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March Lunch-N-Learn (CPE sent 3-4-2020)

  • March 02, 2020
  • 11:30 AM - 1:00 PM (CST)
  • Maggiano's at the Domain
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  • Discounted registration for members of the Austin Chapter
  • This type of registration is only available for students who are current members of the Austin Chapter of the ACFE.

 Hiding in plain sight: A case study

speaker: Robert smith, cfe, cfce, ceecs, cco, ccpa, cfi
investigations manager, state auditor's office

 Program Description:

The presentation will take attendees through a financial crime investigation involving the alleged theft and/or misappropriation of public funds by an elected official. Evidence presented as a defense by the subject will be presented. We will discuss the examination of that evidence and how the results changed the investigation’s course and subsequent prosecution.


At the State Auditor’s Office, Robert oversees a team of professionals operating a statewide fraud hotline and carrying out financial crime investigations. Robert’s experience with fraud examinations began in 1994 and includes the Texas A&M University System Internal Audit Department, public accounting firms offering specialty forensic accounting services, and the United States Secret Service Financial Crimes Division. Robert is a veteran of the United States Marine Corps. Robert holds degrees in Accounting and Criminal Justice.

Learning objectives:

    After attending this sessions, participants will be able to:

    • Consider the types and value of electronic evidence in investigations (focus on metadata)

    • Review applicable ACFE Codes of Professional Ethics and Standards

    • Develop predication or probable cause for electronic evidence

    • Gain an understanding of the investigation function of the State Auditor’s Office


    11:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. - Registration and Lunch

    12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m. - Presentation

    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.

    Registration Prices

    • Online registration up to 5 days prior to event
      • Members $20
      • Non-Members $30
    • Walk-in registration (if space is available)
      • Members $40
      • Non-Members $60

    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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