Fraud Conference

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Event Details

Thursday, September 23, 2021 – Saturday, September 24, 2022

8:00am – 4:00pm
(Registration: 7:30am)


Best Western Great Northern Hotel

835 Great Northern Blvd

Helena, MT 59601


Field of Study

  • Accounting
  • Behavioral Ethics

CPE Credit

16 hours CPE credit

Course Code


Level of Knowledge



Montana Society of CPAs


All materials will be electronic only
Flex Credits Do Not Apply to this Course

Schedule will include:

  • The Psychology of Scammer Tactics on Vulnerable Populations - Amy Nofziger, AARP
    Do you know the latest frauds and scams targeting millions of hardworking and retired Americans? In this session you will learn how to understand and recognize common persuasion tactics used by scammers, how spoofing changed the fraud landscape with robo-calls and what traits and vulnerabilities scammers look for in their victims. You will also learn which vulnerabilities scammers might use to target you. 
  • White-Collar
    A panel of federal agents discussing their experiences with frauds of yesterday, today and tomorrow.
  • How Emerging Technologies Will Change the Fraud Landscape in the Accounting Ecosystem - Donny Shimamoto, Intraprise TechKnowlogies LLC
    When big data, artificial intelligence, and blockchain are incorporated into accounting transaction processing and financial reporting, there will be some significant impacts to fraud prevention and detection. Attend this session to get a better understanding of how these emerging technologies will be incorporated into accounting information systems and how they also present opportunities for better fraud prevention and detection.
  • 2021 Fraudie Awards - Mitchell Hansen & Candice Avery, Clark Nuber PS
    The pandemic has brought with it a pandemic of new fraud schemes. In this session, we’ll look at the largest frauds of the year, the COVID-19-related fraud schemes, and what you can do to protect yourself and your organization.
    Objectives: Understand the current fraud landscape and lessons learned; Look at pandemics impact on fraud; Determine steps that organizations can take to strengthen their controls
  • Implications of Blockchain to Internal Controls - Donny Shimamoto, Intraprise TechKnowlogies LLC
    Forget the technology—that’s for the IT folk. Let’s talk about how Blockchain will impact accounting processes and can be used to increase the automation of standard processes like a purchase order or accounts payable. Through accounting transaction examples, you will get a basic understanding of Blockchain and see how a Blockchain system fits into our accounting ecosystems. The use of Blockchain also brings with it new risks while at the same time mitigating others. Gain a broad perspective on the impact of Blockchain to the internal control environment and learn to analyze a Blockchain implementation to identify the changes you need to make to ensure the integrity of your accounting records
  • Governmental Frauds & Investigations - Julie Fox, CFE & Brian Sanvidge, CIG, CFE - Anchin, Block & Anchin LLP
    Tens of billions of dollars in stimulus funding has created an unprecedented opportunity for fraudsters. Historically, there have been many fraud schemes that were used to perpetrate fraud within government agencies. Whether it’s bribery, conflict of interest or fictitious vendor schemes (to name a few), this issue persists and remains an area of concern. Recently, with unprecedented amounts of stimulus funds and grant programs available at all levels of government, concern has never been higher in relation to fraud, waste and abuse. This session will discuss current fraud cases affecting governments, statistics related to government fraud, fraud schemes used in an attempt to get away with the crime, internal controls that should be in place, and fraud prevention techniques. We will also discuss investigations that Anchin completed related to fraud within government agencies.
  • Seeing What You Want To See: How Confirmation Bias Affects Ethics - Bret Hood, 21st Century Learning & Consulting
    When accountants make decisions,  the brain goes to work in ways that we do not consciously recognize. Although we strive to remain objective, we are profoundly affected by factors such as our previous experiences, our cultures, our morals and even whether we like someone. During any accounting or auditing engagement, confirmation bias — perhaps the most dangerous bias  — can lead us to look for and interpret evidence and entries in a manner that confirms our existing beliefs and opinions, even when the facts might say otherwise. In this session, you will learn how confirmation bias permeates our decision-making, as well as how to take steps to avoid the nefarious effects it causes.

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