29th Annual ACFE Global Fraud Conference Sessions Announced

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More than 3,000 anti-fraud professionals will gather in Las Vegas, Nevada, June 17-22, 2018, for the 29th Annual ACFE Global Fraud Conference to power up their network, boost their skills and recharge their careers. You can now customize your schedule by choosing from more than 100 educational sessions across 13 tracks. The wide range of topics touches on nearly every facet of occupational fraud — from contract fraud to cross-border investigations to the Paradise Papers — with sessions for all levels of experience. Here are a few highlights:

A Chilly Wind in Paradise

In a follow-up to the Panama Papers scandal beginning in 2015, a new leak broke in November 2017: the Paradise Papers. Jake Bernstein, a two-time Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and author, and David Weber, J.D., CFE, academic director at the University of Maryland, will discuss the details of the newest leak and how it will impact you.

How to Avoid Scandals and Establish a Culture of Integrity

Jordan Thomas, Esq., a partner at Labaton Sucharow, will examine how the whistleblower provisions in Dodd-Frank have created a dynamic "new normal" and curbed the serial wrongdoing on Wall Street.

Fraud and Character: The Psychology and Motivations of White-Collar Criminals

Just as behavioral analysts study serial killers to find their rationalizations, their weaknesses and their opportunities, fraud examiners can use the same methodology to understand why fraudsters risk everything for money. In this session, Michael Pocalyko, CFE, MPA, PI, CA, CEO of SI, and Michael Greelis, Ph.D., LPC, LMFT, a licensed professional counselor, will delve into the ethics and psychology of white-collar criminals using case studies and analysis of fraudsters’ character and motivations. They will address models of criminology, along with the roles that narcissism, sociopathy and greed play in fraud. The session will include excerpts from ACFE video interviews with Roomy Khan and Nathan Mueller, along with an interview of “Pharma Bro” Martin Shkreli — three convicted fraudsters who illustrate important clues to finding and preventing fraud.

Virtual Currencies: How They Operate and How Criminals Exploit Them

Virtual currencies like bitcoin exploded onto the market and aren't showing signs of slowing down yet. In this session, FBI Special Agent Milan R. Kosanovich will examine how virtual currencies operate, including an explanation of the blockchain, wallet addresses and darknet storefronts. It will also explore the case study of U.S. v. Mercedes, one of the first cases in the U.S. to charge a bitcoin exchanger with violations of 18 U.S. Code 1960.

The Art of Expanding Internet Searches Beyond Social Media

Keith Elliott, VP operations and business development at Reed Research, will go beyond using social media for investigation purposes in his session. He will explore other data resources that exist today. This session will discuss the often overlooked sites for when your investigation runs deep. Learn how to search sales sites like Craigslist or eBay. Identify alternate income activities through other service-based sites. Discover what multilevel marketing (MLM) sites are accessible and what information is available.

Visit FraudConference.com now to see the complete list of sessions and book your spot at the 29th Annual ACFE Global Fraud Conference. Early registration ends April 11.