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George Mason UniversitySchool of Business
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Jones, Keith

Academic Unit:Accounting
Position:Area Chair and Associate Professor, Accounting; Director of the Investor Protection and Corporate Fraud Research Center
Phone:703-993-4819
Office Location:Enterprise Hall 120A
Office Hours:By Appointment
Research Interests:
  • Fraud risk assessments
  • The theory of white-collar crime and its impact on auditors
  • Ethics
Education:
  • PhD - Accounting, University of Arizona
  • MA - Accounting, Brigham Young University
  • BA - Accounting, Brigham Young University
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Keith L. Jones graduated with a MA and BA in accounting from Brigham Young University and earned his doctorate from the University of Arizona.

Jones's research interests include fraudulent financial reporting, earnings management, fraud theory, and ethics. His papers have been presented at numerous conferences including conferences at the American Accounting Association (both national and sectional) and The Internal Symposium of Audit Research.

Jones has industry experience as an auditor with Deloitte & Touche.

Research and Awards:

Presented the paper titled, “How Big Data and Analytics Can Detect and Prevent Fraud” at the George Mason and IBM Symposium on Diverse Data Analytics Applications in Fairfax, Virginia.

Presented the paper titled, “Data-Driven Fraud Detection” at the Accenture Federal - Analytics and Big Data Committee in Fairfax, Virginia in 2014.

Presented the paper titled, “Using Nonfinancial Information to Assess Fraud Risk” at the Virginia Society of CPAs Continuing Professional Education in McLean, Virginia in 2015.

Published an article titled, “Improving Fraud Detection: Evaluating Auditors' Reactions to Abnormal Inconsistencies between Financial and Nonfinancial Measures” (with coauthors Joseph Brazel and Douglas Prawitt) in Behavioral Research in Accounting in 2014.  

Published an article titled, “Integrating Fraud Related Research into Accounting, Auditing, and Accounting Information Systems Curricula” (with coauthors Lynda Dennis, Steven Hornick, Richard Riley, and Greg Trompeter) in the Journal of Forensic Studies in Accounting and Business in 2014.

Received a teaching award from Beta Alpha Psi in 2013.

Published an article titled, “Comments by the Auditing Standards Committee of the Auditing Section of the American Accounting Association on the IAASB Proposal: Improving the Auditor's Report” in Current Issues in Auditing in 2013 (with coauthor Mikhail Pevzner).

Presented the paper titled “Nonfinancial Measures and Fraud Detection” at the National Credit Union Administration in Alexandria, Virginia in 2012. 

Had the presentation titled “Comments by the Auditing Standards Committee of the Auditing Section of the American Accounting Association on the IAASB Proposal Improving Auditor Report” published in the proceedings from the Current Issues in Auditing (with Ling Lisic, Mikhail Pevzner, Long Chen).

Presented the paper titled “The Impact of Office-Level vs. Firm-Level Auditors' Industry Expertise on Conservatism?” at the University of Kansas Accounting Workshop in Lawrence, Kansas and at the Brigham Young University Accounting Workshop in Provo, Utah.

Presented the paper titled “Nonfinancial Measures and Fraud Detection” at the Office of Chief Accountant at the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) the Conference on Fraud and the Financial Crisis, and at the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners Training in Washington, DC. 

Presented the paper at the Institute for Fraud Prevention in New York, NY and at the Grant Thornton Training in Alexandria, VA.

Presented the paper titled “Improving Fraud Detection: Evaluating Auditors' Reactions to Abnormal Inconsistencies between Financial and Nonfinancial Measures” at the AAA Annual Meeting in San Francisco, California. The presentation was also printed in the conference proceedings. 

Published an article titled, “The Game of Fraudulent Financial Reporting: Accounting for Ethics” in Advances in Public Interest Accounting.

Had the presentation titled “Improving Fraud Detection: Do Auditors React Appropriately to Abnormal Inconsistencies between Financial and Nonfinancial Measures” published in the proceedings from the 2010 American Accounting Association Auditing Section Mid-Year Conference.

Presented “Improving Fraud Detection: Do Auditors React Appropriately to Abnormal Inconsistencies between Financial and Nonfinancial Measures” at the Brigham Young University Accounting Research Symposium, the International Symposium on Audit Research, the Conference on Financial Reporting, Auditing and Governance at Lehigh University, the International Symposium on Audit Research in Singapore and the 2010 PCAOB Academic Conference.

Was awarded the Best Research Paper Award from the Conference on Financial Reporting, Auditing and Governance at Lehigh University. 

Presented the paper titled “The Impact of Office-Level vs. Firm-Level Auditors' Industry Expertise on Conservatism?'” at Michigan State University in East Lansing, Michigan.

Presented the paper titled “Using Nonfinancial Measures to Assess Fraud Risk” at the 2010 PCAOB Academic Conference in Washington, D.C.