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Date: Tuesday, February 7, 2017


Time: 8:00 AM – 4:30 PM (Training starts promptly at 8:30), breakfast and lunch will be served


Location: KPMG, 1801 K St NW, Washington, DC 20036 (training rooms 1006, 1007, 1008)


Speaker: Cynthia Hetherington, President, Hetherington Group


Subject: Fraud Investigations Conducted Online


The overwhelming amount of information retrievable from the Internet, in support of your investigations, has been burdensome for years. Then social media grew and either you absorbed information overload, or got bloated by it. With time short, budgets tight and a need to find good reliable information, this session will examine the best of sources for Fraud Examiners. A sure list of tried relatable services will be demonstrated as they apply to our caseloads. In addition, best practices for conducting these searches in as a discreet manner as possible, so as to avoid confrontation on the Internet, or alarm your subject of your investigation.

In this session, you will learn:

  • What is available, accessible and legal from the online world for fraud examinations
  • How to connect your subjects to each other via their social media accounts.
  • All about cutting edge services that are coming up daily.

About The Speaker:


Cynthia Hetherington, CFE has more than 20 years of experience in research, investigations, and corporate intelligence. She is the founder of Hetherington Group, a consulting, publishing, and training firm focusing on intelligence, security, and investigations. Cynthia was the leader of Aon Consulting’s Corporate Strategic Intelligence group. She was also named the 2012 James Baker Speaker of the Year for the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners.

Cynthia applies her expertise in library science and information systems to provide clients with strategic insight into research and complex investigations. During her career, she has assisted a vast number of clients with Internet investigations related to employee theft and intellectual property loss. Cynthia has also applied her research skills while conducting online and database research to uncover well-hidden relations between fraudulent associates, their assets, and secrets. She has experience overseeing international investigations for Fortune 500 companies and other organizations in the Middle East, Europe, and Asia.


A widely-published author, Cynthia authored The Guide to Due Diligence Online (2015), Business Background Investigations (2007) and the Manual to Online Public Records, 3rd Ed. (2013), published by Facts on Demand Press. She is the publisher of Internet & Online Intelligence Newsletter and has co-authored articles on steganography, computer forensics, Internet investigations, and other security-focused monographs. She is also recognized for providing corporate security officials, military intelligence units, and federal, state, and local agencies with training on online intelligence practices. In addition, Cynthia is also a faculty member at the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners, where she teaches a program on advanced Internet fraud investigations.


Noteworthy Engagements

  • Conducted background investigations of multinational for-hire security forces operating in war zones, as well as performed analysis of their activity and suitability for clients’ needs.
  • Determined identity and provided additional data that resulted in the arrest of an employee accused of embezzling almost $1 million from a global organization. Research and analysis resulted in recovering $600,000 worth of recoverable assets.
  • Located the assets of a family with ties spanning six countries for judgment collection by Israeli government.
  • Investigated the backgrounds of Bernard Madoff’s claimants for SIPC.

Professional Affiliations

  • Alpha Lambda Honor Society, Past President,
  • Association of Certified Fraud Examiners, Faculty Member
  • Association of Independent Information Professionals, Past President
  • ASIS International, Economic Crime Committee, Past Chairman
  • New Jersey Association of Licensed Private Investigators, Past President
  • United States Professional Investigator Association, Board Member


  • Association of Certified Fraud Examiners, Certified Fraud Examiner
  • New Jersey Institute of Technology, Master of Information Systems Management
  • Rutgers University, Master of Library Science
  • Montclair State College, Bachelor of Arts, Philosophy

Who Should Attend?

  • Certified Fraud Examiners and other anti-fraud specialists
  • Special investigation unit personnel
  • Forensic Accountants, auditors and analysts
  • Internal and independent auditors
  • Criminal investigators from the local, state and federal agencies
  • Lawyers, prosecutors and other professionals

Session Details


Field of Study: Specialized Knowledge [Fraud-Related]


CPE Credits: 8 Specialized Knowledge


Delivery Method: Group Live


Pre-Requisites: None


Advanced Preparation: No advanced preparation is needed for this course


Cancellation Policy: If this course must be cancelled, all registrants will receive an email indicating the course was cancelled and providing a rescheduled training date.


Complaint Resolution Policy: All participants are encouraged to submit an evaluation of the course to receive CPE credit. Any course issues should be address in the evaluation and/or directed to the DC-ACFE prior to the end of the course.


Contact Information: Contact the chapter at


Materials Needed: None. Course materials will be provided prior to the course date, if applicable.


The Washington D.C. Chapter of the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners is registered with the National Association of State Boards of Accountancy (NASBA) as a sponsor of continuing professional education on the National Registry of CPE Sponsors. State boards of accountancy have final authority on the acceptance of individual courses for CPE credit. Complaints regarding registered sponsors may be submitted to the National Registry of CPE Sponsors through its web site:}

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