As a certified public accountant
(CPA) and a certified fraud
examiner (CFE), Dawson
recognized the need for a single-
purposed company devoted to fraud prevention, detection, and education.  As a result, he established Dawson Forensic Group to combat small business fraud through forensic auditing, litigation support, accounting records reconstruction, internal control design consulting, and anti-fraud training services.  


The company has continued to expand in staff and levels of service due to the increasing need for small businesses to accomplish the necessary goals of establishing sound internal controls and developing effective anti-fraud programs.


DFG is devoted to the unique needs of the small business community. DFG continues to push for education and training of all levels of staff to deal with internal fraud.


DFG was founded by current
president Steve Dawson CPA, CFE
upon his early retirement from a
distinguished 26 year career as a
partner in one of the nations top
400 public accounting firms,
serving as a financial statement
auditor, forensic examiner, and
nationally-recognized public

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Our CFEs
Steve Dawson CPA, CFE



Jeff D Smith CFE

Senior Investigator


For over 35 years, Dawson has performed forensic investigations and related forensic services for various businesses and agencies, representing industries ranging from federal and state governmental agencies, to financial institutions, to non-profit organizations, and to a multitude of "mom and pop" type industry organizations.  He is a nationally recognized speaker in fraud detection, prevention, and internal control design methodologies.  He is a graduate of Texas Tech University with a Bachelors of Science degree in Accounting and holds a certified public accountant certificate in Texas and a certificate as a certified fraud examiner. 

Smith joined DFG in 2013 as an associate and became co-owner in 2020.  His current responsibilities include all aspects of the forensic service offerings of the Group, along with an additional focus on data forensics, research, technical writing, cyber investigation, and anti-fraud program education. He is a 2008 graduate of Southern Nazarene University.  He is a member of the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners and has a certificate as a certified fraud examiner.

Allie Nettles MAcc
Staff Analyst/Investigator

Nettles joined DFG in 2021 as a staff analyst/investigator. She completed her Master of Accountancy in May 2021 at Lubbock Christian University. While working towards her CPA license and CFE license, she is assisting DFG with internal fraud investigations, litigation support and consultation services.