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Hi all - I am looking for some advice and possible future options. I have associate/senior KPMG experience and moved to industry working in investment accounting. I have passed the CPA exam and am looking at getting the CFE. It seems like a lot of forensic/fraud positions are based in IT/programming or other computer based skills. Are there avenues in fraud/forensics that would be open to someone with my experience? If so, are there any skills/certs that I would need to be a desirable hire? TIA!

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My background before forensics was audit, and I have no IT/computer programming experience at all, nor have I ever felt like I needed it since switching to forensics. We do all sorts of forensic accounting and litigation support engagements. If there's a need for an IT person for one of our engagements, we have lots of folks in our IT services that help.

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Depends on the engagement of course, but some combination of interviewing, email review, document review and analysis, data analytics, accounting or financial statement analysis, etc. My days can be wildly different from week to week. Sometimes I have a lot of interviews, so I'm mostly prepping, conducting, and documenting those. Other times I'm searching and reading through emails for days at a time. And sometimes I get to just dig into a GL and poke around all week. There's also a lot of writing involved, from documenting analysis to drafting the report.

Clarification: KPMG experience was in audit

Are you looking to go back into consulting? Otherwise I see a lot of payment processors or crypto or other financial services companies have a lot of openings in their fraud/AML departments, many of them remote

Thank you for the info! I am open to consulting but have closed the auditing chapter. Learned a lot but ready for a new path. I always thought forensic accounting/litigation support would be my area but not sure where to start searching or acquiring the skills needed. Open to other ideas though, like a lot of things in life what you thought you wanted isn’t always want you actually want/need.

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