Preventing Fraud in the Construction Industry - WEBINAR
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 Export to Your Calendar 10/15/2020
When: 7:30 AM
Where: Webinar - Microsoft Teams
United States
Contact: Emelie Englehart

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HCA's Education Committee is hosting a webinar, "Preventing Fraud in the Construction Industry" on Thursday, October 15th from 7:30am to 8:30am. We have the pleasure of having both Mike Karlins, CPA - Assurance Partner and Scott Contreras, CPA - Assurance Senior Manager of Calvetti Ferguson as our presenters.


Despite ever-increasing attention paid to internal controls, ethical behavior, and fraud avoidance in the construction industry, these issues persist for companies of all sizes. Join this webinar to learn how construction companies and their CPA partners can use the travails of others and avoid costly challenges associated with ethical lapses and fraud.


The key points the panel will discuss are:

  • Understanding how fraud occurs and what economic impacts does it have upon the construction industry?
  • Identifying the top eight fraud schemes in construction.
  • Learning why people commit fraud including common motives/pressures, opportunities, and rationalizations.
  • Defining ethics in the construction industry.
  • Learning how to detect and reduce fraud risk in your company - regardless of the size of your company.
  • Minimizing the likelihood of fraudulent behavior by learning proven methodologies for setting up and enforcing controls.


Mike Karlins, CPA - Assurance Partner

Mike has more than 30 years of experience in audit and review services, agreed-upon procedures, operational improvement, profit advisory services, and mergers and acquisitions. He also has extensive experience in a variety of financial reporting engagements for private companies in a wide range of industries including construction, manufacturing, oil field services, and distribution. He earned his Bachelor of Science in Accounting from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Mike currently serves as the President of Construction Industry CPAs & Consultants, and is a member of both Construction Financial Management Association (Tax & Legislative Committee) and Houston Contractors Association (Education Committee).

Scott Contreras, CPA - Assurance Senior Manager

Scott has over 10 years of experience and his primary focus is in the construction industry, though his clients also operate in the energy, manufacturing, and distribution industries. Scott has extensive technical accounting experience with complex transactions, such as purchase accounting, stock-based compensation and the issuance of debt and equity financings. He earned a Bachelor of Science in Mathematics from Sam Houston State University and is a member of Construction Financial Management Association, Houston Contractors Association, and Construction Industry CPAs and Consultants.