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Ms. Van C. Khang

Contracting Forensic Accountant

Berman DeValerio

HQ Phone: (617) 542-8300

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Berman DeValerio

One Liberty Square

Boston, Massachusetts 02109

United States

Company Description

Arbitration Claims Against UBS Financial Services Seek Monetary Recovery, Berman DeValerio Announces An investor lost nearly $1.3 million when UBS Financial Services, Inc., a subsidiary of UBS AG (NYSE: UBS) (collectively, "UBS"), lowered the val ... more

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Employment History

Manager In the Global Investigations and Dispute Advisory Services Group

Ernst & Young LLP

Director, Forensic Accounting

Forensic Risk Alliance


Khang Advisory

American Institute of Certified Public Accountants Inc

Association of Certified Fraud Examiners Inc

Dispute Advisory Services Group

Global Investigations



Accounting and Finance

University of Massachusetts


Molecular Biology

University of Connecticut

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Van C. Khang

Van Khang is the founder of Khang Advisory LLC and affiliated with Marathon Advisory LLC. Ms. Khang is an expert on US GAAP and specializes in complex forensic accounting investigations. Her work has taken her all over the world where she was responsible for uncovering accounting fraud such as asset misappropriation and corporate earnings mismanagement. Her experience includes investigations related to earnings manipulation, fraudulent conveyance and accounting recertification. She has also provided consulting to companies during SEC inquiries.
Prior to founding Khang Advisory LLC, Van served as the internal accounting expert for the law firm of Berman DeValerio, with a focus on securities litigation. She was also a member of the Global Investigations and Dispute Advisory Services Group at Ernst & Young and an auditor in Ernst & Young's Assurance and Advisory Group. Van is fluent in Vietnamese.

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Van Khang Attorneys & Professional Staff - Professionals - Professional Staff - Van Khang | Berman DeValerio Berman DeValerio

Van C. Khang has worked on numerous cases that have resulted in significant client recoveries. Her experience with forensic work provides the firm's attorneys with insights as to how corporations are able to manipulate earnings. Ms. Khang participates in firm cases from beginning to end, assisting attorneys with case recommendations, complaints and depositions and preparing technical accounting presentations to aid in document reviews, among other duties.
Prior to her arrival at Berman DeValerio in 2004, Ms. Khang worked as a manager in the Global Investigations and Dispute Advisory Services Group for the accounting firm of Ernst & Young and, previously, as a senior consultant and staff auditor. At E&Y, she was involved with forensic accounting work, including restatement issues due to fraud and recertification of financial statements. Her work took her across the globe due to the nature of her client's holdings.
Ms. Khang is a Certified Public Accountant in Massachusetts, and a Certified Fraud Examiner. She has also trained as an expert witness with fellow forensic accountants with the FBI in the white collar crime division.

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Van Khang Attorneys & Professional Staff - Professionals - Professional Staff | Berman DeValerio Berman DeValerio

Forensic Accounting Team Mines Company Documents For Corporate Scandal Clues [cached]

Lucky, then, that Van Khang and Robert Francis thrive on minutiae.

Francis joined in 2003, followed by Khang a year later.
Khang and Francis spent much of their careers at Big Four firms - Francis with KPMG and what is now PricewaterhouseCoopers, Khang with Ernst & Young.
Khang and Francis spent much of their careers at Big Four firms - Francis with KPMG and what is now PricewaterhouseCoopers, Khang with Ernst & Young.
"We rely on Bob and Van in all phases of a case's development. They consistently impress us with their abilities to decipher the numbers and pinpoint what is often a critical element of any given fraud."
In the earliest stages of a potential securities lawsuit, the accountants help the attorneys evaluate the merits of a case. When a company restates earnings - frequently an indicator of fraud - the accountants will review corporate financials to gauge whether it was a simple mistake, a case of book-cookery or something in-between.
"We can usually tell very quickly," Khang said.
Khang is particularly suited to these efforts. At Berman DeValerio, she searches for buried bodies, an extension of what she did at Ernst & Young. In that job, Khang was part of a team of forensic accountants hired by corporate defense attorneys. Their mission: finding problems and correcting the books at companies where fraud occurred.
"I used to work for defendant companies to find the fraud," she said. "I would sit down with defense counsel and say, 'This is how we need to package this to the market.' I've seen all the frauds and how they can be hidden."
For example, she said, fraudulent record keeping at a company might be packaged to Wall Street as a "breakdown of internal controls."
"The problem with the industry is that many CEOs and CFOs were CPAs from Big Four firms, so they know how to hide things from auditors," Khang said. "A first-year auditor would never catch many of the tricks because they lack the experience necessary to understand the impact to the bottom line. The company executives are much more knowledgeable and able to pull the wool over the eyes of the inexperienced staff auditors."
Adding to the systemic problem is the fact that more experienced auditors spend very little time training and monitoring their inexperienced counterparts. This lack of guidance and oversight helps to enable fraudsters, Khang said.
"If you're not trained, you're going to miss a document that's really hot and could make the case," Khang said.
At E&Y, Khang saw it all, so she wasn't surprised by the fraud cases she has explored since joining Berman DeValerio.


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