Unexpected Sources: A Friend of Journalists and Fraud Examiners Alike

Unexpected Sources: A Friend of Journalists and Fraud Examiners Alike

Fraud examiners might not always think of themselves as journalists, but there might be more overlap than you think. Both professions conduct interviews, they investigate documents, they write up their findings and, if they’re lucky, they can find unexpected breaks in cases or stories thanks to whistleblowers or unexpected sources. In her remarks to attendees at the 2018 ACFE Fraud Conference Asia-Pacific, veteran reporter Kate McClymont stressed the importance of those that come forward to blow the whistle.

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Sentinel Award Recipient Kathe Swanson Finally Receives Closure

Sentinel Award Recipient Kathe Swanson Finally Receives Closure

Closure. That’s all Kathe Swanson was looking for.

She was the city clerk of Dixon, Illinois, when in October 2011 she discovered some fishy bank statements that implicated longtime comptroller, Rita Crundwell, for embezzling from Dixon. The city fired Crundwell in April 2012. That didn’t give Swanson closure. After an FBI investigation, Crundwell was indicted for stealing $53.7 million from city coffers over two decades. No closure. Crundwell was convicted in February 2013 and sentenced to 19 years and seven months in federal prison. Still no closure.

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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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29th Annual ACFE Global Fraud Conference Sessions Announced

29th Annual ACFE Global Fraud Conference Sessions Announced

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 schedules 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:

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How to Execute and Measure Your Fraud Hotline

How to Execute and Measure Your Fraud Hotline

If you have a fraud hotline at your organization, who is your targeted user? A low-level employee who notices something wrong happening above them? A manager who reads emails about plans of possible collusion? An executive who oversees the bidding process? The answer is everyone, according to Waheed Alkahtani, CFE, CEPP-1, Sr. Auditor at Saudi Aramco.

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