15 Oct

Checks Are No Longer “In the Mail” Under New Regulation

The Business Journal of Milwaukee
By Phil Trewyn

Federal legislation that goes into effect Oct. 28 and aims to streamline how banks clear checks means business owners will have to be more cognizant of having funds in place to cover checks, say bank executives.

“This will be a rude awakening across the board for all businesses,” said Margaret Henningsen, vice president and co-founder of Legacy Bank, Milwaukee. Read More

24 Aug

Stop, Drop, and Roll: Conducting an Internal Fraud Investigation

Written by Tracy L. Coenen, CPA, CFF

Wisconsin Law Journal

Fire drill training in grade school always included the mantra, “Stop, drop and roll.” This was the prescribed course of action if you were on fire. Professionals sometimes refer to tragedies in companies as fire drills. When a major internal theft occurs, it is akin to catching on fire, and needs to be met with swift action. Read More

23 Apr

Sequence Inc. Featured at Corporate Casual

Business Journal of Milwaukee

On Tuesday, April 27, 2004, resident fraud expert Tracy Coenen will share her insights with Corporate Casual, a business development group for accountants, attorneys, and bankers.

The focus of the presentation will be on detecting fraud, and the appropriate first steps in an internal investigation. What would you do if an employee was suspected of theft? Ms. Coenen will share the investigation expertise she has gained over the last 10 years while investigating crimes of all sorts.

17 Mar

Campaign Finance Fraud in the Milwaukee Mayor’s Race

Milwaukee’s NBC affiliate, WTMJ, interviews fraud investigator Tracy Coenen about issues in finance campaign reports related to the mayoral race.

The evening newscast featured Tracy Coenen giving her opinion about inaccuracies in the campaign finance reports submitted by Marvin Pratt. She also commented on the assertions made by the Pratt campaign, and the lack of documentation to support those assertions. Read More

14 Mar

$68,000 to be Paid in Family Battle

Insurer settles in Gardners’ bitter dispute.

Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
By Rick Romell

An insurance company will pay Northern Rail Car Corp. $68,000 to settle a claim arising from the alleged actions of former company president Daniel J. Gardner. The development comes amid a bitter dispute between Gardner and his father, William E. Gardner, who owned Northern and is chief executive and majority owner of the Wisconsin & Southern Railroad Co.

The Gardners are waging a legal battle in federal court. The son accuses his father of reneging on a deal to transfer ownership of Northern and a large piece of industrial real estate to him. The father denies there was such a deal, and he accuses his son of trying to take the company and the real estate by fraud. Read More

30 May

Entrepreneurs Group Gets Started

The Business Journal of Milwaukee
By Becca Mader

Owners of new businesses in the Milwaukee area who are navigating their growing pains can access ideas through a new group.

Emerging Entrepreneurs, a professional development group, will hold a kickoff event June 9 at Eve Restaurant, 718 N. Milwaukee St., Milwaukee.

Two Milwaukee entrepreneurs – Ben Sherwood of Sherwood Personal Security and Tracy Coenen of Sequence Inc. – are spearheading the group with support from the Metropolitan Milwaukee Association of Commerce and Marquette University’s Kohler Center for Entrepreneurship.

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21 Feb

Attorneys, Accountants, Bankers Share Ideas in Corporate Casual

Small Business Times
By Heather Stur

Networking events tend to be either happy hour gatherings or continuing education opportunities. But there is at least one group in Milwaukee’s business community that provides the best of both worlds. Corporate Casual is a business development group for attorneys, accountants, and bankers.

The idea was born in October of 2001, when a group of executives got together to create a way to connect attorneys, accountants and bankers in a different way than the standard networking event.

“The focus was narrowed to attorneys, accountants and bankers because of the natural business connections between the three professions,” said Tracy Coenen, president of Corporate Causal and owner of Sequence Inc. in Milwaukee.

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23 Dec

Hired Guns Can Keep Identity Thieves Away

Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
By Stan Miller

Sometimes, technology privacy and security are so important that you bring in a hired gun to make sure you are adequately protected against the forces of evil on the Internet and beyond.

Ben Sherwood, a privacy adviser and chief of Sherwood Personal Security, is one of those hired guns, a leader of a team of mercenaries skilled in the arts of computer security, intrusion detection and network integrity. Sherwood – who lives in Milwaukee and whose company is based in Oak Brook, Ill. – said his small team analyzes the technology its clients use, finds the privacy and security problems and then recommends remedies.

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01 Nov

Women of Influence Awards

The Business Journal
By Marci Pelzer

White-collar crooks, beware. Sequence Inc., Tracy Coenen’s nearly 3-year-old forensic accounting business, has grown 300 percent in 2002. It’s as if she looked into a crystal ball and saw the fates of Enron, Tyco and Worldcom coming before anyone else did.

When attorneys, claims adjusters and CEOs need to document embezzlement and fraud, win contract disputes, or resolve tax controversy, they call on Coenen to document misdeeds and testify in court. “My clients tell me to go find the money,” she says.

Coenen studied accounting and criminology at Marquette University. A class exploring the different kinds of white-collar crime piqued her interest, but at the time she was unsure of a practical application for her quirky passion. “I’m a numbers person,” she says.

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