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14th Annual ACFE San Antonio Conference

  • Fri, July 31, 2020
  • Fri, August 07, 2020
  • 2 sessions
  • Fri, July 31, 2020, 8:00 AM 12:30 PM (CDT)
  • Fri, August 07, 2020, 8:00 AM 12:30 PM (CDT)
  • Zoom Virtual Conference


  • 4 or more
  • Includes 2 Registrations
  • Includes 3 Registrations
  • Includes 5 Registrations

The 14th Annual ACFE San Antonio Conference will be held via Zoom Virtual conference in two separate sessions.

  • Part I - Friday; July 31, 2020 from 8:00am to 12:30pm CT (4 CPE Credits)
  • Part II - Friday; August 7, 2020 from 8:00am to 12:30pm CT (4 CPE Credits)


  • Part I - Friday; July 31, 2020 from 8:00am to 12:30pm CT (4 CPE Credits)

Featuring:  Former HealthSouth CFO, whistleblower, and convicted fraudster:

Weston L. Smith

Topic: The HealthSouth Fraud: 

A Case of Ethical Malpractice

Weston Smith began his career as a CPA with Ernst & Young, specializing in audit and healthcare consulting. He was hired by HealthSouth Corporation during it’s infancy, and ultimately became CFO of the company with over 2,000 locations in all 50 states and five countries. However, underneath the persona of success, Mr. Smith was a participant in a financial statement fraud that ran for over 15 years, with an earnings overstatement of over Three Billion dollars. The multi-year fraud was undetected by auditors and the SEC, until Mr. Smith exposed the fraud, and accepted the consequences of his own actions. Subsequently, he served as a witness in the government’s criminal case against HealthSouth’s former CEO, Richard Scrushy. Today, in addition to working as an accountant for small businesses, Mr. Smith is a lecturer and trainer with an emphasis on fraud prevention and ethics promotion. He has been published in Issues in Accounting Education, and has spoken for universities, corporations and professional groups across the country and internationally. He has also appeared on CNBC, Fox Business Network, and other media outlets.


Kelce S. Wilson, PhD


Topic: Cyber Security Smarts:  A 7-Step Plan for Cost-Effectively Strengthening your Defenses

Kelce S. Wilson was in the U.S. Air Force, active duty 1989-2002, then the reserves until 2010, reaching the rank of Lieutenant Colonel.  He has a B.S., M.S. and PhD in electrical engineering, an M.B.A., a J.D. (law degree), and US PTO patent practitioner registration.  Additionally, he is a certified privacy professional, with CIPP-US, CIPP-E, and CIPM.  During his military and engineering career he worked in satellite control, cryptography, radar, radar jamming, low observable (stealth) aircraft, automatic target recognition, synthetic aperture radar (surveillance radar), and cybersecurity testing (white hat hacking).  As an attorney, he has worked in patent litigation, licensing, and prosecution, including with standard essential patents (SEPs), and also privacy & security matters, including both breach prevention and response.


Andi McNeal, CFE, CPA

ACFE Director of Research

Topic: 2020 ACFE Report to the Nation

Andi McNeal, CFE, CPA, is the Director of Research for the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners, where she oversees the development and production of educational materials related to the prevention, detection, and investigation of fraud. Ms. McNeal is co-author of the ACFE Report to the Nations on Occupational Fraud and Abuse, a bi-annual report on the costs and effects of occupational fraud. Additionally, she is the author of the recurring “What’s Your Fraud IQ?” article series in the Journal of Accountancy and has authored numerous other fraud-related articles published in the CPA JournalInternal Auditor, and Fraud Magazine. Ms. McNeal previously served as the lecturer for the Fraud Examination course at the University of Texas.

Prior to joining the staff of the ACFE in 2004, Ms. McNeal worked as a Certified Public Accountant at a regional accounting firm in Jacksonville, Florida, where she performed audit, tax, and consulting services for small-business clients in a variety of industries.

Ms. McNeal graduated magna cum laude from Flagler College with her bachelor’s of arts in accounting. She also holds a master’s of accountancy from the University of North Florida. She is a past recipient of the Florida Institute of Certified Public Accountants’ Excellence Award, and is currently a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners.


  • Part II - Friday; August 7, 2020 from 8:00am to 12:30pm CT (4 CPE Credits)

U.S. Secret Service

Special Agent in Charge, San Antonio Field Office

Paul A. Duran


Topic: Current Events - Covid19 Scams

Paul Duran has been a Special Agent with the U.S. Secret Service for 27 years, whose career has focused equally on both the protective and investigative missions of the agency.  Currently the Special Agent in Charge of the San Antonio Field Office, he oversees all Secret Service operations in south and southwest Texas, to include Resident Offices in McAllen and El Paso.  Mission priorities involve the investigation of cyber enabled financial crimes, protective intelligence investigations, and threat management.  Upon his appointment to the San Antonio District, he helped create and manage the San Antonio Cyber Fraud Task Force (CFTF), which consists of various law enforcement agencies, private industry and academia.  Previous assignments included the supervision of the Los Angeles CFTF, Assistant Attaché for the Secret Service at the U.S Embassy in Rome, Italy, Presidential Protective Division, and Counter Assault Team Leader.  Throughout his career, he has initiated and managed criminal investigations related to cybercrime, the theft of payment card data, fraudulent use of personal identity information, and other various violations associated with the U.S financial system.  Paul is a graduate of the University of California, Los Angeles with a BA in Economics – International Area Studies.


Jason Zirkle, CFE

ACFE Training Director

Topic: Case Studies

Over the years, one of the most common requests I receive is for help locating speakers for an upcoming event. I’m always happy to provide suggestions, so I’d like to spotlight speakers with whom you might not be familiar, provide you with the names of the sessions they’re qualified to teach and possibly give you ideas of different types of training opportunities you can offer your members.

The first speaker I will feature is Jason Zirkle, CFE, who recently joined the ACFE as Training Director. Mr. Zirkle teaches ACFE training courses and assists in updating the ACFE training curriculum.

After serving eight years in the U.S. Army as an intelligence analyst, Mr. Zirkle joined the Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS), where he served as a criminal intelligence analyst for seven years. At DPS, he served as a subject matter expert on financial crime investigations. He worked alongside Texas Rangers and DPS Special Agents, supporting numerous criminal investigations, including complex fraud and money laundering schemes, public corruption, embezzling, identity theft, illegal gambling, and other white-collar crimes. Many of the investigations he worked ended in criminal convictions for the defendants and seizures of hundreds of thousands of dollars in illicit funds. Mr. Zirkle also provided financial expertise to non-financial criminal investigations at DPS, including multiple murder investigations, human trafficking, narcotics, and missing persons. He has testified in multiple trials and grand juries. He also worked many joint-federal investigations with federal law enforcement agencies, including the FBI, IRS-CI, DEA, USSS, DHS, and USPS. 

Here are some of the courses Jason Zirkle is qualified to teach:

  • Bribery and Corruption

  • Conducting Internal investigations

  • Effective Report Writing

  • Government Fraud

  • Influential and Persuasive Presentation Techniques

  • Legal Elements of Fraud Examination

  • Money Laundering Schemes: Identifying and Investigating

  • Principles of Fraud Examination

  • Tracing and Recovering Fraud Losses

  • Understanding the Mindset of a Fraudster


Danny M. Goldberg


Danny M. Goldberg is the founder of GoldSRD. With over 16 years of internal audit and professional development and placement experience, Danny has developed the approach that continues to assist recurring clients. For more information, please call (214) 514 8883.

Topic: Ethics

Danny M. Goldberg is a well-known speaker on internal auditing and People-Centric Skills. Danny co-authored People-Centric© Skills: Communication and Interpersonal Skills for Internal Auditors, via Wiley Publications.

This is the first book published specifically to address the wide-ranging topic of communication skills for internal auditors.  It has been offered through the IIA and ISACA bookstores since July 2015 and has sold over 4,000 copies (through June 2019).

Danny has over 21 years of professional experience, including five years leading/building internal audit functions.  Danny was named as one of the Fort Worth Business Press 40 Under 40 for 2014.  He is a well-known author in the profession and has published numerous articles in trade magazines over the past five years.

Danny is also accredited as the Professional Commentator of the Bureau of National Affairs – Internal Audit: Fundamental Principles and Best Practices (Professional Commentator).  This book was authored by renowned audit scholars Curtis C. Verschoor and Mort A. Dittenhofer – co-author of Sawyer’s Internal Auditing.

Mr. Goldberg is a very active member of the Institute of Internal Auditors, both at a local and national level.

Leadership roles include:

  • Current IIA Dallas Chapter Board Member
  • Former IIA Fort Worth Chapter Board Member (2015-2018)
  • Current IIA Dallas and Fort Worth Chapter Programs Committee Co-Chair (for the past three years)
  • Member of the IIA North America Learning Solutions Committee, 2014

Danny is a Certified Public Accountant, Certified Internal Auditor, Certified Information Systems Auditor, Certified in the Governance of Enterprise Information Technology, Certified in Risk and Information Systems Control, Certified in Risk Management Assurance, has obtained his Certification in Control Self-Assessment and is a Chartered Global Management Accountant.



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 The Association of Certified Fraud Examiners, San Antonio Chapter #18 is registered with the National Association of State Boards of Accountancy (NASBA) as a sponsor of continuing professional education on the National Registry of CPE Sponsors.  State boards of accountancy have final authority on the acceptance of individual courses for CPE credit.  Complaints regarding registered sponsors may be submitted to the National Registry of CPE Sponsors through its website:  www.nasbaregistry.org.

Cancellation Policy and No Shows

  • Cancellations will not be eligible for a refund; however, substitutions will be accepted.
  • In the event an attendee does not show up to the event, the registration cost will be forfeited.  
  • The Chapter reserves the right to bar for future registration any attendees who routinely register and fail to pay and/or attend the event.

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