I'm a CFE

Darcy Fitzhenry, CFE, Investigative analyst at the Royal Canadian Mounted Police

By Emily Primeaux; Photo by Philip Chin/AP Images

I'm a CFE

Darcy Fitzhenry, CFE, has a thirst for knowledge in the fight against fraud. As an investigative analyst at the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) and as a director of the ACFE Calgary chapter, Fitzhenry uses his background in financial services to aid his investigations.

My greatest achievement is a combination of smaller achievements — seeing a suspect plead guilty, identifying risk for a firm, attaining another professional designation or seeing my children attend university.

I enjoy working with the local ACFE Calgary chapter because we keep things informal and fun while maintaining the professionalism required of the Certified Fraud Examiner credential. I was recently elected one of seven directors. We work closely to manage the affairs of the chapter and to promote the ACFE and fraud prevention in general. We also arrange and organize guest speakers and training seminars that are beneficial to local CFEs and anti-fraud professionals.

Most of my time growing up in Calgary, Alberta, Canada — where I still live to this day — was spent freestyle skiing in the winters and playing tennis in the summers. I also enjoyed hiking, camping and hunting.

When I was young, I never gave much thought as to what I wanted to be when I grew up. In my teenage years, I gained a strong interest in computers and computer programming, but it wasn't until early adulthood that I was pulled into the excitement of the stock market. It was at my first job as a securities trader for a major Canadian bank more than 20 years ago that I realized the financial services industry was where I wanted to be. I've also worked as a financial advisor, a branch manager, a corporate finance manager and a compliance officer.

A friend I made during my time as a trader took a position with the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) in the Integrated Market Enforcement Team (IMET). IMET was looking for someone with a securities background to help investigate and provide advice on capital market offences, such as insider trading and market manipulation. I jumped at the opportunity to enhance my skills, develop new ones and use my background in financial services to work in criminal investigations.

The CFE credential immediately gives you credibility and great connections within the fraud-fighting community. I have been approached, and have approached, other CFEs with questions, discussions on current trends and topics that provide valuable insight. I believe the CFE credential helps me combat and prevent fraud.


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