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2019 Fall Seminar (CPE sent 12-8-2019)

  • December 02, 2019
  • 8:00 AM - 4:30 PM (CST)
  • Omni Southpark
  • 96


  • Member pricing is only available for Austin Chapter members in good standing.

Austin Chapter FALL Seminar

Join us for our Fall Seminar at Omni Southpark 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 change of location for the Fall Seminar only.


  • Blockchain & Other Distributed Ledger Technology & Cryptocurrencies

  • The Ethics of Enron

  • Proprietary Information within the U.S. Government (related to Cybersecurity)

Session 1: Blockchain & Other Distributed Ledger Technology and Cryptocurrencies

Senior Program Analyst - Digital Assets, DLT, & Alternative Payment Systems: U.S. Dept of the Treasury

Dr. Utzke has more than 30 years of experience with cryptocurrency technology and has worked with blockchain and other DLT (distributed ledger technology) for the past 10 years.  He has been a federal agent with the U.S. government for the past 10 yrs. Prior experience includes working as a securities analyst for 10 yrs. after serving over a decade in the U.S. military in a special operations unit.  David's education includes advanced degrees in computer science, forensic accounting, internationalfinance, financial economics as well as graduating from the cryptoeconomics program at MIT's Sloan School of Management

Course Description:  This session will be divided into two parts:

Part 1:  Will delve into the world of blockchain & other distributed ledger technology with use case examples and how it is disrupting a number of industries to include real estate, music distribution, supply chain, government, and more.

Part 2:  Will provide an overview of the cryptocurrency and virtual currency ecosystems with a discussion on transaction typologies and exchange system as well as the underlying technology.

Learning Objectives:

Session 1:  Participants will be able to:

  • Identify industries being disrupted by blockchain and other types of distributed ledgers
  • Describe the different types of distributed ledgers impacting industries.
  • Explain how the various distributed ledgers function to disrupt industries.
  • Identify where points of fraud can occur within distributed ledger systems.

Session 2:  Participants will be able to:

  • Describe technologies underlying virtual currency and cryptocurrency and their unique features.
  • Explain digital currencies and how they function as money and currency.
  • Discuss alternative payment systems and their function within the digital currency ecosystems.
  • Identify the investigative challenges in virtual currency vs. cryptocurrency.

Session 2: The Ethics of Enron
Michael E. Anderson
Assistant Special Agent in Charge (retired), Federal Bureau of Investigations

Mr. Anderson has more than 25 years’ experience as a Special Agent with the Federal Bureau of Investigation, including more than 16 years as a Supervisor & Executive Manager. He has worked complex financial investigations, including international fraud, money laundering, human trafficking, organized crime, and gang-related crimes.  He served as the Supervisory Special Agent for the Enron Task Force and White-Collar Crime in Houston and directed the 9-day search of the 50-story Enron headquarters that resulted in 23 convictions and forfeiture of more than $100 million in assets.  Enron was the largest and most complex White-Collar Crime in FBI history.  Mr. Anderson served as the Assistant Special Agent in Charge for Administration & White-Collar Crime Branches (in Houston) as well as the division’s Chief Compliance & Policy Officer.  Mr. Anderson a BA and an MBA (with distinction) from the University of Louisville.  While working for the FBI, he received the prestigious Attorney General’s Award for Exceptional Service, the highest award given by the Department of Justice for investigative excellence and accomplishment. He is a CFE.

Course Description:  Counts as Ethics CPE.  Presentation includes a discussion of the ethics of Enron’s leadership (tone at the top), corporate culture/ethics, and the accounting & other business practices that facilitated unethical, criminal behavior and contributed to the failure of the seventh largest company in America.  Also included is a retrospective of how the FBI investigated the most complex White-Collar Crime case in FBI history (resulting in the convictions of 23 people and forfeiture of more than $100 million to the victims of the Enron fraud) along with an analysis of the impact this case had on stakeholders (including employees, investors, & creditors).  Other topics will include:  professionalism & diligence in performance of duties; integrity; and compliance with legal and regulatory requirements.

Learning Objectives:  Participants will be able to:

  • Describe the ethical culture and attitudes of Enron’s leadership as well as their accounting practices (and non-compliance with legal & regulatory requirements)
  • Explain how Enron’s “tone at the top” facilitated criminal behavior and led to the firm’s bankruptcy
  • Identity the many stakeholders who were harmed by ethical failure at Enron

Session 3: Proprietary Information within the U.S. Government (related to Cybersecurity)
Donna Glancey Schutzius 

Donna is currently the acting Group Leader for Secure Networks and Assurance within the Weapons program at the nation’s premier nuclear weapons lab and the Manhattan Project’s ground zero for research at the Los Alamos National Laboratory in New Mexico.  She also served as the Senior Cyber Security Advisor for the Weapons Program.  She is a retired United States Air Force officer and upon retirement and prior to coming to Los Alamos National Laboratory, she was an independent cyber security consultant to several US Air Force programs.

Course Description:  Proprietary information comes in many flavors.  This session describes what and how the United States government, as well as vendors and suppliers, must protect this information (with an emphasis on cybersecurity).

 Learning Objectives:  Participants will be able to identify the three sides of cybersecurity principles and describe the difference between enterprise systems and cyber-physical systems and how the priorities change in responding to them.  Participants will also be able to explain several different proprietary information distinctions and requirements within the U.S. government.


8:00a.m. -
 8:30a.m -
 Blockchain, Distributed Ledgers & Cryptocurrency; part 1
10:10a.m -
10:20a.m -
 Blockchain, Distributed Ledgers & Cryptocurrency; part 2
 Lunch served by Omni Southpark
 Ethics of Enron
3:00p.m. -
3:10p.m. -
 Proprietary Information within the U.S. Government (related to Cybersecurity)

Registration Prices:
Chapter Members: $125.00
Non-Members: $200.00
Registration includes lunch. 

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


Omni Southpark
4140 Governors Row, Austin, TX 78744


From IH-35, go east on Ben White (Hwy. 71); stay on the service road.  Turn south (right) on Governors Row.  Omni Southpark is in the southeast corner of the intersection of IH-35 and Ben White.  Parking is free in the lot in front of the hotel

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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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