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Presenter: Melissa Goddard, CFE, CCA, CCP, CRIS, CICA, PI

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Seminar Location: Online

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8:30 - 9:00 am CST

Morning Session
9:00 am - 12:15 pm CST

12:15 - 12:45 pm CST

Afternoon Session
12:45 - 5:00 pm CST

Presented by Melissa Goddard, CFE CCA CCP CRIS CICA PI

Introduction to Fraud

Defining fraud
The fraud triangle (opportunity, pressure, rationalization)
Red flags of fraud

Construction Fraud Schemes

Fraud schemes common to the construction industry
Discussion about the different phases of construction and learn which fraud schemes are most often perpetrated during those phases
Strategies to proactively mitigate risks during each phase of the project
How fraudsters attempt to manipulate the bidding process to win work

Who Commits Fraud and Why

Types of individuals involved in construction projects
• General contractor, subcontractors, government officials, inspectors, procurement specialists
Characteristics and behaviors of fraudsters
Learn controls that can be implemented to reduce risk
Where’s the fraudster game

Construction Contracts

Contract and procurement process
Types of contracts
Change orders
Contract clauses as a first line of defense against fraud
Construction contract risks

Construction Fraud Prevention

Practical prevention tips
Fraud investigation tips and warnings

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Each webinar session earns continuing education credit and can be registered for individually. All attendees must log-on through their own email – attendees may not watch together if they wish to earn continuing education credit. HalfMoon Education Inc. must be able to prove attendance if either the attendee or HalfMoon Education Inc. is audited.

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Credit Information:

Who Should Attend

  • Architects
  • Engineers
  • Contractors

Professional Engineers
7.0 PDHs

7.0 CE Hours


International Code Council
.7 CEUs (Administration)

Continuing Education Credit Information

This webinar offers 7.0 PDHs to professional engineers in all states and 7.0 continuing education hours to architects in states that allow non-HSW coursework.

HalfMoon Education is an approved continuing education sponsor for engineers in Florida (Provider No. 0004647), Indiana (License No. CE21700059), Maryland, New Jersey (Approval No. 24GP00000700), North Carolina (S-0130), and North Dakota. HalfMoon Education is deemed an approved continuing education sponsor for New York engineers and architects via its registration with the American Institute of Architects Continuing Education System (Regulations of the Commissioner §68.14(i)(2) and §69.6(i)(2)). Other states do not preapprove continuing education providers or courses.

The American Institute of Architects Continuing Education System is reviewing this course for LU|Elective approval, which is pending (Sponsor No. J885). Visit www.halfmoonseminars.org for the latest information on this credit.

The International Code Council has approved this course for .7 CEUs in the specialty area of Administration (Preferred Provider No. 1232).

Completion certificates will be awarded to participants who complete this event and earn a passing score (80%) on the quiz that follows the presentation (multiple attempts allowed).


Melissa Goddard, CFE, CCA, CCP, CRIS, CICA, PI

Melissa Goddard, CFE CCA CCP CRIS CICA PI Owner and Founder at FACT Financial Investigations, LLC

Ms. Goddard is the founder and principal of FACT Financial Investigations, LLC, a multi-faceted firm providing financial investigation services to the construction industry. Ms. Goddard’s services include construction auditing, forensic accounting, fraud investigation, litigation support services, and expert witness services with significant expertise in the construction industry. FACT Financial Investigations also provides proactive services such as fraud risk assessments, due diligence investigations, contract review, and internal control review, design and implementation for the construction industry. It also provides specialized training to contractors in accounting and fraud.

Ms. Goddard has focused her career working in accounting and fraud fields with significant expertise in fraud prevention, detection and investigation. She has 30 years of experience in accounting and fraud, and has worked in industry accounting offices in many capacities ranging from staff accountant to CFO. Ms. Goddard has worked in public accounting as well in government accounting and internal audit offices providing accounting, auditing, construction auditing, cost control, forensic accounting, fraud investigation, fraud risk assessments and internal control design and implementation for a variety of businesses. She spends significant time in providing fraud prevention training and services to reduce fraud risk with special focus on not-for-profit, government and construction businesses.

Ms. Goddard’s experience also includes extensive work in the construction industry in a variety of roles performing construction accounting, job costing, work in progress management, cost control, analyses of contracts and auditing of construction projects that have ranged from small remodeling projects to multi-million-dollar projects, as well as performing forensic accounting and litigation support services. Ms. Goddard’s construction expertise was utilized on various types of facilities including: industrial buildings, offices, airports, transportation, sewer facilities, medical complexes, manufacturing, retail, research and development centers, master planned communities, corporate campuses, bank branches, apartments, resorts, warehousing and shipping, and restaurants. Ms. Goddard’s construction expertise has crossed both the public and private sector, including work performed internationally.

Tuition Costs:

Standard Tuition: $299.00
Online Tuition (pre-registration): $299.00
Group Prices
3 or more people each: $199.00

Each registration includes one copy of a manual prepared by the seminar speakers.