December Program: Fraud in a Down Economy

Patrick Oki, CPA, CFE, Partner, Grant thornton, LLP, will be presenting the prevalence of fraud during difficult economic times.

With the economy struggling to find its foothold, many businesses and individuals are facing the greatest financial concerns in recent memory. In these tough times, protecting valuable — and increasingly scarce — economic resources has become a monumental task. Losing assets to fraud may be enough to send an lready struggling organization to the financial brink.

Learn about the results of a survey on fraud in a down economy and what is involved in fraud investigations. Gain insights on how to be proactive in reducing fraud.

Monday, December 14, 2009, Noon – 1:30 pm NEW DATE!
Location: Ala Moana Hotel

Reservation Deadline: Monday, Dec 7, 2009

Toys for Tots Drive. We will also be holding a Toys-for-Tots drive. Please bring a toy with you to the program, and you will receive a $5 discount on the program fee.

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Biographical Summary
Patrick Oki is an audit partner with the Honolulu office of Grant Thornton LLP and is the office’s Consumer & Industrial Products and Technology Industry Practice leader. Patrick has over sixteen years experience servicing public and private companies in the Hawaii market. He joined Grant Thornton after serving the majority of his career in audit and advisory services with the Honolulu office of PricewaterhouseCoopers and was the practice leader for their local advisory group.

As a certified fraud examiner, he has conducted numerous forensic and fraud investigations and has performed various litigation and bankruptcy support.

Patrick earned his Bachelor of Business Administration in accounting at the University of Hawaii at Manoa. He is the Second Vice-President for the University of Hawaii Alumni Association; Regional Coordinator of Education of the Association of Government Accountants (“AGA”) Pacific Rim Chapter; and a Director of the AGA of Hawaii Chapter and Hawaii Society of Certified Public Accountants. He is also a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners.