Certified Public Accountant and Partner at Conway, Deuth & Schmiesing, PLLP (CDS), Paul A. Harvego, has been awarded the Certified Fraud Examiners (CFE) designation. A CFE is a leader in the anti-fraud community, noted as a specialist in the prevention and deterrence of fraud. They represent the highest standards held by the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners (ACFE) and possess expertise in all aspects of the anti-fraud profession. In order to become a CFE, Paul has met a stringent set of criteria and passed a rigorous exam administered by the ACFE. He has also successfully met the ACFE’s character, experience, and education requirements for the CFE credential, and has demonstrated knowledge in four areas critical to the fight against fraud: Fraudulent Financial Transactions, Criminology & Ethics, Legal Elements of Fraud and Fraud Investigation. CFEs have the ability to identify an organization’s vulnerability to fraud and advise on improving fraud prevention and deterrence measures. CFEs are trained to see the warning signs and red flags that indicate not just actual fraud, but fraud risk – potentially saving organizations thousands of dollars in losses through prevention and detection before it’s too late.

Paul has over 30 years of public accounting and auditing experience. He attended Alexandria Technical School, then joined the accounting firm of Gruys, Johnson and Associates. In October of 1988, Paul accepted a position with Fawcett, Young & Associates, Ltd. in Litchfield, MN. He received his CPA certificate in January 1989 and became a Principal with Fawcett, Young & Associates Ltd. in October of 1989. Paul received the Certificate of Educational Achievement in government accounting and auditing in 1990. When Fawcett, Young and Associates merged with CDS in August of 2003, he became a Partner. Paul’s primary focus is on governmental and non-profit auditing.

Paul is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA), the Minnesota Society of Certified Public Accountants (MNCPA) and the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners (ACFE). In addition, he has been involved in Litchfield Rotary (past President), Litchfield Youth Hockey, Litchfield Chamber of Commerce, Litchfield Watercade and Litchfield Community Drive.

Paul and his wife, Deanna, reside in Litchfield, MN.