Online Seminar

Fraud Happens - What to Do When You Suspect Fraud

JAN 18 - Jan 19, 2023



JAN 18 - JAN 19



8:30 AM - 12:30 PM




7.5 Hours


0 Hours


Registration open until

Jan 13, 2023


NOTE: This course description has been revised and reflects updates for 2022. If you have any questions, please contact


This course has shifted online into two, half-day sessions.

  • January 18, 2023, 8:30am - 12:30pm
  • January 19, 2023, 8:30am - 12:30pm
  • Organizations must respond in an appropriate way to allegations and suspicions about fraud and related inappropriate conduct. A “knee-jerk” reaction can lead to many negative consequences; consequently, a rational reaction plan is critical. This seminar will provide best practices for conducting an organized financial investigation.

    This seminar provides participants with an understanding of fraud and a basic understanding of the best practices process for conducting a fraud investigation. It will assist participants through the many challenges that companies face in such matters and will provide “real life” examples of fraud, integrating a complex financial investigation case while examining the potential phases of such an investigation.

    Topics Include:

    • Introduction to fraud/fraud indicators
    • Planning an investigation
    • Interviewing basics
    • Investigative research
    • Digital forensics
    • Legal tools and remedies
    • Landmark fraud cases

    • Describe what fraud is and why it poses a risk to every organization.
    • Identify potential indicators of fraud.
    • Describe the process for planning and conducting a financial investigation.

    • Members in industry who require knowledge of the complexities involved with planning and conducting a financial investigation.
    • Members in public practice will also benefit as participants will understand the importance of complying with the CPA Canada Standard Practices for Investigative and Forensic Accounting Engagements.
    • Participants should possess a basic understanding of, or experience in, financing transactions


    $325.00 Personal Passport

    $380.00 Organization Passport

    $479.00 Member

    $479.00 Student

    $589.00 Public

    Status: Registration open until Jan 13, 2023




    Melanie E. Russell, CPA, CA, CBV, CFE, CIM, CFF, ABV – her current practice focuses on business valuations, litigation support and dispute analysis, financial/forensic investigations, corporate finance and education. She has qualified as an expert witness in the areas of valuation, forensic accounting, income analyses and loss of income calculations in a number of cases in the Ontario Court of Justice, the Ontario Superior Court and the Federal Court of Canada. She has also acted as an accounting expert in arbitration, mediation and other alternative dispute resolution proceedings (e.g., collaborative family practice), and negotiated a number of buy/sell transactions. She has taught at various institutions, authored various articles and professional material, and has had a number of years marking, authoring and coordinating professional examinations including the CICBV Membership Qualifying Examination.


    • There is some limited overlap between this seminar and the Fraud Risk Management seminar, which describes the five major principles of fraud risk management as organized by COSO. This seminar goes into much more detail about relevant investigative and legal tools and techniques for performing financial investigations.

    This course is a live webinar. You must attend the live course to receive verifiable CPD hours. We recommend you join five minutes prior to the scheduled starting time. To get the full experience of this interactive course, use a computer that has video and microphone capabilities.

    Electronic material can be accessed one week prior to the course at and should be downloaded in advance.

    Registration, cancellation, withdrawal and all other CPA Ontario PD Seminar policies can be found here.