Fighting the Root Causes of Corruption

Fighting the Root Causes of Corruption

“One in four people pay bribes for public services,” Gretta Fenner quoted (from the Global Corruption Barometer 2017) during her keynote address titled, “Fighting Corruption and Returning Stolen Assets: Global Challenges and How to Make at Least Some Inroads” at the 2019 ACFE Fraud Conference Europe last week. “We have 300 people here; that means 80 of you would have paid a bribe in a 12-month period.” 

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Keynote Speaker: Clare Rewcastle Brown

Keynote Speaker: Clare Rewcastle Brown

Although she lives in London, Clare Rewcastle Brown knows all too much about Las Vegas, Nevada. She’s not a professional poker player or an Elvis impersonator aficionado — for the past few years she has been reporting on the lavish parties thrown by a Malaysian financier using money earmarked for much-needed infrastructure in the southeastern Asian country.

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Finding Truth in the Darkness: Filmmaker Details Discovering Russian Doping Scandal

Finding Truth in the Darkness: Filmmaker Details Discovering Russian Doping Scandal

Grigory Rodchenkov is not your typical whistleblower. In fact, some would even argue he shouldn’t be called one. He does not fit the description of a sentinel and will most likely not be winning awards for his efforts like Michael Woodford at Olympus or Sherron Watkins at Enron. For years, he chose country over truth; self over truth; maybe even survival over truth. But, in the end, with the help of filmmaker and writer Bryan Fogel, he chose truth over all of those things and did something remarkable.

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Muddy Money: The Dirty Truth About Political Corruption

Muddy Money: The Dirty Truth About Political Corruption

Corrupt politicians are a common trope in society, but what's more uncommon is how to spot the red flags of shady dealings. In "Targeting the Proceeds of Political Corruption," Michael Schidlow, CFE, CAMS-Audit, head of financial crime risk training and emerging risk advisory at HSBC Bank, took attendees on a ride through the world of political corruption combining pop culture references with infamous real-world examples involving names like Gaddafi and Putin. 

Schidlow clearly conveyed the message that political corruption is a massive problem with a wide range of consequences that affect everyone in the world.

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Collaboration and Trust Key to Reporting on the Panama Papers

Collaboration and Trust Key to Reporting on the Panama Papers

Bastian Obermayer’s life changed a few years ago when he received more than 11 million documents from an anonymous source. The collection of documents would later be known as The Panama Papers.

Obermayer, deputy head of the investigative unit of the Munich-based Süddeutsche Zeitung, took attendees at the 2018 ACFE Fraud Conference Europe through the story of how more than 200 investigative journalists in 70 countries helped wade through the 2.6 TB of data he was given. In his address to the hundreds of fraud fighters in attendance, Obermayer stressed not only how large the undertaking was, but how important it was for the journalists to work together.

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Investigating Common Fraud Schemes in the Middle East

Investigating Common Fraud Schemes in the Middle East

In 2016, The Huffington Post and its Australian partner, Fairfax Media — led by reporters Richard Baker and Nick McKenzie — published the results of a months-long investigation of Unaoil, a firm that helped big multinational corporations win government contracts in areas of the world where corruption is common. The investigation spanned two continents and revealed that billions of dollars of government contracts were awarded as the direct result of bribes paid on behalf of firms including Rolls-Royce, Halliburton, Samsung and more.

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3 Countries, 3 Murders and 1 CFE's Determination to Speak for Those Who Can't Speak for Themselves

3 Countries, 3 Murders and 1 CFE's Determination to Speak for Those Who Can't Speak for Themselves

Jeff Filliter was working at a bank in Canada when he was flown to Mexico City to investigate the murder of a 41-year-old branch manager who was last seen entering the back seat of a black Jaguar after work a few days earlier. What Filliter, a CFE and investigator of more than 40 years, relayed to attendees at the 2017 ACFE Fraud Conference Canada in Toronto earlier this month was a story straight out of a Netflix series. The six-year, multijurisdictional fraud and money laundering investigation is also the subject of Filliter’s newly released book, The Shallowest of Men.

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