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Course description

This program identifies 20 errors that financial institutions make before, during and after an internal fraud incident.  These mistakes can result in lawsuits against the institution, board of directors and the staff conducting the investigation.    The resulting negative publicity after a failed investigation can damage your public image for years.  This program will help any institution update their present procedures or identify areas they have to review before an incident occurs.Attendees will know if their institution has the right people to conduct an internal fraud investigation or need to retain a professional from outside the organization.  


What you will learn: 

  • Know the educational resources available to you for internal fraud
  • Know the reasons setting the tone at the top are so important
  • Learn about the fraud triangle and how it relates to your financial institution
  • Why, training your staff on the warning signs of internal fraud is essential in mitigating losses
  • Management that is uneducated on internal fraud can increase your total losses
  • Who should be involved in investigating an embezzlement
  • Learn the need for an action plan and what it should involve before an embezzlement
  • How to establish lifelines to staff so internal embezzlement concerns are reported
  • Know how to review the background of the investigator or firm you are retaining to conduct an embezzlement investigation
  • The need to review that the investigator is staying current in training
  • The ability to cross silos(departments) is imperative for a proper internal fraud investigation
  • Establishing quality control for an internal fraud investigation
  • Know how to handle staff’s questions after the incident

Who Should Attend: Risk Management, Internal Auditors, Human Resources, Security Officers anyone who is handling internal fraud protocols! 


Barry Thompson

Barry Thompson, the author of 101 Security Tips for the Beginning Security Officer, is known as “The Fraud Educator.” He has worked in the financial services industry for over three decades, holding the positions of security officer, compliance officer, treasurer, senior vice president, and executive vice president. He is the only fraud educator in his industry that has worked in senior management positions, which affords him unique insight into financial institutions.Over the course of his career, Barry handled over 900 security cases. He has been involved with investigations and prosecutions on the federal, state, and local levels, and has testified before grand juries, county courts, bankruptcy courts, family courts, and the New York State Supreme Court. As a security specialist for America’s Community Bankers*, Thompson was involved in all phases of organizing the National Operations, Technology and Security Conference, including designing and overseeing the conference’s security track, hiring conference speakers, and writing the conference manual. Barry is an in-demand, internationally-recognized speaker where he has made fraud, theft, and security presentations to groups throughout the country, in Europe, and at the United Nations. Recognizing the increasing importance of compliance in the banking industry, he became a Certified Regulatory Compliance Manager in 1997. Barry has attended prestigious schools held by the American Bankers Association and America’s Barry Thompson “The Fraud Educator” Biography Community Bankers*. Among them are the National Trust School, held at Northwestern University, the National Compliance School, held at the University of Oklahoma and Emory University, and the Investment School at Fairfield University. He has put his knowledge and expertise to use as an instructor for both the Credit Union National Association’s Security Institute and the Tennessee Bankers Association’s Southeastern School of Banking held at Vanderbilt University. Barry is also a writer who contributes to Bankers’ Hotline,, and other industry publications. He is the security and compliance “guru” for, and has been interviewed by Newsweek, Consumer Reports, and other national and regional publications. Today, his firm focuses primarily on training at national and state conferences and conventions and in-house to banks and credit unions, from physical security to computer security. This includes in-depth instruction on identity theft, internal fraud, scams and schemes, conducting investigations, social media and bank robbery. To date, he has trained more than 26,000 financial professionals—and growing.

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