What's New

New resources have been added, including a link to "Fraud of the Day," presented by LexisNexis (dedicated to the prevention and detection of government fraud) and the ACFE's new "Designing an Effective Anti-Fraud Training Program." Don't miss the full list of Fraud Week resources here.


2013 Fraud Week Highlights

Here is just a sampling of some supporter activites during Fraud Week this year:

For the second year in a row, Nebraska Governor Dave Heineman joined the ACFE Heartland Chapter in declaring Nov 3-10 International Fraud Awareness Week in Nebraska.

PwC Cyprus, in collaboration with the Cyprus Police, for the first time hosted a conference focusing on the prevention and fight against economic crime. The even included a particular focus on cybercrime.

Exactech Forensics, LLC, in Provo hosted a luncheon with the ACFE Utah Chapter to share ideas with delegates on strategies to prevent and detect fraud.

In France, BNP Paribas hosted online training and a conference to support anti-fraud initiatives.

Canon China, a new supporter this year, promoted fraud awareness and compliance to its employees through its company-wide newsletter.

Georgia Southern University’s Center for Forensic Studies in Accounting and Business distributed anti-fraud information across campus, covering subjects including identity theft and investment scams.

The ACFE Greece Chapter hosted its Fraud Prevention Forum 2013 on Nov. 5, where they welcomed ACFE President and CEO James D. Ratley, CFE, as a keynote speaker. Ratley also spoke on fraud indicators for compliance professionals at the Compliance Summit Asia in Hong Kong, Nov. 7.

Pennsylvania’s Carlow University promoted fraud awareness in all accounting courses during Fraud Week, and informed students about its undergraduate degree in Forensic Accounting and Master of Science Degree in Fraud and Forensics.

For the second year in a row, more than 100 attended the seminar “Targeting Fraud – Safeguarding Integrity,” a collaboration between Franklin University, National White Collar Crime Center, Ohio Ethics Commission, Ohio Inspector General and Ohio Investigators Association on Nov. 6-7.


2012 Fraud Week Highlights

Thomson-Reuters has provided several white papers for download free of charge, covering subjects including healthcare fraud, government fraud and money laundering. Read more at their blog, "The Knowledge Effect." Thomson-Reuters is also giving away three free ACFE memberships on Twitter in honor of Fraud Week, and hosted a money laundering webinar on Monday.

Franklin University, National White Collar Crime Center, Ohio Ethics Commission, Ohio Inspector General, and Ohio Investigators Association collaborated to present a two-day training conference: Targeting Fraud – Safeguarding Integrity (see photo above). The inaugural conference attracted over 100 attendees and is slated to be held again next year.

Conference committee members pictured from left: Julie Korte, Ohio Ethics Commission; Randall Meyer, Ohio Inspector General; Phillip Pishitelli, Office of the Ohio Inspector General; Edward Waters, President of the Ohio Investigators Association; Susan Willeke, Ohio Ethics Commission; Faith Ottavi, Ohio Investigators Association; & Dr. Thomas Hrubec, Franklin University. Not pictured: James Foley & Kim Williams of the National White Collar Crime Center and Dr. Karen Miner-Romanoff of Franklin University.

Fraud of the Day (presented by LexisNexis) hosted a liver Twitter chat with tips on preventing ID theft and other fraud.

Cynthia Hetherington provides Tips on Minimizing the Impact of Fraud: five steps businesses can take today to prevent fraud in the workplace.

Anti-fraud consultant Bob Hurt presented a free webinar, "Fraud Prevention for Small Business," on Thursday, Nov. 15.

The ACFE has posted a two-part Fraud Talk podcast created especially for Fraud Week: an in-depth look at the Report to the Nations on Occupational Fraud and Abuse.

The following are some of the highlights from ACFE chapters who participated in Fraud Week:


Governor Governor Gary R. Herbert declared Nov 11-17, 2012 International Fraud Awareness Week in Utah. The ACFE- Utah Chapter and Exactech Forensics LLC held a special Luncheon meeting to celebrate the declaration and announce the beginnning of International Fraud Awareness Week.


Governor Dave Heineman signed a proclamation declaring Nov. 11-17 International Fraud Awareness Week in Nebraska:

Pictured from left: Tom Spain, CFE (Heartland ACFE Member, BCBSNE – Special Investigations Manager), Charles Starr
(NE Insurance Frauds Bureau -- Bureau Chief), Rachel Milligan (Heartland ACFE Secretary, BCBSNE – Special Investigator), Patricia Carter (Heartland ACFE Member, Douglas County Treasurers Office), Governor Dave Heineman (Nebraska), Susan Rainey Biler (Heartland ACFE Board Member, BCBSNE – Special Investigations Administrator), Kimberly Butler (Heartland ACFE President, Boystown - Internal Audit), Eric Rodriguez (Heartland ACFE Vice President, Nelnet – Enterprise Risk Manager).

South Africa
The chapter used Fraud Week to encourage business leaders and employees to proactively take steps to reduce the impact of fraud by promoting anti-fraud awareness and education. Organizations such as JGL Forensics, PWC, the Department of National Treasury, regional Provincial Treasury departments, ABSA Bank, FNB, Vodacom and the University of the Free State Business School all collaborated with the chapter to hold events in several South African cities.

As one of the newest ACFE chapters, the Tanzania chapter held an event promoting fraud awareness training and education. Read the press release.

The Houston chapter recognized Fraud Week by featuring the Honorable Judge Gregg Costa at a luncheon meeting. Costa compared the fraud schemes of Charles Ponzi and Allen Sanford. The event drew more than 100 attendees.

The chapter took advantage of Fraud Week to hold training sessions on topics such as: Fraud-Related Provisions of the New Cyber Crime Law; Implementing an Effective Anonymous Hotline; Digital Forensics; and Interviewing Tips.

Chapter board member Joe Collins, CFE, spoke to the Cedar Park Chamber of Commerce on steps businesses can take to prevent fraud losses.

The Brisbane chapter joined forces with local organizations to host a luncheon promoting Fraud Week. The meeting gave attendees insight into emerging issues and current trends in fraud. See what the Brisbane chapter did.

Chapter leaders provided free presentations to interested organizations in their effort to spread fraud awareness.


Fraud Week in the News

The latest in Fraud Week coverage in the media:


The following is just a sampling of media coverage from last year's International Fraud Awareness Week:

Late night talk show hosts seem to love International Fraud Awareness Week. In 2010, it was Jay Leno who mentioned Fraud Week in his monologue. And last year, Jimmy Fallon said: "You guys, next week is International Fraud Awareness Week... I fooled you, it's actually this week." Maybe he should let us write the joke next year! But in all seriousness, it is great that people are taking notice of this critical awareness campaign.

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