Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
By Rick Romell
Tracy Coenen was a criminology major at Marquette University when a class on investigating financial crimes sparked her interest in forensic accounting – a field she had never heard of until then. She started taking business courses, eventually securing an MBA and the skills necessary to become a certified public accountant.
What does she do? Forensic accountant with her own business, Sequence Inc.
And just what is a forensic accountant? “It is someone who specializes in investigative work dealing with numbers. Typically you see forensic accountants having one of a few different types of focus. There’s a focus on fraud – finding it, preventing it. There can be a focus on litigation, where companies are suing each other and arguing about the numbers and need someone to sort them out. There can be a business valuation focus, where the accountant is looking to put a dollar figure on a business, and there can be a focus on insurance claims, both fraudulent insurance claims as well as insurance claims that just are large and need sorting out by numbers people.”