“Terry ended up making an investment that turned out to be a scam and that really was our financial low. We ended up being swindled out of a couple of million dollars,” Heather Dubrow told Grow.
Heather alleged on her podcast “Heather Dubrow’s World” that the couple lost nearly $2 million after their accountant of over 20 years convinced the Dubrows to loan the money to a woman to invest in real estate. The Dubrows later discovered that the accountant wasn’t certified, they add.
The couple learned many valuable lessons from the experience, and there’s one that almost anyone can relate to: Do your research into whomever you’re trusting with your money.
Before selecting a CPA, “ask for a copy of their certification documents form the state,” says Howard Samuels, a certified public accountant at Samuels & Associates in Florham Park, New Jersey. “People can contact the State Board of Accountancy where the individual obtained his or her license.”
In order to get accurate information, “it is also important to know what state your CPA is certified in,” Samuels says.
“Each CPA has a registered license number with the state, and typically the state has a directory where they can search by first and last name to verify that the CPA exists and that their…