D. Larry Crumbley, Ph.D., CPA, MAFF, CRFAC, CFF, FCPA, RFI, is Emeritus Professor in the Department of Accounting, Louisiana State University. He has published more than 375 articles in accounting journals and authored more than 65 books, including 13 educational novels, including The Big R: A Forensic Accounting Action Adventure and Trap Doors and Trojan Horses: An Auditing Action Adventure. He is the long-time editor of the Oil, Gas & Energy Quarterly (40 years) and founding editor of the Journal of Forensic Accounting: Auditing, Fraud & Risk. Professor Crumbley was a member of the AICPA's Litigation and Dispute Resolution Services Subcommittee Fraud Task Force and was on the Fraud Deterrence Board of National Association of Certified Valuation Analysts. He serves on the Advisory Board of the American Board of Forensic Accounting. He was the organizer of and first president of the Forensic & Investigative Accounting section in the AAA. He is the editor of the Journal of Forensic and Investigative Accounting. Dr. Crumbley is listed by the NACVA as an Industry Titans-- The Financial Consulting Profession's Most Influential. He has traveled to more than 140 countries and lectured in many of these countries.
Edmund D. Fenton, Jr., DBA, CPA, CMA, CRFAC, CFF, is the Haile/US Bank Professor of Accounting in the Department of Accounting and Business Law at Northern Kentucky University. Dr. Fenton received his DBA degree in accounting and taxation from the University of Kentucky, and his M.B.A. from Murray State University. He has published numerous taxation and forensic accounting articles in such periodicals as the Journal of Accountancy, Journal of Forensic & Investigative Accounting, The Tax Adviser, Taxes—The Tax Magazine, Journal of Mineral Law and Policy, Oil Gas & Energy Quarterly, The Ohio CPA Journal, and the ABA Journal. He has written chapters in several professional resource books, including Handbook of Financial Management for Banks and The Handbook of Estate Planning. He is also a co-author of The Big R: A Forensic Accounting Action Adventure. Dr. Fenton is on the editorial board of the Journal of Forensic & Investigative Accounting, and has testified as an expert witness in business damage cases. Dr. Fenton has led eight study abroad trips for students in the business field, has held an adjunct teaching position at Liaoning University of Technology, and established a student/faculty exchange agreement with Vietnam National University - University of Economics & Law.
G. Stevenson Smith, CPA, CMA, Ph.D., is Emeritus Professor of Accounting at Southeastern Oklahoma State University. Dr. Smith received his Ph.D. from the University of Arkansas and his M.B.A. from Michigan State University. Dr. Smith has authored three books dealing with financial management for the American Library Association. His most recent book is The Money Compass: Where Your Money Went and How to Get it Back. He has authored numerous articles on forensic accounting that have been published in Journal of Forensic Accounting, Journal of Financial Fraud, Fraud Magazine, Digital Investigation, and the Journal of Digital Forensics, Security and Law. His HTCIA White Paper on RFID received the Best Paper Award at the HTCIA's International Conference in 2007. His professional experience includes working for the Securities and Exchange Commission in Washington, D.C., as a financial analyst. He was a Visiting Professor at the University of Victoria in Wellington, New Zealand, and a Visiting Fellow at the University of New England in Armadale, Australia. In 2011, he was a Fulbright Scholar at the University of Pula in Croatia, where he lectured and developed research on forensic issues in Eastern Europe. In 2015, he received a Fulbright Grant to lecture and present seminars at the Polytechnic of Namibia in Windhoek, Namibia.
Professor Lester E. Heitger, Ph.D., CPA, taught for many years in the Accounting Department at Indiana University in Bloomington, Indiana. He now holds the position as the BKD Distinguished Professor of Forensic Accounting in the School of Accountancy at Missouri State University, where he has developed and teaches several forensic accounting courses, and he has helped develop a Certificate in Forensic Accounting in the graduate accounting program. Dr. Heitger served as a member of the task force funded by the United States Justice Department, White Collar Crimes Division that created the "Model Curriculum in Forensic Accounting." Professor Heitger has been active in litigation support and expert witnessing over the past 30 years, working as a forensic accountant on over 50 cases, testifying as an expert witness in state and federal courts and in the United States Tax Court. He also has testified in alternative dispute resolution environments, such as arbitrations and mediations. He is currently President of the Forensic Accounting (FA) section of the American Accounting Association. In 2014, Professor Heitger became the Chair of the Higher Education Initiative Committee of the ACFE.
Wilson LaGraize, CPA, CFF, and Cr. FA is a partner in Kushner LaGraize,
LLC in Metairie, Louisiana. A 1965 graduate from Louisiana State University,
his background includes experience locally in tax preparation work for
corporations, partnerships, individuals, and real estate investments, as well
as audit experience in both private and governmental sectors. He is
experienced in litigation support, forensics, reasonable compensation,
personnel searches, business valuations, and other management consulting
engagements. He is a member of the Society of Louisiana Certified Public
Accountants, the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, and
American College of Forensic Examiners (ACFEI). He has been an expert witness
on numerous occasions.
Christopher Peters, CFE, MBA is the founder of GPS Consultants,
LLC which is a management consulting and forensic accounting firm
focused on assisting clients with improving operations and solving
organizational problems through forensic accounting, litigation support,
and data analysis. Prior to starting GPS in May 2011, Peters was the
Chief Financial Officer for one of the largest home remodeling companies
in the United States. Prior to his CFO position, Peters worked for a
regional CPA firm where he focused on advising clients with improving
business operations and solving problems through forensic accounting,
internal auditing, litigation support, and data analysis. Peters
graduated from Louisiana State University (LSU) with a bachelor’s of
science degree in Management & Entrepreneurship. As a graduate assistant
while obtaining his Masters of Business Administration in Finance &
Entrepreneurship from the LSU Flores MBA Program, Peters advised and
assisted Louisiana small businesses and entrepreneurs with preparing
business plans and financial projections used for raising capital to
start and/ or grow their businesses. Peters is the President of the
Baton Rouge Chapter of the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners.