Thomas Buckhoff is an associate professor of accounting at Georgia Southern University. He is also a partner with Forensic Solutions, LLC—a forensic accounting firm specializing in fraud detection, investigation, and litigation support services. Dr. Buckhoff received his Bachelor and Master of Accountancy degrees from Brigham Young University (BYU) and his Ph.D. in accounting from the University of Kentucky. He is a Certified Public Accountant (CPA), a Certified Fraud Examiner (CFE), and is Certified in Financial Forensics (CFF) by the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants. Previously, Dr. Buckhoff has worked as a visiting associate professor of accounting at BYU, a senior forensic accountant for Eide Bailly, LLP—Fraudwise Division, and as the Eide Bailly Professor of Forensic Accounting at North Dakota State University. He frequently conducts anti-fraud continuing professional education (CPE) seminars for organizations including the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, American Accounting Association, Association of Certified Fraud Examiners (ACFE), Institute of Internal Auditors, Institute of Management Accountants, CPA Australia, various state CPA societies, law enforcement agencies, and various Fortune 500 companies. Dr. Buckhoff has also published a variety of anti-fraud articles in the Journal of Forensic Accounting, Journal of Accountancy, Journal of Forensic & Investigative Accounting, Advances in Accounting Education, Journal of Financial Crime, The CPA Journal, Strategic Finance, New Accountant, Issues in Accounting Education, The RMA Journal, and The Fraud Magazine. He served on the on the editorial board for The CPA Journal (2002-2012), served as associate editor for the Journal of Forensic Accounting (1999-2003), and currently serves on the editorial board for the Journal of Forensic & Investigative Accounting. In 2016, the ACFE presented Dr. Buckhoff with the Educator of the Year award for outstanding contributions to anti-fraud education.
Areas of Expertise (5)
Litigation Support Services
Educator of the Year award
Awarded by the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners for outstanding contributions to anti-fraud education.
Professor of the Year
Awarded the 2013 “Professor of the Year” by the School of Accountancy, Georgia Southern University.
Certificate of Merit/Appreciation
Awarded by the Institute of Management Accountants for “outstanding character and excellence in contributing to the literature for the advancement of management accounting and financial management.”
Innovative Teaching Award
Awarded by the Forensic & Investigative Accounting Section of the American Accounting Association. 2012
University of Kentucky: Ph.D., Accounting
Brigham Young University: M.Acc., Cost/Managerial Accounting
Brigham Young University: B.S., Accounting
- Certified Fraud Examiner (CFE), Association of Certified Fraud Examiners
- Certified Public Accountant (CPA), North Dakota
- Certified in Financial Forensics (CFF), American Institute of Certified Public Accountants
- Georgia Society of CPAs
- American Accounting Association
Media Appearances (2)
The Standard of Care
The Huffington Post
Although there are many other ways to attack an expert on cross-examination, one of the best is to show the jury that he may not be an expert at all. This can be done by exposing weaknesses in the expert’s curriculum vitae. A national survey of 2.6 million resumes done in 2003 showed that 41 percent lied about their work experience and 23 percent lied about their credentials or licenses. A surprising 41 percent lied about their education (Thomas A. Buckhoff, Preventing Fraud by Conducting Background Checks, CPA J., Nov. 2003). Opposing attorneys now routinely check the backgrounds of medical expert witnesses and they will even look at social media sites to see if they can find some incriminating information that can be used to attack their credibility...
Thomas Buckhoff is a Georgia Southern University professor who enjoys not only teaching but also observing the transition of students developing into professionals. Buckhoff was born in Aberdeen, Md., and while growing up, he lived in New York, Illinois, Texas and Mississippi. “It was interesting to see different parts of the country and different demographics of the people,” he said...
Conducting Effective Ponzi Scheme InvestigationsForensic & Investigative Accounting Research Conference
A Fraud Audit: Do You Need One?The Journal of Applied Business Research
Thomas Buckhoff, Leslee Higgins, Debra Sinclair
2010 This paper differentiates between a fraud audit and a financial statement audit and suggests that small businesses usually need a fraud audit although they engage a financial statement audit. A CPA trained in fraud examination and forensic accounting should conduct the fraud audit.
Fraud in the nonprofit sector? You betStrategic Finance
Thomas Buckhoff and Abbie Gail Parham .
2009 Because their mandate is so noble, many nonprofit organizations (NPOs) mistakenly assume that their employees and volunteers wouldn't steal from them. What coldhearted person would steal money donated to grant wishes for terminally ill children or make off with funds pegged to important research? Misguided beliefs like these often influence accountants and auditors of NPOs and small charities to be less diligent than their counterparts in large for-profit entities in setting up controls for safeguarding cash. As a result of these lax controls, many NPOs become breeding grounds for fraudulent activity.