Angela has 20 years of experience and leads BKD’s forensic accounting and investigations team, providing fraud investigation and prevention, complex litigation support and forensic accounting services for a variety of business clients.
An avid public speaker, Angela is a frequent lecturer at national conferences and other business group meetings. Her educational sessions on white-collar crime receive high audience ratings. In 2008, Angela was chosen by Midwest CEO Magazine as one of the area’s “Most Influential Women.” In 2009, Angela was chosen by the Springfield Business Journal as one of the area’s “20 Most Influential Women.”
A Certified Fraud Examiner (CFE) who is certified in financial forensics (CFF) and a Certified Forensic Accountant® (Cr.FA®), as well as a CPA, Angela is responsible for resolving a wide range of allegations of fraud and white-collar crime. She participates in more than 60 hours of continuing education each year and has attended numerous valuation, litigation services, damages and fraud courses offered by the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA) and Association of Certified Fraud Examiners (ACFE). Angela has an extensive background in business valuation and has earned the AICPA’s Accredited in Business Valuation (ABV) designation, which is granted exclusively to CPAs who demonstrate business valuation expertise and experience.
Angela’s Tips for the New Year:
- Have strong, clear policies about expense reimbursement and corporate credit card use—make a point to review those policies soon and make them as specific as possible. We have seen so much misuse in these areas the past several years.
- Some of the worst schemes we have had to deal with during the recent economic downturn have been vendor-related schemes—kickback schemes, conflicts of interest, straw vendors, fake vendors and the like. Vendor acceptance procedures need to be strengthened to prevent these schemes.
- We are seeing a large number of cases involving fraudulent wire transfers from banks because the bank’s system or a corporate customer’s system is compromised. Information security needs to be a high concern. Train employees about phishing emails and not to click on unknown links in emails they receive.