Construction Fraud:  Detection, Prevention & Response

July 17-18, 2017

New York-New York Las Vegas Hotel & Resort

In this two-day course attendees will explore types of fraud common to construction, techniques for reducing construction fraud and how to respond when fraud surfaces. The content is practical and hands-on, loaded with strategies and tactics, tips and techniques.

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This course is for anyone committed to understanding and addressing construction fraud.  Previous attendees have included construction auditors, investigators, construction project managers, construction accountants, fraud examiners, engineers, architects, law enforcement and private investigators.

Learning Objectives

Upon completion attendees will know:

  • Fraud by phase of construction
  • Why construction fraud goes undetected
  • How to assess the risk of construction fraud on your own projects
  • Difficulties related to construction fraud and how to address them
  • The role gifts and entertainment play in encouraging corruption
  • Practical prevention practices
  • How contract provisions can discourage or encourage fraud
  • Case examples of construction fraud
  • Specific symptoms of construction fraud occurrence
  • How to build detection into routine management and audit practices
  • Suggestions for detecting bid rigging and price fixing
  • The elements of effective investigative response
  • Specific investigative tips and techniques

Course Outline

Introduction to Construction Fraud

  • The impact of fraud on your project cost and completion
  • Difficulties in addressing construction fraud 
  • Dealing with management
  • A model for controlling contracts

Mobilizing Management

  • Construction fraud self-assessment
  • Defining and communicating expectations about detection and investigative responsibilities
  • The role of fraud policy and what it should include
  • Steps for preventing construction fraud

Introduction to Detection

  • Steps for encouraging fraud detection
  • Why fraud goes undetected
  • Building fraud detection into routine management and audit practices
  • Exposures and symptoms of fraud occurrence
  • Behavioral indicators of construction fraud
  • Using data mining for detection
  • Fraud implications of spreadsheets

Addressing Specific Construction Fraud Challenges

  • Gifts and entertainment
  • Bid rigging and price fixing
  • Corruption in public and commercial projects
  • Organized crime in construction
  • Disadvantaged Business Enterprise programs

Investigating Construction Related Fraud

  • Dealing with management during investigations
  • Elements of a complete investigation
  • Investigative pitfalls and how to avoid them
  • A model for proving allegations
  • How to prove kickbacks
  • The practical use of an investigation checklist
  • Suggestions for successful investigations

Program Schedule

Monday:  8:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Tuesday: 8:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Program Fee


Regular Seminar Registration - $1,195.00 ($75 per CPE Hour)

Registration FEE is payable to:
Construction Audit & Cost Control Institute, Inc., 
3941 Legacy Drive, Suite 204 #218A, Plano, TX 75023. 

Registration FEE is payable by check, MasterCard, Visa or American Express. 

Program fee includes instruction, all program materials, lunch each day and refreshment breaks.


To Register ON-LINE: Click here to register on-line

To Register by Phone: Call Marie Jones at (254) 736-0309

To Register by FAX of Mail:   Click Here to Download Faxable Registration Form

Register a Group:  Contact Marie Jones:

Cancellation and Refund

Enrollment is limited to assure maximum opportunity for participation and exchange of ideas. Substitutes will be accepted until the program starts. Cancellations will be accepted up to 14 calendar days prior to program start without incurring a $95 late cancellation fee. Full fee is charged for failure to attend when enrollment has not been canceled as specified. Contact Lynn Runyon at Courtenay Thompson & Associates, 214-361-8346 or


All participants are eligible to receive up to 16 Continuing Education Credits (CPE’s) to fulfill professional accreditation requirements. Field of Study: Auditing. Course Level: Basic. Group-live, lecture-style seminar; no prerequisites or advanced preparation required. For information regarding CPE, complaint, or program cancellation, please contact our office at 214-361-8346.

Courtenay Thompson & Associates 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:



Courtenay Thompson provides fraud-related training for auditors, investigators and management worldwide.  His courses are known for their practical approaches to real problems.

He is the co-developer of courses on control and audit of construction costs and has developed and presented courses on contract auditing and procurement and contract fraud.

His experience prior to entering consulting included public accounting and internal audit.  He has worked with executives to establish fraud policies and was responsible for investigations.  He has worked with board members, management, attorneys and law enforcement on fraud-related matters.

Mr. Thompson received his BBA and MBA from Southern Methodist University and is a Certified Public Accountant.  He is a member of the Institute of Internal Auditors.


New York-New York Las Vegas Hotel & Casino

Group Rate:  $79 plus resort fee and tax.  Group rate expires June 26, 2017.

Click Here for Online Reservations

Call 1-866-815-4365 and use group code:  SCAC017NY - Construction Audit & Cost Control Institute


The seminar classes will be held at the New York-New York Las Vegas Hotel & Casino

3790 Las Vegas Blvd. South   Las Vegas, NV  89109

Click here for directions.

Seminar Developers

R. L. Townsend & Associates, Inc. and Courtenay Thompson & Associates have jointly developed our professional development training seminars related to construction cost control and audit.


"Opened my mind to new thoughts in construction auditing."

"This course was one of the best audit classes taken in a long time.  Valuable and relevant."

"I learned so much in this course!  It is extremely helpful to prepare me to effectively audit a construction project."

"Very relevant - making me think about how to change my audit approach to be more effective."

"Overall the information was on target.  Very beneficial."

"Great information, especially regarding lump sum contract/COS."

"Good overall presentation of components of construction audit. 
Good mix of participants to get real life experiences from several points of view."


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Reminder:  Save the date for the
National Association of Construction Auditors
Annual Conference
to be held September 18-20, 2017
at Bally's in Las Vegas. 
Click Below for information on their website.


Construction Audit & Cost Control Institute, Inc.
3941 Legacy Drive - Suite 204 #218A  Plano, Texas 75023

Have Questions or Need Assistance?
Call Marie Jones at (254) 736-0309 or
Rich Townsend at 972-679-6762 or via e-mail at



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