Eric Conforti CPA, CFE
Principal - Forensic Accounting Services, Plante Moran
My practice focuses on solving and preventing all problems related to fraud. This includes aiding federal, state, and local governments as they investigate public corruption and conflicts of interest, helping business owners quantify embezzlement losses for insurance claims, performing "fraud checkups" at school districts to provide internal control recommendations, using data analytics to assist in class-action RICO lawsuits, identifying fraud to support and/or defend shareholder oppression claims, and applying forensic techniques to ensure the amount of royalties paid comply with obligations.
I'm rarely credited publicly for my work due to the confidential nature of our engagements, earning me the nickname, "the Batman of Accounting," by my peers. However, I have extensive experience in performing forensic investigations, data analytics, and fraud-focused internal control reviews, with our team performing over 125 engagements annually. I'm professionally trained in various interviewing and interrogation methods, performing data analytics, reviewing financial records, researching persons' backgrounds online, and analyzing supporting documentation for anomalies. This work has resulted in dozens of criminal convictions, tens of millions of dollars in civil judgments, and several employee dishonesty/fidelity claims paid by insurance companies to victim organizations.
Prior to joining Plante Moran's forensic accounting practice, I served as an auditor on the firm's governmental assurance team. I'm a certified fraud examiner and a member of the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners, the AICPA, and the Michigan Association of CPAs, where I currently serve as the Vice-Chair of the Forensic Accounting Task Force.