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Spring 2024 Seminar

  • May 13, 2024
  • 8:30 AM - 4:30 PM
  • 716 West Avenue, Austin (ACFE HQ) *OR* virtual


  • SPECIAL Discounted registration for members of the Austin Chapter. Lunch provided to in-person participants.
  • SPECIAL Discounted registration for members of the Austin Chapter attending *Virtually*
  • Only for registrants who were pre-approved by Austin ACFE as a guest.
  • Discounted fee for virtual attendance by non-member.
  • Discounted fee for in-person attendance. Lunch provided for in-person participants.
  • This type of registration is only available for students who are current members of the Austin Chapter of the ACFE.

2024 Spring Seminar - REGISTER NOW

REGISTRATION is OPEN for our Spring Seminar, provided in a "hybrid" format so that you may attend in-person or virtually.  Our on-site location is courtesy of the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners at the global headquarters, 716 West Avenue, Austin, Texas.  On-site space is limited; register early!

Description:   Multiple sessions for a total of 6 CPE hours at a low cost of only $100 per Austin ACFE member (& $120 per non-member) plus lunch is provided for in-person participants.  Share this information with a colleague so they can attend, too!  Sessions will cover topics listed below.

Agenda, Speakers & Topics:  For detailed descriptions of each session & speakers' biographies, refer to this file:

~8:30-9:00am  Welcome & Announcements (with Coffee & Networking)

~9:00-9:50am "Texas Financial Crimes Investigation Unit (FCIC): Investigating Organized Financial Crimes" by Capt. Jeff Roberts - Organized crime is usually the driving force behind the majority of financial crimes, including gas pump, ATM, & POS skimming; check forgery, fuel theft, & more.  FCIC is authorized to investigate such crimes & to bring together local & federal law enforcement agencies in those efforts.

~10:00-11:50am   "Ransomware, Cyber-warfare, AI Viruses, & More" by Zach Kelley, Faculty member in Information Systems & Analytics -  Multiple topics will be addressed including: recent ransomware attacks, bribes paid & repercussions; cyber-warfare's unintended victims and targeted attacks against the U.S. by China and Russia; blackbox issues with GPT models plus viruses delivered by AI.

~Noon-1pm  Business Meeting & Lunch (provided for in-person participants)

~1:00-1:50pm "Changing Privacy Protection Laws in Texas" by Greg Waddill, JD, CFE, MPH  New state privacy laws take effect July 2024.  Learn whether you and your clients are affected and the obligations imposed on entities who conduct business in Texas and process or engage in the sale of personal data.

~2:00-2:50pm "Case Study:  Follow the Money - a $40M Medicaid Heist" by Donna Knapp, CFE, CPA - This is the largest Medicaid fraud case ever investigated by the Texas HHSC Office of the Inspector General (OIG).  It began when the Data Analytics team identified billings that made the provider an outlier.  Learn about the details and investigative methods that helped solidify the case against the perpetrators.

3:00-3:50pm  "Financial Fraud in Professional Sports" by Jesse Silvertown, CA, CPA, CFF & Principal, The Ledge Company - Some aspects of professional sports organizations and pro athletes themselves make them targets for many kinds of fraud. The recent $22M embezzlement from the Jacksonville Jaguars and other frauds will be discussed to demonstrate how they were perpetrated and factors that make the sports industry particularly vulnerable.      

Learning Objectives - After attending these sessions, participants will be able to:

  • Describe the work of the Texas Financial Crimes Investigation unit;

  • Explain fraud risks and threats related to artificial intelligence, cyber crimes, and some unintended victims of cyber-warfare;

  • Describe a multi-million dollar Medicaid fraud, methods utilized to investigate the fraud and what could have been done to prevent it;

  • Identify some of the reasons why professional sports athletes and organizations are susceptible to financial frauds and the ways in which they are victimized.

Recommended CPE credit & Field of Study:  6 total CPE hours & field of Specialized Knowledge

Refund, Cancellation & No-Show Policy: Refunds of fees paid for internet-based sessions may be provided only if registrant contacts Austin ACFE within 24 hours of the start time of the session & documents an emergency or similar event that prevented participation. For in-person events, registration cancellations and refund request must be made by contacting Austin ACFE within 5 calendar days from the start time of the session.  Cancellations received less than 5 days prior to events will not be refunded except for exigent circumstances.  Contact must be made via email to:

In the event a registrant does not show up to an event, the registration cost will be forfeited. If payment at the door was the selected method, the registrant will be billed for the full cost of the event. The Austin ACFE reserves the right to bar from future events registrants who routinely register and fail to pay and/or attend the event.

For events provided by the Austin chapter at no cost to registrants, there will be no refunds.

Complaint Resolution Policy:  Any concerns or complaints about registration for an event must be made within 14 calendar days of the event (with the event date counting as day 1) in writing to:  

NASBA Registry: 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:

Non-profit Status:  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.

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