How to Testify

Event Phone: 804-389-2609

  • How to Testify
    May 15, 2019 - May 16, 2019
    7:30 am - 4:30 pm

– 16 CPE Credits 

May 15-16, 2019
Virginia State Police Training Center
7700 Midlothian Turnpike, West Chesterfield, Virginia 23235

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Join our Richmond Chapter, the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners and the Virginia State Police for this two day, in depth seminar, How to Testify!

Certified Fraud Examiners, accountants, auditors and investigative/assurance professionals of all kinds are called upon to provide testimony in criminal and civil prosecutions where their services can be used to support investigations of matters such as financial frauds, embezzlements, misapplication of funds, bankruptcy fraud, improper accounting practices, and tax fraud. Fraud examiners may also be used as defense witnesses or to support the defendant’s counsel on matters that involve accounting or audit related issues.

There are two basic kinds of testimony. The first is lay testimony (sometimes called factual testimony), where witnesses testify about what they have experienced firsthand and their factual observations. The second kind is expert testimony, where a person who, by reason of education, training, skill, or experience, is qualified to render an expert opinion regarding certain issues at hand. Typically, a fraud examiner who worked on a case will be capable of providing lay testimony based on observations made during the investigation.

Establish yourself as a consummate courtroom professional!  Learn how to testify effectively on direct and cross examination, basic courtroom procedures, and most important, tricks for surviving on the witness stand. Improve your techniques on how to offer testimony about damages and restitution while learning to know when to draw the line between aggressive testimony and improper advocacy. Walk away with more effective report writing skills and explore the different types of evidence and legal remedies in this 2-day, ACFE instructor-led course!

Our Chapter and national ACFE have engaged as our speaker the ACFE’s HUGO HOLLAND, J.D., CFEHugo is a Special Asst. District Attorney & Special Assistant Attorney General – State of Louisiana. Hugo Holland obtained his undergraduate degree in Criminal Justice from LSU in Baton Rouge while working as a deputy sheriff, his Juris Doctor from LSU Law School in 1988, and has been a prosecutor ever since. He is admitted to practice in both Louisiana and Texas. He recently completed 14 years as the section chief of the Homicide & Sex Crimes Investigations Division of the District Attorney’s Office in Shreveport, Louisiana, taking that position after ten years in the felony trial division of the same office. He is a special Assistant District Attorney and Special Assistant Attorney General appointed to handle high profile RICO, white collar, political corruption, sexual assault, and homicide cases throughout the State of Louisiana. Over his career he has conducted thousands of felony investigations and hundreds of jury trials. 

You Will Learn How To:

— Meet the qualifications to serve as an expert witness in a legal proceeding
— Comply with the rules governing the content and procedure of expert testimony
— Prepare the proper subject matter for testimony concerning fraud cases
— Testify effectively before a judge and jury
— Maintain credibility during cross-examination by opposing counsel

Who Should Attend:

— Certified Fraud Examiners and other anti-fraud professionals
— Attorneys, legal professionals and law enforcement personnel
— Controllers and corporate managers
–Criminal investigators from local, state and federal agencies
— Detectives and private investigators
— Internal and external auditors, CPAs, CAs and forensic accountants
— Loss prevention and security professionals
–Business managers and educators who may be called upon to testify in court


Venue Phone: 804-389-2609

Venue Website:

7700 Midlothian Turnpike, Training Room 335, West Chesterfield, Virginia, 23235, United States