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Sessions

Sunday, 5 April
Pre-Conference

4.2 CPE

The optional Pre-Conference workshop is a great way to open your conference experience and will give you the tools to gain the professional edge you need. This four-hour session provides a higher level of instruction and more practical skill development than a typical Main Conference session.

13:00-17:00h

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Pre-Conference: Next-Generation Fraud Examinations: Leveraging Emerging Tech and Advanced Analytics
Vincent M. Walden, CFE, CPA
Managing Director, Forensic Technology Services, Alvarez & Marsal Disputes and Investigations, LLC

This session will explore how you can leverage emerging technologies and advanced analytics to improve your fraud examinations. You will learn about emerging technologies, traditional and nontraditional data analysis techniques, the role that artificial intelligence (AI) can play in fraud examinations and how advanced analytics can tie it all together.

Pre-Conference Sessions:

  • 13:00-14:10: Applying Emerging Technology in Fraud Examinations
  • 14:25-15:35: Leveraging Unstructured Data in Fraud Examinations
  • 15:50-17:00: Using Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning in Fraud Examinations

You Will Learn How To:

  • Incorporate emerging technologies into your anti-fraud toolbox
  • Analyse data from traditional and nontraditional sources to identify the red flags of fraud
  • Recognise how machine learning and AI can help fight fraud
  • Apply advanced analytical techniques to increase the effectiveness of your fraud examinations

CPE: 4.2
Level: Intermediate
Recommended Prerequisites: Knowledge of fundamental data analytics techniques
Field of Study: Auditing

Monday, 6 April
Main Conference

In addition to notable keynote speakers, the Main Conference features two tracks covering current fraud issues, case studies and practical solutions. These sessions offer proven best practices and practical tips you can immediately incorporate into your anti-fraud programme.

09:00-10:15h

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Opening General Session
Stefan Verra
Body Language Expert

CPE: 1.5
Level: Communications and Marketing
Recommended Prerequisites: None
Field of Study: Specialised Knowledge

10:35-11:50h

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2A: Deep Dive: Using Open Sources for Financial Crime Intelligence
Stephen Hill, Ph.D., MLPI, CIIP
Managing Director, Hill Bingham Ltd

Many institutions have a regulatory requirement to complete due diligence on all their applicants and customers. The main source of publicly held data for this task is the internet, and certain skills and techniques are required to conduct such investigations effectively. With the plethora of data floating in cyberspace, the internet has become a vital tool as web browsers, search engines, and social media monitoring tools have all developed with far more capabilities to assist in the retrieval of information—if you know where to look.

You Will Learn How To:

  • Employ the internet as an investigative tool
  • Assess and apply techniques for search engines, meta browsers, deep web and people searches
  • Conduct due diligence checks on companies and directors
  • Use investigating on the web 2.0 techniques: social networking, photos and geo-location
  • Protect your privacy when investigating online

CPE: 1.5
Level: Overview
Recommended Prerequisites: None
Field of Study: Information Technology

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2B: Deep Dive: Crypto Laundering
Costel Ion, CFE
Director - Principal Investigator, Deutsche Bank

Criminals use cryptocurrencies for nefarious purposes due to their enhanced anonymity and non-traceability. From kidnapping to ransomware, virtual assets (cryptocurrencies) are increasingly the preferred choice for threat actors operating in both physical and digital environments, including the dark web. Fraud investigators need to be well equipped with knowledge and tools to better mitigate the risks posed by emerging technologies and their use for illicit activities.

You Will Learn How To:

  • Recognise the use of cryptocurrencies for criminal purposes
  • Analyse the most encountered crypto-laundering services
  • Apply three methods and techniques for cryptocurrency-focused investigations
  • Identify the recent legal and regulatory requirements related to cryptocurrencies

CPE: 1.5
Level: Basic
Recommended Prerequisites: None
Field of Study: Information Technology

11:50-13:30h

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General Session

Session details coming soon.

CPE: 2
Level: Overview
Recommended Prerequisites: None
Field of Study: Specialised Knowledge

13:40-14:30h

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4A: Rethinking Your Ethics and Compliance Training: A Metrics-Driven Approach Using Digital Twins and Interactive Entertainment
Vincent M. Walden, CFE, CPA
Managing Director, Forensic Technology Services, Alvarez & Marsal Disputes and Investigations

How do you bring your ethics and compliance policies to life—such that they are on the minds of employees at the right place and time—not just at the end of the year when they are forced to sit through an hour video or slide presentation? In this session, we will explore award-winning, interactive design and entertainment techniques that are being integrated into companies’ global ethics and compliance and training programs. Learn how these programs are measurably impacting employee behaviour as demonstrated in the quality of sales transactions, vendor payments, employee travel and entertainment expenses, among other metrics.

Through concepts including digital twins, dashboarding, text mining and interactive scenario-based training, we will take a fun, and sometimes comical, approach to measuring compliance and integrity effectiveness. By engaging in the training experience with timely, relevant and entertaining information, lessons are delivered when you have the employee’s full attention. Let’s not just check the box; let’s affect behaviours.

You Will Learn How To:

  • Compare techniques for training staff about ethics and compliance
  • Identify best practices and new methods of training
  • Recognise metrics to assess your training

CPE: 1
Level: Overview
Recommended Prerequisites: None
Field of Study: Behavioural Ethics

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4B: Anti-Corruption Framework for Auditing and Monitoring Third Parties
Natina Thalien, CFE
Global Compliance Auditor - Europe, East Europe and Africa, Bio-Rad

A large percentage of corruption-related sanctions and settlements have involved allegations of third-party involvement. It is vital to know who your partners are and who you are actually working with. There are several different profiles of third parties that can work with your company. You must understand the economic relationship with such third parties; the countries and industries in which those third parties conduct activities; and the level of due diligence, oversight and monitoring of their activities by the contracting organisation.

This session will explore the framework of a third-party compliance program, third-party liability, continuous audit and monitoring programs, and red flags to look for when working with third-party providers.

You Will Learn How To:

  • Assess the framework of a third-party compliance program
  • Identify your third-party liability
  • Establish goals of a continuous audit and monitoring program for third parties
  • Recognise red flags with third-party providers
  • Report and follow up on third-party findings

CPE: 1
Level: Advanced
Recommended Prerequisites: Advanced knowledge and experience with auditing, regulatory compliance, and reporting and mitigating activities
Field of Study: Auditing

14:50-15:40h

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5A: The U.S. College Admissions Scandal and Its Broader Implications
Paul Milata, Ph.D., CFE
Managing Partner, Milata LLP

The U.S. college admissions scandal is the largest case of university admissions fraud prosecuted in the U.S. It attracted attention worldwide, as it occurred in turbulent times defined by falling levels of elite trust. Why is academic corruption more than meets the eye? This session will start from the U.S. case and analyse causes, operational patterns and red flags. It will continue by highlighting trends shaping the global academic fraud market and its immediate influence in areas such as terrorism, public health, immigration and executive fraud. Using one of the world's largest datasets on this issue, it will identify corruption clusters and recommend best practices in preventing and investigating it.

You Will Learn How To:

  • Define academic corruption
  • Identify characteristics of academic corruption and what makes it appealing
  • Plan initiatives to prevent and investigate fraud in higher learning institutions

CPE: 1
Level: Overview
Recommended Prerequisites: None
Field of Study: Specialised Knowledge

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5B: Session Details Coming Soon

Session details coming soon.

16:00-16:50h

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6A: CEO Fraud and Other Cybercrime Challenges
Dominique C. Brack, CFE, CISSP, CISA
VP Strategy, Reputelligence

Cybercrime is increasingly prevalent due to the large profits generated combined with a low risk of identification and prosecution. International cybercrime has now become so extensive, underground suppliers are cropping up on the dark web offering easy access to the tools, programming frameworks and services required to carry out cyberattacks. Ransomware is causing millions of dollars of damages and remains a potent tool for cybercriminals and nation-state attackers.

This session will explore how cyberattacks work, provide steps to prevent malware and ransomware threats, and demonstrate how a real-live ransomware attack was defeated.

CPE: 1
Level: Basic
Recommended Prerequisites: None                
Field of Study: Information Technology

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6B: Conducting International Banking Fraud and Asset Recovery Investigations
Mikhail Lastovskiy, CFE
Managing Director, Ankura Consulting (Europe) Limited

This session will cover practical aspects of investigating large-scale international banking fraud and assisting in global asset recovery. It will address the following issues in cross-jurisdictional cases: collecting and managing evidence; conducting potential witness or suspect interviews; analysing structured and unstructured data, information and documents; and dealing with circumstantial evidence (in absence of direct evidence). You will also learn about tracing funds across several jurisdictions; working with multiple stakeholders, including private sector (law firms, consultants), regulatory agencies, financial intelligence and law enforcement agencies in several jurisdictions; preparing evidence and reports to be used in legal processes; and lessons learned during real-life banking fraud investigations.

You Will Learn How To:

  • Recognise the potential scope and challenges of a large-scale international banking fraud and asset recovery investigation
  • Identify practical strategies to address the most common challenges faced by fraud investigators on such cases
  • Identify common mistakes in these cases and how to avoid them in the future

CPE: 1
Level: Intermediate
Recommended Prerequisites: Practical experience in international banking fraud and asset recovery investigations
Field of Study: Specialised Knowledge

16:50-18:00h
Cocktail Reception
Tuesday, 7 April
09:00-10:15h

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General Session
Lewis Woodcock
Head of Cyber Security Operations, A.P. Moller - Maersk

CPE: 1.5
Level: Overview
Recommended Prerequisites: None
Field of Study: Specialised Knowledge

10:35-11:50h

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8A: Deep Dive: PEACE Interviewing and Vulnerable Subjects
Martin Vaughan
Managing Director, Vaughan Training & Consultancy LTD

An important aspect of interviewing is the management of vulnerable subjects. This session will address best practices when conducting PEACE interviews of a person of public prominence (PPP), where the person’s status might render them particularly susceptible to vulnerability. The session will also examine the origins of the PEACE model, its practical application, and how understanding issues of vulnerability will improve the effective application of the model.

You Will Learn How To:

  • Apply the PEACE methodology in professional interviews
  • Recognise when an interviewee might be vulnerable
  • Implement best practices for interviewing vulnerable subjects

CPE: 1.5
Level: Intermediate
Recommended Prerequisites: Experience with workplace interviews
Field of Study: Communications and Marketing

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8B: Deep Dive: Root Cause Analysis and Preventive Compliance Audits
Joachim Koopsingraven, CFE, CIA
Head of Partner Audit, SAP America Inc

This session will share experiences of building a root cause analysis team to supplement an organisation’s preventive compliance efforts. You will learn how to plan and set up a dedicated team, and how to identify sources for risk assessment in order to align with other corporate governance functions and planning of preventive compliance audits. The session will focus on bribery and corruptions risks, with an emphasis on risks with third-party intermediaries.

You Will Learn How To:

  • Compare key aspects of root cause analysis
  • Identify information sources for risk assessments
  • Assess anti-bribery risks
  • Plan preventive compliance audits

CPE: 1.5
Level: Intermediate
Recommended Prerequisites: Knowledge of bribery and corruption risks
Field of Study: Auditing

11:50-13:30h

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General Session
Raj Samani
Chief Scientist, McAfee Fellow, McAfee

CPE: 2
Level: Overview
Recommended Prerequisites: None
Field of Study: Specialised Knowledge

13:40-14:30h

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10A: Fraud Investigations: A Practical Methodology That Works
Sherman McGrew, J.D., CFE
Program Analyst, U.S. Transportation Safety Administration, (TSA)

This session will focus on the steps required to conduct a fraud investigation from start to finish. While each fraud examiner has their own methods and techniques to investigate fraud, it is important to have a defined methodology to ensure that each investigation is conducted to the same set of standards. This presentation will help trained investigators evaluate their current methods of fraud investigation and introduce new concepts.

You Will Learn How To:

  • Identify predication and levels of proof
  • Focus the investigation appropriately
  • Assess best practices for report writing and concluding an investigation

CPE: 1
Level: Overview
Recommended Prerequisites: None
Field of Study: Specialised Knowledge

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10B: Emerging Issues in International Anti-Money Laundering
Victoria Meyer, CFE
Financial Crime Control Specialist, Swiss International Business Academy

This session will highlight key themes that are shaping international anti-money laundering (AML) efforts. Due to new AML and privacy legislation, the use of artificial intelligence and machine learning technology, and trends in predicate offences and the role of investigative journalism, the modern AML function needs to adapt to a changing environment like never before. In examining these influences, this session will discuss what you should have on your agenda when planning for the next training and budget cycles, and will highlight quick wins that may have been overlooked.

You Will Learn How To:

  • Recognise the changing environment facing the AML function
  • Identify key training topics for AML professionals
  • Determine which of the new technology buzzwords might be worth investment
  • Examine how established technology might be better employed in AML controls and investigations
  • Assess the role of the media in corporate KYC and investigative processes

CPE: 1
Level: Overview
Recommended Prerequisites: None
Field of Study: Specialised Knowledge

14:50-15:40h

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11A: A View From the Inside of a Corporate Investigations Function
Helen De Roo, CFE
Senior Manager EMEA, Johnson Controls

This session will highlight insights from an experienced corporate investigator, including an overview of the corporate investigations function, types of cases, stakeholders within the company, best practices and effective evaluation of the program.

You Will Learn How To:

  • Identify opportunities and best practices within corporate investigations groups
  • Assess key performance indicators and other factors that can be used to evaluate the effectiveness of an investigative function

CPE: 1
Level: Intermediate
Recommended Prerequisites: Experience working on corporate investigations
Field of Study: Specialised Knowledge

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11B: Whistleblower Protection and Whistleblowing Management: Current State of Affairs and Best Practices
Jan Tadeusz Stappers, LL.M., CIPP/E
Legal Counsel, Head of Partnership Development, WhistleB, Whistleblowing Centre AB

Whistleblowing is on the rise as a serious tool for organisations wanting to detect and prevent corruption, harassment and other unethical behaviour. Recent events, the business climate and regulators are triggering this trend. A growing number of countries in Europe and beyond have put legislation in place aimed at protecting whistleblowers.

This session will outline future legal frameworks and provide practical, hands-on advice on what to expect and how to remain compliant. It will include concrete examples and best practices in regards to what has worked and what has failed, the outcome for the organisations involved and legal issues that must be considered.

You Will Learn How To:

  • Assess the current state of affairs regarding whistleblower protection and whistleblowing management
  • Recognise best practices related to whistleblowing programs
  • Compare existing and anticipated whistleblowing regulations

CPE: 1
Level: Overview
Recommended Prerequisites: None
Field of Study: Specialised Knowledge

16:00–16:50h

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Closing General Session
Elliot Castro
Ex-fraudster*

*The ACFE does not compensate ex-fraudsters.

CPE: 1
Level: Overview
Recommended Prerequisites: None
Field of Study: Behavioral Ethics

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2020 ACFE Fraud Conference Europe