Air Force Enlists ACFE

By William J. Kresse, J.D., M.S., CFE, CPA
Fraud Edge

Higher-education fraud examination programs are finding novel partnerships as they train working and budding fraud examiners. For example, the U.S. Air Force has enlisted the services of Saint Xavier University and the Chicago Police Department to educate Air Force Office of Special Investigations (OSI) agents. This fall, special agents began enrolling in the Saint Xavier University Master's in Business Administration in Financial Fraud Examination and Management Program offered at the Chicago Police Academy.

As detailed in an earlier Fraud EDge column (July/August 2006), the Saint Xavier University (SXU) Graham School of Management developed a fraud examination MBA program in cooperation with the Chicago Police Department Financial Crimes Investigations Unit. (Initially offered only to members of law enforcement at the Chicago Police Academy, the program is now open to all interested students at the SXU Chicago campus.)
OSI is a field operating agency of the Air Force under the purview of the Air Force Inspector General with more than 200 worldwide units. Each provides a full range of criminal, fraud, and force protection services to the Air Force. OSI employs more than 2,500 people around the globe. More than 1,900 are credentialed special agents specializing in fraud investigations, forensic science, technical services, polygraph examination, computer crime, and foreign language and cultural studies.

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