Four Agencies Join ACFE Law Enforcement Partnership Program

 ACFE News  

Four agencies recently recognized the Certified Fraud Examiner credential for hiring and promotional purposes through the ACFE's Law Enforcement Partnership program.

The city of Mount Vernon (N.Y.) Office of Inspector General; The Port Authority of NY and NJ; the Naval Criminal Investigative Service of the U.S. Department of the Navy; and the New York County District Attorney's Office now join several other entities in the program.

"The resources and training provided through the ACFE have thus far proven invaluable in the development and growth of the office," said Harry M. Stokes, inspector general of the City of Mount Vernon. "As a result of our experience and familiarization with the ACFE over the past year, we unequivocally endorse the Certified Fraud Examiner credential and will continue to recognize it for hiring and promotional consideration. We will encourage our professional staff to enhance their credentials through the attainment of the CFE designation."

The City of Mount Vernon Office of Inspector General was established in 2008 with the mission of conducting criminal and administrative audits and investigations relating to all municipal programs and operations; detect, deter, and prosecute fraud, waste, and abuse; and promote economy, efficiency, and effectiveness in programs and operations, according to a spokesperson.

The OIG has incorporated into its statute the professional standards established by the Association of Inspectors General and the ACFE.

The Office of Inspector General of The Port Authority of NY and NJ, established as an independent office in August 1992, assists in maintaining the integrity of the agency through investigations that include allegations of criminal misconduct and serious administrative misconduct by employees, and attempts by non-Port Authority employees to corrupt or unlawfully interfere with the agency, according to a spokesperson.

Michael Nestor, deputy inspector general/director of investigations of The Port Authority of NY and NJ, said that the agency has five auditors/investigators who are CFEs and employs three others who are preparing for the exam.

"Our staff routinely attends various training seminars offered by ACFE and have always found them to be professionally presented and of tremendous value to our employees," he said.

"We fully endorse the CFE designation and will continue to recognize it for hiring and promotional purposes, when appropriate," Nestor said.

NCIS's Economic Crimes program serves to expose abuses in the procurement process such as product substitution, overcharges, bribes, kickbacks, and the use of inferior products, according to a spokesperson. Often taking leads from audits, former employees, and competitors, more than 30 special agents trained in fraud investigation work to eliminate economic crimes in the Department of the Navy by ensuring that fraudulent activities are punished with civil and criminal sanctions.

"The NCIS Economic Crimes program has long recognized the value and expertise provided in ACFE-sponsored training and conferences," said Mark Ridley, executive assistant director of criminal investigations at NCIS.

"The program recognizes the CFE designation as a critical skill set for recruitment, because a CFE is considered to have proven expertise in fraud prevention, detection, and deterrence. NCIS recently established a program to not only endorse but fund the credentialing of our dedicated fraud agents as CFEs," Ridley said.

The New York County District Attorney's Office investigates and prosecutes approximately 100,000 criminal cases annually. The office employs close to 500 assistant district attorneys and approximately 700 support staff, making it one of the largest law firms – public or private – in the nation, according to a spokesperson. The office's jurisdiction covers the island of Manhattan with 1.5 million residents. It is the hub of the metropolitan area with a population of more than 30 million.

The Investigation Division is staffed with experienced assistant district attorneys who work with investigators, analysts, and accountants on the investigation of sophisticated white-collar cases, public and private corruption cases, and rackets cases, according to the spokesperson.

The Frauds Bureau of the Investigation Division prosecutes large-scale business crimes – ranging from traditional embezzlement to Internet fraud, involving a wide variety of techniques such as Ponzi schemes, sale of bogus financial instruments, market manipulation, and commercial bribery. Recent cases have focused on industries including securities and commodities, banking, insurance, health, energy, travel, and the legal profession.

The only requirement to participate in the ACFE Law Enforcement Partnership is the formal recognition of the CFE credential by inclusion of the CFE in preferred hiring qualifications for the agency's anti-fraud personnel and consideration of the CFE for promotional opportunities within the agency.

Participants in the ACFE Law Enforcement Partnership are granted these benefits: free employment ads in the ACFE Web site Career Center; complimentary booth space at the ACFE's Annual Fraud Conference and Exhibition; coverage of the agency's mission in Fraud Magazine; recognition on the ACFE's Web site as a participant in the program; discounts on ACFE conferences, seminars, and other learning methods; peer networking with other anti-fraud specialists; and discounts on certification.

For more information visit the Law Enforcement Partnership webpage on

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