Career-forming annual conference

Student associate members share ACFE Global Fraud Conference experiences

By Edited by Colin May, M.S., CFE

Starting out: For new and budding fraud examiners


As many of us prepare for the 25th Annual ACFE Global Fraud Conference, June 15-20, in San Antonio, Texas, let's hear from ACFE student associate members who enjoyed last year's conference. Those featured here are undergraduate and graduate students at Fort Hays State University in Hays, Kan. They're all members of the ACFE student chapter at the university and have taken courses taught by Jessica Heronemus, an instructor of accounting.

Trisha Goetz, president of the Fort Hays State University ACFE student chapter, MBA student

The ACFE Global Fraud Conference was an incredible opportunity for any individual to attend, but receiving this opportunity as a student was beyond belief. The conference is an eye-opening experience as a student to see the professional networks, information and support that fraud fighters have access to. It is also a great opportunity for students to network with professionals and ask questions specifically related to entering the fraud examination profession. It has given me a greater desire to obtain a CFE credential.

My favorite session was "Exploiting Internet and Social Network Intelligence to Enhance Investigations," taught by Cynthia Navarro. I found it really interesting to see how social networking sites can so easily connect individuals through pictures, friends and common interests.

I also found many of the keynote speakers extremely interesting to listen to. They had great advice and intriguing stories. Enron was one of the major cases we studied in our fraud examination class. So, I found keynote speaker Andrew Fastow, Enron's former chief financial officer, to be fascinating because he was a direct link to what we learned. Also, many of the keynote speakers brought (Donald) Cressey's Fraud Triangle into focus for me.

Emily Ringleman, senior

I had a lot of fun at the conference! I found it all very interesting, and it just got me more excited to graduate and move into a fraud career.

I got a lot of out of the session, "Knowing What You Don't Know About the CFE Exam," taught by ACFE Vice President of Education John Gill, J.D., CFE, and CFE Exam Coach Angela Archie, CFE. It was helpful to learn how the exam works. I also really enjoyed the sessions where they talked about case studies or actual fraud cases they had completed. It was great to learn more about how fraud detection starts and the different red flags other professionals have seen.

The keynote sessions, which were interesting and full of information, helped put everything I have been learning in classes into perspective.

Before attending the conference I knew I wanted to do something related to fraud, but now I am even more excited about this profession. I can't wait to graduate and get a job fighting fraud.


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