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Fraud Prevention for the Nonprofit Sector: Detection and Prevention


Fraud Prevention for the Nonprofit Sector: Detection and Prevention

Fraud is everywhere and nonprofits are no exception!According to the 2018 Report to the Nations on Occupational Fraud and Abuse by the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners, asset misappropriation was by far the most common form of occupational fraud, occurring in more than 89% of cases. The median loss in the nonprofit sector per case was $90,000. Can your organization afford to lose this? The common theme of nonprofit fraud is that the nonprofit leaders are too trusting, too busy, and unaware of what to look for. In this seminar you will learn not only what to look for and how to detect fraud but what you can do to prevent it from happening in the first place.Please join us Thursday, January 24, 2019 from 8:30 am to 11:30 am at the offices of Brown & Streza LLP. 

Continental Breakfast will be served. 

About Your Speaker/and Panel Moderator

Gregory Gebhardt

As Fohrman & Fohrman, Inc’s. Chief Operating Officer, Gregory Gebhardt supervises the team and ensures client projects are completed on time and within budget. He has a background in nonprofit management with a focus on finance, operations, and strategic planning. Prior to joining Fohrman & Fohrman, Gregory served as Finance Director with one of the largest domestic violence prevention organizations in Southern California, and as a Finance Manager for USAID-funded development projects in Africa and the Caribbean. Gregory received his Bachelor of Science in Finance from the University of Maryland.


Casey Hale, Esq.

Casey S. Hale is a member of Brown & Streza’s charitable sector practice group. He advises ministries, churches, and charities on their general tax and corporate legal issues; guides private and family foundations through complex Internal Revenue Service and state regulations; and serves as general counsel to numerous nonprofit corporations. His representation includes counsel regarding property tax, employment, intellectual property, international grantmaking and operations, structuring subsidiaries and joint ventures. Casey routinely advises charity executives and boards of directors on executive compensation/intermediate sanctions and corporate governance matters. In 2009, Casey established the first L3C under Wyoming law.

In 2009 - 2012, Casey was named a “Southern California SuperLawyers-Rising Star” by Los Angeles Magazine – a distinction recognizing just 2.5% of attorneys under age 40 for excellence in the practice of law. Casey also serves on the board of Enlace USA. Enlace USA equips local churches in El Salvador to become leaders in their communities and to collaborate with the local community to build enduring solutions to poverty. Casey received his undergraduate degree from Vanguard University and attended Whittier Law School on a merit scholarship where he earned a Juris Doctorate.

Rick Smetanka, CPA

Rick Smetanka is the Audit Partner-in-Charge at Haskell & White LLP and advises public and private companies, including numerous nonprofit organizations, on topics such as internal controls, best practice implementation and business process improvement.  Rick currently serves as Board Chair for Arts Orange County, is a founding member of the Business Advisory Board of the Child Abuse Prevention Center and served as co-chair of the Orange County Leadership Counsel for MIND Research Institute. Additionally, he has co-chaired the Judging Committee at Orange County’s National Philanthropy Day celebrations and has lectured on various financial topics at UC Irvine and CSU Long Beach. Rick has been included in OC Metro Business “40 Under 40” list of Orange County’s most successful entrepreneurs, graduated with honors from the University of California, Santa Barbara, and is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and the California Society of Certified Public Accountants.

Anne Hertz

Anne Hertz serves as Chief Executive Officer of the Boys and Girls Club of Cypress. Anne joined the Club with over 20 years of experience as a community leader, a volunteer President of numerous PTA organizations, and Chair of various Boards. Anne developed partnerships between the schools within the Cypress School District, developed a marketing plan for the Cypress School District that resulted in increasing enrollment, and funded, founded and managed a free drop-in parent education center for underserved parents of children from birth through 5 years. During this same time, Anne developed a partnership between the Orange County PTAs, WIC and Family Resource Centers to distribute parenting information to at-risk families throughout the County. Prior to this, Anne spent several years developing educational software for the award-winning Davidson & Associates and consulted on the development of numerous educational products for various clients. As the mother of two now-adult children, Anne is committed to providing for others, what she worked so hard to provide for her own children - a safe, loving, encouraging environment filled with people to mentor, guide and support our young people as they build the future. 


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