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Grant Thornton's William P. Olsen to Speak at Knowledge Congress’ Live Webcast on Forensic Auditing for CPAs: The Essentials from a Practitioner's Perspective

New York, NY, March 23, 2010 --( The Knowledge Group/The Knowledge Congress Live Webcast Series, the leading producer of regulatory focused webcasts, has announced today that William P. Olsen, CFE, CGFM, CIA, Principal – Forensics, Investigations and Litigation Services, Grant Thornton LLP will speak at The Knowledge Congress’ upcoming webcast entitled: “Forensic Auditing for CPAs: The Essentials from a Practitioner's Perspective.” This two-hour event is scheduled on Monday, June 7, 2010, at 12:00 PM - 2:00 PM ET. (For further details of the event and an updated list of panelists, please visit:

Event Synopsis

Investors and stakeholders in today's capital markets expect that the financial statements they analyze truly are a fair representation of a company's financial position. A critical component to this expectation is that the auditors who have signed an audit opinion have done everything they can to ensure that the financial statements are free of material misstatements due to error or fraud. Auditors today are expected to detect fraud, even though they may not have the necessary skill sets or experience to do so. This course focuses on training auditors to think and act more forensically and will deliver the skill sets necessary to detect fraud in an organization.

Major Topics:

- Current forensic landscape
- Basics of forensic accounting
- Developing a forensic mindset
- Forensic auditing procedures
- Comparing evidence gathering methods
- Using forensic technology tools
- Matching audit procedures to identified risk factors
- Conflicts auditors face when they discover fraud has been occurring at an audit client

About William P. Olsen

Bill is a principal in Grant Thornton LLP’s Mid-Atlantic Advisory Services practice, and specializes in anti-corruption and anti-money laundering services. Bill is a former member of the Special Prosecutions section of the New Jersey Attorney General’s Office, and also served as the Global Security Manager for a Fortune 500 company. Prior to joining Grant Thornton, Bill worked for Arthur Andersen. Many of his engagements have included matters involving the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, Bank Secrecy Act, False Claims Act, and RICO.

Bill has performed numerous investigations involving management fraud, organized crime and corruption. Many of these investigations involved the preparation of complex financial information and forensic analysis for legal counsel.

He has also performed due diligence investigations and net worth analysis for entities and individuals seeking approval and/or licensing from government agencies as well as entities involved in mergers and acquisitions.

Bill has provided forensic technology services to many clients, and has assisted in developing exception audit programs and in designing computer-tracking systems to identify patterns of possible fraud or money laundering. He also has assisted law firms and government agencies in performing asset searches for purposes of forfeiture and recovery.

He has consulted numerous organizations in developing policies, controls and procedures to assure compliance with government regulations.

Bill was one of the key Grant Thornton team members working with the World Bank Institute (WBI) as they introduced a new tool, Fighting Corruption Through Collective Action – a Guide for Business.

Professional qualifications and memberships
· Certified Fraud Examiner
· Certified Government Financial Manager
· Certified Internal Auditor
· Association of Certified Fraud Examiners
· Association of Certified Government Financial Managers
· Institute of Internal Auditors (member of the Gaming and Money Laundering Committee)


Bill received his Bachelor of Arts in Sociology from Villanova University, and his Bachelor of Science in Accounting from Regis University.

About Grant Thornton LLP

The people in the independent firms of Grant Thornton International Ltd provide personalized attention and the highest quality service to public and private clients in more than 100 countries. Grant Thornton LLP is the U.S. member firm of Grant Thornton International Ltd, one of the six global audit, tax and advisory organizations. Grant Thornton International Ltd and its member firms are not a worldwide partnership, as each member firm is a separate and distinct legal entity.

In the U.S., visit Grant Thornton LLP at

About The Knowledge Group, LLC/The Knowledge Congress Live Webcast Series

The Knowledge Congress is a series of live webcasts produced by The Knowledge Group, LLC, which examine trends, regulatory, and technology changes across a variety of industries. “We bring together the world's leading authorities and industry participants through informative two-hour webcast that study the impact of changing regulations and help businesses succeed through proper regulatory compliance.” To contact or to register to an event, please visit:

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