‘United in the Fight’

Global Fraud Examiners Reconnect at 21st Annual ACFE Fraud Conference and Exhibition

By Dick Carozza



ACFE members send and receive thousands of e-mails. Many are also LinkedIn or friends on Facebook. Some blog or tweet. “But nothing replaces one-to-one, face-to-face communication,” said a participant at the 21st Annual ACFE Fraud Conference and Exhibition, July 25-30.
Fraud examiners from more than 40 countries boarded planes and flew to Washington, D.C., to meet with their colleagues and learn from experts in more than 60 education sessions and panel discussions as they remained “United in the Fight.” No e-messages can replace that.  


During the opening general session, ACFE President James D. Ratley, CFE, said the future of the ACFE is bright.

“We now have members in 140 nations, and within the next year we will surpass 60,000 members,” he said. “But there is much in store for you. More sophisticated and cutting-edge training. More and better research into the causational factors of fraud. More and better benefits that will help you in our sole mission: to detect and deter fraud, in all its forms.”

ACFE founder and Chairman Dr. Joseph T. Wells, CFE, CPA, said now that he no longer is in charge of daily ACFE operations, he has three pet projects: the Anti-Fraud Education Partnership, the Law Enforcement Partnership, and the Institute for Fraud Prevention.

“Seven years ago, there were exactly 19 colleges that offered anti-fraud classes for students,” Wells said. “Now there are nearly 400 and the number grows. That is because the ACFE has a policy of giving away educational resources – with no strings attached – to any institution of higher learning that will agree to offer fraud examination education. We’ve donated millions of dollars in resources toward this worthy goal and will continue to do so. Today’s students are tomorrow’s fraud examiners.”



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