Analyzing Financial Statements for Fraud

Instructor: William Beecken
Product ID: 703593
  • Duration: 2 hrs

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This webinar will provide attendees insights on analyzing financial statements and reports for fraud. Attendees will learn to look at a financial statement with a knowledgeable outlook to understand its author’s motives.

Why Should You Attend:

Dishonest business managers occasionally prepare fraudulent and materially misstated financial statements when:

  • attracting investors
  • obtaining financing and/or credit extensions
  • avoiding default on loan covenants
  • selling a business
  • involved in litigation
  • trying to avoid disclosing failed management decisions
  • increasing their personal compensation through bonus plans
  • obtaining insurance proceeds

In this webinar, experienced fraud examiner, William H. Beecken, will discuss methods to detect fraudulent and misstated financial statements. The webinar will highlight key areas that can be manipulated in a financial statement and train participants in looking out for these details with a keen eye.

It will also help participants understand the legal repercussions of fraudulent financial reporting and how to raise a red flag on identifying it. The session will conclude with a Q&A session, which will open doors for further discoveries.

Areas Covered in the Webinar:

  • Definition of Financial Statement Fraud
  • Common Reasons for Financial Statement Fraud
  • Red Flags Involving Fraudulent Financial Statements
  • Basic Understanding of How Alleged Perpetrators Create Fraudulent Financial Statements
  • Analysis used to Detect Fraudulent Financial Statements
  • Other Methods of Examining Financial Statements for Material Misstatements

Who Will Benefit:

  • Attorneys involved in financial litigation
  • Insurance claims adjusters
  • Internal auditors
  • External auditors
  • Government (state and local) financial investigators
  • Lending officers
  • Financial institution compliance personnel
  • Credit and collection department personnel
  • Merger and acquisition personnel
  • Investors and their brokers, money managers, etc.

Instructor Profile:

William H. Beecken, CPA, CFE, MBA, is director of Fraud Services with Assurance Forensic Accounting in Atlanta, Georgia, and former federal supervisory auditor and investigator. He has a bachelor’s degree in economics from the University of the South and a Master of Business Administration degree from Brenau University. Mr. Beecken works as a consultant for law firms, insurance companies, and governmental and law enforcement agencies. He has worked over 400 cases and testified in over 25 cases in federal and state courts. While with ATF, FDIC, and SEC, Mr. Beecken investigated arson-for-profit, bank malfeasance, racketeering, contract fraud, securities–check kiting, and Ponzi schemes. Over 100 of the arson-for-profit and business interruption cases involved the analysis of financial statements.

He is also an accounting professor in three universities, where he teaches auditing, fraud examination, and principles of accounting. He has taught fraud-related subjects for the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center, Association of Certified Fraud Examiners, Community Bankers Association of Georgia, and Georgia Tech Department of Internal Auditing and written three articles for professional magazines.

Topic Background:

Accounting is the language of business. Many important financial decisions are based on a business’s financial statements. Whether performing an investigation of alleged fraud involving financial statements, due diligence of a company before acquiring or investing in the company or granting credit, the financial statements should undergo professional analysis. Further, users of the financial statements must understand the motives of those who prepared the financial statements so they can target their analysis.

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