Barry Finkelstein, Advisor and CPA

As a result of some specialized continuing education and related testing, I recently earned the designation of Certified Forensic Accountant (Cr.FA), awarded by the American College of Forensic Examiners (ACFE). The ACFE is an international membership association formed to bring together professionals from a variety of disciplines to provide a reliable, credible forum of ethical and professional forensic standards. The ACFE recognizes experience and continuing education of individuals engaged in forensic examinations and multi-disciplinary training in the individual's profession. These skills will be used as we audit client financial statements. In addition they can be used in connection with financial matters in divorce cases, fraud or embezzlement matters, and expert testimony in lawsuits.

Forensic Accounting, explained...

The term 'Forensic Accountant' refers to an accountant who performs an orderly analysis, investigation, inquiry, test, inspection or examination in an attempt to obtain the truth and develop an expert opinion in matters of dispute.

A forensic accountant is like a three-layered wedding cake. The largest, bottom layer is a strong accounting background. A middle smaller layer is a thorough knowledge of auditing, internal controls, risk assessment, and fraud detection. The smallest top layer of the cake is a basic understanding of the legal environment. The icing on the cake is a strong set of communication skills, both written and oral. In general, a forensic accountant is engaged in a combination of fraud detection and litigation support.

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