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Roger Darvall-Stevens
Partner - Melbourne

Biography

Roger is a Director and National Head of Fraud & Forensic Services and has over 25 years of experience in forensic investigations and forensic accounting, fraud, bribery and corruption control, related training, forensic IT, compliance (including foreign bribery and corruption risk), and corporate security. 

Prior to RSM, Roger was a partner in forensics for a ‘Big 4’ firm where he had been for 13 years, and initially commenced his career in the police force leaving as a detective after 12 years.

Roger Darvall-Stevens is a Partner of RSM Australia Partners and a Director of RSM Australia Pty Ltd.

 

Solutions Roger provides

  • Forensic investigations and forensic accounting
  • Fraud, bribery & corruption (as well as improper conduct) control
    • Planning, resourcing, implementation and management
    • Prevention
    • Detection
    • Response
  • Training
  • Forensic IT
  • Compliance risk reviews
  • Corporate security

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Significant projects

  • Compiled a fraud, bribery and corruption control plan which included a foreign bribery and corruption compliance program for an Australian based manufacturing company with operations overseas
  • Developed and delivered a nine-phased fraud & corruption prevention program for a newly formed government entity to mitigate associated risks in public transport 
  • Developed a fraud risk profile for an Australian based telecommunications company with operations in Asia
  • Facilitated the formation of an investigation response team for an organisation, including scenario training
  • Investigated a $5 million fraud within a private company where the ‘trusted’ CFO had stolen for several years, with unauthorised expenditure including gold bullion and investment properties
  • Investigated a $2.3 million fraud by an executive assistant, to a food manufacturing company’s executives, who used deception to manipulate the travel and expenses of these executives to make false payments for lavish personal expenses and to support the fraudster’s spouse’s illicit drug heroin addiction
  • Investigated collusion of a cosmetic company’s marketing executives to misrepresent performance to achieve monetary performance bonuses to which they were not entitled
  • Investigated foreign bribery and corruption in overseas operations of an Australian based company in mining and chemicals
  • Performed physical security assessments of premises and operations, and provided advice on protection and security measures in threatening and high-risk situations
  • Developed and maintained master service agreements for fraud and forensic work for companies with multiple incident needs to ensure speed of multi-disciplinary and effective forensic investigation and prevention response
  • Through a forensic IT data analytics approach, identified an employee who had set-up a false vendor through which company funds were being siphoned
  • Through a forensic IT investigation approach, identified incriminating evidence in a work PC’s hard drive ‘slack space’ of the deleted and leaked confidential information to the media

Professional associationsRoger offers fraud and forensic services and has over 25 years in forensic investigations

  • CFE (Certified Fraud Examiner), global Association of Certified Fraud Examiners (ACFE)
  • Former President, ACFE Melbourne Chapter
  • Regent Emeritus, global ACFE Board member (2012-2013)
  • Fellow/Founding member, Australian Institute of Professional Investigators (AIPI)
  • Affiliate, Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand

Registrations

  • Licensed investigator in multiple locations
  • Australian Government Baseline security clearance
  • Security Adviser

Qualifications

  • Master of Business Administration, La Trobe University
  • Master of Arts (Criminology), Graduate Diploma (Criminology), University of Melbourne
  • Graduate Certificate in Fraud Investigation, La Trobe University
  • Bachelor of Arts (Police Studies and Sociology), Monash University
  • Diploma and Certificate IV in Government Fraud Control and Investigations
  • Certificate III in Investigative Services
  • Certified in SCAN (Scientific Content Analysis) interview technique (basic and advanced)
Beyond RSM is RSM's Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) Program

Events & presentations

  • "AICPA Journal of Accountancy Podcast" - listen to the podcast here (31 October, 2019)
  • "Roundtable facilitated discussion: Emerging trends in fraud and corruption" - 2019 ACFE (Association of Certified Fraud Examiners) Global Fraud Conference (24 June 2019, Austin, Texas, U.S.)
  • "Mitigating Fraud” – presentation at the IIA (Institute of Internal Auditors) SOPAC Conference 2019 (26 March 2019, Sydney)
  • "Payroll fraud"- presentation at the APA 2018 Payroll Conference in Melbourne  (25 October 2018)
  • "'Culture integrity risk: ethical and cultural imperatives to reduce fraud" at the ACFE Asia-Pacific Fraud Conference in Sydney (23-25 September 2018)
  • "Highlights from a global fraud conference & current trends" - presented to clients (31 July 2018, Melbourne and 2 August 2018, Sydney)
  • "Fraud, bribery & corruption control trends: recent global fraud conference attendance" - Mutuals Audit & Governance Professionals Institute 25th Annual Conference (3 August 2017, Melbourne)
  • "Auditing anti-bribery & corruption controls in challenging environments" - IIA (Institute of Internal Auditors) International Conference 2017 (25 July 2017, Sydney)
  • "Fraud, bribery & corruption control: must knows for business leaders" - presented to Victorian Leaders (15 February 2017, Melbourne)
  • "The naked fraudster" - during International Fraud Awareness Week (14-18 November 2016, Melbourne and Sydney)
  • "Fraud & corruption: what we see" - presentation to the Committee for Ballarat, Fraud and Cyber Security Seminar (21 October 2016, Ballarat)
  • "Fraud investigation & forensic accounting demystified" - to the Victorian Bar (2 June 2016, Melbourne)
  • "Building a robust fraud and corruption control framework" - SOPAC Conference 2016 Masterclass (9 March 2016)
  • "Fraud, bribery and corruption control: essentials for company directors" - Australian Institute of Company Directors webinar (21 January 2016)
  • "Future crime: a virtual certainty" - 32nd Governance Institute of Australia National Conference (30 November 2015)
  • "C-Suite's dirty little fraud secret" - 2015 ACFE (Association of Certified Fraud Examiners) Asia-Pacific Fraud Conference (4 - 6 November 2015, Singapore)
Publications

Emerging Global Fraud Trends - Podcast

7 November 2019
Roger Darvall-Stevens is featured in an AICPA Journal of Accountancy Podcast discussing the emerging global trends in fraud, how to protect yourself and your organisation and what the future might look like.  Roger is a Director and National Head of Fraud & Forensic Services and has over 25 years of experience in forensic investigations...

Should auditors be responsible for detecting fraud?

11 June 2018
An auditor is a watchdog, not a bloodhound... Should auditors be responsible for detecting fraud? How often is fraud detected via external audit? According to the experts, not very often – and rightly so as external audit serves a different purpose. National Head of Fraud & Forensic Services, Roger Darvall-Stevens sheds light on this is...

Fraud & Forensics - the 'must knows' for business leaders

23 May 2018
This month, Roger Darvall-Stevens, Partner and National Head of Fraud & Forensic Services at RSM, is featured in Financier Worldwide’s Corporate Fraud & Corruption Annual Review. In the feature, he talks about regulatory developments in Australia, fraud & corruption risks and offers advice to businesses on how to mitigate those r...

Unleash the power of whistleblowers in war on fraud

8 May 2017
Rather than putting a black mark against them, Australian firms should recognise the power of whistleblowers as an early warning system in the fight against fraud and corruption. The commonly held misconception that there’s no place within a company’s culture for those with the temerity to inform management on the misconduct of their peers, ...

Fraud and corruption prevention for SMEs

8 November 2016
Stopping your company from being a target for fraud and corruption While it may not make the daily headlines like armed robbery, the white-collar crime of fraud, according to an Australian Institute of Criminology (AIC) report, is costing companies a whopping $6 billion-plus annually. AIC data also reveals t...

How to combat the growing threat of foreign bribery and corruption

8 November 2016
What is best practice and where do Australian companies currently rate? Whether it’s the FIFA cash-for-votes fiasco, Unaoil the Monaco-based company at the centre of a global oil scandal or the infamous Panama Papers which implicated scores of politicians and business figures in a labyrinth of murky corporate dealings, the proble...

Culture is key to mitigating fraud, bribery and corruption risk

8 July 2016
Given that staff tends to take its cue from what management does, rather than what it says, companies that encourage questionable workplace practises from the top down, can end up being their own worst enemies by becoming victims and sometimes unwitting perpetrators of internal fraud, bribery and corruption. The larger the company, the more ...

Ultranet Operation Dunham

31 March 2016
RSM’s Fraud and Forensic Services’ Roger Darvall-Stevens and Probity Adviser Michael Shatter share their thoughts on the public examinations of Operation Dunham, Victoria’s Independent Broad-based Anti-Corruption Commission’s (IBAC) investigation into the Department of Education and Training’s $180 million Ultranet project. The examinatio...

C-Suite's dirty little fraud secret

25 August 2015
Fraud by CEOs, CFOs and others in the ‘C-suite’ is a dirty little secret which is rarely discussed but happens with disturbing regularity. It is one of those once in a lifetime events that seem to happen regularly! The great majority of our business leaders do the right thing and have ethics and integrity beyond reproach. Their qualification...

Government entities: corruption risk management and an integrity framework

15 July 2015
Government (at the Commonwealth, state or territory, local levels with municipal councils, and agencies and other government entities) has been leading the way in mitigating the risks of fraud, bribery, corruption and improper conduct. This is often in terms of breaches of public sector values or public sector codes of conduct or ethics. Priv...
Events

2015 ACFE Asia-Pacific Fraud Conference

4-6 November 2015
The annual ACFE Asia-Pacific Fraud Conference returns to Singapore on 4 - 6 November 2015. RSM Partner and Head of Fraud & Forensic Services, Roger Darvall-Stevens, will be presenting on 'C-Suites Dirty Little Fraud Secrets'. For more information on this event, please click here to visit the event page. ...

Fraud, bribery, corruption control: Essentials for Company Directors webinar

Thursday, 21 January 2016, 12.00pm - 1.00pm
Roger Darvall-Stevens, National Head of Fraud & Forensic Services will be leading a webinar with the Australian Institute of Company Directors (AICD) fraud, bribery and corruption control for Company Directors. This webinar will cover - Fraud, bribery and corruption – and what directors need to know Who really owns fraud in you...

Building a robust fraud and corruption control framework - SOPAC Conference 2016

Wednesday, 9 March 2016
Roger Darvall- Stevens, National Head of Fraud and Forensic Services will be presenting at the SOPAC Conference 2016 in Brisbane on 'Building a robust fraud and corruption control framework'. The conference runs from Sunday, 6 March to Wednesday, 9 March 2016. Attendees to this session will - Provide an overview of the current fra...

RSM - Exclusive ACFE Authorised Trainer for the CFE Exam Review Course for Australia | Melbourne, Sydney, Canberra

Melbourne - 24-27 March 2020, Sydney - 21-24 July 2020, Canberra - 13-16 October 2020
Master the skills and knowledge you need to pass the CFE exam in 2020 RSM Australia has an ongoing agreement with the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners (ACFE) as the exclusive ACFE Authorised Trainer for the CFE Exam Review Course for Australia. Since a hugely successful partnership began in 2016, RSM Australia’s Fraud & Foren...

NSW Business Chamber CEO forum

Thursday, 17th March 2016
Fraud, bribery and corruption control: CEO 'must knows' Fraud, bribery and corruption what is all the fuss about? It is estimated that the typical organisation loses 5% of its revenue annually to fraud and 77% of fraud are committed by individuals in 1 of 7 business functions: accounting, operations, sales, executive/upper, management, c...

Highlights from a Global Fraud Conference and Current Trends Event

Melbourne - Tuesday 31 July & Sydney - Thursday 2 August 2018 | 7:30am - 9:00am (Registrations from 7:30am)
Fresh from the ACFE 29th Global Fraud Conference, Roger Darvell-Stevens from RSM’s Fraud & Forensic Services team will tell you everything you need to know.  Roger has extracted key trends and techniques from the conference content along with highlights of local Australian trends and developments featured in recent RSM anti-f...

The complete fraud and forensic update | BRISBANE

Thursday, 18 October 2018 | 12:00pm-2:00pm
Keep up to date on the latest trends in fraud, bribery, corruption and risk mitigation You are invited to share in a light lunch where we will discuss the latest insights to assist you and your organisations. You will be given the opportunity to network with your peers in other organisations who are fighting fraud and corruption. Highli...