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Using Excel to Detect Fraudulent Activities

Date: Monday, February 18, 2019
Time: 1:00 - 2:40 pm EST

Sponsored by Lorman Education Services

Registration - Live Webinar Only: $219.00

Registration - Live Webinar Plus CD Recording: $288.00


Learn how to identify unique patterns within the data to uncover fraudulent activities.

The purpose of this information is to increase the productivity of your Excel® skills to possibly detect potential inappropriate activity in your line of work.

The information will focus on utilizing formulas, conditional formatting, and pivot summaries to obtain insights and look at more complex detection methods through Benford’s Law.

You will explore the possibilities of queries and visualizations, through add-ons, such as Power Query and Power BI. Through the review of these Excel® commands, functions, and add-ons, you will learn how to identify unique patterns within the data to uncover potential findings.

This topic will provide practical applications that you can apply to your business.

Learning Objectives:

  • You will be able to discuss your data in greater detail and more effectively due to the insights gained from this program.
  • You will be able to explain high risk transactions in greater detail by identifying which transactions were identified as round dollar values, at threshold limits, duplicates, etc.
  • You will be able to identify patterns in your data to uncover potential inappropriate activity.
  • You will be able to review your financials in greater detail utilizing formulas and pivot table functions that demonstrated in the program.
This Live Webinar Covers These Hot Issues:

Data Fundamentals

• The Importance of Understanding Your Data Prior to Performing Analysis
• The Importance of the Structure of Your Data
◦ Flat File
◦ Structured vs. Unstructured
• Data Cleansing (Text to Columns)

Excel® Functions and Queries to Utilize When Detecting Fraud

• Duplicate Entries (Formula)
• Round Dollar Check (Formula)
• Check Sequencing (Formula)
• Address Fuzzy Matching (Formula)
• Disbursement Threshold Identification (Formula)
• Utilizing Excel® PivotTables to Assist in Summarizing Your Data to Come to Conclusions (Pivot Tables)
• Other Fraud Detections Tools
• Benford's Law (Multiple Formulas)

Art of Possible

• Power Query (Combining Excel® Files)
• Power Pivot (Formula "Measure" Demonstration and Slicer)
• Power BI Demo
• Alteryx Workflow Demo

Credit Information (Sponsored by Lorman Education Services):

  • CPE
  • AIPB

For Detailed Credit Information page click here

Only registered attendee will receive continuing education credit.


Alexandra Psaris, PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP

  • Senior associate in the forensic practice of PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP focusing on data analytics
  • Over five years of experience of regulatory compliance and forensic consulting
  • Has assisted clients with fraud anti-corruption and anti-money laundering investigations
  • Experienced in data analytics; collecting, analyzing, and interpreting data to find solutions and determine modifications for optimal use of organizational data
  • Has leveraged these skills in business strategy and financial due diligence analyses, served as a key point of contact for over 100 investigators in regards to leadership directives, data issues, investigative guidance, workflow management, and project training

Mihnea Rotariu, PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP

  • Chartered accountant and a manager in the forensics practice of PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP in the Washington Metro market
  • Has been with the firm for over eleven years specializing in corporate investigations, anti-bribery/anti-corruption projects, and assessments of financial aspects of loss and damage in litigations
  • Prior to joining the Washington office, he spent five years with PwC Romania working primarily on fraud investigations and disputes for companies in the South East Europe region
  • He is a Certified Fraud Examiner (CFE) and a fellow of the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA); he is fluent in Romanian and is advanced in French
  • He frequently speaks on anti-corruption topics, including at the Kogod School of Business, American University, University of Maryland, The Virginia Bar Association, and local chapters of the Association of Government Accountants (AGA) and the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA)
  • B.A. degree in International Business, Academy of Economic Studies, Bucharest

Koutayba Yamak, PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP

  • Director at PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP in Washington, DC
  • A licensed Certified Public Accountant (CPA), a Certified Fraud Examiner, and Certified in Financial Forensics (CFF)
  • Over 13 years of experience conducting anti-corruption, forensic accounting and financial fraud investigations around the world
  • Has led consulting engagements related to anti-corruption/FCPA investigations, white collar defense, auditor malpractice, GAAP/GAAS investigations, and Ponzi scheme investigations
  • Guest lecturer on forensic accounting at several universities, as well as a frequent speaker on anti-corruption/FCPA, investigations, and forensic accounting topics at national conferences
  • M.B.A. degree, University of Maryland, College Park; B.S.B.A. degree, Lebanese American University, Lebanon

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