Charleston, WV – For 16 months, students from West Virginia and North Carolina have gone through intense training in critical thinking and writing, legal framework, gathering and analyzing of evidence as well as specialized content in fraud and white collar crime, economic damages and family law, and business valuations, all to prepare them for the University of Charleston Master of Forensic Accounting (MFAcc) Mock Trial, held this year on July 21 and 22nd at the Kanawha County Judicial Building in downtown Charleston.
Students worked with faculty, active practitioners in forensic accounting, law, computer forensics, forensic psychology, and law enforcement, as they journeyed through all major types of forensic accounting engagements. Students were prepared to testify as Forensic Accounting experts in mock litigation cases for business valuations and economic damages.
The MFAcc Mock Trial serves as the culminating event of the MFAcc program offered by the University of Charleston. This is the 7th year the university has held its mock trial event.
UC MFAcc Program Director Christina Chard, stated, “The students did an excellent job with keeping their emotions in check and defending their expert opinions at the trial. I would like to congratulate the following Master of Forensic Accounting 2017 graduates: Andrew Adkins, John Board, Angela Coker, Ashley Donohew, Kyle Heroux, Darlena Holmes, and Lorraine Jackson.”
The University of Charleston’s Master of Forensic Accounting degree is the first-of-its-kind offered in the nation. According to the American Institute of CPA’s, Forensic Accounting is one of the fastest growing niches in the accounting profession. (aicpa.org) It attracts individuals seeking specializations in careers requiring complex analysis and critical thinking such as forensic accountants, financial litigation, valuation analysts, criminal investigators, FBI agents, IRS agents, financial analysts, claims examiners and many others. The UC program offers a hybrid delivery model that supports national participation from students as far west as Mesa, AZ and Seattle, WA.