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2019 Spring Seminar

  • May 06, 2019
  • 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 SPRING Seminar

Join us for our SPRING 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!

Please note that this program will start 15 minutes earlier than originally planned in order to accommodate all of our speakers and guests.  Registration will open at 7:45 am and our first speaker will start at 8:15 am.


  • State Tax Evasion Schemes and Investigations
  • Managing a Fraud Hotline
  • Ethics and Professional Responsibility
  • Postal Fraud
  • FEMA & Fraud
  • Benefit Plan Fraud

Session 1: State Tax Evasion Schemes  and Investigations
Justin Scott, Captain
Field Operations, Texas Comptroller’s Criminal Investigation Division

This session will provide an overview of the Comptroller’s Criminal Investigation Division (CID) and the types of state tax fraud schemes investigated. Participants will learn about the five major types of state tax fraud.

Captain Scott is a State Police Captain who oversees the Comptroller’s CID field operations and has been a peace officer for 25 years. He has a Master’s Degree in Criminal Justice Administration and a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration.

Session 2: Managing a Fraud Hotline
Rick Schumacher
Senior Global Compliance Investigator for Nissan Motor Corp.

Rick has worked in compliance and fraud risk assessment at Nissan for more than three years. He served as the project lead for the implementation of a global ethics hotline across hundreds of facilities , dozens of telephone lines, and multiple languages. The project required facilitating cooperation among multiple international subsidiaries and serving as comprehensive liaison with global vendors. Rick is a trainer for high-level fraud and compliance programs in an international environment, using his extensive knowledge of fraud modalities as well as expert cross-cultural communications skills. He previously worked for more than 12 years as a Compliance/Senior Investigator for the Texas Workforce Commission. Rick is a U.S. Army veteran and a Tillman Scholar (from the Pat Tillman Foundation).

Session 3: Ethics and Professional Responsibility
Michael Z. Stern, Attorney and CPA, Law Office of Hubert Bell, Jr.  

This session will focus on general ethics, professional responsibility issues, and client relationships. Attendees will come away with a focus on ethics in general, and as applied to professional responsibility to accountants. Students will be able to more clearly assess, understand, and handle client relationships.

Michael Z. Stern has over 30 years of experience as a practicing attorney in Texas. He received a Bachelor of Business Administration from the University of Texas and a JD from the University Texas School of Law. Stern’s practice is principally in the areas of business formation and representation, contracts & commercial transactions, health law, real estate, estate planning, probate, and tax matters. He is currently an Adjunct Instructor at St. Edwards University and has previously taught Professional Ethics at Texas State University.

Session 4: FEMA & Fraud
Paul Morris 

The session will examine the types of fraudulent activity that FEMA staff see and deal with: Imposters, rental scams, contractor scams, fake charities, etc.

Paul Morris joined FEMA’s Texas Recovery Office in April 2018. Morris is a 23 year veteran of the U.S. Coast Guard Reserve where he currently holds the rank of commander.  Morris previously served in leadership roles in federal compliance and advisory services with 28 years of experience in healthcare, higher education, cancer research, federal and state regulatory functions and state agencies.

He is currently the Senior Reserve Officer for Sector U.S. Coast Guard Corpus Christi. During his Coast Guard career, he served as a liaison officer for catastrophic weather events such Hurricanes Ike, Gustav and Harvey and the 2011 flooding of the Mississippi River.

He served as the director of the Forward Operating Branch during the Deepwater Horizon spill in Louisiana. Following the September 11, 2001, attacks, he coordinated Coast Guard boarding teams securing commercial traffic in Galveston, Texas.

Morris graduated from the University of Texas at Austin in 1989 with a bachelor’s degree in accounting. He later earned certifications in accounting and auditing, focusing on internal controls and risk assessment, and participated in national security course work at the National Defense University.

Session 5: Postal Fraud
Jarrod Resendez, US Postal Inspector
U.S. Postal Inspector, Team Leader (Houston Division/Austin Domicile)

"U.S. Postal Inspection: Who We Are and What We Do"

This presentation will provide a general understanding of the U.S. Postal Inspection Services and this federal agency's core functions. It will also encompass the diverse investigative areas that Postal Inspectors work and provide a brief identity theft case study.

Inspector Resendez has been an Inspector for 8 years and began his career in Los Angeles where he worked fraud, mail theft, identity theft, & narcotics. In October 2018, he was selected as the Team Leader for the Austin / El Paso Domiciles of the Houston Division. Inspector Resendez’s team covers all investigative functions within the Inspection Service and covers Austin, Waco, San Marcos, Midland, Odessa, and El Paso.

Session 6: Lethal Combination: Fraud & Employee Benefit Plan$
Jim Bushnell
Bushnell & Company, Actuaries and Employee Benefit Consultants

Join us for a fast-paced, jam-packed, and informative review of Fraud in Employee Benefit Plan$ & Health Care Exchanges from a 1,000 foot level. We will address the Good, the Bad and the Ugly as well as relate some actual hilarious stories from real cases.

Jim has over 45 years of experience in the employee benefits industry. He is the Founder and Managing Principal of Bushnell & Company, which is a fee-for-service actuarial and employee benefit consulting firm. He started his business career in the insurance industry and grew that business into a Third Party Administration (TPA) that specialized in working in retirement plans. Since 1980 he has been a fee-only based employee benefits consultant working with local, regional and national actuarial and employee benefit consulting firms.


    7:45 - 8:15 Registration

    8:15 - 9:05 Justin Scott, State Tax Evasion Schemes  and Investigations

    9:15 - 10:05 Rick Schumacher, Managing a Fraud Hotline

    10:15 -12:00 Michael Stern, Ethics 

    12:00 - 1:00 Lunch

    1:00 - 1:50 - Paul Morris, FEMA & Fraud

    2:00 - 3:15 Jarrod Resendez, U.S. Postal Inspection: Who We Are and What We Do 

    3:30 - 4:45 Jim Bushnell, Lethal Combination: Fraud & Employee Benefit Plan$

    4:45 - 5:00 Wrap up

    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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