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Forensic & Valuation Services Conference 2018

FVC1840 - Funds Tracing in a Murder Investigation

Nov 6, 2018 1:50pm ‐ Nov 6, 2018 2:40pm

Standard: $49.00


A pastor of a church in the Central Valley in California was accused of Attempted Murder, Murder and Elder Abuse of an 85 year old member of the community. A central focus of the trial was a tracing of the funds looted by the pastor. The forensic accounting analysis and high-profile testimony provided the financial motivation for the crime. This trial was featured on NBC Dateline.

Learning objectives:

  • The critical nature of funds tracing and its importance in establishing motive
  • The importance of making complex issues simple for jury presentation
  • Poor testimony by the opposing expert was rejected by the jury


  • Dan Ray, CPA, CFF, CFE, Partner, Hemming Morse LLP

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