Workshop takes aim at fraud in Wiregrass

Posted: Friday, 29 January 2016

DOTHAN - Troy University wants to help Wiregrass businesses combat fraud.

The Center for Entrepreneurship and Economic Innovation will present a workshop in February at the Dothan Campus aimed at showing small businesses how to battle the growing problem of fraud within the workplace.

The workshop, titled “Reducing Risks of Fraud and Corruption: Creating an Ethical Culture,” takes place Wednesday, Feb. 17 from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at the Harrison Room in Malone Hall.

Dr. Dan Teed, an assistant professor of accounting at the Dothan Campus and one of the speakers at the workshop, said the workshop developed from an agreement among local experts that fraud in Wiregrass small businesses is an increasing concern.

“Understanding how and why fraud is committed is paramount to preventing and detecting it,” Teed said.

The workshop will be a panel discussion and will include a question-and-answer portion.

"Our seminar is designed to point out who commits fraud, why they commit it, how they commit it, and what employers can do to greatly reduce or eliminate instances of fraud within their workplaces," Teed said.

Panelists include:

  • Houston County Circuit Judge Larry Anderson, who will discuss fraud cases in the courtroom;
  • Dothan Police Investigator Shane Ash, who will elaborate on how and why fraud happens, particularly to small businesses in the Wiregrass;
  • Assistant Houston County District Attorney Seth Brooks, who will explain what is required for fraud convictions and the difficulties gathering that proof;
  • And Dr. Skip Ames, director of the Center for Entrepreneurship and Economic Innovation, who will discuss ethical behavior in the workplace.

Any certified professional accountants who attend can receive a 2-hour Continuing Professional Education certificate.

Registration is $15 (which includes lunch) and is open to the public. The deadline to register for the event is Feb. 10.

For more information or to register, call 334-983-6556 ext. 1263.