"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
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
When you think of leadership, what springs to mind? Is it authority? Confidence? Having a vision? Do you think leadership is something assigned to people? Or does it occur naturally? If you’re the leader of a team or department, you might want to stop thinking about your own thoughts and look outward.
“Everybody has their own definition of leadership,” said Bret Hood, retired FBI Special Agent and the director of 21st Century Learning & Consulting, in his Monday-morning session at the 30th Annual ACFE Global Fraud Conference. “Who’s definition most important? … The people you’re serving.”Read More
“The lesson in history in general and in corporate scandals specifically is that you can’t simply legislate a culture of integrity,” said Preet Bharara, the U.S Attorney for the Southern District of New York, during the Monday working lunch. “You cannot will it into existence by simply wishing for it, nor can you instill it in the workplace where even the best drafted compliance policy or the most thoughtful statutory regime or the best fraud examiners around.”
“While … [ACFE] members may not exactly be soul brothers and sisters of investigative reporters, we are at least first and second cousins,” said Allan Dodds Frank, one of the nation’s top business investigative correspondents, during the opening Monday session. “Over the years, I have been lucky enough to meet and work with many fraud investigators, and I can safely say we share some attributes, perhaps most notably that making money is far from our only motivation.”Read More