13 complete new Purdue Northwest forensic accounting certificate program
Thirteen individuals have completed the first offering of Purdue University Northwest’s new Forensic Accounting Certificate Program.
Completing the professional certificate program were: Rachel Acevedo and Anamaria Mitrovic of Schererville; Thomas Allen, Kimberly Cloud and Douglas Flournoy of Gary; Jennifer Gabrysiak and Brian Lambka of Valparaiso; Brenda Gonzalez of Oak Lawn, Ill.; Mousab Halabia and Theresa Lawson-Enane of Hammond; Rosalinda Hernandez of Munster; Nicholas Labas of Lowell; and Zusana Timkova of Whiting.
Addressing white collar crime
The program is designed to provide accounting, business and law enforcement professionals the knowledge, tools and experience necessary to discover underlying discrepancies of white collar crime. Participants are instructed to understand how and why occupational fraud is occurring, how it can be deterred or prevented, and how fraud allegation should be professionally investigated and resolved.
“Our program is the only one in the area that offers instruction in forensic software programs, specifically, EnCase, IDEA and Tableau,” PNW Associate Professor of Accounting and program coordinator Maureen Mascha said. “We provide program participants with skills needed in analyzing electronic data, such as email, voice mail and text messages, as well as skills for restoring deleted electronic data.”
Four graduate level courses comprise the program: Introduction to Forensic Investigation, Data Analysis, Criminology & Legal Issues and Advanced Fraud Investigation.