Investigating Shell Companies & Doing the Right Thing

October 08, 2019
8:00 AM - 12:00 PM
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KU Edwards Campus - BEST Building
Room BEST 110 12604 Quivira Road
Overland Park, KS 66213

Investigating Shell Companies & Doing the Right Thing

October 8, 2019

8:00 am - 12:00 pm

Registration Ends: Thursday 10/3/2019 

The Board of Directors is pleased to announce another Greater Kansas City Chapter of Certified Fraud Examiners’ 2019 Fall Workshop, Investigating Shell Companies & Doing the Right Thing for 4 hours CPE (including 2 hours Ethics CPE)

Check-in & Breakfast Starts: 7:30 pm
Event: 8:00am - 12:00 pm
4 hours of eligible CPE  (including 2 hours Ethics CPE)

Breakfast will be provided by Grandma's Catering. The meals are included in the event pricing. **Please note- If a special dietary need is required, such as vegetarian, etc., please send an email to [email protected] (no later than Tuesday 10/1/19) and we will attempt to accommodate your request.**

During this presentation, the following topics will be covered:

Investigating Shell Companies :

Do you really know who your vendors and customers are? While you may have a name on contract, an email address, a physical address and a bank account, it doesn't necessarily mean they are legit. If they are a shell company, how would you know? More importantly, how would you investigate them to know for sure?

This interactive session will help enhance the anti-fraud professional’s investigative knowledge of shell companies and how they are used by international fraudsters. Shell companies; the proverbial needles in the international haystack. These obscure and almost invisible entities are used with extreme precision by everyone from two bit fraudsters, organized criminal organizations, corrupt businessmen, and international terrorists in order to conceal their crimes. Their uses are limitless but they are frequently used as vehicles for money laundering, terrorist financing, bribery and corruption, and the siphoning off of corporate assets to name a few. Shell companies are becoming a more widely used global fraud tool and every anti-fraud professional from every country should expect to come across a shell company at least once in their career

  • Understand how shell incorporator services are used, how shells are layered to protect the true owner’s identity while leaving them in control, and which registered agent names are huge red flags
  • Which banking regions are more suspect than others, which locations have a higher risk of shell incorporation, and what the location can tell you about the entity
  • How to evaluate a company’s web presence, website, and domain structure in order to vet the entity and possibly uncover additional investigative clues
  • Highlight red flags and investigative tips to spot shell companies
  • Provide the attendee with online resources to support future shell company investigations


Doing the Right Thing :

It is the one thing that whistleblowers, fraudsters, heroes and crooks all have in common; a decision point in time where they are challenged to do the right thing. Why do some make the right choices when others get it so wrong? What can we learn from their successes and failures? Doing the right thing is very easy to say, but in reality it can be very hard to do. In our professional careers we will face hard decisions, ethical dilemmas, possibly life or death situations. How will we react? Will we make the right choices? From the Bernie Madoff investigation to the NASA Challenger explosion, professionals have been presented with challenges to do the right thing.

This interactive presentation will highlight some of the most challenging ethics dilemmas that professionals have been faced with over the past 50 years. Not to be outdone, some of the worst decisions by crooks and the ethically challenged will also be highlighted to help provide contrast, clarity and comedy. Through analyzing these case studies, the attendee will leave with renewed confidence that they can do the right thing when that time comes.

  • Understand the importance of doing the right thing, even when others may not
  • Highlight some of the successes of doing the right thing
  • Highlight some of the consequences of not making the right choices
  • Understanding the importance of making ethics and good decisions a cornerstone of your daily life

About Our Guest Speaker:

Ryan C. Hubbs, CFE, CIA, CCEP, PHR, CCSA 
Chair of ACFE Board of Regents and ACFE Faculty Member          

Ryan C. Hubbs is the global anticorruption and fraud manager for Schlumberger in Houston, Texas. Hubbs has more than 16 years of experience managing corporate investigations, forensic audits and compliance initiatives. He has conducted hundreds of sensitive internal engagements concerning fraud, corruption, contracts, vendors and suppliers, and employee-related issues. Hubbs also has extensive experience with organization-wide anti-fraud and compliance programs and measures, corporate investigation programs and protocols, and fraud data analytics. He has extensive experience investigating and researching anonymous shell company networks as well as developing analytics and process improvements to combat this emerging fraud risk area. Hubbs also previously served 13 years as a commissioned law enforcement officer in both Louisiana and Texas.

Hubbs is a member of the ACFE Faculty where he co-presents the CFE Exam Review Course, as well as specialized training such as Interviewing Techniques for Auditors, Auditing for Internal Fraud, Contract and Procurement Fraud, Detecting Fraud Through Vendor Audits, Principles of Fraud Examination and Conducting Internal Investigations. Hubbs co-wrote the guidance to the ACFE Standards and developed the ACFE Chapter Leaders Resource Guide. He has served ten years as an ACFE Chapter President and officer for both the New Orleans and Houston ACFE Chapters. In his role as President of the Houston ACFE Chapter he helped guide the chapter to be recognized as the ACFE’s 2014 Chapter of the Year and the recipient of the ACFE’s 2015 Chapter Newsletter of the Year. Hubbs’ continued involvement and contributions in the anti-fraud profession resulted in him being awarded the Greater Houston Fraud Impact Award in 2014.

Hubbs is also active in education, training and research. Hubbs has published articles in both Fraud Magazine and Security Management Magazine. He was the recipient of the 2015 ACFE James R. Baker Speaker of the Year Award. He was also the recipient of the 2013 ACFE Hubbard Award for having the most recognized article in Fraud Magazine. He has contributed to the ACFE by providing original content for several ACFE training programs. He is an active and highly sought after presenter on anti-fraud topics and is one of the ACFE’s highest-rated speakers. Hubbs has been a repeat presenter at several of the ACFE Global Fraud Conferences.   

Hubbs graduated from Louisiana State University with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration and a minor in Sociology/Criminology. He later graduated from Louisiana State University with a Master's in Business Administration. He is a Certified Fraud Examiner (CFE), Certified Internal Auditor (CIA), Certified Compliance and Ethics Professional (CCEP), Certified in Control Self-Assessment (CCSA) and Certified Human Resources Professional (PHR). 

We hope to see you there!



$55.00 Member

$80.00 Guest