Fraud Fighter Podcast

Fraud Fighter Podcast

Hosted by a former white-collar criminal investigator, this weekly podcast seeks to find the best tools, practices, opportunities, and people to answer your questions about fraud and forensic accounting. Every week is a conversation with an expert in the fraud or forensic accounting industry who has a story to tell, ideas and wisdom to share, successes to inspire, and failures to confess. Where can you find the right credentials for your career? Where can you find the right training for you and where you want to be? What opportunities exist in the anti-fraud industry? What software or technology is available to help you in your career? If you are asking these questions, this podcast is for you.

Episodes

September 20, 2021 48 min

Stephen Griffin is an author, former CPA, and private equity investor.  As an investor, he had a front row seat in the forensic accounting investigation that led to uncovering a multi-million dollar financial statement fraud scheme of Legacy Global Sports.

https://stephengriffinauthor.com/

In this episode, we discuss:

  • The growing industry of sub-collegiate sports
  • How a forensic accounting investigation uncovered a multi-million dollar ...
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    Wow!  The Fraud Fighter Podcast is one year old already.  The podcast continues to grow in downloads, with the total downloads currently over 1,600 cities in over 100 countries.  The podcast is going to published twice a month for the near future.

    As a celebration of the one year anniversary, I am reposting the top downloaded episode in the last 12 months - Jeffrey Robinson, a best selling author.  I hope you enjoy it!

    Thanks for you...

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    Ian Mitchell is a 20 year veteran in fighting fraud in banking and consulting.  He is the found of The Knoble, a non-profit organization dedicated to fighting human trafficking.  He is also a singer and songwriter.

    https://www.theknoble.com/
    https://open.spotify.com/artist/31fwXkfT11l03GkbLvDkMe

    In this episode, we discuss:

  • The importance of data analytics in preventing fraud
  • What skills are needed in data analytics
  • How data analytics is...
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    Richard Zuckerman was the Acting Assistant Attorney General for the United States Department of Justice, Tax Division.   He is currently a partner with the business law firm, Honigman, in Detroit, Michigan.

    https://www.honigman.com/attorneys-richard-e-zuckerman.html

    In this episode, we discuss:

  • The importance of the DOJ Tax Division in criminal and civil tax matters
  • International tax evasion schemes
  • How an accounting course started his...
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    Don Doles is a former USDA-OIG special agent and Josh Howard is former federal prosecutor.  Along with other federal agents, Dole investigated a multi-million crop insurance fraud scheme in eastern NC with over 60 defendants.  Howard was the federal prosecutor on the investigation before he left to become a defense attorney with Gammon, Howard & Zeszotarski.

    https://www.ghz-law.com/attorneys/josh-howard

    In this episode, we discus...

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    Joe Minni is an Assistant United States Attorney with the Asset Recovery and Financial Litigation Unit (FLU) for the Eastern Judicial District of Pennsylvania.   The FLU is the collection arm of the United States Attorney's Office.  

    In this episode, we discuss:

  • The role of the Financial Litigation Unit (FLU)
  • How the FLU collects on various federal judgements
  • What assets and income that the FLU can collect


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    As a former special agent with IRS-Criminal Investigation, Robert Nordlander reviewed many Suspicious Activity Reports.  Compliance Time podcast interviewed Robert Nordlander about how these reports are used in a criminal investigation, what makes a great report, and some stories about bank compliance working and not working.

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    Scott Harkey is a Senior Financial Crimes Prosecutor with the NC Conference of District Attorneys.? He travels throughout North Carolina to prosecute white collar investigations.? Forensic accountants are used as expert witnesses for the prosecution.

    http://www.ncdistrictattorney.org/

    In this episode, we discuss:

  • The role of the NC Conference of District Attorneys
  • The role of forensic accountants as expert witnesses
  • The characteristics ...
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    Dr. Scott Grob is a subject matter expert for ACAMS.  He was previously interviewed in  Episode 14 about the CAMS credential.  While working in Hong Kong, he experienced illegal wildlife and natural resources trade.  

    In this episode, we discuss:

  • Why investigating illegal wildlife trade is important
  • The financial effects of illegal plants and wildlife trade to society
  • The training and resources available to identify this problem
  • ACAMS-W...

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    Jarod Koopman is a special agent with the Internal Revenue Service, Criminal Investigation.  He is currently the Director of the Cyber Crime Unit for the IRS-Criminal Investigation.

    In this episode, we discuss:

  • The role of the Cyber Crime Unit in the IRS
  • Why the Cyber Crime Unit is vital to the IRS’s mission
  • Some of the success stories of the Cyber Crime Unit
  • The importance of innovation


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    Matt Line is the Special Agent in Charge of the Charlotte Field Office at the Internal Revenue Service-Criminal Investigation.  He is responsible for the day to day operations of the criminal investigations in NC, SC, and TN.  He oversees approximately 100 special agents and professional support staff.

    https://www.irs.gov/compliance/criminal-investigation

    In this episode, we discuss:

  • The role of IRS criminal investigation in tax compl...
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    Benjamin Bain-Creed is an Assistant United States Attorney responsible for Asset Forfeiture in the Western District of North Carolina.  As part of the prosecution team, he ensures that the asset forfeiture program is implemented in according to federal law and prosecution policy.

    In this episode, we discuss:

  • The various types of asset forfeiture
  • The difference between seizure and forfeiture
  • The decision making process when an asset is ...
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    Robyn Shaw is a CPA, CFE, and owner of Facts & Figures Forensics, PLLC, a forensic accounting firm in Colorado Springs, Colorado.  She was previously a forensic accountant as a financial analyst with the Colorado’s 4th Judicial District Attorney's office.  She has worked on over 40 criminal investigations.

    www.factsfiguresforensics.com

    In this episode, we discuss:

  • How Robyn joined the District Attorney’s office as forensic acc...
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    March 15, 2021 15 min

    After 20 years as a special agent with the Internal Revenue Service, Criminal Investigation (IRS-CI), Robert Nordlander decided to start a new chapter in life.  He left the agency in mid-March to start a forensic accounting and tax resolution firm called Nordlander CPA, PLLC.

    www.nordlandercpa.com

    In this episode, he discussed:

  • The various investigations and opportunities he had during a 20 year tenure
  • Why he decided to leave IRS-CI 
  • Ho...
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    Heather Culp is a law partner with Essex Richards in Charlotte, North Carolina.  She focuses on bankruptcy and commercial litigation.  She is frequently hired as a receiver.

    https://www.essexrichards.com/attorneys/heather-w-culp/

    In this episode, we discuss:

  • The difference between bankruptcy and receivership
  • The role of a receiver
  • The role and need for a forensic accountant in a receivership
  • The critical skills and credentials needed for...
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    The Fraud Fighter Podcast has produced 20 episodes.  The podcast has been downloaded from 75 different countries in 700 cities.  It continues to grow thanks to listeners like yourself who are interested in fraud and forensic accounting.  From the last 20 episodes, I summarized the key takeaways I had from the 20 guests.

  • Communication is vital, both written and oral.
  • There are many opportunities for self-employed forensic accountants.
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    Scott Hogue is currently the Director of Global Investigations at Walmart.  In his previous career, he was a special agent with the Internal Revenue Service, Criminal Investigation.

    In this episode we discuss:

  • How Scott chose forensic accounting and fraud investigations as a career.
  • The different areas that Global Investigations oversee at Walmart
  • The qualifications needed to be a good investigator
  • The steps needed to be an investigator...
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    Chrissie A. Powers, CPA/CFF, CFE, CVA is the owner of Powers Forensic Accounting, LLC located in Columbus, Ohio. She left a regional accounting firm that shut down their forensic accounting services niche and decided to start her own boutique firm.

    https://www.powersforensic.com

    In this episode, we discuss:

  • How she got started in forensic accounting
  • Why she started her own forensic accounting firm
  • The value of a CPA license and CFE cred...
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    Kevin Greene is a retired special agent with the Internal Revenue Service, Criminal Investigation.  After 27 years of experience in federal criminal investigations, he and another retired federal agent started Eagle Intel Services LLC, a private investigation firm.

    www.eagleintelservices.com
    kgreene@eagleintelservices.com

    In this episode we discuss:

  • Using technical equipment to gather evidence in an investigation
  • How an investigatio...
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    Kevin Hanff spent over 22 years as an  IRS special agent.  He is now the Chief Information Officer for Integritas³, a forensic accounting and compliance company.  He discusses the basic software needed to operate a forensic accounting firm.

    https://www.integritas3.com/
    https://www.integritas3.com/kevin-hanff

    In this episode, we discuss:

  • How information is transferred from bank statements to analyze
  • The software that he uses as a forensi...
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