Symposium Details

Veritas Solutions Group LLC and The University of Akron School of Law and The George W. Daverio School of Accountancy are proud to present “Facing Fraud Head On: Symposium on Fraud and Financial Forensics.” The second annual Symposium provides an educational and networking opportunity to hear from experts in the field of fraud and financial forensics.

It is also serving as the official launch of The University of Akron’s newest degreed program, JD/MSA in Financial Forensics. The event will include compelling keynote speakers and a panel discussion on current trends in fraud investigations and legal cases involving the prosecution and defense of white collar crime. The evening will begin with networking and a cocktail reception, followed by dinner and engaging presentations by our speakers and panelists.

Keynote speakers include convicted fraudster Sam Antar. Sam is a native of Brooklyn, New York and former Chief Financial Officer of Crazy Eddie, a New York City area consumer electronics chain during the 70s and 80s. Sam Antar helped mastermind a fraud by manipulating accounting issues, which cost investors roughly $145 million. Today, Sam Antar advises federal and state law enforcement agencies about white collar crime and trains them to identify and catch white-collar criminals. For more information about Sam, click here.

Joining Sam is Mark Schamel, a partner at Womble, Carlyle, Sandridge & Rice, LLP in Washington D.C. Mark is an experienced trial attorney who centers his practice on white collar criminal defense, government investigations and complex civil litigations. Mark represents clients in federal state courts across the country in a variety of matters. Mark’s cases have involved intense media and public scrutiny, including the defense of executives in some of the largest corporate fraud cases in American history. Mark is a dynamic speaker and seasoned litigator and will share many of his courtroom experiences. For more information about Mark, click here.

A panel of fraud and financial forensic experts including Greg Blate, Managing Director at Veritas Solutions Group LLC, Ray Dunkle, President of Red Flag Reporting and partner at Brockman, Coats, Gedelian & Company, Michael Humphrey, Managing Director of KPMG LLP Forensic Practice, Damon Hacker, President and CEO of Vestige Digital Investigations and David Morgan, Supervisory Special Agent of the FBI will also share trends and experiences in their fight against fraud and answer your questions in an interactive environment.

The event is being held at The University of Akron Student Ballroom on Monday, December 15, 2014. Registration, cocktails and hors d’oeuvres commence at 4:00pm. Presentations will begin after a sit-down dinner and the event will conclude at 8:00pm.

Here’s an opportunity for you to learn from experts in the field on how to recognize, combat and manage the many faces of fraud and unethical behavior, while earning up to three hours of continuing education.

Event sponsors include Bruner Cox LLP, Business Consultants and Certified Public Accountants, Buckingham, Doolittle & Burroughs, LLC, a full-service law firm, KPMG audit and tax advisory firm, Vestige Digital Investigations, a digital forensics advisor and Westfield Insurance.

Fraud Facts

Fraud is committed by all kinds of people. Whenever someone intentionally deceives for profit or gain, fraud is being committed. It can be life-altering, not only endangering an organization’s finances but also its reputation and ability to achieve success. These statistics help tell the story:

2014 Report to the Nations; Association of Certified Fraud Examiners (ACFE).

Fraud can be as big as embezzling millions and as small as falsifying a time sheet or pocketing a few dollars from petty cash. Are you, your company or your clients at risk? When a business is negatively impacted by fraud, its employees suffer, consumers suffer, the economy suffers, and public trust suffers. Fraud affects everyone.

The Hosts

Veritas believes in and delivers services utilizing a proactive approach to manage fraud. Veritas, a group comprised of CFEs, CPAs, former law enforcement, educators and private investigators, is experienced in helping organizations deal with all facets of fraud, ethics, forensic accounting and investigations. They are dedicated to providing businesses and organizations with effective, efficient and sensitive solutions to workplace fraud.

The University of Akron’s George W. Daverio School of Accountancy and School of Law knows the important role they play in educating students and the community about fraudulent behaviors, forensic accounting and legal services. The George W. Daverio School of Accountancy and School of Law is now offering qualified students the opportunity to pursue a joint JD/MSA degree in Financial Forensics. The Financial Forensics Council is supporting this program to educate and train students to become legal and financial experts, with skills in forensic investigations, analysis, resolution and prevention. For more information about the joint degree program, please contact Lisa Jackson at at the George W. Daverio School of Accountancy.

Early Bird Pricing

Each ticket includes access to the cocktail hour, dinner, and the interactive speaker symposium, including up to 3 hours of continuing education.

$95 (Early Bird Until December 1)
$125 (After December 1)

Table (5 attendees)
$450 (Early Bird until December 1)
$600 (After December 1)


3:30 Doors open

4:00 - 5:00 Registration & Cocktail Reception

5:00 - 5:30 Welcome & Dinner

5:30 - 6:30 Keynote Speaker – Sam Antar, Convicted Felon

6:30 - 7:15 Interactive Panelist Discussion with
Greg Blate
Ray Dunkle
Damon Hacker
Michael Humphrey
David Morgan

7:15 - 8:00 Keynote Speaker – Mark Schamel, Womble, Carlyle, Sandridge & Rice, LLP

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