40. Funds Tracing in a Murder Investigation

Forensic Case Studies
Field of Study: 
CPE Credit: 
Knowledge Level: 
Basic knowledge of, or general experience in, forensic accounting, business valuation, or litigation

Tuesday, November 6, 2018

A pastor of a church in the Central Valley in California was accused of Attempted Murder, Murder and Elder Abuse of an 85 year old member of the community. A central focus of the trial was a tracing of the funds looted by the pastor. The forensic accounting analysis and high-profile testimony provided the financial motivation for the crime. This trial was featured on NBC Dateline.
Learning objectives:
The critical nature of funds tracing and its importance in establishing motive;
The importance of making complex issues simple for jury presentation;
Poor testimony by the opposing expert was rejected by the jury