From The President

By James D. Ratley, CFE

Barry Webne's Web page depicts him as "an experienced corporate controller and respected authority on the detection and prevention of occupational fraud, employee theft and white-collar crime." It further states that Webne "currently trains, lectures to and consults with financial professionals across the United States." 

His Web page also includes a list of organizations, including local chapters of the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners, for whom he has made presentations. 

Webne is a self-proclaimed "authority on the detection and prevention of occupational fraud" because in 1995, he was convicted of embezzling more than $1 million. He was sentenced to 30 months in prison in 1997 but served only six months in a boot camp-style "intensive confinement center" in Pennsylvania. 

Over the last few years, Webne has contacted many of the Association's chapters and volunteered to speak at chapter functions. He has also written a book on detecting and preventing employee theft. 

Although Webne never spoke for the ACFE nationally, we did interview him in 2006. During the interview, he cried and spoke about how remorseful he was for his crime and how sorry he was for the pain he had put his family through. At that time, we had no way of knowing that Webne might have committed a second fraud.

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