Financial Fraud – Presented by NJ Society of CPAs and NJICLE

Date: May 22, 2024 9:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.

Location: Online

Member Price: $143

Non-Member Price: $179

Section Price: $134

Event Code: I147824

Areas of Law: Civil, Criminal Law, Taxation

Earn up to 2.4 credits! (More Information)




Raymond M. Brown, Esq.
Civil and Criminal Litigator
Pashman Stein Walder Hayden, Hackensack
is a Partner in Pashman Stein Walder Hayden with offices in Hackensack and Holmdel, New Jersey, and Purchase, New York. A highly-respected civil and criminal litigator, he concentrates his practice in white collar criminal defense, international human rights compliance, internal investigations and complex commercial litigation, and has appeared in high-profile trials including the nine-month trial involving former Labor Secretary Raymond J. Donovan and the successful eight-year defense of senior executives of a major multinational corporation charged with environmental violations, as well as serving as Defense Co-Counsel for Senator Robert Menendez against criminal allegations of public corruption and bribery brought by the U.S. government.

Admitted to practice in New Jersey and New York, and before the Special Court for Sierra Leone and the United States Supreme Court, Mr. Brown is a Fellow of the Litigation Counsel of America, the American College of Trial Lawyers and the American Board of Criminal Lawyers, and a member and Past President of the Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers of New Jersey. He is also a member of the American Bar Association Sections of Criminal Justice and International Law, and the New Jersey State Bar Association’s Criminal Law Section and Task Force on Judicial Independence. He has been a Trustee of the Association of the Federal Bar of New Jersey and is a member of the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, where he is a former Board Member and Parliamentarian.

Host of the Emmy Award-winning New Jersey Network program Due Process, Mr. Brown has been a Visiting Professor and Research Scholar at Seton Hall University School of Law, where he has taught international criminal law, criminal procedure and professional responsibility. He has also taught international criminal law at the Seton Hall/American University Program in Cairo, Egypt, and at Seton Hall University’s School of Diplomacy and International Relations. Mr. Brown is the recipient of the Litigation Counsel of America’s Peter Perlman Service Award and the (inaugural) 2018 Francis X. Dee Award bestowed by the American College of Trial Lawyers, as well as a 2020 Lifetime Achievement Award from the Essex County Bar Association and several other honors. His articles have appeared in the New Jersey Law Journal and other professional publications, and he has lectured for ICLE, the New Jersey State Bar Association, the Professional Education Group and other organizations.

Mr. Brown received his B.A. from Columbia University and his J.D. from Boalt Hall School of Law, University of California at Berkeley.


Melissa Dardani, CPA, CFE, MACC
Founder, MD Advisory, Pennington
Brian Sanvidge, CIG, CFE
Principal, Leader of Regulatory Compliance and Affairs
Anchin Block & Anchin, New York
Mary E. Toscano, Esq.
Former Federal Prosecutor
Greenbaum Rowe Smith & Davis, LLP, Roseland

Don’t miss the networking breakfast from 8 – 9 a.m.

Register today for a joint seminar between the New Jersey Society of CPAs and NJICLE. In this special presentation, the speakers will not only discuss how to spot financial fraud and protect your clients’ businesses, but members of each organization will discuss what they would like each other to know in order to give their clients the best opportunity to win their cases. 

While we often think financial fraud only happens in high-profile cases (i.e. Bernie Madoff), small and mid-sized businesses are frequent targets of white-collar crime. In 2023 alone, New Jersey residents lost $251.7 million to financial fraud.

Spend a morning with a roundtable of prominent attorneys and forensic accountants who will share their vantage points of a financial fraud case. 

Topics to be discussed include:

  • If a client comes to you and suspects that they are a victim of fraud, what should you do?
  • What legal issues should accountants be aware of that will help them optimize their investigation and report?
  • The continuing problem of fraud involving Covid relief funds
  • Kovel issues - when is an accountant's report protected by privilege?
  • When a criminal investigation involving a financial crime goes overt, what steps should an accountant take to protect himself/herself as well as the client?
  • What are the legal issues of which accountants should be aware that will help them optimize their investigation and report?
  • What do attorneys want accountants to know about being an expert witness that will help their cases?
  • What do expert accountants want attorneys to know and what kinds of questions should they ask to ensure a successful litigation?
  • Innovative cost-saving measures that will allow attorneys to engage experts early without incurring outsized expenses;
  • Loss calculations are the driving force of any financial fraud: what can attorneys and accountants do to best position their clients?
  • Have a client selling a business? Beware of what dangers may lurk in the shadows.
  • The continuing problem of fraud involving Covid relief funds
  • Kovel issues - when is an accountant's report protected by privilege?
  • Answers to your questions.

The session will begin with a networking breakfast from 8 – 9 a.m., followed by the program for you to earn CLE and CPE credit. Don’t miss it! 

CLE Credits
NJ CLE:NJ CLE information: This program has been approved by the Board on Continuing Legal Education of the Supreme Court of New Jersey for 2.4 hours of total CLE credit (Full Credits Available: CPE Taxation: 2.0, NJ General: 2.4, NJ New Admit Civil or Criminal: 2.4).
NY CLE (t&nt):NY Professional Practice Transitional: 2.0
PA CLE:PA Substantive Credit: 2.0
New: No PACLE fee is required for this program. To earn PA CLE credits, a valid PA Bar ID number must be entered into the CLE form provided after attending the program.

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