Department of Accounting Featured for Excellence in Forensic Accounting

January 29, 2019

Larry Crumbley headshot

Professor Larry Crumbley, PhD

BATON, an on-line resource specializing in forensic accounting programs across the country, has recognized the Master of Accountancy degree program in the E. J. Ourso College of Business’ Department of Accounting for excellence in combating securities and commodities fraud. Professor Larry Crumbley was also recognized as an expert in the field.

According to Forensic Colleges, fraud is often seen as more of a legal issue than an accounting issue, and as a result many accountants have chosen to treat fraud as something outside their principle jurisdiction. But forensic accountants and forensic financial investigators explore precisely the intersection between fraud and accounting. And that requires its own unique skill set.

“I greatly appreciate the recognition of LSU’s MAcc program by Forensic Colleges,” said Professor Crumbley. “In my forensic accounting classes I try to teach my accounting students to think like a detective during their audits as they try to catch fraudsters and executives ‘cooking the books.’  A highlight of my course is a mock trial in a courtroom involving a recent major fraud or accounting malpractice case. I am also proud to be the professor who started the LSU Fraud & Forensic Accounting Conference approximately 14 years ago.”

The Fraud & Forensic Accounting Conference is an annual event hosted by the LSU Department of Accounting and features speakers from around the country. Topics discussed include fraud across various industries, such as energy and healthcare; red flags in investment fraud; what auditors look for in investigating fraud; and using technology to catch fraud. The conference is designed especially for certified public accountants, certified fraud examiners, certified internal auditors, forensic accountants, governmental accountants, attorneys, and other accounting and auditing professional or educators.

“We certainly appreciate the work of Dr. Larry Crumbley who established this Conference and continues to find capable speakers each year,” says Professor Thomas J. Phillips Jr., CPA, chair of the Department of Accounting.  “Personally, I have attended since 2013 and find the topics very interesting, and the two days of CPE go by extremely fast. Local and regional attendees agree, and we even have attendees who come from longer distances each year from across the United States and also from other countries.”

The 2019 Fraud and Forensic Accounting Conference will be held for professionals July 17-18, 2019. For more information, please contact the Department of Accounting at

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Contact: Wendy Marx
LSU E. J. Ourso College of Business