Out and About
Forensic Accounting Services, LLC is proud to be a sponsor of the first annual Believe 208 5K. On Sunday, September 28, 2014 Justine and her sister, Andrea, participated in the event. Check out our Facebook page for more pictures! The run was coordinated by Trish Buchanan and her two sons in honor of her late husband and their father, East Hartford Police Officer Paul Buchanan. Funds raised at the event will support Project BLUE 208 – Breaking the Silence of Law Enforcement Officers Underlying Traumatic Stress Through Education and Access to Support. The Connecticut Alliance to Benefit Law Enforcement (CABLE) is a non-profit that supports Project BLUE 208.
Take a look at Steve’s latest article, posted on the Fraud Magazine website. In this article he addresses the constant changes in banking policies and procedures, mostly influenced by technology. Transitioning from paper to electronic records leaves the power in the hands of the bank. Be sure to familiarize yourself with the fine print for your personal and business bank accounts. Click the Fraud Magazine image to access a link to the article!
Steve is frequently asked by clients, colleagues and others about the recent trends in employee theft and embezzlement; most often people want to know the cause. In light of these requests, Steve wrote an article on his opinion of the major causes of increased employee theft and embezzlement in society today based on his experience with fraud investigations. Check out the article by clicking on “The Dude” (left) to access a link to the article!
CTCPA Beginner Golf Clinic
Heather and Justine participated in the 2014 CTCPA Beginner Golf Clinic on July 17, 2014 at Tunxis Plantation Golf Course in Farmington. The event was hosted by It’s Just Life, a section of the CTCPA focused on women. Participants received a putting lesson on the green as well as a lesson on the driving range by professional golf instructors. The golf lessons were followed by happy hour at the golf course.
2014 PCC Users’ Conference
On July 16, 2014 Steve spoke to the attendees the 2014 Physician’s Computer Company (PCC) Users’s Conference. Attendees consisted of both physicians and practice managers from practices across the country. Steve’s presentation addressed “Safeguarding Your Practice’s Fiscal Health From Undetected Fraud Schemes.” PCC hosted the conference for their software users, and brought in a variety of speakers to the Sheraton Conference Center in Burlington, Vermont.
University of Bridgeport
Steve was given the opportunity to speak at the University of Bridgeport Waterbury Campus, where he addressed a class of future school administrators. The course is called Intermediate Administration and Supervision, commonly referred to as an “O92″ course. On July 8, 2014 Steve presented “Financial Fraud: Increasing Your Awareness Could Keep You, Your School and Your Town Out of the Media.” The purpose of Steve’s presentation was to bring a greater financial awareness to educators before they become administrators to increase proactive measures within school districts.
25th Annual ACFE Global Fraud Conference – 2014
Steve was selected to speak for the fourth year in a row at the Annual Association of Certified Fraud Examiners Global Fraud Conference. This year marked the 25th anniversary of the organization and the qualification “CFE”. The conference was held in San Antonio, Texas at the Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center and hosted approximately 3,000 attendees. Steve’s presentation addressed “Embezzlement within Municipalities: Far Reaching Impact on Taxpayers.”
CTCPA Educational Trust Fund Award Winner 2014
Steve attended the New CPA and High School Scholarship award ceremony on Tuesday, June 3rd. He presented as the Chair of the CTCPA ETF and also awarded the annual scholarship to an outstanding student with an interest in forensic accounting. This year’s recipient was Daniel Purslow, a student at Cheshire High School.
2014 CTCPA Community College Scholarship Luncheon
As of Monday, May 12th at the CTCPA Essential Event, Steve became the Chair of the CTCPA Education Trust Fund for the 2014 – 2015 year. On Friday, May 9th Steve spoke with Community College Scholarship recipients and guests at a luncheon hosted at the CTCPA in Rocky Hill. As the Chair Steve will work with a committee to raise and distribute scholarship funds to high school and college students within Connecticut.
CTCPA Walk Like MADD
Forensic Accounting Services sponsored Heather and Justine in the CTCPA Walk Like MADD event on Saturday, May 3rd in West Hartford, CT. The event raises money for Mothers Against Drunk Driving, an organization that supports the families of victims and works to strengthen DUI laws. Heather and Justine walked with fellow members of the New & Young Professionals (NYP) group within the CTCPA on the 1.7 mile loop through West Hartford shops and neighborhoods. Together Team CTCPA raised over $2,200, part of over $47,000 raised by all participants at the event! Great job!
2014 CCSU Scholarship
Steve attended the Central CT State University (CCSU) Award Ceremony on Sunday, April 27, 2014. The ceremony featured awards for Business, Accounting and Finance students at CCSU. CCSU also held an induction at the ceremony for new members of the CCSU Beta Gamma Sigma Honor Society. The inductees will be the first members of this chapter.
2014 UConn Scholarship
On April 24, 2014, Steve attended the annual Awards Banquet for the Department of Accounting at UConn. He presented Forensic Accounting Services’ annual forensic accounting scholarship to Annette Konopka (top photo). Annette is a junior accounting student who is active on campus and has a strong interest in the field of forensic accounting. Congratulations and best of luck, Annette!
Steve, incoming Chair of the CTCPA Education Trust Fund, also presented the Junior Award on behalf of the CTCPA Education Trust Fund (bottom photo). This year’s recipient was Michael Atamanuk. Congratulations Michael!
Junior Achievement 2014
Steve and Justine participated as instructors for Junior Achievement at Assumption School of Manchester on March 19, 2014. Justine taught second grade and Steve taught seventh and eighth grade students. The program focuses on teaching life skills, decision making, budgeting, and career and educational choices.
2013 Manchester Chamber of
Forensic Accounting Services LLC sponsored a Greater Manchester Chamber of Commerce meet-and-greet holiday luncheon at the Chamber on December 5, 2013. The event was well attended by many Chamber members. Thank you to the Chamber staff for coordinating such a great event!
Steve and Justine are seated with the Chamber of Commerce staff, Amy, April and Corinne.
CTCPA Book Drive 2013
Heather Smith (second from left) and the CCSU Accounting Society participated in the annual CTCPA Children’s Book Drive in December 2013. Heather was the President of the CCSU Accounting Society at the time. She is shown with fellow Accounting Society members. Good work Heather!
CTCPA Educational Trust
Steve and Heather Smith, a Spring 2014 intern at Forensic Accounting Services LLC, attended the 2013 Educational Trust Fund Dinner for the CTCPA on November 7, 2013. Heather is second from the left in the bottom photo.
The Educational Trust Fund supports accounting programs in schools across the state as well as individual accounting students. Steve is a trustee of the fund, and presented awards to recipients. Heather attended as a representative of the Central Connecticut State University Accounting Society.
ACFE Global Fraud Conference
For the third year in a row, Steve attended and spoke at the 24th Annual Association of Certified Fraud Examiners Global Fraud Conference. He traveled to Las Vegas, Nevada for 4 days to attend at the Aria Resort & Casino. This year his presentation addressed “How Theft Within Family Businesses Transcends.” The conference achieved a record number of attendees with approximately 2,600 fraud examiners present.
Connecticut Society of Eye Physicians Conference
Steve had the pleasure of speaking with both eye physicians and optometrist practice administrators at their annual conference on June 14, 2013. He focused on “Balancing Patient Care with Fiscal Care” for the doctors, particularly for those who own their own practices. The topic for the practice administrators was the revenue cycle and the many opportunities for fraud within medical practices. The conference took place at the Aquaturf in Plantsville, CT.
On June 7, 2013, Steve presented to an audience of a variety of law enforcement and private sector individuals at the “Spotlight on Fraud” annual conference for the International Association of Financial Crimes Investigators. Steve discussed conducting financial crime investigations from the private sector. The conference was held at Mohegan Sun casino in Montville, CT.
2013 UConn Scholarship
On April 17, 2013, Justine attended the annual Awards Banquet for the Department of Accounting at the University of Connecticut. She presented Steve’s annual forensic accounting scholarship to Emily Zielinski (right). Emily is currently a junior accounting student. She is interested in forensic accounting, and hopes to work for a federal agency someday after receiving a Masters’ degree in forensic accounting.
CTCPA Educational Trust Fund 2012
Steve and Justine attended the 2012 Educational Trust Fund Dinner for the CTCPA. Steve is a trustee of the fund, and presented awards to recipients. Justine attended as a representative of the University of Saint Joseph. The Educational Trust Fund supports accounting programs in schools across the state as well as individual accounting students.
On October 1, 2012, Steve attended and presented at the annual conference for the New England States Government Finance Officers’ Association. The conference was held in Hartford, CT. Steve’s presentation discussed the risks of theft in light of a suffering economy.
From September 17 – 19, 2012, Steve attended the 3rd North America IDEA User Conference in Dallas, Texas. He conducted a training session on the data analysis software to attendees from across the country.
Steve was interviewed on August 23, 2012 by Timothy Becker, a journalist for the Manchester Patch. In the interview, they discuss the basics of forensic accounting, as well as Steve’s professional achievements as an author, professor, and EMT. You can read the full article at: http://manchester.patch.com/articles/meet-stephen-pedneault-owner-of-forensic-accounting-services-llc#photo-11198526.
Justine participated in Habitat for Humanity on South Marshall Street in Hartford, CT on Tuesday, August 6, 2012. Eleven members of the CTCPA New and Young Professionals group worked together to paint the entire interior of one of the 16 units under construction. The completion of this project will mark the 200th home built by the Hartford Chapter of Habitat for Humanity.
Steve attended the 23rd Annual ACFE Conference from June 17-20, 2012. This year’s event took place in Orlando, FL at Gaylord Palms Resort. There was a record attendance of over 2,300 attendees! Steve was also a presenter at the conference. During his session he discussed the detection and resolution of a $1.8 embezzlement. This presentation marked Steve’s 200th speaking engagement to date.
CTCPA Educational Trust Fund Award Winner
Steve funded his annual scholarship to an outstanding student with an interest in forensic accounting. Frank Fazzino, this year’s recipient, is a student at Portland High School & will be attending Bryant University in the fall to study accounting. Steve and Frank attended a banquet at the Aqua Turf on June 5, 2012.
Steve and Justine attended the 2012 CTCPA Annual Meeting on May 14, 2012. Steve will serve on the Advisory Council for 2012-2013. He was also awarded the 2012 Jack Brooks Leadership Award. The award was presented by Greg Lainas (left), 2011-2012 CTCPA President. Steve was selected based on his “outstanding contributions to Connecticut’s CPA community.”
Educating Orthopedic Practice Managers
Steve presented two conference sessions on April 20, 2012 to members of the International Association of Orthopaedic Executives – Indianapolis. The conference was held at the popular Conrad, a luxurious hotel and conference center located downtown (pictured). The sessions were focused on preventing and detecting employee theft and embezzlement in an orthopedic practice setting.
Justine attended the annual Awards Banquet for the Department of Accounting at the University of Connecticut on April 18, 2012. She presented two scholarships, provided by Steve, to Rob McNaboe (left) and Richard Bosco (right).
Junior Achievement 2012
Steve and Justine participated as instructors in two Junior Achievement Days in March 2012. The first was in an eighth grade classroom at Assumption School of Manchester. Later in March, they volunteered in the first-ever Junior Achievement Day at Bennet Academy of Manchester. The program focuses on teaching life skills, decision making, budgeting, and career and educational choices.
The Connecticut Business and Industry Association
The Connecticut Business and Industry Association (CBIA) is the broadest-based business membership organization in the state, as well as the largest. CBIA’s membership includes businesses of all types and sizes throughout the state.
CBIA is the leading voice of business and industry at the State Capitol and before state administrative agencies.
CBIA produces a Business Minute every weekday, sharing information that is relevant to businesses across the state. The Business Minutes cover a variety of business issues. See below to hear more from Stephen regarding forensic accounting.
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