Fiscal Heroes Speak at Fraud and Forensic Accounting Education Conference

ATLANTA, GA--(Marketwire - March 30, 2010) - You might think of superheroes in uniforms or capes, but in these tough financial times, many heroes wear business suits. And instead of firearms, their weapons are spreadsheets, paper trails and databases. Dozens of forensic accountants, investigators, attorneys, educators and others who spend their lives stopping conmen and white collar criminals are coming to Atlanta in May to speak at the Fourth Annual Fraud and Forensic Accounting Education Conference. They'll not only share their secrets of success, they'll teach others to do what they did -- only better.

Speakers will include:

  • FBI Special Agent Robert Herndon - a key player in the case that inspired the book and film The Informant
  • Former FBI Special Agent Joe Dooley, now with KPMG, who helped bust conman Martin Frankel
  • Assistant U.S. Attorney Barbara Nelan, who prosecutes mortgage fraud on a daily basis
  • Richard Barry of Sobel & Co., who led several successful investigations while with the New Jersey Bureau of Securities
  • Scott Hilsen of Alston & Bird, who helps investigators avoid legal pitfalls in fraud investigations
  • Francine McKenna, whose investigative Web site "re: The Auditors" takes a critical look at the role of the audit/accounting industry in global capital markets

The agenda for the three-day conference is filled with experienced knock-out crime-fighters, dedicated professionals, fiscal heroes from private enterprise and educators from academia. Participants can learn from industry leaders about interviewing techniques, data analysis, new technology, e-discovery and transaction monitoring. They'll also learn how to detect different types of fraud including Ponzi schemes and feeder funds, and how to spot financial cheats in procurement and divorce cases. Topics also include the victims of the Madoff scandal, The Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, potential issues with IFRS and what local officials can expect when the FBI enters investigations.

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. To view the full agenda and to register, visit

Contact Information:

Terri Thornton