San Diego Chapters’ Fraud & Ethics Seminar


Joint ACFE & IIA-San Diego Chapters’ Fraud & Ethics Half Day Seminar

(2 Hours Ethics & 2 Hours Fraud)

Thursday October 4th, 2018

(8:00 am – 12:00 pm)

@ Handlery Hotel San Diego – Presidio Ballroom

950 Hotel Circle N.
San Diego, CA 92108
Venue Website

This presentation will include:

• Ethics CPE Hours (2)
• Fraud CPE Hours (2)
• Chilled Orange Juice, Cranberry Juice, Brewed Coffee, Decaffeinated Coffee, Tea
• Fresh Pastries: Cinnamon Rolls, Bear Claws, Croissants, Cheese Danish, Muffins
• Seasonal Fruit Display
• Oatmeal
• Fluffy Scrambled Eggs
• Bistro Potatoes
• Crisp Hickory Bacon


Ethics: The Game Show

• Understand ethical requirements of CFEs compared to accounting professional standards.

• Understand ethical requirements for objectivity and due professional care for both CFEs and CPAs.

In the first half of the Ethics section, we’ll give an overview of the ACFE, CPA and IIA ethics, discuss updates and changes in the rules and guidance, and give some real-life examples of the types of complaints that that ACFE headquarters receives, and what has happed in various cases.  We’ll get into specifics, discussing how to write a probable cause statement without violating the ethical rule against stating that someone is guilty of something, and how to answer a hypothetical on the stand without risking the same violation.  We’ll hand out copies of the article Beth published in Fraud Magazine, “Don’t say guilty” which goes into this in detail.
In the second half, we’ll play the Ethics Game Show – a game where we pose ethical answers and audience members give the “questions”.  Prizes will be award for correct responses.  The game show is interactive and lively, and really serves to drive home the rules and definitions in a fun way.  Because the game follows the review, everyone will have the answers at hand and get to have a positive learning experience.


Interviewing Secrets for CFEs and CPAs:

The Practical Interviewing Skills that Even Experienced Interviewers Sometimes Forget

• Hone interview skills used by fraud examiners and others in financial interviews.

• Learn the top 10 mistakes made by experienced interviewers and how to overcome those mistakes.

This is a very practical course that provides information that attendees can use immediately in their everyday fraud examination or auditing positions.  Whether conducting interviews as part of an audit interview or in an employment investigation or criminal case, the principals of interviewing are the same.  The course will cover the top 10 mistakes that even experienced interviewers make while conducting interviews, and how to overcome those mistakes.  We’ll discuss the current fad of “lie spotting” and discuss the pros and cons to relying on physical indicators of possible untruthfulness.  We’ll also touch on issues of liability during interviewing and techniques to insulate yourself from potential issues.  Attendees leave with an “interviewing cheat sheet” to refresh their memory and help with interview planning.



Founding Partner
McHard Accounting Consulting, LLC
Albuquerque, New Mexico

Janet M. McHard is the Founding Partner of McHard Accounting Consulting, LLC, a firm specializing in forensic accounting, fraud prevention, and accounting reconstruction. Together with her partner and staff, Janet conducts forensic and investigative accounting in matters concerning alleged white collar crimes, embezzlements, employee theft and other disputed accounting issues.  She provides expert witness testimony and consulting expert services in cases where fraud is suspected.  Janet teaches on accounting, fraud examination and white collar crime topics for a variety of professional organizations.

Ms. McHard is a Certified Fraud Examiner (CFE), a certification bestowed upon examination by the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners (ACFE) for whom she has also been a faculty member, teaching on topics of fraud examination and white collar crime since 2003.  Janet is the 2017 ACFE Speaker of the Year.  She holds a CPA in the states of New Mexico, Arizona and California. She is also certified by the National Association of Certified Valuation Analyst (NACVA) as a Master Analyst in Financial Forensics (MAFF). She is certified in Financial Forensics by the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, a designation awarded based on education and experience.  She is also a private investigator licensed in New Mexico, Arizona and California.

Ms. McHard has received special training in fraud prevention and investigation from the ACFE, the National Association of Certified Valuation Analysts and through the University of New Mexico’s Financial Investigators Certificate Program. Ms. McHard provides assistance, including expert testimony, in the areas of fraud and forensic accounting. She also has experience in database management and class action administration.

Janet M. McHard holds a Bachelor of Arts from the University of New Mexico as well as an M.B.A. from the University of New Mexico’s Robert O. Anderson Graduate School of Management. In 2016, Janet was inducted into the UNM Anderson Schools of Management Hall of Fame.  Also in 2016, Janet was honored as a Woman to Watch – Experienced Leader by the New Mexico Society of CPAs.

She is a member of the National Board of Advisors and past president of the Board of Directors of Keshet Dance Company. She was previously a board member of the Albuquerque Softball/Baseball Hall of Fame and has volunteered her time with the American Softball Association and the New Mexico United States Specialty Sports Association. She is a member of Women in Leadership and the Alexis de Tocqueville Society of the United Way of Central New Mexico. She currently serves as the Chair of the Board of Housing Commissioners for the Albuquerque Housing Authority.



Managing Partner
McHard Accounting Consulting, LLC
Albuquerque, New Mexico

Beth A. Mohr joined McHard Accounting Consulting LLC in 2010, and became Managing Partner in January 2011.  She is a Certified Fraud Examiner, a certification bestowed upon examination by the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners.  She is a Certified Anti-Money Laundering Specialist and a Certified Cyber Crimes Investigator.  She has testified as an expert witness in three states on a variety of matters.  Ms. Mohr has a Master of Public Administration from the University of New Mexico, and holds a Bachelor of Science from Pacific Western University.  Beth is a private investigator licensed by the states of New Mexico, Arizona and California.

Ms. Mohr has written training sessions and articles for the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners, the New Mexico Criminal Defense Lawyer’s Association and New Mexico Defense Lawyers Association.  She has also published in the technical peer-reviewed journal The Bulletin of Science, Technology & Society.  Beth has presented research papers, by invitation, at conferences for National Association for Civilian Oversight of Law Enforcement and also the International Association for Science, Technology & Society.

Ms. Mohr served as an investigator for the City of Albuquerque’s Independent Review Office, where she investigated allegations of police misconduct against the Albuquerque Police Department (APD).  Notably, she conducted investigations concerning the events and police response surrounding the 2003 anti-war protests and the APD’s crime lab and evidence room.  Those cases included allegations of financial mismanagement, white collar crimes, excessive force, civil rights violations, tampering with evidence and destruction of evidence.

Ms. Mohr is a retired San Diego Police Officer; during her career she was awarded three Commanding Officer’s Citations, which are the highest awards offered by the San Diego Police Department.  While working with the Whatcom County (Washington) Public Defender’s Office, Beth investigated smuggling and tax evasion cases which involved US and Canadian Customs agencies.  Beth’s experience includes having conducted cause of death investigations, homicide and death penalty mitigation investigations.

Beth also has significant experience in the area of performance management, performance improvement and management quality review.  She has conducted successful process improvement analyses for large governmental agencies and small non-profit organizations.  As part of her commitment to performance measurement and quality education, she recently served as a Peer Reviewer for the National Association for Schools of Public Affairs and Administration.  Beth is a past member of the ICMA (formerly the International City/County Management Association), and was a member of ICMA’s Advisory Board on Graduate Education.

Beth previously served as the Chair of the City of Albuquerque Police Oversight Board and currently serves as the Treasurer for the American Civil Liberties Union Foundation – New Mexico.

Time / Agenda:

7:30AM – 8:00AM Registration and breakfast buffet

8:00AM – 11:50AM Speaker event (including a 15 minute break)

11:50 AM Speaker closes with Q&A for 5-10 minutes



Complimentary parking validation to take place during event registration



$60.00 San Diego Chapter Member

$70.00 Non-Chapter Member

$30.00 Student Ticket (Includes Membership Dues through 2019)


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