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Kelly J. Todd, managing member and member in charge of forensic investigations, discusses common myths in detecting deception. Contrary to popular belief, detecting deception can be a challenge, as people tend to focus on the wrong signals. Kelly explains misconceptions about the behaviors and body language of someone who is lying, and how to increase […]

Gathering Evidence and Interrogation

Kelly J. Todd

Kelly J. Todd, managing member and member in charge of forensic investigations, focuses on techniques that increase the likelihood of detecting the truth in an investigation – open body language, open-ended questions and an open mind. Kelly also shares interview tips to catch a fraudster in a lie and uncover the truth.

Speech, Voice and Body Language as a Lie Detector

Kelly J. Todd

Kelly J. Todd, managing member and member in charge of forensic investigations, discusses how investigators can use vocal tone and body language as a lie detector. Kelly also outlines how statement analysis can help an investigator understand the meaning behind the words, and highlights body language red flags to look for in an interview.

Detecting Deception: Determining the Baseline

Kelly J. Todd

Kelly J. Todd, managing member and member in charge of forensic investigations, explains that everyone has a “norm”– a basic pattern of behavior that they exhibit under normal amounts of stress, which is also known as their baseline. In this video, Kelly outlines the steps to take to determine the baseline during an interview. She […]

Myths in Detecting Deception

Kelly J. Todd

Kelly J. Todd, managing member and member in charge of forensic investigations, discusses common myths in detecting deception. Contrary to popular belief, detecting deception can be a challenge, as people tend to focus on the wrong signals. Kelly explains misconceptions about the behaviors and body language of someone who is lying, and how to increase […]

Active Efforts of Individuals in an Active Passive Analysis

William C. Dameworth

William C. Dameworth, managing member and member in charge of valuation services, discusses the need for businesses appraisers to perform active passive analyses to assist legal counsel and the court in the jurisdiction-specific process of determining what part of separate property asset appreciation caused by the efforts of individuals might be divisible.  Bill discusses helpful […]

Market Forces in an Active Passive Analysis

William C. Dameworth

William C. Dameworth, managing member and member in charge of valuation services, focuses on market forces in an active passive analysis, and how business appraisers might  approach market forces when performing an active passive analysis. Bill discusses the potential steps that can be taken to determine the increase in value caused by market forces versus […]

Causation in an Active Passive Analysis

Bill Dameworth

William C. Dameworth, managing member and member in charge of valuation services, discusses various components of an active passive analysis, and the jurisdictional differences that can exist. In this video, Bill focuses on  a common theme that runs throughout active passive analyses – causation. He also discusses the allocation of appreciation between the various factors […]

Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017 Effects on Alimony Litigation

Kelly Schmid

Kelly Schmid, director of valuation services, examines how divorces executed after December 31, 2018 will be affected by the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017. Kelly discusses the numerous ways that the Act will affect how alimony is negotiated, as well its possible impact on prior divorce agreements, which should be revisited.

Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017 Effects on Business Valuations

Kelly Schmid

Kelly Schmid, director of valuation services, explores how the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017 might affect businesses valuations. Kelly explains the importance of business appraisers proactively discussing with management the expected utilization of enhanced cash flows from tax savings. Kelly also discusses the need for business appraisers to consider using longer-term discounted cash […]

Using Data to Tell a Story & Find the Answers

Kelly J. Todd

Kelly J. Todd, managing member and member in charge of forensic investigations, discusses how FSS uses advanced data analytics to ferret out the truth in fraud investigations via data visualization. Kelly explains how electronic evidence and data can be leveraged in forensic investigations, from verifying or challenging a plaintiff’s testimony to identifying trends and patterns […]

Defining Embezzlement & How to Prevent It

Kelly J. Todd

Kelly J. Todd, managing member and member in charge of forensic investigations, explains what embezzlement is and how it occurs. To prevent embezzlement from occurring, it is essential for employers to trust their employees, but verify their actions. In the video, Kelly provides best practices that employers should implement to accomplish this.

Leveraging Technology in Auditing

Ralph Q. Summerford

Ralph Q. Summerford, president, discusses technology’s presence in the world of forensic accounting, focusing on the old – data mining – and the new – artificial intelligence and digital currency, such as bitcoin. He explains how FSS has extensive experience in leveraging these technologies to take their work to the next level, and stresses the […]

The Benefits of Technology in Auditing

Ralph Q. Summerford

Ralph Q. Summerford, president, examines the benefits data mining and artificial intelligence provide to auditors. Ralph discusses the differences between these technologies, and how they help auditors spot trends and unusual transactions. While auditors are beginning to introduce data mining and artificial intelligence into their processes, Ralph stresses that these technologies do not allow auditors […]

Accounting Malpractice Lawsuits: The Importance of CPAs Seeking Outside Counsel

Ralph Q. Summerford

Ralph Summerford, president of Forensic Strategic Solutions, discusses the importance and benefits of CPAs hiring outside counsel if they are at the center of an accounting malpractice case. He also discusses confusion that CPAs often have surrounding accounting malpractice insurance.

Accounting Malpractice Lawsuits: The Value a CFE Brings to Attorneys

Ralph Q. Summerford

Ralph Summerford, president of Forensic Strategic Solutions, discusses the critical value a certified public accountant (CPA) who is also a certified fraud examiner (CFE) can add to an accounting malpractice case for attorneys, whether the attorney is prosecuting or defending an accountant. One of the greatest values a CFE can add is their ability to translate […]

Depreciation & Capital Expenditures – Business Valuations

Kelly Schmid

Kelly Schmid, director of valuation services at Forensic Strategic Solutions, discusses the process of estimating depreciation expenses and capital expenditures in a cash flow forecast. She also examines how an incorrect estimate can impact a business valuation.

What Are Capital Expenditures & How Do They Depreciate?

Kelly Schmid

Kelly Schmid, director of valuation services at Forensic Strategic Solutions, explains what capital expenditures are (also known as fixed assets). She also discusses the replacement and depreciation of capital expenditures, as well as the common misconception that depreciation and capital expenditures should always be equal in a normalized cash flow forecast.

Conflicts of Interest: Educational Tools for Employers

Kelly J. Todd

Kelly Todd, managing member at Forensic Strategic Solutions, discusses how conflicts of interest can arise in the workplace and challenges associated with conflicts of interests that employers often face. She also discusses educating employees on conflicts and how to detect conflicts.

The Common Denominator of Corruption: Conflicts of Interest

Kelly J. Todd

Kelly Todd, managing member at Forensic Strategic Solutions, discusses the close relationship between conflicts of interest and corruption. She also discusses preventative measures that can be taken to minimize opportunities for conflicts of interest to morph into corruption.

Active/Passive Appreciation in Divorce Litigation: Part Two

William C. Dameworth

Active/Passive Appreciation in Divorce Litigation: Part One

William C. Dameworth

Leveraging Social Media in Fraud Investigations – II

Lindsay H. Gill

Lindsay Gill, director of forensic technology at Forensic Strategic Solutions, shares insight into the benefits associated with attorneys hiring forensic investigators to uncover evidence on suspects’ social media accounts. She also discusses how to authenticate the evidence gathered and the methods to do so.

Leveraging Social Media in Fraud Investigations – I

Lindsay H. Gill

Lindsay Gill, director of forensic technology at Forensic Strategic Solutions, discusses social media and its role as a helpful tool to uncover fraudulent electronic evidence in an investigation. She also describes best practices for forensic investigators to collect, analyze and interpret findings to connect the dots.

What to do When You Suspect Fraud at Your Organization – II

Kelly J. Todd

Kelly Todd, member in charge of forensic investigations, discusses how to handle the alleged perpetrator, including notifying the perpetrator, conducting an admission-seeking interview and restricting the wrongdoing employee from company access. She also notes the importance of notifying your insurer when you think you might have fraud occurring in your organization.

What to do When You Suspect Fraud at Your Organization – I

Kelly J. Todd

Kelly Todd, member in charge of forensic investigations, discusses the prevalence of fraud in businesses and actions one should take when they suspect fraud in their organization, including assembling a team for the fraud investigation and securing potential evidence.

Accounting Malpractice: When CPAs Miss the Fraud

Leslie P. Littrell

Leslie Littrell, forensic analyst at Forensic Strategic Solutions, discusses accounting malpractice and the recent increase in claims as well as the importance of fraud education. Ms. Parker cites FSS’ work with Auburn University to develop its forensic accounting courses within its Master of Accountancy program as an effort to help expand the knowledge of fraud […]

Data Analytics with a Focus on Technology

Lindsay H. Gill

Lindsay Gill, director of technology at Forensic Strategic Solutions, reviews the key areas in which technology has changed the landscape of fraud investigation and how data continues to become a growing risk for businesses.

Business Valuation for Private Companies

William C. Dameworth

Bill Dameworth, member in charge of valuation services at Forensic Strategic Solutions, discusses the differences between the valuation of privately-held and publicly-held companies and those focused on profit maximization versus tax minimization.

Employee Fraud Awareness Training

Kelly J. Todd

Kelly Todd, member in charge of forensic investigations, gives fraud prevention tips aligning with the ACFE 2014 Report to the Nations research describing employee fraud awareness training as an extremely effective way to reinforce fraud policies, encourage anonymous tips from whistleblowers and establish compliance.

Fraud in Charitable Non-Profit Organizations

Ralph Q. Summerford

Ralph Summerford, president of Forensic Strategic Solutions, cites recent New York Times statistics to help reveal some reasons for the high frequency of fraud in non-profits, including high turnover, poor management and lack of tax audit enforcement. All of these issues make it increasingly difficult for the IRS and law enforcement to uncover and prosecute […]

Leveraging Technology in Auditing

Ralph Q. Summerford

Ralph Q. Summerford, president, discusses technology’s presence in the world of forensic accounting, focusing on the old – data mining – and the new – artificial intelligence and digital currency, such as bitcoin. He explains how FSS has extensive experience in leveraging these technologies to take their work to the next level, and stresses the […]

The Benefits of Technology in Auditing

Ralph Q. Summerford

Ralph Q. Summerford, president, examines the benefits data mining and artificial intelligence provide to auditors. Ralph discusses the differences between these technologies, and how they help auditors spot trends and unusual transactions. While auditors are beginning to introduce data mining and artificial intelligence into their processes, Ralph stresses that these technologies do not allow auditors […]

Accounting Malpractice Lawsuits: The Importance of CPAs Seeking Outside Counsel

Ralph Q. Summerford

Ralph Summerford, president of Forensic Strategic Solutions, discusses the importance and benefits of CPAs hiring outside counsel if they are at the center of an accounting malpractice case. He also discusses confusion that CPAs often have surrounding accounting malpractice insurance.

Accounting Malpractice Lawsuits: The Value a CFE Brings to Attorneys

Ralph Q. Summerford

Ralph Summerford, president of Forensic Strategic Solutions, discusses the critical value a certified public accountant (CPA) who is also a certified fraud examiner (CFE) can add to an accounting malpractice case for attorneys, whether the attorney is prosecuting or defending an accountant. One of the greatest values a CFE can add is their ability to translate […]

Accounting Malpractice: When CPAs Miss the Fraud

Leslie P. Littrell

Leslie Littrell, forensic analyst at Forensic Strategic Solutions, discusses accounting malpractice and the recent increase in claims as well as the importance of fraud education. Ms. Parker cites FSS’ work with Auburn University to develop its forensic accounting courses within its Master of Accountancy program as an effort to help expand the knowledge of fraud […]

Using Data to Tell a Story & Find the Answers

Kelly J. Todd

Kelly J. Todd, managing member and member in charge of forensic investigations, discusses how FSS uses advanced data analytics to ferret out the truth in fraud investigations via data visualization. Kelly explains how electronic evidence and data can be leveraged in forensic investigations, from verifying or challenging a plaintiff’s testimony to identifying trends and patterns […]

Leveraging Social Media in Fraud Investigations – II

Lindsay H. Gill

Lindsay Gill, director of forensic technology at Forensic Strategic Solutions, shares insight into the benefits associated with attorneys hiring forensic investigators to uncover evidence on suspects’ social media accounts. She also discusses how to authenticate the evidence gathered and the methods to do so.

Leveraging Social Media in Fraud Investigations – I

Lindsay H. Gill

Lindsay Gill, director of forensic technology at Forensic Strategic Solutions, discusses social media and its role as a helpful tool to uncover fraudulent electronic evidence in an investigation. She also describes best practices for forensic investigators to collect, analyze and interpret findings to connect the dots.

Data Analytics with a Focus on Technology

Lindsay H. Gill

Lindsay Gill, director of technology at Forensic Strategic Solutions, reviews the key areas in which technology has changed the landscape of fraud investigation and how data continues to become a growing risk for businesses.

Speech, Voice and Body Language as a Lie Detector

Kelly J. Todd

Kelly J. Todd, managing member and member in charge of forensic investigations, discusses how investigators can use vocal tone and body language as a lie detector. Kelly also outlines how statement analysis can help an investigator understand the meaning behind the words, and highlights body language red flags to look for in an interview.

Detecting Deception: Determining the Baseline

Kelly J. Todd

Kelly J. Todd, managing member and member in charge of forensic investigations, explains that everyone has a “norm”– a basic pattern of behavior that they exhibit under normal amounts of stress, which is also known as their baseline. In this video, Kelly outlines the steps to take to determine the baseline during an interview. She […]

Myths in Detecting Deception

Kelly J. Todd

Kelly J. Todd, managing member and member in charge of forensic investigations, discusses common myths in detecting deception. Contrary to popular belief, detecting deception can be a challenge, as people tend to focus on the wrong signals. Kelly explains misconceptions about the behaviors and body language of someone who is lying, and how to increase […]

Defining Embezzlement & How to Prevent It

Kelly J. Todd

Kelly J. Todd, managing member and member in charge of forensic investigations, explains what embezzlement is and how it occurs. To prevent embezzlement from occurring, it is essential for employers to trust their employees, but verify their actions. In the video, Kelly provides best practices that employers should implement to accomplish this.

Conflicts of Interest: Educational Tools for Employers

Kelly J. Todd

Kelly Todd, managing member at Forensic Strategic Solutions, discusses how conflicts of interest can arise in the workplace and challenges associated with conflicts of interests that employers often face. She also discusses educating employees on conflicts and how to detect conflicts.

The Common Denominator of Corruption: Conflicts of Interest

Kelly J. Todd

Kelly Todd, managing member at Forensic Strategic Solutions, discusses the close relationship between conflicts of interest and corruption. She also discusses preventative measures that can be taken to minimize opportunities for conflicts of interest to morph into corruption.

What to do When You Suspect Fraud at Your Organization – II

Kelly J. Todd

Kelly Todd, member in charge of forensic investigations, discusses how to handle the alleged perpetrator, including notifying the perpetrator, conducting an admission-seeking interview and restricting the wrongdoing employee from company access. She also notes the importance of notifying your insurer when you think you might have fraud occurring in your organization.

What to do When You Suspect Fraud at Your Organization – I

Kelly J. Todd

Kelly Todd, member in charge of forensic investigations, discusses the prevalence of fraud in businesses and actions one should take when they suspect fraud in their organization, including assembling a team for the fraud investigation and securing potential evidence.

Employee Fraud Awareness Training

Kelly J. Todd

Kelly Todd, member in charge of forensic investigations, gives fraud prevention tips aligning with the ACFE 2014 Report to the Nations research describing employee fraud awareness training as an extremely effective way to reinforce fraud policies, encourage anonymous tips from whistleblowers and establish compliance.

Fraud in Charitable Non-Profit Organizations

Ralph Q. Summerford

Ralph Summerford, president of Forensic Strategic Solutions, cites recent New York Times statistics to help reveal some reasons for the high frequency of fraud in non-profits, including high turnover, poor management and lack of tax audit enforcement. All of these issues make it increasingly difficult for the IRS and law enforcement to uncover and prosecute […]

Active Efforts of Individuals in an Active Passive Analysis

William C. Dameworth

William C. Dameworth, managing member and member in charge of valuation services, discusses the need for businesses appraisers to perform active passive analyses to assist legal counsel and the court in the jurisdiction-specific process of determining what part of separate property asset appreciation caused by the efforts of individuals might be divisible.  Bill discusses helpful […]

Market Forces in an Active Passive Analysis

William C. Dameworth

William C. Dameworth, managing member and member in charge of valuation services, focuses on market forces in an active passive analysis, and how business appraisers might  approach market forces when performing an active passive analysis. Bill discusses the potential steps that can be taken to determine the increase in value caused by market forces versus […]

Causation in an Active Passive Analysis

Bill Dameworth

William C. Dameworth, managing member and member in charge of valuation services, discusses various components of an active passive analysis, and the jurisdictional differences that can exist. In this video, Bill focuses on  a common theme that runs throughout active passive analyses – causation. He also discusses the allocation of appreciation between the various factors […]

Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017 Effects on Alimony Litigation

Kelly Schmid

Kelly Schmid, director of valuation services, examines how divorces executed after December 31, 2018 will be affected by the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017. Kelly discusses the numerous ways that the Act will affect how alimony is negotiated, as well its possible impact on prior divorce agreements, which should be revisited.

Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017 Effects on Business Valuations

Kelly Schmid

Kelly Schmid, director of valuation services, explores how the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017 might affect businesses valuations. Kelly explains the importance of business appraisers proactively discussing with management the expected utilization of enhanced cash flows from tax savings. Kelly also discusses the need for business appraisers to consider using longer-term discounted cash […]

Depreciation & Capital Expenditures – Business Valuations

Kelly Schmid

Kelly Schmid, director of valuation services at Forensic Strategic Solutions, discusses the process of estimating depreciation expenses and capital expenditures in a cash flow forecast. She also examines how an incorrect estimate can impact a business valuation.

What Are Capital Expenditures & How Do They Depreciate?

Kelly Schmid

Kelly Schmid, director of valuation services at Forensic Strategic Solutions, explains what capital expenditures are (also known as fixed assets). She also discusses the replacement and depreciation of capital expenditures, as well as the common misconception that depreciation and capital expenditures should always be equal in a normalized cash flow forecast.

Active/Passive Appreciation in Divorce Litigation: Part Two

William C. Dameworth

Active/Passive Appreciation in Divorce Litigation: Part One

William C. Dameworth

Business Valuation for Private Companies

William C. Dameworth

Bill Dameworth, member in charge of valuation services at Forensic Strategic Solutions, discusses the differences between the valuation of privately-held and publicly-held companies and those focused on profit maximization versus tax minimization.