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2018 Fall Seminar

  • December 03, 2018
  • 8:00 AM - 4:30 PM (CST)
  • Maggiano's at the Domain
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  • Member pricing is only available for Austin Chapter members in good standing.

Austin Chapter FALL Seminar

Join us for our FALL Seminar at Maggiano's in Austin and earn 8 hours of CPE. We have also included two hours of ethics so you can meet the ACFE's ethics requirement for the year!

Note the schedule change in the afternoon.

Ethics has moved to 2:50 p.m.  and we have added the description for Session 3.


  • Multinational Compliance and Fraud
  • Public Benefits Trafficking
  • Preparing and Presenting Cases for Prosecution and Civil Litigation
  • The Intersection of Millenial and iGen Ethics

Session 1: Compliance and Fraud Investigation in a Multinational Corporation

Rick Schumacher, Senior Global Compliance Investigator, Nissan Motor Company

This session will cover several topics related to operating in a global role.  Rick will discuss Nissan's multi-regional approach to investigations from the management perspective.  He will also cover hotline management and investigations in a practical context.

Rick has spent 14 years working as a fraud investigator, first as a state investigator with the Texas Workforce Commission and more recently as a global fraud investigator for Nissan Motor Company.  Prior to his investigative career, Rick was a special operations leader in the U.S. Army, where he focused on cross-cultural communications.  Rick has a Bachelor's degree in Criminal Justice and a Master of Public Affairs with a focus on compliance.  When not traveling across the globe chasing fraudsters or training compliance teams, Rick works from his home in Austin.          

Session 2: Benefits Trafficking

Adrian "Andy" Abrams, Manager - Electronic Benefits Transfer Trafficking Investigations, Office of Inspector General

This session will look into the various types of trafficking of public benefits and how it affects tax payers.  Andy will provide some indicators and preventative measures each participant can employ.

Andy has been in law enforcement since 1982.  He is married to Shawana and has 4 children. Andy started his law enforcement career as a patrol officer for the Athens Police Department.  In 1984 he started a 12-year career with the Texas Department of Public Safety where he provided dignitary protection for Texas Governor's Ann Richards and George W. Bush.  He served as Director of Investigations at Texas Mutual Insurance Company, investigating Workers' Compensation fraud. In July 2004, Andy started his career with the Office of Inspector General where he served as Deputy of Internal Affairs and now manages the Electronic Benefits Transfer Trafficking unit.  He is an avid golfer; if you cannot find him at work, you will most likely find him on the golf course.

Session 3: Preparing and Presenting Cases for Prosecution and Civil Litigation

Doug Lowe, JD, CFE, Lowe Law Firm and Texas Lottery Commission

This talk presents the inside scoop on how to effectively present a case to a busy state court prosecutor or civil attorney. The trial attorney needs well a written, concise, and organized report with enough exhibits and summaries to decide whether to devote the energy necessary to accept a case and bring it to trial.  Don't assume the attorney will understand your case even though its a lay down.  When the lawyer asks, "how do I prove it?" Don't laugh but tell him or her the facts that support your opinions.  In dealing with law enforcement and prosecutors what you need to know to avoid getting a case rejected because "this is a civil case."  When dealing with a civil litigator what you need to know to avoid getting a case rejected because "this is a criminal case." Even if you have worked your case really well, be prepared to be disappointed with results and learn to take "No" for an answer.  What the "work product" privilege means in a civil case and why you should always expect the other side to get your whole report and notes. 

Doug Lowe is an attorney and Certified Fraud Examiner. Previously, Doug served as Anderson County Criminal District Attorney for sixteen years. Before being elected District Attorney, he was in private practice in Palestine, Texas as a certified personal injury trial lawyer by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization. His undergraduate degree is from the University of Houston in Business Technology and he obtained his JD from the University of Houston. Doug was appointed to the Texas Lottery Commission by Governor Abbott in 2015.   He anticipates receiving a LLM (Masters of Law) in Risk Management from Texas A & M School of Law in December of this year.

Session 4: The Intersection of Millenial and iGen Ethics

Carolyn Conn, CPA, CFE, Clinical Assistant Professor of Accounting, Texas State University

The Millenial generation has been analyzed and discussed more than most groups before them.  Now, the spotlight is turning to the "i Generation" (aka, Gen Z). Each group's unique attributes influence their behavior in the workplace and the choices they likely will make when confronted with ethical dilemmas (such as the opportunity to commit fraud).  The intersection of the Millenials, as they become managers, with the first wave of iGen, as they take their place in the workforce, is important to consider.  This session will provide useful insights about how the two generations' values and ethics may influence the incidence of occupational fraud.

Carolyn Conn is a CFE and CPA who has spent an equal amount of her career teaching college-level courses and in multiple university administrative positions.  She has served as Payroll and Budget Director, Controller, Associate Vice President of Finance, and also project co-sponsor of an ERP implementation.  Academic courses she has taught include Managerial Accounting, Cost Accounting, Fraud Examination, and Accounting Ethics.  She also teaches the Accounting Ethics CPE course as approved by the Texas State Board of Public Accountancy.  This is her first year as a Board member of ACFE Austin.


        8:00 a.m.  -  8:30 a.m.  Registration
        8:30 a.m.  - 10:10a.m.  Compliance and Fraud Investigation in a
                                                    Multinational Corporation

    10:10 a.m.  -  10:20a.m.   Break
     10:20a.m.  -  12:00p.m.   Benefits Trafficking
       12:00p.m.  -  1:00p.m.   Lunch served by Maggiano's
         1:00p.m.  -  2:40p.m.   Preparing and Presenting Cases for   
                                                    Prosecution and Civil Litigation

         2:40p.m.  -  2:50p.m.   Break
         2:50p.m.  -  4:30p.m.   The Intersection of Millenial and iGen Ethics

    Registration Prices:
    Chapter Members: $75.00
    Non-Members: $200.00
    Registration includes lunch. 

    Program Level:  Basic
    Prerequisites:  None
    Advanced Preparation:  None required 


    Maggiano’s Little Italy Restaurant
    10910 Domain Dr #100, Austin, TX 78759


    From MoPac and Braker Lane, turn East on Braker Lane, drive 0.4 miles to Domain Drive on the left. In 0.1 miles, turn left onto Feathergrass Court, and park in the D2 South Parking Garage (free parking) on the right. Walk East about 400 feet to Maggiano's restaurant. 

    The Austin Area Chapter of The Association of Certified Fraud Examiners is a non-profit organization formed in the State of Texas and registered as a 501 (C) (6) Organization with the IRS.

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

    Cancellation Policy and No Shows

    If you have registered and/or paid for an event and you need to cancel, you MUST email no later than 5 days prior to the event, unless otherwise indicated in specific event policies, to request a refund and/or cancel your registration. The Chapter must confirm event registrations with the venue within 5 days of the event and any changes after this time period can become a financial cost to the Chapter. Cancellations received less than 5 days prior to events will not be refunded except for exigent circumstances.

    In the event an attendee does not show up to the event, the registration cost will be forfeited. If payment at the door was the selected method, then the attendee will be billed for the full cost of the event. The Chapter reserves the right to bar for future registration any attendees who routinely register and fail to pay and/or attend the event.

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