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"CANCELED" - ACFE - Arizona Chapter & IIA Phoenix Chapter Announce March 17, 2020 Joint Monthly Training

"CANCELED" - Emerging Trends Affecting the Confession Interview and Report Writing (4 CPE)

Event Type: Training

Start Date/Time: 3/17/2020 11:00 AM

End Date/Time: 3/17/2020 4:00 PM

Location: Honor Health in Phoenix | Map

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Date: Tuesday, March 17, 2020 

  • 11:00 AM Registration and Networking; 
  • 12:20 PM – Emerging Trends Affecting the Confession Interview; 
  • 2:20 PM – Audit Report Writing: Enhancing Clarity, Constructiveness, and Comprehension)

Location: HonorHealth John C. Lincoln Medical Center Cowden Center (9202 N. 2nd Street, Phoenix, AZ 85020)

Cost: $65 for IIA/ ACFE members, $85 for non-members

Click here to register!

Emerging Trends Affecting the Confession Interview

The world of investigative interviewing and the methods taught to corporate interviewers and law enforcement practitioners are at a critical crossroads. Courts are increasingly questioning the tactics used by investigators to obtain confessions. Many investigators are taught interview tactics derived from traditional interview approaches, which encourage them to focus on verbal and nonverbal cues of lie detection, and employ tactics focused primarily on obtaining a confession. Many of these techniques equip investigators with tools to obtain a confession, but such confessions are highly scrutinized by the courts.

This session will explain the risks associated with an interview approach that relies on deception detection coupled with an admission-seeking mindset. To illustrate, you will watch an interview that led to an involuntary confession, as concluded by the courts. This session will also discuss emerging trends impacting investigative interviewing as well as an alternative approach to investigative interviewing (i.e., PEACE), which focuses on maximizing information sought by the investigator, while minimizing risk. You will then have the opportunity to view real-life compelling interview footage to help put theory into practice.

You Will Learn How To:

  • Compare current interview methodologies to determine which tactics are most effective in varying circumstances
  • Evaluate emerging trends in investigative interviewing
  • Assess strategies that are suitable for a corporate interview environment to elicit ethical and legal confessions

Audit Report Writing: Enhancing Clarity, Constructiveness, and Comprehension

Some would say that effective, high-quality audit work can be negated, or minimized, by a poorly written report.  Persuasive communication skills are critical for auditors, and high-quality audit reports are a vital communication tool.  Internal Audit Standards require that auditors communicate the results of engagement and that final communication of audit results include applicable conclusions and recommendations or action plans – but what about the in between?   

In this session we will review:

  • Elements of an effective audit observation.
  • Language elements that can increase clarity, understandability, and management action.
  • Best practices for audit report structure.  

Sessions presented by:

Scott Porter, CPA, CA, DIFA, CFF

Senior Investigator of Profession Conduct| Chartered Professional Accountants of Ontario

Scott Porter has been a senior investigator of professional conduct at CPA Ontario for the past 12 years, where he conducts numerous interviews with CPAs alleged of committing professional misconduct, including fraud. Prior to that, Porter served as a manager with PriceWaterhouseCoopers’ forensic accounting group for eight years.

Porter co-authored the article “Teaching Interviewing Techniques to Forensic Accountants is Critical,” which was published in the Journal of Forensic & Investigative Accounting. Porter is also a member of the journal’s Editorial Advisory Board.

Porter has done multiple presentations to investigators across Canada and the United States on conducting ethical, legal and effective interviews.  In June 2019, his presentation at the 30th Annual ACFE Global Fraud Conference was highlighted by the ACFE in their Fraud Conference News publication.  In August 2019, he was featured by the ACFE in their podcast titled: “The Interview Room: Preparation, Evidence and Empathy”. 


Tribal Administrator (Chief Administrative Officer)| Pascua Yaqui Tribe

Lori Cox is the Tribal Administrator (Chief Administrative Officer) for the Pascua Yaqui Tribe in Tucson, Arizona.  In her role, she develops and implements governance, risk, compliance and ethics programs, projects, policies, and strategies.  She also provides oversight, assistance, and guidance to division directors in meeting their goals and objectives; oversees development and monitoring of the Tribal budget; and aids in the development and monitoring of the Tribe’s strategic plan and related controls. 

Prior to her role at the Pascua Yaqui Tribe, she served as the Chief Audit Executive (City Auditor) for the City of Tempe, Arizona.  In addition to providing executive leadership to the Internal Audit Office she also oversaw the City’s Employee View program which encompassed the innovation and ideas program and fraud reporting lines. Lori has also served in various audit leadership and Chief Audit Executive roles in a variety of industries including local and tribal government, gaming and hospitality, higher education, retail, and food and beverage.  Prior to her position with the City of Tempe, Lori served as the Director of Internal Audit for Pima Community College in Tucson, Arizona.  She also served for two years as Technical Director, Standards and Guidance at the Institute of Internal Auditors.   

Lori has developed presentations on a variety of topics – including accountability, ethics, governance, leadership, and audit quality and working papers – and presented across the United States and around the world. She is an Institute of Internal Auditors Distinguished Faculty Member and facilitates seminars for the IIA on audit tools and techniques, communication and leadership skills, critical thinking, report writing, and creative problem solving for auditors.

She is a Certified Internal Auditor, a Certified Government Audit Professional, and a Corporate Compliance and Ethics Professional (CCEP).  In addition, she currently serves as the IIA District Advisor for the South Region, District 4 (covering the Albuquerque, El Paso, Las Vegas, Phoenix, and Tucson Chapters) and is a member of the IIA’s Chapter Relations Committee.