Stephen Pedneault is the principal of Forensic Accounting Services, LLC, a local CPA firm in Manchester, Connecticut specializing only in forensic accounting, fraud investigations, and litigation support matters. His technical expertise and intuitive investigative awareness have garnered him the respect of the legal, accounting and law enforcement communities. As a result, Steve is called upon as a litigation expert on an ongoing basis and is considered a highly regarded member of legal teams.
Working in public accounting for over thirty years, Steve is a Certified Public Accountant (CPA), a Certified Fraud Examiner (CFE), and Certified in Financial Forensics (CFF). He has an Associate’s Degree in criminal justice from Manchester Community College and a Bachelor’s Degree in accounting from Eastern Connecticut State University, where he graduated Summa Cum Laude.
Steve has authored four books: Fraud 101 (Wiley) released September 2009; Anatomy of a Fraud Investigation (Wiley) released January 2010; Preventing and Detecting Employee Theft and Embezzlement, A Practical Guide (Wiley) released June 2010; and Forensic Accounting and Fraud Investigation for Non-Experts (Wiley) released March 2012. He has also contributed to three fraud-related casebooks.
Steve has written numerous articles appearing in local and national publications. Business and student organizations request him to speak on a wide variety of subjects including forensic accounting, fraud prevention, risk assessment, embezzlement, probate concerns, and other related topics on an ongoing basis. He is often referenced and quoted in articles appearing locally, regionally and nationally.
Through his investigative work, Steve has examined frauds ranging from a few thousand dollars to amounts well in excess of $5 million dollars. His expertise also lies in preventing and investigating embezzlements and financial statement frauds, evaluating financial disclosures in matrimonial and probate concerns, as well as other types of forensic accounting matters.
As an adjunct professor at the University of Connecticut, Steve has authored an innovative course on forensic accounting that has been offered since 2008 as an online class within UConn’s Masters of Science in Accounting (MSA) program. The course provides an overview of forensic accounting, identifying the qualities and attributes required of a forensic accountant, and provides students with an approach and skill set to enable them to perform a forensic accounting assignment.