Fraud expert highlights Accounting symposium

How are frauds investigated and perpetrators caught? Edward L. Goings, forensic technologist and former federal computer crime investigator, will discuss and demonstrate cutting edge detection techniques and technology as the main speaker for the Accounting Fraud Symposium at Washington State University on April 22.

Goings will present from 9:30-10:45 a.m. in Todd Hall Room 230. Following the presentation, a panel of experts will discuss the impact of the Sarbanes-Oxley legislation on businesses and auditors, also in Todd Hall Room 230.

“Ed Goings is nationally known for his expertise in electronic stored data, and his presentation will help us to understand the very timely subject of how criminals access and misuse that information and how they get caught,” said Bob Greenberg, symposium organizer and chair of the Department of Accounting in the College of Business and Economics.

Greenberg reports that the subject of fraud, and its flipsidecorporate accountabilityhas stimulated great interest in his department recently. The number of certified accounting majors has nearly doubled in the past few years in the wake of numerous, well-publicized corporate scandals involving tarnished corporate ethics, including fraud by executives.

Goings is director of the Chicago-based KPMG LLP’s Forensic Technology Services Practice. He is tasked with providing digital evidence recovery and forensic data analysis services nationally. He logged 13 years of active-duty military service during which he served as a federal agent in Computer Crime Investigations with the U.S. Air Force Office of Special Investigations.

During his career, Goings has conducted computer intrusion investigations for the Air Force and has provided valuable information to administrators on computer systems’ vulnerabilities and network security. He has conducted hundreds of computer forensic examinations of electronic stored data for the purpose of evidence preservation and admissibility in court, and has testified numerously in Federal Court regarding electronic evidence.

Members of the panel discussion include Goings; Darin Coder, director of finance and accounting for the Lanoga Corporation of Redmond; Ray DiGiovanni, partner of Seattle’s KPMG; Gina Meyers, controller for Captaris of Seattle; and Mike Morgan, vice president of risk management for T-Mobile of Seattle. All but Goings are alumni as well as members of the Accounting Advisory Board for the department.

For more information about the symposium, contact the Department of Accounting at (509) 335-8541 or email

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