Latin America is an exotic and extensive land — full of social and political diversities. Yet, just like anywhere else, it struggles with fraud and corruption. “The Spaniards and Portuguese came to this region to conquer and take away gold and precious metal; in many ways, the culture of Latin America is still the same today,” explained Fernando Cevallos, CFE, LSS, director at PwC in Mexico City, Mexico, today in his breakout session.Read More
“Stacy Keach. I enjoyed earing about his interaction with the show and how it taught him so much about fraud.” — Jessica Storey, Oklahoma Baptist University, ACFE Conference scholarship winner
As narrator of CNBC’s “American Greed,” actor Stacy Keach said that his show “has … given me an insight into the machinations of the lengths that people will go to, what they are willing to risk, in order to make easy money — more and more money." With the aid of clips from the TV show, Keach described the crimes of extravagant fraudsters.Read More
“I spent my entire life in the company of criminals,” said Chris Mathers, the Tuesday morning General Session speaker. “Two things I learned: People do not steal your money to save it. And … people typically do not resort to criminality late in life. It’s not like taking up golf. It’s something you do from the very beginning.Read More
Cynthia Navarro began her Tuesday afternoon session with the preface, “This is going to be work-related and personal. You will be able to use these tools in every part of your life.” She was referring to her session detailing how anti-fraud professionals can use information found on the Internet to find out more than you ever wanted to know about a person in question.Read More
“No man has a good enough memory to make a successful liar.” So said Abraham Lincoln – in a quote shared by Ed Stolle, CFE, CPA, CGFM, during his session “Forensic Interviewing: Techniques to Detect Deception for Auditors, Examiners and Investigators.”
We know technology is a double-edged sword. It helps us catch fraudsters but then they use it to perpetrate ever-more-complex frauds. Christopher Rosetti, CFE, CPA, told attendees how to tip the scales in their favor in his Tuesday breakout session, “Cutting Edge Tips in Today’s World of Fraud.” Rosetti is Partner-Fraud Investigations with BST.