ATLANTA, GA--(Marketwire - Mar 20, 2013) - Some of the nation's top forensic accountants will share critical information at the upcoming Fraud & Forensic Accounting Education Conference May 16 to 18 in Atlanta. Attendees will get the chance to hear investigators for the Securities and Exchange Commission, FBI and Public Company Accounting Oversight Board share new information on topics critical to white collar crime investigations.

Confirmed keynote speakers include:

  • Howard Scheck, Chief Accountant for the SEC's Enforcement Division
  • Vic Hartman, Chief Division Counsel, of the FBI's Atlanta bureau
  • Jerry Decker, Deputy Director of Enforcement & Investigations for the PCAOB

Other influential speakers who will share knowledge and insights include Barry Hensley, Vice President of SecureWorks' Counter Threat Unit; Guy Gebhardt, Acting U. S. Bankruptcy Trustee for the Northern District of Georgia; Pat Huddleston, SEC Senior Trial Counsel; Laurie Dyke, founder and Managing Partner of IAG Forensics; Thomson Reuters investigative reporter Brian Grow; and influential blogger Francine McKenna.

The event offers accountants, educators, investigators, auditors and attorneys from across the country the opportunity to interact with the country's top experts and sharpen their skills. Georgia Southern University's Center for Forensic Studies in Accounting and Business will host the conference, which is sponsored by Atlanta-based accounting firm Porter Keadle Moore (PKM).

This year's conference will offer information on new threats and developing trends facing businesses of all sizes.

  • Technology-related topics include using data analytics to fight crime, hacking and cyber threats facing both internal computer systems and mobile devices, cloud computing risks and the explosion of abuse in tax e-filing.
  • International topics include the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA), as well as global plagiarism schemes.
  • New fraud trends in real estate financing, bankruptcy filings and intellectual property will be covered.
  • Speakers will also share critical information on the basics -- including forensic accounting techniques for internal and external auditors, the obligations of external auditors, ethics and professional standards, the role of the audit committee, corporate governance, legal tactics, and educating the forensic accountants of the future.

The conference is designed for internal auditors, certified fraud examiners (CFE), certified information systems auditors (CISA), CPAs, civil and criminal attorneys, business executives and college professors. 

Approximately 20 CPE hours are available. For more information, or to register, click here or visit

About PKM
Founded in 1977, Porter Keadle Moore has grown into one of the most respected accounting and advisory firms in the country. Once known as a community banking firm, PKM now represents leading corporations in the financial, insurance, technology, biological science and government service arenas. At PKM, we provide holistic and growth-driven financial solutions built around understanding clients' business challenges, not just their accounting issues. We develop deep relationships with our clients over years, so that working together is a positive, accretive experience for both parties. For more information, visit or call 404-588-4200.

About Georgia Southern University

Georgia Southern University, a Carnegie Doctoral/Research University founded in 1906, offers more than 120 degree programs serving more than 20,500 students. Through eight colleges, the University offers bachelor's, master's and doctoral degree programs built on more than a century of academic achievement. In 2011, the University was named one of the Top 10 most popular universities in the country by U.S. News & World Report and is a top choice of Georgia's HOPE scholars. Georgia Southern is recognized for its student-centered approach to education. Visit:

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