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    An interview with James Holzrichter, recipient of the ACFE’s 2015 Sentinel Award

    When James Holzrichter reported some management issues to his supervisor, he had no idea that he would later discover widespread alleged fraud at Northrop.

    God’s money is now my money: Why houses of worship are victims of fraud

    Houses of worship are havens from fraud, right? Wrong. The author describes how church workers’ erroneous thinking leaves them particularly vulnerable to fraud and what congregations can do to deter and prevent fraudsters’ attacks.

    Computer-assisted interviews: fact or folly?

    Some suggest that fraud examiners could use computerized “avatars” to collect basic information. Here we look at potential technological advancements and the implications of avatars in the fraud-fighting profession. You decide.

    Defrauding for fun not need

    Does the Fraud Triangle explain fraudsters who steal for enjoyment? The author contends that Dr. Donald Cressey didn’t necessarily develop his theories to explain behavior of those who don’t have financial needs and are predisposed to committing fraud even before organizations hire them.

    Identity theft complaints soar 14.7 percent in 2014

    Based on the tremendous increase in data breaches and related compromised records in 2014 plus the soaring incidents of income tax refund fraud, it’s no surprise that identity theft is also growing. The U.S. Federal Trade Commission reports a sizable increase in complaints.

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    The anguish of victims The role of fraud examinations in cybercrime
    CFEs can use their skills of interviewing, investigating, elicitation and spotting anomalies to aid in the elimination of cyberfraud.
    'Sonny Boy' and his ghost employees 'Sonny Boy' and his ghost employees
    The embezzlers' fraud wheelhouse contains a classic tool for “misappropriating funds” from their employers: the ghost employee.
    On cross On cross
    A Certified Fraud Examiner and paralegal discusses memorable criminal defense attorneys’ cross-examination strategies.
    Why companies are afraid to fight fraud Why companies are afraid to fight fraud
    Data breach concerns, distrust of technology and loss of reputation
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    Global Fraud Focus
    Fake passport online? Coming right up

    Fraud Basics
    Tap the knowledge of your front-line staff

    Case in Point
    Trusted assistant steals $365,000 from not-for-profit

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    Synthetic Identity Fraud: A New Kind of Costly ID Theft You’ve Never Heard Of
    Identity theft has been an ever-growing problem, but authorities say there is a new twist on an old problem for us to worry about: Synthetic identity fraud.

    14 Elizabeth gang members indicted in identity fraud scams
    They are 14 members of an Elizabeth-based street gang, but they now face a 49-count indictment for "white-collar crimes," including filing false tax returns and manufacturing fake gift cards to collect thousands of dollars, Union County officials said today.

    Hacking Case Raises Question on Securities Fraud
    The elaborate scheme described by the Justice Department and the Securities and Exchange Commission last week, which involved breaking into computer servers to obtain confidential information about impending corporate announcements, certainly looks like a classic case of insider trading.

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    Ottawa  2015 ACFE Canadian Fraud Conference
    Ottawa, ON
    August 30-September 2, 2015    
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    Austin, TX
    September 14-16, 2015    
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    Charlotte, SC
    September 21-22, 2015    
    Paris  Contract and Procurement Fraud
    Paris, France
    October 15-16, 2015    
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    Whistleblower James Holzrichter spoke with attendees at the 26th Annual ACFE Global Fraud Conference about his 17-year ordeal in a defense contractor qui tam suit against Northrop.

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