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Recent Government Fraud Cases and Lessons for Auditors and Managers

Date(s): Apr 25, 2024
Time: 8:00AM - 4:30PM
Registration Fee: $159.00
Cancellation Date: Apr 18, 2024
City: Austin, Texas
Parking Info:

Parking for SAO, Professional Development courses is in Garage B (1511 San Jacinto Blvd.). The Garage signage may read 1511 San Jacinto or Garage B. The elevator in Garage B is not reliable. If you are unable to walk the stairs, please contact the for alternate parking arrangements. Handicapped parking is free at the meters around the downtown area.

A course coordinator will Email you a parking permit prior to the course start date. A permit must be displayed or you will be ticketed.

Course Description

Fraud cases in the government environment strain limited financial resources, draw management attention away from public service, provide unwanted exposure to the press, and undermine public trust. Auditors and managers can find learning points in every fraud incident, and all should review and adjust their approach as a result.

In this program, participants will review the details of recent real-life fraud cases covering misappropriation, manipulation of results, vendor and contractor overcharges, and outright corruption in government. You’ll also develop action steps to take back to the job through individual and small work team brainstorming.

Potential CPE Credits: 8.0
Govt Hours: This class meets 8.0 hours of the 24-hour requirement for governmental CPE under Government Auditing Standards (yellow book), in most cases.
Technical Hours: This class meets 8.0 CPE credits of technical training in compliance with Texas Admin. Code Rule 523.102.

Instruction Type: Live
Experience Level: ALL
Category: Regulatory Ethics

Course Objectives

Upon completion of this facilitated case study course, participants will be better able to:

  • Identify fraud exposures and risks in their areas of responsibility

  • Create and maintain and anti-fraud environment ‘on their watch’

  • Detect fraud and misconduct in transactions and relationships they audit or oversee

  • Manage suspected, detected and reported fraud incidents – both large and small

  • Document fraud-related findings for presentation to management and external parties

  • Work effectively and efficiently with legal, human resources and investigative specialists

In this “how-to” course for government management and audit professionals, participants will learn the details of government and relevant non-government fraud cases including:

  • Benefit program payments

  • Grant funding and administration

  • Cash misappropriation

  • Diversion of cash receipts

  • Travel and entertainment reimbursement

  • Misuse of purchasing cards

  • Inventory theft and manipulated inventory valuation

  • Diversion of long-lived assets and scrap

  • Cooking the financial books and earnings management schemes

  • Manipulating non-financial and program results

  • Purchasing, accounts payable and vendor schemes

  • Contractor overcharges

  • Technology exposures


None. YB 4.23(j) A working knowledge of auditing, accounting, risk management, and/or internal controls is helpful.


John Hall

John J. Hall, CPA is the President of Hall Consulting, Inc., the creator of, and the author of the award-winning book “Do What You Can! Simple Steps–Extraordinary Results”. He has been a business consultant, results coach, speaker and auditor for most of his 43-year career.  

Through live skills training programs, conference keynote presentations, business and personal results coaching, and business consulting engagements, John helps program participants and client team members:

 Identify and improve areas of exposure to business risk, wrongdoing, and fraud

·         Improve organizational and personal performance

·         Enhance the effectiveness of business processes and individual behavior

·         Improve interpersonal and communications skills

Speaking, training, coaching and consulting areas include:

·         Fraud Risk Management: prevention, deterrence, early detection and effective incident response 

·       Business keynote and conference presentations

·       Communication and interpersonal behavior skills programs, including:


o  Establishing business rapport and trust

o  Effective interviewing and listening

o  Speaking and presenting

o  Selling ideas and influencing others to take action

o  Leadership, collaboration and influence

o  Consulting skills for professionals


·         Intensive One-to-One and small group performance and results coaching

·         Board and senior management anti-fraud consulting

·         Audits of costs incurred in large construction projects and other contractor services

 In addition to operating his speaking, training and business consulting firm since 1990, he has worked in senior leadership positions in large corporations and international public accounting and consulting firms. 

John is a Certified Public Accountant (Pennsylvania). He is an active member of the National Speakers Association, the American Institute of CPAs, and the Institute of Internal Auditors.


Meet John

Additional Information

TAC Rule 523.142(g) requires the CPE Sponsor to monitor individual attendance and assign the correct number of CPE credits. Participants will be asked to document their time of arrival and departure in compliance with this Rule. Additionally, attendance will be monitored throughout the day and CPE certificates will reflect actual attendance of each participant.

If you are making travel plans to come to Austin, we recommend making "refundable" air and hotel reservations or waiting until 14 days before the class to actually book your reservations. Courses are occasionally canceled or rescheduled due to low enrollment. We determine whether a course has enough participants 16 days prior to the course date. If we cancel or reschedule, we will email the participant and his or her billing contact no later than 14 days before the original class date.

A self-service vending area with beverages and snacks can be found on the first floor of our building next to the DPS office. There is also a refrigerator and microwave in our coffee bar area. Feel free to bring in your own drinks and food if you prefer.

You might want to bring a light sweater or jacket, as room temperatures vary.

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