2021 Fraud and Forensic Accounting Conference | LSU Department of Accounting

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2021 Fraud and Forensic Accounting Conference


  • Date: Friday, July 16, 2021 (one day)
  • Time: 8:00 a.m. - 3:50 p.m.
  • Location: Remote via Zoom
  • Who Should Attend: CPAs, Certified Fraud Examiners, Certified Internal Auditors, forensic accountants, governmental accountants, other accounting and auditing professionals, educators, financial executives, and lawyers.
  • Cost: $150
  • Additional Information: 8 CPE hours for one day, 6.66 CLE hours for one day


Registration & Payment Information

LSU Department of Accounting
2800 Business Education Complex
501 South Quad Dr.
Baton Rouge, LA 70803

  • Refunds & Cancellations: Cancellations must be requested in writing by July 14, 2021 to be eligible for a refund. Cancellation requests should be emailed to Maggie Olivier. After July 14, 2021, no refunds will be issued.

Questions? Contact the LSU Department of Accounting at 225-578-6202 or accounting@lsu.edu



Session Speaker
8:00 a.m. - 8:05 a.m.

Laura D. Wiley
Assistant Chair, Department of Accounting

Session 1 
8:05 a.m. - 9:15 a.m.
Donna Torres
Guidelines for Governmental Audits
Session 2
9:20 a.m. - 10:40 a.m.

Vernon Beck
The Journey of a Fraudster

Session 3
10:45 a.m. - 11:45 a.m.

Joe Wall
Cybersecurity Is Becoming Worse

11:45 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

Session 3 Cont.
12:30 p.m. - 1:30 p.m.

Joe Wall
Cybersecurity Is Becoming Worse 

Session 4
1:35 p.m. - 2:55 p.m.

Deniz Appelbaum
Unleashing the Power of AI Apps for the Audit

Session 5
3:00 p.m. - 3:50 p.m.

Patrick Juneau
Next Step in Outreach: Takata Airbag


Speaker Bios

Donna Torres HeadshotDonna Torres
Interim Executive Vice President for Finance and Administration/CFO
Louisiana State University

Donna K. Torres, CPA, has more than three decades of work experience in accounting and business management. Torres has worked in public accounting as the Controller for a retail home completion center, Vice President and Controller of a third-party administrator for group life and health insurance, and as a financial professional for LSU.

Torres leads the Office of Accounting Services, which includes Payroll, Accounts Payable and Travel, Bursar Operations, Sponsored Program Accounting, and Financial Accounting and Reporting to six of the nine LSU campuses. In addition, Donna is responsible for the university’s investment program; and the issuance and management of debt for LSU. Donna began her career at LSU in 1991 as Payroll Director and was promoted to her current position in 1999.

Donna studied accounting at LSU, where she obtained her Bachelors of Science and Master of Science degrees. Donna has served on the Board of Directors for Campus Federal Credit Union since 1996. She serves in volunteer capacities for charities and not-for-profit entities in Baton Rouge.


Vernon Beck headshotVernon Beck
Conference Speaker

Are you concerned with fraud prevention? How can you tell if fraud may be occurring on a project? Are you like those that think it could never happen in your company? Learn what to look for. Learn how to prevent fraud from occurring before it even begins.

Vernon Beck, a former U.S. Air Force fighter and bomber pilot, devised a scheme to commit fraud and embezzle almost $14 million from the company where he worked for 17+ years. Corporate fraud has evolved – “…it’s not just something you look for in the accounting department or finance office.” Fraud is the number one culprit affecting the profit margins of many companies today. But here’s the key – it can be detected or even eliminated – if you know what to look for!

Vernon is an expert conference speaker, and has been a speaker for various speaker’s bureaus, on detecting and preventing fraud in corporate America. Come listen to him explain how he was able to fool auditors for more than seven years.


Joseph Wall headshotJoseph Wall
Marquette University

Dr. Joseph Wall is one of the foremost Accounting experts in the field of Wall Street Cybercrime and distributed ledger (such as blockchain) technologies. He presents, consults, and takes paid engagements frequently in areas involving financial market forensic investigation, distributed ledger technologies, and private company valuations. He is consulted and funded by multiple firms, including Deloitte, PwC, and the Institute of Management Accountants. His current research tends to focus in the areas of regulation, fraudulent behavior, and cyber-strategy. Much of his work seeks to design thriving financial systems by better understanding the unintended consequences rules and regulations may have. Since 1993 he has been a full-time financial analyst and professional investor. He is a managing member and the co-founder of his securities investment firm, which has been in business since 1998, and specializes in risk arbitrage transactions.

Wall joined Marquette University in 2015. He earned his PhD from Case Western Reserve University, his MBA from Marquette University, and his bachelor’s degree in Engineering from Purdue University. Prior to joining Marquette, Wall worked for seven years as an assistant professor at Carthage College, serving four years as a department chair.


Deniz Allepbaum headshotDeniz Appelbaum
Assistant Professor
Montclair University

Dr. Deniz Appelbaum, Assistant Professor of the Department of Accounting and Finance at the Feliciano School of Business, Montclair State University, received her PhD from the Department of Accounting and Information Systems at Rutgers Business School, Newark, in May 2017. Appelbaum has published manuscripts in Accounting Horizons, Journal of Emerging Technologies in Accounting, and in other academic and practitioner journals, based on her research regarding analytics, big data, drones, IoT, AI, and blockchain in financial auditing and accounting. She emphasizes the use of data analytics and appropriate AI tools in the classroom to prepare accounting and auditing students for the technically advanced modern business environment. The accounting and auditing professions are currently undergoing huge disruptions due to technical innovations, and Appelbaum is devoted to assisting her students in preparing for these changes.  


Patrick Juneau headshotPatrick Juneau

Patrick A. Juneau has been a practicing attorney in Louisiana for 52 years. He has tried in excess of 200 civil jury trials and has served as a mediator in over 4,000 cases. His extensive experience has served him well in his later professional life. He has been appointed as a Special Master by Federal and State Courts from California to Rhode Island. Some nationally known cases are: In Re: Combustion, Inc., In Re: Avandia Products Liability Litigation, In Re: Guidant Defibrillators Product Liability Litigation, and In Re: Toyota Unintended Acceleration Litigation. Two of the cases, In Re: Vioxx Products Liability Litigation and the now infamous case of In Re: Oil Spill by the Oil Rig “Deepwater Horizon” or commonly known as “the BP Oil Spill in the Gulf of Mexico,” are the largest single payer settlements in American legal history. He was recently appointed by a Miami Federal Court to be the Settlement Special Administrator in the national Takata Airbag Litigation, which is the largest recall in automotive history.

In 1973, Juneau was elected and served as a delegate in the 1973 Louisiana Constitutional Convention. In 2006 he was recognized by the Louisiana State University Law School as the Distinguished Alumnus of the Year. He is also a Fellow in the American College of Trial Lawyers and a Fellow in the International Academy of Trial Lawyers. He is also a charter member of the Academy of Court Appointed Masters.