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Uncovering Ethical Collapse – An Interactive Investigation Case Study

January 25, 2017
5:00 PM PST to 8:00 PM PST
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Los Angeles Athletic Club
431 West Seventh Street
Los Angeles, CA 90014


Put on your investigation hat and join in this interactive group case study to uncover how ethical collapse led a highly respected nonprofit down a path of financial wrongdoing. Participants will work as a group to figure out what happened and why the organization’s governance and ethics processes failed to prevent it.

You will have the opportunity to ask questions of the facilitator, who will answer in the characters of several key staff at the nonprofit, where a donor has begun to suspect financial shenanigans. Your mission is to discern whether each staff person knew or suspected that what they were doing was, at least, unethical, and why they did it anyway.

If you don’t usually work as an investigator this is a great chance to explore that role in a friendly environment. If fraud investigation is your specialty, use your skills to help the team tackle the tougher questions of why this wrongdoing occurred and why the nonprofit’s governance and ethics processes failed to work.

This case holds lessons for organizations of all sizes and types, where things may appear to be fine but unethical behavior can hide beneath the surface, corroding the environment until it evolves into a major problem. Learn lessons from this case that can help prevent this happening to your organization.


  • Recognize that ethical lapses and wrongdoing are all too common, even among organizations apparently committed to good deeds

  • Identify the key role of the executive director in setting the ethical tone of the organization
  • Recognize how individuals within an organization may identify anomalies or discrepancies that could lead to prevention or detection of unethical behavior and yet may rationalize the situation and enable it to continue
  • Identify the role of top management’s “style” in enabling or quashing communication and questioning that can help to prevent ethical lapses
  • Recognize that leadership style and behavior may only be partially visible, with a “false front” concealing darker aspects



Toby Bishop

Toby Bishop is a globally-recognized thought leader and consultant on corporate fraud prevention and detection. Named five times to Accounting Today’s list of the Top 100 Most Influential People in the Accounting Profession, Toby has served as the global president and CEO of the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners (ACFE), the association of more than 75,000 anti-fraud professionals in 160 countries; as the director of the Deloitte Forensic Center, where he led the development of global thought leadership on fraud and corruption to help clients manage their risks; and as a partner at Arthur Andersen & Co., where he provided forensic accounting services and helped to develop and implement new methods to detect financial statement fraud, including an algorithmic earnings quality model.

Toby co-authored the book Corporate Resiliency: Managing the Growing Risk of Fraud and Corruption and a related article in Harvard Business Review. He has also written or edited over 100 articles on fraud. Toby has been a contributing author for several generations of anti-fraud professional guidance, most recently serving on the task force that developed the COSO/ACFE Fraud Risk Management Guide, published in September 2016.

Toby serves as vice president – training for the ACFE’s Los Angeles Chapter, on the editorial review board of the Journal of Forensic Accounting Research, as a contributing author and a member of the Board of Editors of Business Crimes Bulletin and a member of the ACFE’s Advisory Council. He has served on the Center for Audit Quality’s Anti-fraud Working Group and has presented on the subject of forensic audit techniques to the U.S. Public Company Accounting Oversight Board’s Standing Advisory Group and at the FBI Academy.

Toby is a native of England and a graduate of the University of Oxford. He is a fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England & Wales (FCA), a U.S. Certified Public Accountant (CPA) and a Certified Fraud Examiner (CFE).


$50.00 Full-time Student Ticket
$40.00 Earlybird rate before January 15

$70.00 Non LA-ACFE Chapter Members
$60.00 Earlybird rate before January 15

$60.00 LA-ACFE Chapter Member
$50.00 Earlybird rate before January 15