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We usually offer at least six training opportunities each calendar year. Be sure to mark these important dates on your training schedule and plan to attend!

We announce the most up to date information about our trainig in the Chapter’s bi-monthly newsletter. To sign-up to receive a copy of the newsletter, visit our Chapter’s Award Winning Newsletter web-page.

Training:

Chapter Fraud Training Seminars
PNW Chapter Annual Fraud Conference
Chapter Annual Luncheon and Business Meeting
ACFE 28th Annual Fraud Conference and Exhibition
Joint ACFE and Chapter Fraud Classes



Chapter Fraud Training Seminars

Dates/Times:
We meet on the second Wednesday of February and August; and the first Wednesday of December of each year from 2:30–4:45 p.m. This includes a half-hour networking session at approximately 3:30p.m. Unless otherwise stated, all fraud training seminars are held in the Training Room on the 28th Floor of the Washington State Housing Finance Commission’s offices (see location information below). The known 2015 and 2016 training dates are tentatively set as the following:


Wednesday, August 9, 2017
The topic for this fraud seminar is “Fraud and Technology: The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly”. Technology has changed the way we live and work in so many ways. Technology has also changed the fraud environment and transformed the skill sets needed to be an effective “fraud fighter”. Our speaker will share experiences with the good, the bad and the ugly of technology as it relates to fraud taken from her own cases of internal fraud as well as the external threats that companies are facing in their fight against fraud. In this session, participants will 1) Gain an awareness of the negative and positive consequences of technological advances as it relates to internal and external fraud threats. 2) Learn controls to combat fraud, tools to detect fraud, and resources to gather evidence. 3) Discuss the approach to conducting an investigation when technology is a key component.

The speaker will be Gina St. George, Senior Manager with Moss-Adams, LLP. She is a Certified Fraud Examiner and Certified Public Accountant who started her public accounting career in 2001. In addition to auditing, her services include forensic accounting and fraud investigation, control system improvement, and operational assessment projects. Specialty areas include compliance with federal regulations and assessing accounting operations to provide recommendations for improvement. Fraud investigation experience includes detecting schemes related to disbursements, revenue, fraudulent asset transfers, and contract compliance. Activities include quantifying the financial loss to the client through detail testing of transactions using both manual and automated techniques; interviews with the suspect(s), witnesses, and the victim(s); personal computer data mining, and obtaining evidence from outside parties. Gina also has experience working with law enforcement including conducting evidences searches of suspect’s office. Finally, her experience includes working with the attorneys in analyzing evidence and providing accounting expertise. Gina is a member of the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners, the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, and the Institute of Internal Auditors.

Note: This meeting will be held in the 28th floor training room.

Location:
We meet in downtown Seattle at 1000 Second Avenue in the 28th floor training room of the Washington State Housing Finance Commission's offices. This training facility is in the old Key Towers Bank Building, but the building does not have a name on it. It is located across the street and one block North of the Jackson Federal Building (corner of Second Avenue and Spring Street).

Parking:
If you’re looking for automobile parking, Special Events parking rates (approximately $9-$16) usually apply for the parking garage at Benaroya Hall, just two blocks North of the training facility on Second Avenue.

CPE:
The training includes 2 hours of CPE. This Chapter Fraud Seminar will fulfill the ACFE Annual Ethics CPE requirement.

Costs:
The cost of each two-hour fraud seminar is $20 for Chapter members and $25 for non-Chapter members. There is no cost for students members who attend these seminars.

Registration Info:
Registration by Credit Card via PayPal using the link below; or pay by cash, check, credit card or money order at the door.

Chapter Fraud Training Seminar
Attendee's Full Name
No need to pre-register. Just show up, sign-in and register at the door.

Other Info:
Attendees should report directly to the training room and sign-in for all fraud seminars. There are no special sign-in procedures for use of the building.

The Chapter has not yet announced the topic or speaker for the December 2017 fraud training seminar.



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PNW Chapter Annual Fraud Conference

Dates/Times:
Monday, May 1, 2017. The Conference begins at 8:00 a.m. and ends at 4:20 p.m. Sign in for registration and breakfast begins at 7:30 a.m.

Location:
The Conference will be held at La Quinta Inn & Suites (1425 East 27th Street), Tacoma, WA.

Parking:
There is no charge for parking at the hotel.

CPE:
There are 8 hours of Continuing Professional Education available to all who attend this event.

Costs:
Registration fees will be $150 for registration and payment received on or before April 10, 2017, $175 between April 11, 2017 and April 24, 2017, and $200 after April 24, 2017. Chapter members will receive a $50 discount from these rates.

Registration Info:
Find out about registration options at our web site by clicking
here.

Session / Speaker Info:
There will be seven sessions:
Session 1 (8:00 a.m. - 8:50 a.m.) - "Internal Auditing In The Public Sector" - Presented by Robert Goehring, CFE, CPA

Session 2 (8:55 a.m. - 9:45 a.m.) - "Overview of the Latest Report to the Nations from the ACFE" - Presented by Pete Miller, CFE, CPA.

Session 3 (10:00 p.m. - 10:50 p.m.) - "Healthcare Fraud - The Healthcare Revenue Cycle" - Presented by Gayle Seyl, CFE, AHFI.

Session 4 (10:55 p.m. - 11:45 p.m.) - "Practical Solutions to Fraudulent Financial Reporting Issues - Dissecting Cash Flow for Fraud Warnings " - Presented by Nancy Pasternack, CFE, CPA/CFF, CIA.

Lunch (11:45 p.m. - 12:30 p.m.)

Session 5 (12:30 p.m. - 2:15 p.m.) - "The “Real” Psychology Behind Cheating and Fraud" - Presented by Dr. Brian K. Steverson. This training meets the ACFE annual 2-hour Ethics training requirement for Certified Fraud Examiners.

Session 6 (2:30 p.m. - 3:20 p.m.) - "Testifying As An Expert Witness in Civil Cases Under Washington State and Federal Law" - Presented by John J. Tollefsen, J.D., LL.M, CFE, CCS.

Session 7 (3:25 p.m. - 4:20 p.m.) - "Sharing Life Experiences About Employee Embezzlement Fraud in the Workplace" - Presented by Joseph R. Dervaes, CFE, ACFE Fellow, CIA.

A detailed list of sessions, speakers and topics are available by clicking here.

Other Info:
ACFE Chapter President Robert Goehring and Board Member At Large Pete Miller will serve as the co-chairs for the event.

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Chapter Annual Luncheon and Business Meeting

Date/Time:
Wednesday, June 14, 2017. The luncheon begins promptly at noon, followed by a brief Chapter annual business meeting. The fraud training seminar begins at approximately 1:00 p.m. and lasts for one hour.

Location:
Bahama Breeze Restaurant; 15700 SouthCenter Parkway, Tukwila, WA 98188; (206) 241-4448. (In the SouthCenter Mall parking lot near the I-5 and I-405 interchange). Attendees should report directly to the restaurant's indoor training facility which is to the far right after entering the building.

Parking:
There is free parking near the restaurant.

CPE:
The training includes 1 hour of CPE credit.

Costs:
The luncheon and continuing professional education for the fraud seminar is $10 for Chapter members and $15 for non-members.

Registration Info:
No need to pre-register. Just show up, sign-in and register at the door. Attendees should report directly to the restaurant's indoor training facility which is to the far right after entering the building.

Registration by Credit Card via PayPal using the link below; or pay by cash, check, credit card or money order at the door. Attendees should report directly to the restaurant's indoor training facility which is to the far right after entering the building.

Chapter Annual Luncheon and Business Meeting
Attendee's Full Name


Speaker Info:
The speaker is Michael Nurse, CFE, CPA, CGMA, Manager - Accounting, and Consulting Services, Clark Nuber, PS.

Topic:
“Tales from a Growing Forensic Niche”

Mike will talk about his experience at Clark Nuber during the past seven years, which has seen steady growth in a developing forensics niche. He will describe a variety of cases that he has worked on along the way, including several embezzlement schemes, a Ponzi scheme and a Microsoft Matching scheme to name a few. In addition, Mike will explore opportunities and challenges that are unique to mid-size CPA firms in developing a forensics niche. For example, what avenues are available to generate new business? What does the future look like as the niche continues to grow? It will be an hour full of stories and insight into what it takes to grow a niche.

Other Info:
Door prizes will be awarded but you must be present to win.

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ACFE 28th Annual Fraud Conference and Exhibition

28th Annual Global Fraud Conference

Dates/Times:
Sunday to Friday, June 18-23, 2017.

Pre-Conference
Sunday - usually 1:00p.m. to 5:00p.m.

Main Conference
Monday and Tuesday - usually 8:30a.m. to 4:50p.m.
Wednesday - usually 8:30a.m. to 12:30p.m.

Post-Conference
Thursday and Friday - usually 8:30a.m. to 4:55p.m.

Location:
The Conference will be held in Nashville, TN at the Music City Center, 201 5th Avenue South, Nashville TN 37203.

Parking:
Parking information has yet to be announced.

CPE:
The full conference includes up to 40 hours of CPE credit.

Costs:
Costs vary from $925 to $1,900 depending on which events you choose to attend, when you register, and whether you work for the government. See the Registration Info section below for a link to more information.

Registration Info:
Find out about registration options at the ACFE web site by clicking here.

Speaker Info:
See the official Fraud Conference web site for these details here.

Other Info:
Chapter team registration and early registration discounted pricing is available to anyone who plans to attend this Conference. Save $100 to $200 by participating in Chapter team registration. Fill out the form here. Scan the form and forward to Chapter President Robert Goehring by e-mail at: President@fraud-examiners.org. Do NOT send any money or credit card information at this time. The ACFE will bill you directly later. If you have questions you can contact President Robert Goehring by telephone at (253) 856-5262 for additional information about this ACFE program.

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Joint ACFE and Chapter Fraud Class

Date/Times:
Monday and Tuesday, October 16-17, 2017
Class times are usually 8:00a.m. to 4:30p.m. each training day. Sign-in for registration begins at 7:30a.m.

Location:
The training is at Hilton Seattle Airport, 17620 International Blvd., Seattle, WA 98188 (near the airport).

Parking:
There is a daily parking fee if you drive your car and park in the hotel parking lot. Car pooling is recommended to reduce the cost of parking.

CPE:
The training includes up to 16 hours of CPE credit depending on how much of the course attended.

Costs:
The cost is $695 for ACFE Members and $845 for non-members. There is a $95 discount for early registration (deadline—September 15, 2017).

Registration Info:
Registration to attend this class or classes is managed by the ACFE. Find out about registration options at the ACFE web site by clicking
here.

Speaker Info:
The speaker has yet to be announced.

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