On October 21st, the Midwest Fraud Investigators Network will host its first virtual conference.
We have a great lineup of speakers and for the first time, our conference will occur over two days. Each day will consist of a morning session from 8:30 to 12:30 to accommodate everyone’s work schedules. Cost for attendance will be $75. Register online here. You can also pay by check here.
Here is our lineup of presenters:
October 21st– Deidre M. Dyer, Deputy Supervisor, Public Corruption/Financial Crimes Unit—Cook County State’s Attorney’s Office
An Overview of Complex Financial Crimes Prosecutions Seeks to help bridge the gap between prosecutors and the various agencies that investigate financial crimes. The training will take a look at laws available in Illinois to prosecute complicated financial crimes. In addition there will be a review of strategies and a framework for approaching these cases even when faced with a large number of transactions or evidence. Assistant State’s Attorney Deidre M. Dyer will offer her perspective on how to better manage these cases so that your time is spent more efficiently, and she will provide case studies and examples to show that even the most complicated cases can often be easier to handle with a few simple guidelines in mind.
October 21st– David Williams, Supervisor, Special Prosecutions Bureau—Cook County State’s Attorney’s Office
Preparing for and Testifying in Court
As an investigator everyone works hard to find and preserve evidence. Building a case is a skill. Presenting the case is another skill. Sometimes equally important. This presentation will assist in providing tips for testifying in court that include proper paperwork, preparation and presentation.
October 22nd—Dr. Kelly Richmond Pope—Can You Really Spot the Red Flags?
Developing professional skepticism is an important skill that all accountants must have but how do we ensure that we have it? In this interactive presentation we will utilize material from Red Flag Mania e-learning platform to practice our ability to exercise professional skepticism and discuss the importance of understanding red flags in the fraud prevention process.
October 22nd– Mason Wilder, CFE—Deepfakes: Changing the Fraud Landscape
Video or audio clips manipulated by advanced technology, otherwise known as “deepfakes,” could produce devastating societal impacts, from swinging elections to causing riots or even prompting a war. As researchers, governments and technology companies grapple with the existential threats posed by deepfakes, the fraud implications of the phenomenon might be overlooked.
As resources for creating deepfakes become more advanced or accessible, other traditional fraud schemes could benefit from leveraging the ability to manipulate audio and video. It’s important to be aware of the risks associated with deepfakes and how best to protect your organization from this emerging threat and understand potential implications for more traditional fraud examination issues.