Beyond storytelling

By James D. Ratley, CFE
jim-ratley-80x80   From the President and CEO

Why do we love a good story? Long before we learned to read, we enjoyed bedtime tales. And throughout our lives we never lose that desire to hear stories. 

I've been known to tell some yarns when I teach at ACFE events. I do it to break the ice but, more importantly, to educate. What I tell you may not register in your brain, but what I show you — through a case history — could live with you forever. 

That's why we've dedicated much of this issue to case histories: not just war stories but meaty, practical examples of fraud that will help you do your job better. We try to infuse not just Fraud Magazine but all our products and training events with illustrations that punctuate fraud examination principles.

Possibly one of the more distinctive case studies of this century (so far) could be the preposterous crimes of Ponzi schemer Bernard Madoff. Diana Henriques, in our cover article, tells how she used Bernie's morality tale in her bestselling book, "The Wizard of Lies: Bernie Madoff and the Death of Trust," to teach some lessons.  

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