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Blowing the Whistle: By & To Compliance Officials

  • April 03, 2023
  • 11:00 AM - 11:59 AM
  • Group Live; Virtual via Zoom


  • Discounted registration for members of the Austin Chapter
  • Special guests invited by Austin ACFE
  • This type of registration is only available for students who are current members of the Austin Chapter of the ACFE.

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Blowing the Whistle: By & To Compliance Officials

Description: There is a right way & a wrong way to blow the whistle and timing is everything, along with an understanding of which laws are applicable.  Whether you are working as a compliance official or in another position related to being a CFE or CPA, following the right steps is key for whistleblowing.  This presentation includes a review of important legal decisions related to whistleblower protections with some emphasis on the Anti-Money Laundering Improvement Act passed in December 2022.  This law is especially important because it increases awards to and protections for whistleblowers and it expands the coverage to 26 categories of institutions, including banks, branches and agencies of foreign banks, broker-dealers, insurance companies, operators of credit card systems, mutual funds, certain casinos, and travel agencies.

Speakers:  Grace Schepis is a special correspondent for Whistleblower Network News and is a Public Relations & Communications Assistant for Kohn, Kohn & Colapinto. She previously co-authored an article for Fraud Magazine (Nov/Dec 2022), “Navigating the Choppy Waters of Internal Whistleblowing.” She graduated magna cum laude from the University of Alabama with a master’s degree in public administration and a bachelor’s in political science and also worked as a staff writer for the Pacemaker-award winning campus newspaper, The Crimson White.  

Benjamin Calitri is an attorney at Kohn, Kohn, & Colapinto, with a focus on whistleblower reward programs. Ben previously was a law clerk and prepared whistleblower cases with the SEC, CFTC, and IRS under qui tam whistleblower laws. While in law school, Ben was a Senior Editor for the Northeastern University Law Review. He graduated from Northeastern University School of Law in May 2022, earning a Juris Doctor with concentrations in International Business Law and International Law and Human Rights.

Learning Objectives - After attending this session, participants will be able to:  (1) Explain the importance of following the proper procedures for whistleblowing to be effective; 2) Describe the need to file whistleblower claims under and appropriate law and within the required time frame; 3) Explain methods and timing for compliance officials to handle whistleblower claims; & 4) Summarize key elements of the AML Improvement Act of 2022

Recommended CPE credit & Field of Study:  1 CPE hour & Specialized Knowledge

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