Fraud and Forgery #369

May 13, 2016

This week we're taking a look at two very different types of white collar crime -- financial fraud and painting forgery -- and how we use investigation and science to detect them. We'll speak to Jennifer Fiddian-Green, a partner at Grant Thornton and lead of their National Forensic and Dispute Resolution Advisory practice, about forensic accounting and the ways we try to discover fraud. And we'll talk with Dr. Jehane Ragai, Emeritus Professor of Chemistry with the American University in Cairo, about her book "The Scientist and the Forger: Insights into the Scientific Detection of Forgery in Paintings".

Guests:

  • Jennifer Fiddian-Green
  • Jehane Ragai

Guest Bios

Jennifer Fiddian-Green

Jennifer Fiddian-Green is a partner at Grant Thornton and leads their National Forensic and Dispute Resolution Advisory practice. She gives regular presentations and leads discussion groups to raise awareness and strengthen practices to prevent and detect fraud including, identity theft, money laundering, corruption, kickbacks, employee dishonesty, E-discovery and IT Security issues. As an investigative forensic accountant and a certified money laundering specialist, she has investigated, reported and managed numerous large fraud allegation investigations for both government organizations and private companies. She has completed a two-year secondment as a forensic accountant for the Royal Canadian Mounted Police, Proceeds of Crime Unit. She has qualified as an expert witness and provided testimony in Ontario Provincial Court, criminal proceedings.

Jehane Ragai

Dr. Jehan Ragai is an Emeritus Professor of Chemistry with the American University in Cairo. Because of her interest in Archaeological Chemistry, she was a consultant to the American Research Center in Egypt Sphinx Project, and has served on the National Committee for the Study of the Sphinx. She has lectured extensively around the world to university and museum audiences on scientific detection of forgery in paintings, and wrote a book on the same subject: "The Scientist and the Forger: Insights into the Scientific Detection of Forgery in Paintings".

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