interactions that may hold clues to the situation, and interviews or conversations with key people. As emotions run high, we tend to forget important facts or details. This simple log will ensure there is a dedicated place to preserve information as you obtain it and/or remember it. This information will be key to forensic accountants, law enforcement, and others who may become involved in this investigation. Our clients have communicated to us that this "log" serves another purpose: it puts them back in the driver's seat and helps them feel more in control of the situation as information and events unfold. More about Tiffany Couch: Tiffany is Acuity Forensics' founder and principal. Ms. Couch has more than 20 years of experience in the field of accounting, with the last 13 years focused completely on forensic accounting related engagements. She has conducted dozens of financial investigations, managed cases involving tens of thousands of documents, and has testified in state and federal jurisdictions. She has worked with local, state and federal officials to support their work (or provide a resource) in several significant embezzlement cases. Tiffany holds a Bachelor of Science in accounting degree cum laude from Central Washington University. She is a Certified Public Accountant (CPA), Certified in Financial Forensics (CFF), and is a Certified Fraud Examiner (CFE). She is a faculty member for the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners (ACFE); and is a nationally recognized speaker on the topic of fraud and forensic accounting. She has also published several articles in local, regional, and statewide publications. Tiffany is the winner of the 2014 James R. Baker Speaker of the Year, presented by the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners to honor an individual who has demonstrated the true spirit of leadership in communication, presentation and quality instruction. She is also an honoree for the 2007 Accomplished and Under 40, in which Clark County community leaders recognize their "rising stars", hosted by the Vancouver Business Journal.
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What is the Fraud Triangle? Watch and find out!
 
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I made a quick video to talk about the fraud triangle, a tool used often in our industry. Be sure to subscribe! https://goo.gl/E3MGMs Visit our Website for more: http://www.acuityacademy.com/ More about Tiffany Couch: Tiffany is Acuity Forensics' founder and principal. Ms. Couch has more than 20 years of experience in the field of accounting, with the last 13 years focused completely on forensic accounting related engagements. She has conducted dozens of financial investigations, managed cases involving tens of thousands of documents, and has testified in state and federal jurisdictions. She has worked with local, state and federal officials to support their work (or provide a resource) in several significant embezzlement cases. Tiffany holds a Bachelor of Science in accounting degree cum laude from Central Washington University. She is a Certified Public Accountant (CPA), Certified in Financial Forensics (CFF), and is a Certified Fraud Examiner (CFE). She is a faculty member for the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners (ACFE); and is a nationally recognized speaker on the topic of fraud and forensic accounting. She has also published several articles in local, regional, and statewide publications. Tiffany is the winner of the 2014 James R. Baker Speaker of the Year, presented by the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners to honor an individual who has demonstrated the true spirit of leadership in communication, presentation and quality instruction. She is also an honoree for the 2007 Accomplished and Under 40, in which Clark County community leaders recognize their "rising stars", hosted by the Vancouver Business Journal.
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Step #7 - Contact legal counsel and insurance agent
 
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When fraud is suspected or discovered, it is imperative that you understand your rights as an employer. It is also important to understand that the suspect has legal rights, too. This is where the good advice of an employment law attorney is a must-do. We know that the cost of calling an employment law attorney might concern you. However, you may be surprised that paying for an hour or two of their time will get you the information you need to ensure your compliance with the law (and will be some of the best “insurance” your money can pay for!). Obtain referrals from trusted professionals in your local business community and take the time to call two or three to find the attorney who is a good fit for you. Did you know may have “Employee Dishonesty Insurance”? This insurance policy is typically a subset of your general business insurance policy and/or may be a stand-alone policy. In our experience, employee dishonesty insurance is the number-one way our clients find restitution for lost funds. Also, did you know that many of these policies will also pay for professional fees (e.g. lawyers and forensic accountants)? Cal your insurance agent and inquire as to whether you have employee dishonesty insurance or a fidelity bond. Get an understanding of policy terms (e.g. total loss and/or per-occurrence language), benefits (e.g. payment of professional fees), and requirements (e.g. obtain a police report, deadlines for making a claim once theft is discovered, etc.).
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iHeartRadio Public Affairs with John Erickson 03 19 17
 
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Tiffany was interviewed by radio personality John Erickson, for the iHeartRadio Public Affairs program in Portland, OR. Listen to her talk about her book, "The Thief in Your Company", and see if you can recognize red flags of fraud in your own small business. Learn preventable procedures you can take to keep yourself, your company, and your employees safe from internal fraud.
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Register for Fraud Master's Seminar
 
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Be sure to subscribe! https://goo.gl/E3MGMs Visit our Website for more: http://www.tiffanycouch.com/acuity-academy/ More about Tiffany Couch: Tiffany is Acuity Forensics' founder and principal. Ms. Couch has more than 20 years of experience in the field of accounting, with the last 13 years focused completely on forensic accounting related engagements. She has conducted dozens of financial investigations, managed cases involving tens of thousands of documents, and has testified in state and federal jurisdictions. She has worked with local, state and federal officials to support their work (or provide a resource) in several significant embezzlement cases. Tiffany holds a Bachelor of Science in accounting degree cum laude from Central Washington University. She is a Certified Public Accountant (CPA), Certified in Financial Forensics (CFF), and is a Certified Fraud Examiner (CFE). She is a faculty member for the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners (ACFE); and is a nationally recognized speaker on the topic of fraud and forensic accounting. She has also published several articles in local, regional, and statewide publications. Tiffany is the winner of the 2014 James R. Baker Speaker of the Year, presented by the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners to honor an individual who has demonstrated the true spirit of leadership in communication, presentation and quality instruction. She is also an honoree for the 2007 Accomplished and Under 40, in which Clark County community leaders recognize their "rising stars", hosted by the Vancouver Business Journal.
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Take a look at your bank statements every month!
 
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One of the quickest and easiest way to prevent fraud is to look at your monthly bank statements - you know, the ones that come in the mail every month. As a small business owner, you know what disbursements should be coming out of your account - and if you see something that's not right, you can catch it sooner rather than later. It's an easy and cost-effective way to prevent and detect insider fraud!
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Trust... but verify!
 
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The people who steal from their small business employers are always the employees who are trusted, and are given full access to the books. Whether they have access to payroll, checking accounts, credit cards, or bank deposits - business owners are at risk unless you put internal controls in place to prevent stealing. Learn more about red flags and putting together controls that will keep you, your company, and employees safe in Tiffany's book "The Thief in Your Company", available at Amazon.
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The Thief in Your Bank
 
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Happy Monday! Tiffany is preparing to speak to bank examiners in Alexandria, VA... talking about fraud risk and keeping banks, employees, and clients safe from insider theft and embezzlement. Would you like Tiffany to speak to your organization about looking for red flags, detection and prevention against insider fraud? Contact us at Acuity Forensics to schedule.
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Step #3 - Eliminate computer and facility access
 
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Does your suspect have access to a computer, tablet, phone or other electronic device? Do they have the ability to access key documents and information stored “in the cloud”? All phones, computers, tablets, and electronic devices need to be collected and stored in a secured location. Remote access to your servers, email system or any other cloud-based system should be immediately disabled. The same goes for physical access. Keys and/or key-cards should be collected and in some cases, locks may need to be changed. The goal of securing electronic devices, disabling remote access, and removing physical access to your location is imperative in reducing the risk that key evidence related to your case cannot be altered or destroyed.
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Step #10 - Mitigate risk going forward
 
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We hope that you are well on your way to understanding the potential fraud scheme you’ve uncovered. But, you may be wondering, “How do I ensure this doesn’t happen to me again?”. We at Acuity Academy are committed to providing organizations like yours with simple and effective processes and procedures to mitigate your risk of internal fraud. Most internal controls don’t require the hiring of more accountants or spending a lot of money. You can simply hit the “Prevent Fraud” button at the bottom of this screen to find information and tools to assist you in implementing appropriate internal controls for your organization. In the event that you are unsure you are implementing these controls appropriately, don’t hesitate to call your local CPA or work with your forensic accountant.
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A red flag for fraud - holding back information
 
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A red flag for fraud - holding back information Be sure to subscribe! https://goo.gl/E3MGMs Visit our Website for more: http://www.acuityacademy.com/ More about Tiffany Couch: Tiffany is Acuity Forensics' founder and principal. Ms. Couch has more than 20 years of experience in the field of accounting, with the last 13 years focused completely on forensic accounting related engagements. She has conducted dozens of financial investigations, managed cases involving tens of thousands of documents, and has testified in state and federal jurisdictions. She has worked with local, state and federal officials to support their work (or provide a resource) in several significant embezzlement cases. Tiffany holds a Bachelor of Science in accounting degree cum laude from Central Washington University. She is a Certified Public Accountant (CPA), Certified in Financial Forensics (CFF), and is a Certified Fraud Examiner (CFE). She is a faculty member for the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners (ACFE); and is a nationally recognized speaker on the topic of fraud and forensic accounting. She has also published several articles in local, regional, and statewide publications. Tiffany is the winner of the 2014 James R. Baker Speaker of the Year, presented by the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners to honor an individual who has demonstrated the true spirit of leadership in communication, presentation and quality instruction. She is also an honoree for the 2007 Accomplished and Under 40, in which Clark County community leaders recognize their "rising stars", hosted by the Vancouver Business Journal.
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A follow up to the facebook message I recieved.
 
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Be sure to subscribe! https://goo.gl/E3MGMs Visit our Website for more: http://www.acuityacademy.com/ More about Tiffany Couch: Tiffany is Acuity Forensics' founder and principal. Ms. Couch has more than 20 years of experience in the field of accounting, with the last 13 years focused completely on forensic accounting related engagements. She has conducted dozens of financial investigations, managed cases involving tens of thousands of documents, and has testified in state and federal jurisdictions. She has worked with local, state and federal officials to support their work (or provide a resource) in several significant embezzlement cases. Tiffany holds a Bachelor of Science in accounting degree cum laude from Central Washington University. She is a Certified Public Accountant (CPA), Certified in Financial Forensics (CFF), and is a Certified Fraud Examiner (CFE). She is a faculty member for the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners (ACFE); and is a nationally recognized speaker on the topic of fraud and forensic accounting. She has also published several articles in local, regional, and statewide publications. Tiffany is the winner of the 2014 James R. Baker Speaker of the Year, presented by the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners to honor an individual who has demonstrated the true spirit of leadership in communication, presentation and quality instruction. She is also an honoree for the 2007 Accomplished and Under 40, in which Clark County community leaders recognize their "rising stars", hosted by the Vancouver Business Journal.
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Should you keep politics out of business?
 
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Here are some thoughts on the crossing of politics and business meetings. And, could you be losing business because of your outspoken politics? Be sure to subscribe! https://goo.gl/E3MGMs Visit our Website for more: http://www.acuityacademy.com/ More about Tiffany Couch: Tiffany is Acuity Forensics' founder and principal. Ms. Couch has more than 20 years of experience in the field of accounting, with the last 13 years focused completely on forensic accounting related engagements. She has conducted dozens of financial investigations, managed cases involving tens of thousands of documents, and has testified in state and federal jurisdictions. She has worked with local, state and federal officials to support their work (or provide a resource) in several significant embezzlement cases. Tiffany holds a Bachelor of Science in accounting degree cum laude from Central Washington University. She is a Certified Public Accountant (CPA), Certified in Financial Forensics (CFF), and is a Certified Fraud Examiner (CFE). She is a faculty member for the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners (ACFE); and is a nationally recognized speaker on the topic of fraud and forensic accounting. She has also published several articles in local, regional, and statewide publications. Tiffany is the winner of the 2014 James R. Baker Speaker of the Year, presented by the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners to honor an individual who has demonstrated the true spirit of leadership in communication, presentation and quality instruction. She is also an honoree for the 2007 Accomplished and Under 40, in which Clark County community leaders recognize their "rising stars", hosted by the Vancouver Business Journal.
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Can you be an investigator and be politically correct?
 
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Can you be an investigator and be politically correct? Be sure to subscribe! https://goo.gl/E3MGMs Visit our Website for more: http://www.acuityacademy.com/ More about Tiffany Couch: Tiffany is Acuity Forensics' founder and principal. Ms. Couch has more than 20 years of experience in the field of accounting, with the last 13 years focused completely on forensic accounting related engagements. She has conducted dozens of financial investigations, managed cases involving tens of thousands of documents, and has testified in state and federal jurisdictions. She has worked with local, state and federal officials to support their work (or provide a resource) in several significant embezzlement cases. Tiffany holds a Bachelor of Science in accounting degree cum laude from Central Washington University. She is a Certified Public Accountant (CPA), Certified in Financial Forensics (CFF), and is a Certified Fraud Examiner (CFE). She is a faculty member for the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners (ACFE); and is a nationally recognized speaker on the topic of fraud and forensic accounting. She has also published several articles in local, regional, and statewide publications. Tiffany is the winner of the 2014 James R. Baker Speaker of the Year, presented by the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners to honor an individual who has demonstrated the true spirit of leadership in communication, presentation and quality instruction. She is also an honoree for the 2007 Accomplished and Under 40, in which Clark County community leaders recognize their "rising stars", hosted by the Vancouver Business Journal.
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Step #2 - Log all communications and events
 
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Find a dedicated yellow legal pad or notebook. It sounds simple, but this tool will serve two purposes. The primary goal here is to start documenting important information such as when the suspect was hired, what their job duties were, what clues uncovered the potential fraud, previous interactions that may hold clues to the situation, and interviews or conversations with key people. As emotions run high, we tend to forget important facts or details. This simple log will ensure there is a dedicated place to preserve information as you obtain it and/or remember it. This information will be key to forensic accountants, law enforcement, and others who may become involved in this investigation. Our clients have communicated to us that this “log” serves another purpose: it puts them back in the driver’s seat and helps them feel more in control of the situation as information and events unfold.
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A life lesson for my son that was a good reminder for myself too!
 
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My son was sick to death of working on his project car and wanted to scrap it and move on. Guess what I told him? Be sure to subscribe! https://goo.gl/E3MGMs Visit our Website for more: http://www.acuityacademy.com/ More about Tiffany Couch: Tiffany is Acuity Forensics' founder and principal. Ms. Couch has more than 20 years of experience in the field of accounting, with the last 13 years focused completely on forensic accounting related engagements. She has conducted dozens of financial investigations, managed cases involving tens of thousands of documents, and has testified in state and federal jurisdictions. She has worked with local, state and federal officials to support their work (or provide a resource) in several significant embezzlement cases. Tiffany holds a Bachelor of Science in accounting degree cum laude from Central Washington University. She is a Certified Public Accountant (CPA), Certified in Financial Forensics (CFF), and is a Certified Fraud Examiner (CFE). She is a faculty member for the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners (ACFE); and is a nationally recognized speaker on the topic of fraud and forensic accounting. She has also published several articles in local, regional, and statewide publications. Tiffany is the winner of the 2014 James R. Baker Speaker of the Year, presented by the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners to honor an individual who has demonstrated the true spirit of leadership in communication, presentation and quality instruction. She is also an honoree for the 2007 Accomplished and Under 40, in which Clark County community leaders recognize their "rising stars", hosted by the Vancouver Business Journal.
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Thief in your company: Protect Your Organization from Insider Fraud
 
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Order your copy today! goo.gl/yhVeoP Be sure to subscribe! https://goo.gl/E3MGMs Visit our Website for more: http://www.tiffanycouch.com/book/ The Thief in Your Company As the business world changes, an ever-increasing number of workers are helping themselves to sophisticated, covert variations of the old "five-finger discount." The worst part? The Thief in Your Company is probably the person you trust the most. American businesses, large and small, lose an average of 5% of their annual gross revenues to insider fraud. Forensic accountant Tiffany Couch is a sleuth with an adding machine. She has seen theft in many forms, but what sticks with her the most is not the fraud schemes or the dollar losses. It's the victims who all experience the same emotional devastation that these crimes leave in their wake. And her warning: It can happen to you. The Thief in Your Company will educate you and entertain you, pull at your heart strings, and convince you to put her time-tested security blueprint into practice. All types and sizes of organizations will learn how to: Be familiar with and protect against the most common fraud schemes Recognize the typical fraudsters Leave the door open for whistleblowers to report suspicious activity Take specific actionable steps if fraudulent activity is discovered Understand the emotional impacts of financial crimes More about Tiffany Couch: Tiffany is Acuity Forensics' founder and principal. Ms. Couch has more than 20 years of experience in the field of accounting, with the last 13 years focused completely on forensic accounting related engagements. She has conducted dozens of financial investigations, managed cases involving tens of thousands of documents, and has testified in state and federal jurisdictions. She has worked with local, state and federal officials to support their work (or provide a resource) in several significant embezzlement cases. Tiffany holds a Bachelor of Science in accounting degree cum laude from Central Washington University. She is a Certified Public Accountant (CPA), Certified in Financial Forensics (CFF), and is a Certified Fraud Examiner (CFE). She is a faculty member for the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners (ACFE); and is a nationally recognized speaker on the topic of fraud and forensic accounting. She has also published several articles in local, regional, and statewide publications. Tiffany is the winner of the 2014 James R. Baker Speaker of the Year, presented by the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners to honor an individual who has demonstrated the true spirit of leadership in communication, presentation and quality instruction. She is also an honoree for the 2007 Accomplished and Under 40, in which Clark County community leaders recognize their "rising stars", hosted by the Vancouver Business Journal.
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Step #5 - Secure key documents
 
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Start collecting bank statements, canceled checks, financial statements, vendor invoices, deposit slips, receipts, payroll reports or any other documents that may be pertinent to the case. For example, if the employee was an Accounts Payable Clerk and was responsible for paying your bills, and you noticed that she had written an unauthorized check to herself or one of her personal credit cards, it would be important to call your bank and collect the bank statements and cancelled check images for the period of time your Accounts Payable Clerk worked for you. Take an inventory of the suspect’s desk and ensure the contents are also either untouched (e.g. if they are in a locked office); or are boxed and locked in a secure location. Typically, the personal items of the suspect (e.g. pictures, personal mementos, etc.) must be returned to the suspect timely. It is also a good idea to take pictures of the employee’s desk just prior to the inventory. The goal here is to ensure the timely return of personal effects, retain evidence necessary for your case, and to ensure the continuity of your business by identifying documents necessary to transact day to day business.
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Step Four: Secure Backups and Devices -  Top 10 action items when fraud is uncovered or suspected
 
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Be sure to subscribe! https://goo.gl/E3MGMs Visit our Website for more: http://www.acuityacademy.com/ Step Four: Secure Backups and Devices - Top 10 action items when fraud is uncovered or suspected. Most companies' servers are backed up daily; however, many of those backups are "written over" after only a few days or weeks. We suggest taking the server backup performed on the day the fraud was discovered (or even a day or two before), and securing it separately so that it is not written over. The same goes for information store on the cloud. All electronic data should be backed up and secured in a safe or locked server room. The same is true for the electronic devices you collected from Step 3. Often, the computer the suspect was using is re-purposed for another employee. While we understand your resources may be limited, we strongly suggest that all electronic devices used by the suspect also be secured in a locked server room or safe. Do not repurpose devices until you receive the all-clear from law enforcement or your forensic accountant/forensic computer specialists. Again, the goal is to increase the probability that all pertinent evidence is secured and accessible during the investigation. You would be surprised by the evidence that can be found on an individuals' laptop computer or phone. We have discovered mountains of evidence kept locally on these devices that would have never been discovered had they been wiped clean and/or re-purposed. More about Tiffany Couch: Tiffany is Acuity Forensics' founder and principal. Ms. Couch has more than 20 years of experience in the field of accounting, with the last 13 years focused completely on forensic accounting related engagements. She has conducted dozens of financial investigations, managed cases involving tens of thousands of documents, and has testified in state and federal jurisdictions. She has worked with local, state and federal officials to support their work (or provide a resource) in several significant embezzlement cases. Tiffany holds a Bachelor of Science in accounting degree cum laude from Central Washington University. She is a Certified Public Accountant (CPA), Certified in Financial Forensics (CFF), and is a Certified Fraud Examiner (CFE). She is a faculty member for the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners (ACFE); and is a nationally recognized speaker on the topic of fraud and forensic accounting. She has also published several articles in local, regional, and statewide publications. Tiffany is the winner of the 2014 James R. Baker Speaker of the Year, presented by the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners to honor an individual who has demonstrated the true spirit of leadership in communication, presentation and quality instruction. She is also an honoree for the 2007 Accomplished and Under 40, in which Clark County community leaders recognize their "rising stars", hosted by the Vancouver Business Journal.
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Is Fraud about the Money or something else? It's about the breach of trust!
 
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Is Fraud about the Money or something else? It's about the breach of trust! Be sure to subscribe! https://goo.gl/E3MGMs Visit our Website for more: http://www.acuityforensics.com More about Tiffany Couch: Tiffany is Acuity Forensics' founder and principal. Ms. Couch has more than 20 years of experience in the field of accounting, with the last 13 years focused completely on forensic accounting related engagements. She has conducted dozens of financial investigations, managed cases involving tens of thousands of documents, and has testified in state and federal jurisdictions. She has worked with local, state and federal officials to support their work (or provide a resource) in several significant embezzlement cases. Tiffany holds a Bachelor of Science in accounting degree cum laude from Central Washington University. She is a Certified Public Accountant (CPA), Certified in Financial Forensics (CFF), and is a Certified Fraud Examiner (CFE). She is a faculty member for the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners (ACFE); and is a nationally recognized speaker on the topic of fraud and forensic accounting. She has also published several articles in local, regional, and statewide publications. Tiffany is the winner of the 2014 James R. Baker Speaker of the Year, presented by the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners to honor an individual who has demonstrated the true spirit of leadership in communication, presentation and quality instruction. She is also an honoree for the 2007 Accomplished and Under 40, in which Clark County community leaders recognize their "rising stars", hosted by the Vancouver Business Journal.
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The Fraud can be staring you right in the face!
 
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I had to do a quick video after a long day because I can't get this message across enough. Bank statements! The fraud is often right there and no one is looking! Be sure to subscribe! https://goo.gl/E3MGMs Visit our Website for more: http://www.acuityacademy.com/ More about Tiffany Couch: Tiffany is Acuity Forensics' founder and principal. Ms. Couch has more than 20 years of experience in the field of accounting, with the last 13 years focused completely on forensic accounting related engagements. She has conducted dozens of financial investigations, managed cases involving tens of thousands of documents, and has testified in state and federal jurisdictions. She has worked with local, state and federal officials to support their work (or provide a resource) in several significant embezzlement cases. Tiffany holds a Bachelor of Science in accounting degree cum laude from Central Washington University. She is a Certified Public Accountant (CPA), Certified in Financial Forensics (CFF), and is a Certified Fraud Examiner (CFE). She is a faculty member for the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners (ACFE); and is a nationally recognized speaker on the topic of fraud and forensic accounting. She has also published several articles in local, regional, and statewide publications. Tiffany is the winner of the 2014 James R. Baker Speaker of the Year, presented by the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners to honor an individual who has demonstrated the true spirit of leadership in communication, presentation and quality instruction. She is also an honoree for the 2007 Accomplished and Under 40, in which Clark County community leaders recognize their "rising stars", hosted by the Vancouver Business Journal.
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Step #1 - Take a deep breath
 
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When insider fraud is discovered, emotions run high. You may be experiencing feelings of shock, embarrassment, anger, and frustration. Without notice, tears may suddenly emerge from your eyes. You’ve gone from being in a power position to feeling out of control. We want you to know that all of these feelings are normal. We’ve witnessed our own clients experiencing similar ranges of emotion. It is our goal to return your power to you. You can handle this. It might not be figured out overnight, but with a structured plan of action, you can get to the bottom of it. The best thing you can do first is to simply take a moment to center yourself. Take a deep breath. You will find you will need to come back here, to Step 1, more often than not. But, that’s okay. Making decisions from a more centered and calm position will typically result in a more positive outcome.
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Step #4 - Secure a server backup and all electronic devices in a safe.
 
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Most companies’ servers are backed up daily; however, many of those backups are “written over” after only a few days or weeks. We suggest taking the server backup performed on the day the fraud was discovered (or even a day or two before), and securing it separately so that it is not written over. The same goes for information store on the cloud. All electronic data should be backed up and secured in a safe or locked server room. The same is true for the electronic devices you collected from Step 3. Often, the computer the suspect was using is repurposed for another employee. While we understand your resources may be limited, we strongly suggest that all electronic devices used by the suspect also be secured in a locked server room or safe. Do not repurpose devices until you receive the all-clear from law enforcement or your forensic accountant/forensic computer specialists. Again, the goal is to increase the probability that all pertinent evidence is secured and accessible during the investigation. You would be surprised by the evidence that can be found on an individuals’ laptop computer or phone. We have discovered mountains of evidence kept locally on these devices that would have never been discovered had they been wiped clean and/or repurposed.
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Enable the whistleblowers at your company
 
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Fraud is often uncovered because of tip. Enable those tipsters. Be sure to subscribe! https://goo.gl/E3MGMs Visit our Website for more: http://www.acuityacademy.com/ More about Tiffany Couch: Tiffany is Acuity Forensics' founder and principal. Ms. Couch has more than 20 years of experience in the field of accounting, with the last 13 years focused completely on forensic accounting related engagements. She has conducted dozens of financial investigations, managed cases involving tens of thousands of documents, and has testified in state and federal jurisdictions. She has worked with local, state and federal officials to support their work (or provide a resource) in several significant embezzlement cases. Tiffany holds a Bachelor of Science in accounting degree cum laude from Central Washington University. She is a Certified Public Accountant (CPA), Certified in Financial Forensics (CFF), and is a Certified Fraud Examiner (CFE). She is a faculty member for the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners (ACFE); and is a nationally recognized speaker on the topic of fraud and forensic accounting. She has also published several articles in local, regional, and statewide publications. Tiffany is the winner of the 2014 James R. Baker Speaker of the Year, presented by the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners to honor an individual who has demonstrated the true spirit of leadership in communication, presentation and quality instruction. She is also an honoree for the 2007 Accomplished and Under 40, in which Clark County community leaders recognize their "rising stars", hosted by the Vancouver Business Journal.
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Do you believe the work or what someone is telling you?
 
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Sometimes it can be a challenge to believe the numbers over what someone wants you to believe. Be sure to subscribe! https://goo.gl/E3MGMs Visit our Website for more: http://www.acuityacademy.com/ More about Tiffany Couch: Tiffany is Acuity Forensics' founder and principal. Ms. Couch has more than 20 years of experience in the field of accounting, with the last 13 years focused completely on forensic accounting related engagements. She has conducted dozens of financial investigations, managed cases involving tens of thousands of documents, and has testified in state and federal jurisdictions. She has worked with local, state and federal officials to support their work (or provide a resource) in several significant embezzlement cases. Tiffany holds a Bachelor of Science in accounting degree cum laude from Central Washington University. She is a Certified Public Accountant (CPA), Certified in Financial Forensics (CFF), and is a Certified Fraud Examiner (CFE). She is a faculty member for the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners (ACFE); and is a nationally recognized speaker on the topic of fraud and forensic accounting. She has also published several articles in local, regional, and statewide publications. Tiffany is the winner of the 2014 James R. Baker Speaker of the Year, presented by the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners to honor an individual who has demonstrated the true spirit of leadership in communication, presentation and quality instruction. She is also an honoree for the 2007 Accomplished and Under 40, in which Clark County community leaders recognize their "rising stars", hosted by the Vancouver Business Journal.
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The employee doesn't want to relinquish any control - Top Red Flags of Fraud
 
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Be sure to subscribe! https://goo.gl/E3MGMs Visit our Website for more: http://www.acuityacademy.com/ In the event that an employee appears to be overworked and a new employee is hired, a reasonable employee would welcome the assistance. In the event that cross-training is required so that employees can cover each other during vacations or other absences, a reasonable employee would participate in the cross-training. Fraudsters will not welcome such assistance or wish to cross-train. As an example, we investigated a fraud where the woman never took vacations, was the first one to work and the last one to leave, and complained about being over-worked! Her employer would hire others to come in and assist and this woman would find reasons to fire these individuals within weeks of their employment. This woman turned out to be engaging in a years-long fraud scheme and knew that her crime would be uncovered by a new employee. More about Tiffany Couch: Tiffany is Acuity Forensics' founder and principal. Ms. Couch has more than 20 years of experience in the field of accounting, with the last 13 years focused completely on forensic accounting related engagements. She has conducted dozens of financial investigations, managed cases involving tens of thousands of documents, and has testified in state and federal jurisdictions. She has worked with local, state and federal officials to support their work (or provide a resource) in several significant embezzlement cases. Tiffany holds a Bachelor of Science in accounting degree cum laude from Central Washington University. She is a Certified Public Accountant (CPA), Certified in Financial Forensics (CFF), and is a Certified Fraud Examiner (CFE). She is a faculty member for the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners (ACFE); and is a nationally recognized speaker on the topic of fraud and forensic accounting. She has also published several articles in local, regional, and statewide publications. Tiffany is the winner of the 2014 James R. Baker Speaker of the Year, presented by the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners to honor an individual who has demonstrated the true spirit of leadership in communication, presentation and quality instruction. She is also an honoree for the 2007 Accomplished and Under 40, in which Clark County community leaders recognize their "rising stars", hosted by the Vancouver Business Journal.
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Step Nine: Consult a Forensic Accountant -  Top 10 action items when fraud is uncovered or suspected
 
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Be sure to subscribe! https://goo.gl/E3MGMs Visit our Website for more: http://www.acuityacademy.com/ Step Nine: Consult with a Forensic Accountant - Top 10 action items when fraud is uncovered or suspected We know that incurring more expense when you've suffered losses can be hard to accept. However, consider consulting with a trained forensic accountant. A trained forensic accountant has specialized training in investigating fraud schemes, collecting evidence, conducting interviews, and putting your case together. Working with the right forensic accountant means that you can get on running your organization, while you leave the investigation of this situation in the hands of an independent professional. Do you have limited funds? That's okay! Find a forensic accountant who is willing to use some of your personnel resources to put a case together, coming in at the end to verify the work, write the report and help you navigate the process of reporting the case to your insurance company or local law enforcement. We once worked a large fraudulent disbursement scheme that required the review of thousands of cancelled checks. Once we understood the potential patterns, the client hired a temporary employee at the fraction of our professional rates. We showed that person how to identify the pertinent checks, list them in a spreadsheet, and copy the fraudulent checks for the evidence binder. Once that work was completed, we came in and reviewed the checks and the spreadsheet, conducted interviews, and wrote the report. In a cash skimming case involving many years and daily analysis of incoming sales to deposits, we worked with the client's wife and former controller to identify the documents necessary to prove that cash sales had never been deposited. In this case, they worked for several weeks copying the necessary documents and summarizing the data in a spreadsheet. We reviewed their work, created a marked evidence binder, and wrote a report that resulted in the suspect's arrest within a few days. The work of our client's wife and former controller saved them tens of thousands of dollars in professional fees and provided them the end result desired: the criminal prosecution of the suspect for losses nearing $500,000. There is no substitute for consulting with trained professionals in a time of need. And great professionals will work within your time and budget constraints to help you gain clarity in making appropriate decisions. More about Tiffany Couch: Tiffany is Acuity Forensics' founder and principal. Ms. Couch has more than 20 years of experience in the field of accounting, with the last 13 years focused completely on forensic accounting related engagements. She has conducted dozens of financial investigations, managed cases involving tens of thousands of documents, and has testified in state and federal jurisdictions. She has worked with local, state and federal officials to support their work (or provide a resource) in several significant embezzlement cases. Tiffany holds a Bachelor of Science in accounting degree cum laude from Central Washington University. She is a Certified Public Accountant (CPA), Certified in Financial Forensics (CFF), and is a Certified Fraud Examiner (CFE). She is a faculty member for the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners (ACFE); and is a nationally recognized speaker on the topic of fraud and forensic accounting. She has also published several articles in local, regional, and statewide publications. Tiffany is the winner of the 2014 James R. Baker Speaker of the Year, presented by the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners to honor an individual who has demonstrated the true spirit of leadership in communication, presentation and quality instruction. She is also an honoree for the 2007 Accomplished and Under 40, in which Clark County community leaders recognize their "rising stars", hosted by the Vancouver Business Journal.
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Step #8 - Think about the end game
 
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We are often asked by our clients at the start of an engagement questions like, “Do we have to call the police?”, or, “Do I need to file a lawsuit against the suspect?” We answer the same way: “Not yet. Allow yourself time to gain clarity around the situation and the appropriate end game will appear.” You will find there are many options available to you. From do nothing, to terminating employment, to an insurance claim, criminal prosecution or civil litigation. These decisions can often feel overwhelming. However, they don’t have to be. Do not let emotions win the day, instead, investigate the extent of what has happened in your organization and determine whether the length of the crime or the amount of the losses assist you in making decisions. Perhaps your organization has bylaws or other governing documents that help you make the decision? We recently worked a case where part of the Board wanted to call the police and report the crime, while others wanted to spare the woman the distress of going to jail, and admittedly, spare themselves the distress of sending someone they liked and trusted to jail. However, the by-laws of the organization were clear in instructing the board that a call to the local authorities was warranted in the situation. Relying on the governing documents assisted in making the decision a bit easier. In most jurisdictions, there is a statute of limitations that allows for these crimes to be investigated prior to the suspect being charged. The same goes for an insurance claim. Know your options at the start, and start thinking about the potential end game. But remember, don’t feel pressured into making these critical decisions until you have as much information as possible about your case.
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Fraud Master's Seminar - Continuing Education Dec. 11-12
 
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Inviting all Fraud Investigation Masters to take their skills to the "Next Level"! Register by October 11 and receive a discount! http://www.tiffanycouch.com/acuity-academy/ Please join nationally recognized speaker and forensic accountant, Tiffany Couch CPA/CFF, CFE, for a 2-day Fraud Master's Seminar on December 11-12, 2017 at the Heathman Lodge in Vancouver, WA. Heathman Lodge 7801 NE Greenwood Drive Vancouver, Washington 98662 Speaker - Tiffany Couch CPA/CFF, CFE As a leading forensic accountant, Tiffany has dedicated her career to helping companies and organizations protect their assets. Target Audience - CFEs in any role, CPAs performing financial statement work and/or business consulting, Private Investigators 16 CPE Credits
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