Real-Life Accountant Sought by Media for Perspectives on “The Accountant” Movie

Ernie CooperNOVEMBER 9, 2016 (GLENDORA, CA) – Ernie Cooper, CPA/CFF, CFE, JD, a partner at Vicenti, CPAs in Glendora, has recently received regional and national attention for his expertise in forensic accounting and sought-after insights on the Ben Affleck movie “The Accountant.”

A feature article on Cooper’s take on “The Accountant” was recently published in The Wrap, “Does Ben Affleck’s ‘The Accountant’ Add Up With Real Accountants?”, in which Cooper said “It was very realistic when he came in and went to the conference room and he gets all those boxes,” said Cooper, who used to look at fraud at the FBI and now examines corporate clients’ books. “You get called in, ‘Hey, here’s all these boxes, go back X number of years and figure this thing out.’” Another article in Forbes, “Real Accountants Spill the Beans on Hollywood’s “The Accountant’”, pointed out that Cooper’s firm, Vicenti, hosted a staff group screening of the movie when it launched. Cooper even feels that “The Accountant” will bolster efforts to recruit CPAs. “We bring in a lot of brand new college graduates [for recruiting], and I go around and talk to colleges about different careers as an accountant,” Cooper said. “This is kind of a little bit more of a cool factor; these kinds of things can only be good.” Cooper has also been featured in the Los Angeles Business Journal for his forensic accounting expertise and has been involved in many high-profile fraud cases in the news, in particular those involving educational institutions.

Cooper, a former 20-year FBI special agent, is a member of the Society of Former Special Agents of the FBI. In addition to being a licensed Certified Public Accountant, he a Certified Fraud Examiner, and is licensed to practice law in California. He earned his J.D. from Western State University, College of Law, and B.A. in Accounting from California State University, Fullerton. His other professional memberships include: Association of Certified Fraud Examiners, Board of Directors OC Chapter; American Institute of Certified Public Accountants; California Society of Certified Public Accountants; State Bar of California; and Los Angeles County Bar Association.

About Vicenti: Vicenti, Lloyd & Stutzman LLP is a full service accounting and business consulting firm with offices in Glendora and Los Angeles. With about 70 employees, Vicenti is considered by the California Society of CPAs as one of the top 50 firms in California and by the AICPA as one of the top 400 firms nationwide. Vicenti was recently selected as one of the “Best Places to Work” for 2015 by the Los Angeles Business Journal. For over 60 years, Vicenti has worked with individuals and companies throughout California to provide tax, accounting, audit, fraud investigation and business consulting services. Business clients include manufacturing, distribution, escrow and title, construction contractors, and professional services. Governmental institutions served include community colleges, local education agencies, joint power authorities, and special districts. Vicenti also serves a wide range of not-for-profit entities, including foundations, charter schools, private colleges and universities, private K-12 schools, continuing care retirement communities, social services, and trade associations. For more information, call (626) 857-7300 or visit www.vicenticpas.com.

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