Fraud Prevention 

This three-part online training program focuses on fraud protection, detection and prevention. Three separate sessions are designed to help educate attendees on fraud threats and how to combat them. Attendees can take one, two, or all three of the online training classes - each class provides a certificate of completion once attendees complete the class and a short online quiz. Each class is a 90 minutes session that will raise your awareness, improve your policies, and help reduce your risk. The series is offered about three times a year, usually with one session per month.

This series is offered by Daniel Porter, a Certified Fraud Examiner (CFE). Daniel is knowledgeable, entertaining, and sure to make you aware of the potential fraudsters around you. Daniel has conducted and managed civil and criminal investigations for over 25 years as a licensed private investigator, a loss prevention manager, and as an investigations manager with the State of Tennessee. He has investigated fraud involving public and private funds for the State of Tennessee. He is a Cum Laude graduate from Middle Tennessee State University's Criminal Justice Program; he has provided instruction to a host of organizations and served as a guest lecturer at Middle Tennessee State University and the Vanderbilt University School of Law. 

Part One: Fiduciary Duties and Ethics 
The first session is an excellent training course for all municipal officials. From elected officials to front-line workers, municipal employees are held to a higher standard and have a fiduciary duty to act in the best interests of the public. Municipalities establish ethics policies to guide the actions of officials. This session defines fiduciary duty and uses case studies and scenarios to guide attendees as they identify their fiduciary duty and how to follow ethics guidance and be a good fiduciary.

Part Two: Protecting Myself & the Community
The second session addresses how municipalities can use internal controls to promote efficient operations, ensure records are accurate, encourage compliance with laws, and protect assets from theft. This session answers the questions: "What are Internal Controls?" and "What do they have to do with me?" Case studies and realistic scenarios reinforce understanding and implementation of internal controls.

Part Three: Recognizing/Suspecting Fraud and What to Do Next
The final session in the series helps attendees learn how to recognize fraud and what to do when they suspect fraud. Fraud is an intentional deception that violates a trust for personal benefit. Municipalities lose millions of dollars each year to fraud. It also casts a shadow on the integrity and legitimacy of a municipality and the actions of all municipal officials. Interactive scenarios and case studies teach attendees how to protect their municipality and themselves by recognizing fraud and what to do if they suspect fraud.