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Using Excel to Prevent and Detect Fraud-Part 1

Registration Fee – $49

May 25, 2021 – 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm – (2.0 CPE)
Level: Basic – Basic/Intermediate
Prerequisites: A good understanding of Excel basics
Advance Preparation: None
Field of Study: Fraud/Technical
Presented by:  Jim Colville, CPA Retired, CFE
Handout Materials: All files and notes available for download. See below


This is the first of four sessions on Using Excel to Detect Fraud. In keeping with our goal of not taking you away from your work all day, we have found the two hour sessions work better in the attendees schedule. Additionally, the concepts are presented from standpoint of fraud detection and prevention first, and the Excel tools to accomplish this second. As a result it is considered a Fraud topic qualifying for Fraud CPE.

Excel’s robust list of features has all the tools needed for preventing or detecting fraud. The real issue is which ones to use and when. Which one’s gives the best results.  This session will layout different fraud scenarios and Excel approach and features to tackle the issue. Certain features will be presented as generic Excel topic and then how to use them in the fraud challenge.  Its one thing to find fraud or other anomalies but providing a winning forensic accounting / expert witness report is another. Exercises will show techniques from the spreadsheet analysis to the final report.

All the files used in presenting these topics will be available for download before the webinar. The files will contain instructions on how to use the concept which includes the presenter’s notes.  The files will remain available online until March 31, 2021.

Jim Colville, Bio
Jim began working with spreadsheets with Lotus 1-2-3, v1a and then with Excel v3, and soon thereafter v4. He learned very early the power of Excel and how to be super productive in solving problems, creating business solutions and enhancing reporting in his CPA practice.

Seeing the business opportunity in educating others in using Excel he began his own PC training company teaching over 20,000 users over a period about four years. The training evolved into a consulting company offering specific solutions to companies and corporations by combining training combined with project challenges which resulted in powerful solutions. A by-product of this is Jim’s Zero Time Reporting, once the data is entered (or imported) the report is done.

Jim has authored well over Excel 500 courses, both as training materials and solution based Excel products for companies, corporations and nonprofit organizations. Many of these later became the foundation of web based articles and solutions under the the name of . With the saturation of Internet based Excel websites and Jim’s commitment to his CPA business the Info-Stat website was allowed to sunset. With his retirement from his CPA practice in 2019, Jim has revitalized his web-based activities in by writing articles, creating Excel files that offer solutions, revitalizing and more importantly, educational webinars through AEI. Excel has changed dramatically over the years and the new course and webinar offerings significantly modernize the Excel materials including, but not limited to, business and artificial intelligence.

Of major significance is the evolution of Jim’s education activities from a local San Diego PC training company to a national and world wide based company with Internet based products, both website and webinar offerings.