B&E offers internationally renowned forensic accounting program in Bahrain

May 30, 2012

West Virginia University's global reputation in the area of Forensic Accounting and Fraud Examination (FAFE) is again taking it to global soil, this time to the financial capitol of the Middle East.

The Royal University for Women (RUW) in Bahrain requested that WVU's College of Business and Economics conduct a three-day FAFE workshop because of its international reputation in that area of study. As a result, Dr. Scott Fleming , assistant professor of accounting, conducted the workshop at RUW May 22-24.

"This workshop provided an overview and insight into fraud examination and accounting," said Fleming. "It was a great setting to introduce financial investigative techniques."

Fleming said areas of emphasis included money laundering, the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA), asset misappropriation, and general corruption and financial statement fraud.

"This workshop is an example of the intellectual opportunities that we offer all our students," said Provost Michele Wheatly. "It highlights a cutting-edge program at WVU and serves an under-represented and truly international population."

The Royal University for Women (RUW) is the first private, purpose-built, international University in the Kingdom of Bahrain dedicated solely to educating women.

WVU's College of Business and Economics (B&E) has a history of providing its forensics expertise to national and international audiences — from presentations by Dr. Paul Speaker and Milan Puskar Dean Dr. Jose Sartarelli in Portugal last year to the International Association of Forensic Sciences, to B&E's 2010 presentation to INTERPOL (The International Criminal Police Organization) headquarters in Lyon, France. The topic of forensics business practices was presented to INTERPOL, which is comprised of 188 member countries.

B&E's international forensics reputation has also prompted a longstanding relationship with the Royal Canadian Mounted Police, as well as international participants in the business school's annual Forensic Management Academy.

Additionally, two representatives from WVU were appointed to a White House forensic subcommittee in 2010 in response to a report by the National Academy of Sciences (NAS), which indicated that forensic science is in need of critical resources, coordination of those resources, and research.

Sartarelli said one strength of the FAFE program is its ability to deliver unique and valuable learning experiences to students. For example, the program has partnered for years with the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) to conduct ATF House Raid exercises held at WVU's Crime Scene Houses, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) for pitch-to-prosecutor drills and a comprehensive moot court.

"The College of Business and Economics has global visibility in the areas of forensic accounting and fraud examination and in the international forensics arena," Sartarelli said. "Through opportunities such as this, we bring our expertise and skills to the classroom in an important social and criminal area of study."

The full FAFE program is an eight-week summer program that is also now offered online during the fall and spring semesters. For further information on WVU's FAFE program, please visit www.be.wvu.edu/fafe.