2010 Fraud and Forensic Accounting Education Conference Features Investigator From "The Informant"

ATLANTA, GA--(Marketwire - February 24, 2010) - FBI Special Agent Robert Herndon, a key investigator in the case that inspired the book and recent film "The Informant," will keynote the Fourth Annual Fraud and Forensic Accounting Education Conference in Atlanta this May. Accounting firm Porter Keadle Moore and Georgia Southern University, in conjunction with the Center for Forensic Studies in Accounting and Business, are sponsoring the event, which will be held May 13-15 at the J.W. Marriott Hotel in Buckhead.

Written by award-winning New York Times investigative reporter Kurt Eichenwald, "The Informant" is a true tale of international price-fixing and corruption at Archer Daniels Midland, one of the nation's largest and most powerful companies. Herndon will use the case as a vehicle to explore the importance of character, leadership and ethics in our daily lives. The conference will also feature a private screening of the 2009 film starring Matt Damon. Damon played Mark Whitacre -- a whistleblower whose bizarre behavior led to prison for both himself and his co-conspirators.

The goal of the conference is to help accountants, attorneys, academics and students develop or augment valuable professional skills in the specialized fields of fraud examination and forensic accounting. Speakers will include experienced forensic investigators from the private sector, universities and government agencies including the FBI, FDIC and U.S. Attorney's office. Sessions will cover a wide range of topics such as Ponzi schemes, the Madoff scandal, mortgage fraud, interviewing techniques and fraud detection.

To register, click here or visit http://www.pkm.com/ffaec_registration.php.

About PKM

PKM is one of the largest firms in Atlanta with eleven partners, more than 100 total staff and more than $13 million in annual revenues. The nationally-recognized, full-service accounting and consulting firm provides audit, tax and systems services to clients throughout the country. The firm was founded in 1977 and focuses its efforts on serving companies registered with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC). It specializes in banking, insurance, real estate and construction, and technology and life sciences. For more information, visit www.pkm.com or call 404-588-4200.

About Fraud and Forensic Accounting at Georgia Southern University

Located in Statesboro, Georgia, The College of Business and the School of Accountancy both have undergraduate and graduate level accreditation through the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business. Only 30% of all U.S. colleges of business have this accreditation, and only 10% also have separate accreditation for their Schools of Accountancy. This accreditation provides external validation of the high quality educational programs offered. For more information about degree programs and previous conferences, visit http://coba.georgiasouthern.edu/forensic/ or call (912)478-2228.

Contact Information: Contact: Terri Thornton 404-932-4347