"Our lodestar must be the truth. At every stage and in crafting each investigative step, we must be guided by facts rather than theories or biases. Justice is done not only when we convict the guilty but when we exonerate the innocent," said Lisa Osofsky, Director of the U.K. Serious Fraud Office, in her acceptance speech for the Cressey Award at the 30th Annual ACFE Global Fraud Conference.Read More
The 30th Annual ACFE Global Fraud Conference kicked off in Austin, Texas, on June 24 with the presentation of the colors, a bagpipe procession and ACFE members from 65 countries bearing their nations’ flags.Read More
“The moral here is that we get to where we are by doing all we can. Not in a straight line and not by finishing exactly where we started ... I had a flair for fraud examination and that’s where I found my calling. Not only was the work interesting and challenging, but I was doing something to help make the world a better place,” said Dr. Joseph T. Wells, CFE, CPA, ACFE founder and Chairman, during the Monday Opening Session as he accepted the ACFE Hall of Fame Award.Read More
“I thought the general session was really encouraging and informative. Especially because as a fraud professional you feel alone sometimes. And being in that session reminded me that I was amongst my peers, and what I’m doing is right and sometimes we might not get the right outcome, but just to continue the path.” – Chrisoula Koutoulas, CFE, Director of Compliance, Kaiser PermanenteRead More
Organizations continue to operate under a cybercrime misconception about their customers, and it’s costing them a lot of money, said cybersecurity expert Theresa Payton, the Monday luncheon keynote speaker. “The conventional wisdom [in cybercrime and fraud] is that ‘humans are the weakest link … That’s why we have security problems.’ I want to change that conversation now.
“I used to feel that way when I was in the financial services industry,” she said. “I’d say, ‘I wish we could just train our customers on the little bit of what I know. My job would be safer and easier to do, and we’d all be happier.’ We’ve been talking this way for decades. We keep asking ourselves, ‘Why do people click on links? Why do people open attachments? … Why do people make these mistakes?’Read More
“I hope you are not one of those people who think Africa is a country. Africa is a continent.” Attendees of the session titled “Cultural Orientation and Whistleblowing in Africa,” led by Rabiu Olowa, CFE, got a good chuckle out of this opening statement. During his session, Olowa shared a few factors that influence and affect whistleblowing culture in Africa. Before going into the factors, though, Olowa made sure attendees understood a few basic things about Africa itself and about his background.Read More
In their breakout session at the 30th Annual ACFE Global Fraud Conference, Vince Walden, partner, Jonathan Feig, partner, and Arpit Bothra, senior manager, all from the Forensic and Integrity Services unit at EY, laid out a roadmap for effectively measuring integrity within an organization. Feig emphasized at the beginning that this is a difficult task and it isn’t perfect, but he said, “we can’t let perfection get in the way of progress.”Read More