*All attendees must register, including Gold & Platinum members.  Please ensure you receive a confirmation e-mail after RSVPing*


GACFE Luncheon Meeting July 7, 2017


Speakers: Karen Fortune, CPA/CFF, CGMA and Pat Salem, CPA, CFE

Topic: Investigative Interviewing - Asking the Tough Questions

In an internal investigation, critical information can be learned through interviews of witnesses and targets.  Interviews are far more involved than sitting down with an interviewee and asking questions.  Proper planning and preparation are essential components of the interview process.

Attendees will learn tips from actual investigations about: 

  • Deciding who to interview
  • Planning the order in which to conduct interviews
  • Preparing for an interview
  • Conducting an informational interview
  • Avoiding pitfalls when interviewing a person of interest
  • Working with attorneys and/or law enforcement when preparing for and conducting an interview

Are you ready to ask the tough questions?



Karen B. Fortune, CPA/CFF, CGMA, MAcc

Ms. Fortune serves as a Partner in IAG Forensics’ forensic accounting and litigation services practice. She has 25 years experience, comprised of both public and private practice, having spent several years in public accounting and serving as a CFO for a biotechnology firm. She possesses extensive experience in financial reporting, auditing of both public and private companies, addressing complex accounting issues, evaluating and designing internal controls, and performing corporate investigations.

Ms. Fortune assists attorneys on cases involving complex commercial damages, corporate internal investigations, funds tracing, fraud and alter ego analyses and securities litigation. Additionally, she specializes in matters involving complex financial analyses, M&A disputes and the application of Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP) and Generally Accepted Auditing Standards (GAAS). She has qualified and testified as an expert witness in federal and state courts and has provided assistance to attorneys on several aspects of a case from the complaint stage through trial. She has also testified in both civil and criminal proceedings.

Pat Salem, CPA, CFE, MPA

Ms. Salem serves as a Senior Manager in IAG Forensics’ forensic accounting and litigation services practice. As a forensic accountant, Ms. Salem has focused her practice primarily on investigations involving fraud and government/municipality corruption matters, and data analysis using various software programs.

Prior to joining IAG Forensics, Ms. Salem worked as a software developer for 20 years, performing software design, implementation and delivery. She was a founding member of a software development firm and served on its board of directors during and after its public offering. Today, Ms. Salem continues to use her computer and analytical skills, particularly in matters involving complex data analysis.


GACFE JUNE MEETING:                    

Date: Friday, July 7, 2017
Time: 11:20 AM to 1:00 PM 
Registration Starting Time: 11:00 AM
Buffet Lunch Available: 11:20 AM
Speaker Presentations: 12:00 PM to 1:00 PM
Location: Ansley Golf Club, 196 Montgomery Ferry Drive, Atlanta, GA 30309


Click here to register for luncheon!!!   



Involvement Opportunities:  Would you like to become more involved in serving the Chapter or serving on the Board?

Contact Vic Hartman, our President at president@gacfe.org
Membership Profiles:  If you are a Standard, Standard 2yr, Gold or Platinum Member, log into your GACFE profile at www.gacfe.org and make sure your National ACFE Membership Number is included, and that your contact information is correct.  Also, take a moment to access your National ACFE Membership Profile and make sure it’s up to date.


NOTE:  In order for the Ansley Golf Club to plan for adequate seating and food, it is important for us to be able to provide a lunch count to them by Monday afternoon before our Friday meetings, so please be sure to register by 1:00 pm July 3, 2017. Even if you are a gold or platinum member, we ask you to please register for the meetings.


All cancellations must be submitted by Monday the week of the luncheon.

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