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Jim Colville, CPA, CFE, CFF  -  Profile

Jim Colville, CPA, CFE, CFF, based in San Diego, California, is your small business CPA servicing businesses and their owners. He performs many services including audits, reviews, accounting, tax, forensic and fraud solutions. forensic and fraud services This includes fraud investigations and fraud prevention consulting. He also extends his knowledge in fraud and forensic accounting the eldercare community providing Elder and Senior Financial Abuse services. Other sections of this website provide more detail on my services.

My experience began with a national CPA firm in Los Angeles on the audit staff as well as an assignment to the tax department as a part of the firm's fast track-to-partner career program. Many of the firm's audits discovered financial statement fraud resulting in massive restatements. Other "traditional frauds" were discovered. So early in my career I was exposed to many challenges that are the hot topics of today. Our small audit team within the office was labeled the fraud swat  team and was called upon to assist other audit teams in "messy" accounting or suspected fraud situtations.

Upon moving to San Diego in 1977 I worked with two large local CPA firms, and then formed my own firm. While my career started in audit I also obtained a tax specialty giving me vast knowledge and experience to better serve the traditional clients. The assignments with these firms and my own practice resulted in more fraud discovery; financial statement fraud, tax fraud, fraud in the sale of a business, and other related issues.

Upon selling most of the practice I began a PC training company in which I developed a strong background in technology. Using my CPA background, all training and consulting was done from a solutions point of view.

This business was sold and I began working with clients in all areas of business consulting, primarily with a technology emphasis. These services were based on my CPA background. As with the events earlier in my career I found that with more and more clients and situations fraud and fraud prevention became the focus of my practice. As the business began to grow I began to look to join with a large and reputable CPA firm where I would have available to me the resources of the firm.

This lead to two long term assignments culminating with managing large litigation support and expert witness projects with CBIZ (formerly Nation Smith Hermes Diamond) and its affiliate Mayer Hoffman & McCann P.C. These projects required an extensive background in audit, tax and technology in which I was well prepared.

Upon the successful completion of these projects I returned to the role of my own CPA practice. My vast background and experience ensures the best value for my clients and all those I serve.

A major part in successful projects is having a strong understanding of your business. This comes from my vast experience and my approach. This ensures that solutions are created, problems solved and your goals are met by the most efficient means available.

I have found, and I’m sure that you have experienced that, the larger the firm, the less interest in your needs and greater interest in increasing billings. A part of this approach is to have junior staff perform much of the work. When it comes to fraud and any other extremely challenging accounting assignments, I don't think that model works. Experience is what makes these assignments successful; lower fees, quicker completion of the task, client satisfaction and the correction of the underlying problem. My philosophy for traditional CPA services is to serve you in the best and most professional manner possible and to always exceed your expectations. I use this same philosophy when in comes to messy accounting situations, forensic and fraud services. This always results in more value received than fees incurred.

Many tools and techniques that I have developed in my career add tremendous value to my services. I share these with clients and the business community to help ensure the best solutions possible. I do this by making recommendations, teaching how to implement the recommendations as well as presenting training sessions and seminars to the public. Additionally, you will see much of this knowledge on this web site.

I assist my clients directly, one-on-one. Most of the work is performed myself to ensure not to dilute the value of my services with inexperienced staff. Of course, when appropriate, junior or clerical assistance is used. Where I cannot effectively help with your needs, I will refer you to a colleague who can.

My enjoyment is to work directly with you and see your success and to see problems corrected that allow you get back to the core of your business. I'm looking forward to be of service to you and to form a long lasting business relationship.


What do all these letters mean?


         CPA, Certified Public Accountant

         CFE, Certified Fraud Examiner

         CFF, Certified in Financial Forensics





Jim Colville's military experience.







Jim Colville, CPA, CFE, CFF is sole-proprietorship CPA firm owned by James M. Colville; located in San Diego, CA serving clients worldwide and is licensed by the California and Texas State Boards of Accountancy. Jim is a small business CPA serving client's accounting, forensic and fraud needs with a secondary speciality in elder financial abuse.

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