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Lynda Schwartz

Director of Forensic Curriculum
University of Massachusetts Amherst

Lynda Schwartz is an experienced fraud investigation and forensic accounting expert. She is a Certified Public Accountant and holds the Certified in Financial Forensics (CFF), Certified Fraud Examiner and Chartered Global Management Accountant credentials. She provides investigation, expert witness and litigation consulting services in matters involving account reconstruction, allegations of embezzlement, lost profits, bankruptcy and business solvency and financial accounting matters. She has testified in state, federal and arbitration settings. She also adjudicates business disputes as an independent arbitrator.

In 2012, Lynda established her own forensic accounting practice. Previously, she was a partner with Ernst & Young's Fraud Investigation and Dispute Services group. In her 26-year career with Ernst & Young, she led complex, high-profile fraud and regulatory compliance investigations and litigation support engagements. She brought forensic accounting expertise to audit engagements, including those with high audit risk and those involving whistleblower and fraud allegations.

Lynda directs the Forensic Accounting curriculum at the Isenberg School of Management at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, where she teaches courses in forensic accounting and fraud examination.

Lynda serves as the Chair of the AICPA's CFF Credential Committee and the Vice Chair-of its Joint Trial Board. Lynda was a contributing author to the AICPA's 2020 publication Understanding the Forensic Technology Landscape. She served on the Fraud Risk Management Advisory Panel for the COSO's 2017 Fraud Risk Management Guide.