Fraud EDge

A front-line perspective on European anti-fraud training at the IACA

During the 13th United Nations Congress on Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice in 2015, heads of states and governments, ministers and representatives of U.N. member states once again acknowledged education as the essential component in preventing and countering crime in all its forms and manifestations.

In my November/December 2017 column I wrote that I’d like to share ideas on anti-fraud trainings and related issues to bring together practitioners, academics and students from around the world. Here I’ll focus on anti-fraud training needs in Europe. The International Anti-Corruption Academy (IACA) in Laxenburg, Austria, was formed to overcome shortcomings in anti-fraud knowledge and practice.

Practicing professionals needs of anti-fraud training

To ensure that what’s taught in higher education matches the needs and experiences of fraud examiners on the front lines, we in the anti-fraud education community need to hear from practicing professionals. Martin Kreutner, dean and executive secretary of IACA (see photo below), was kind enough to recently give me some insights on training for combating fraud. (Ethisphere Institute, a Scottsdale, Arizona-based organization that measures corporate ethics standards named Kreutner in 2017 as one of the “100 Most Influential People in Business Ethics” for his efforts in combating corruption.)


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