A Ponzi Scheme is Just a Trusted Liar With a Bank Account

A Ponzi Scheme is Just a Trusted Liar With a Bank Account

Most people believe they could never fall victim to a Ponzi scheme. They assume they would be able to spot the fraud a mile away and be able to deflect it before they were in. As nice as it would be for that to be true, Diana Henriques, financial journalist and author of The Wizard of Lies warned conference attendees at the 2016 ACFE Fraud Conference Canada that Ponzi schemers can pull the wool over anyone’s eyes — even natural skeptics.

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Quebec’s New Whistleblower Program to Build Trust and Transparency with Canadian Investors

Quebec’s New Whistleblower Program to Build Trust and Transparency with Canadian Investors

In late June, Québec’s financial market regulator, the Autorité des marchés financiers (AMF), launched its very first whistleblower program. According to Jean-François Fortin, the AMF’s executive director of enforcement, the program’s focus is two-fold: to generate more tips and to generate better tips. Fortin will be speaking about the new program, as well a cooperative governance model the AMF created, at the upcoming 2016 ACFE Fraud Conference Canada next month in Montréal.

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All the Advantages of Life Didn’t Stop Roomy Khan From Crossing the Line

All the Advantages of Life Didn’t Stop Roomy Khan From Crossing the Line

“As a girl who grew up in India and came to the U.S. — I went to some of the top schools, worked for some of the best corporations, caught all the breaks that I wanted. … But I am responsible [for my fraud] and no one else,” Roomy Khan said. “The culpability is completely mine. I should have known better. Looking forward, I hope I can now be part of the solution.”

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Wall Street Judge: Cynicism Tempered by Fraud Examiners' Efforts

Wall Street Judge: Cynicism Tempered by Fraud Examiners' Efforts

Cressey Award recipient Judge Jed S. Rakoff said the real winners of the honor should be the members of the ACFE because they root out fraud to an unprecedented degree. “I wish I could say the same for the federal government,” he said during his Monday Opening Session address. “But I am regrettably, convincingly convinced that the federal government and the federal system of justice has somewhat retrogressed over the past couple of decades … in the prosecution of fraud … when it’s perpetrated by people at the highest levels of the financial establishment.”

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The War Against Herbalife: Pyramid Scheme or Multi-level Marketing Master?

The War Against Herbalife: Pyramid Scheme or Multi-level Marketing Master?

On Dec. 19, 2012, activist investor William Ackman publicly confirmed that he was “betting” against the stock of Herbalife because “the company operates like a pyramid scheme.” Ackman claimed in a 334-slide, three-hour presentation, “Herbalife is a pyramid scheme because, among other reasons, distributors earn more than 10 times as much from recruitment as they do by selling the company’s overpriced products to bona fide retail customers.” 

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