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Hiding in plain sight
Lives Well is a fictional name for a real perpetrator of transaction laundering. It’s the kind of company that flies through automated application checks for most financial products because this thoroughly modern-day enterprise is nothing but a front — an empty shell company hiding a dark secret.
Out of the frying pan and into the fire
In this case study, a convicted fraudster's plan to make some fast money goes terribly wrong. The author recounts the payroll fraud and subsequent drug charges, followed by an interview with the fraudster from behind bars.
She-wolves in shepherd's clothing
Greed is everywhere. It pollutes all industries and organizations, including those dedicated to helping the poorest and most vulnerable of our society. And it breeds fraudsters within these organizations who have profound canniness and precisely zero moral queasiness when selecting their victims.
'I didn’t commit that crime!'
Don't become a victim of criminal identity theft, a newer type of identity theft that can be even more damaging than having a criminal destroy your credit rating. Often the victims of this scheme find out about the crime when they're arrested or fired from their job because of an outstanding warrant.
The virtual future of money laundering
While today’s leading virtual currencies, like bitcoin, may or may not pass the test of time, the underlying technology is here to stay. Innovators are taking us into a new realm in the exciting (and to some, terrifying) world of virtual currency. How do we prevent criminals from abusing the system in this still fairly new technology?
More than words
Unaoil, a Monaco-based oil consulting company, was recently exposed in a media investigation for potentially supporting or facilitating bribes on behalf of large multinational firms in the oil and gas industry. The case provides lessons on using forensic email reviews to help gather evidence or indications of fraud, misconduct and regulatory non-compliance.
A lot of hanky-panky going on
The massive number of individuals feeling social deprivation, the ease of technological communication and the criminal expertise of savvy fraudsters all set the global stage for a whole lot of hanky-panky. The particular details of romance confidence schemes evolve every year and have little to nothing to do with true romance.
Smartphone security
While it’s crucial that CFEs are aware that mobile devices — smartphones and tablets — bring fraud risks to organizations, it’s also critical that they know the risks of using their own mobile devices in professional settings. Here are tips for protecting your PII on mobile devices.
Denying illicit revenue
While a typical drug investigation wouldn't necessarily cross jurisdiction lanes into tax and revenue violations, the author takes a proactive approach to finding delinquent tax activity in his subjects of investigation. Why? To build another pillar of evidence that can be leveraged in his agency's drug investigation.
Getting ahead of the risk
When your work duties revolve around auditing or the detection of fraudulent behavior, the Fraud Triangle model is a useful resource in identifying potential offenders or situations. It can also provide a visual analysis of future business decisions and the building blocks of instructor-led training.
Inauguaral ACFE Middle East Fraud Conference reinforces global fight against fraud
"I am excited to be here and I look forward to sharing this time with you to learn, grow and reinforce the global fight against fraud," said ACFE Vice President and Program Director Bruce Dorris, J.D., CFE, CVA, to open the conference in Dubai.
The fluidity of credit card fraud
As merchants and other businesses are migrating to EMV technology, fraudsters have upped their collective game to hit the new security measures head on. The sooner companies adopt a variety of automated fraud prevention methods the more likely they are to stay ahead.
Creative embezzlement
Edith Chase subtly supplemented her income for more than eight years by using her knowledge of her employer's accounting system. She committed her crimes without ever cutting one fraudulent check to herself, making one false charge on the company's credit card or illegally wiring money to herself from her company's bank accounts.
Whistleblowers we're thankful for
As we approach Thanksgiving, we give thanks to whistleblowers. When fraud confronts them, they decide not to look the other way but instead risk their jobs, families and health "For Choosing Truth Over Self" — the motto inscribed on the ACFE's Cliff Robertson Sentinel Award.
Tackling fraud in higher education
International Fraud Awareness Week, Nov. 15-21, is an especially important time for students and faculty to get involved in preventing fraud in higher education. Learn how universities are taking up the mantle of fraud prevention for this year's Fraud Week.
Bungling banks, Ponzi fraudsters and the failure of 'Know Your Customer'
If you haven’t read the story of Daniel Fernandes Rojo Filho before now, I recommend you do so. It’s a salutary and shocking tale … and a striking warning for those in charge of due diligence at banks.
If the Supreme Court won't help stop insider trading, who will?
The Supreme Court's decision not to review a recent insider trading case produces a cloudy precedent for white-collar prosecutions. Situations like this erode public confidence in the financial markets even more than usual.
Creating a climate of trust
Don't underestimate the interviewing process with regular audits because it can be a strategic element in the fight against fraud.
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
The embezzlers' fraud wheelhouse contains a classic tool for “misappropriating funds” from their employers: the ghost employee.
On cross
A Certified Fraud Examiner and paralegal discusses memorable criminal defense attorneys' cross-examination strategies.
Why companies are afraid to fight fraud
Data breach concerns, distrust of technology and loss of reputation
Improved Fraud-Magazine.com
For more than three decades, the ACFE has published Fraud Magazine to give its members timely, insightful articles on white-collar crime and strived to improve this benefit. We've recently worked to rebuild Fraud-Magazine.com to reflect evolving technology and design standards.
The Executive Fraud Triangle
In this evolved Fraud Triangle, the possibly fraudulent executive is surrounded by three points: greed, pride and entitlement.
Preventing corporate fraud during organizational transformation
Change is inevitable, but it exposes companies to significant fraud risks.
Protect yourself
Cybersecurity expert Eugene Kaspersky advises fraud conference attendees to invest in technology and support.
Kicking the cane
In part two, we'll look at the behavior pattern of these fraudsters by outlining various criminal cases.
Dubai government announces partnership with ACFE
Dubai anti-fraud partnership provides expert training, certification for FAD employees.
Kicking the cane
This two-part article will look at intra-familial elderly financial fraud, which is highly challenging to combat.
Expectations smoothing: 'Cookie jar' reserves for your career
Learn about the legitimate environments in which the measured use of managed “earnings” can benefit you.
Filling the fraud examiner's toolbox
Using the right tools, skills and abilities, you can make a direct impact upon the successful resolution of an investigation.
The anguish of victims
The human impact of fraud beyond the statistics as seen in six financial-crime victims' stories.
Need access to historical banking information? Better read the fine print...
Accessing information electronically creates savings, but that can also come at a significant cost elsewhere.
Investigating residency fraud
Residency fraud has become a major problem in the District of Columbia, costing taxpayers more than $5 million a year.
At play in the fields of fraud, part 2
Fraudulent filings of real estate documents are always a means to an end: the facilitation of a greater fraud with a monetary payoff.
At play in the fields of fraud, part 1
Follow two, detailed real estate fraud schemes that while very different, found commonality in their crime.
Hunting the big cats of fraud, part 2
The big cats of fraud are clever and dangerous. But well-trained, determined CFEs can hunt them down with the right investigative tools and techniques.
Hunting the big cats of fraud, part 1
In the economic crime jungle, is one predator more rapacious than all others?
10 golden tenets of fraud prevention and deterrence, part 2
While some believe that fraud control and prevention is at its best when the process of detection remains a secret, could the opposite be true?
Behind the scenes at the MS 150
ACFE volunteers work tirelessly behind the scenes to support 'Team Intangible Assets' during the 170-mile bicycle ride from Houston to Austin.
10 golden tenets of fraud prevention and deterrence, part 1
How does one react when the mode of fraud detection is open, and he or she knows they risk being caught?
Better online security: Help smaller clients achieve it
Smaller enterprises are increasingly the targets of choice for cybercrooks and no wonder.
FCPA compliance in China
Foreign investors need to pay close attention to stay on the right side of China's local and international anti-bribery laws.
The art of illusion: Look for what's not on the page
It's not what's on the page that matters; it's what's not on the page that matters. 
Taking AML to the next level: FinCEN pivots for synergy with its partners
Liberty Reserve, S.A., a Costa Rica-based Internet money transfer system, served a million customers around the world and in the U.S. Not any more. 
The CFE as IP security advisor: Raising consciousness, promoting balance
“Business is hell,” said U.S. Civil War Gen. William Tecumseh Sherman ... well, not quite. 
Working smart with new clients: Recognizing economic and emotional tolls
“Sadly, it's always the employee that the company owner loves the best,” says Tiffany Couch, CFE, CPA, an ACFE faculty member and the founder and principal of Acuity Group. 
Fraudulent charities in the wake of disaster
The sudden and vivid destruction caused by tornadoes, tsunamis, man-made catastrophes and other crises compels us to contribute to the people affected. 
Cooking the books with fuel fraud
The nation's energy industry might soon seek more CFEs. 
Don't fixate on the numbers: Overreliance on income tax data
In spring 2012, the U.S. Internal Revenue Service (IRS) charged a Wasilla, Alaska, tax preparer with six counts of preparing false tax returns. 
'Customized' embezzlement: a near-$1 million billing scheme
Life didn't seem fair to Cecile Nhung Campbell, CPA. She was desperate for cash, while her employer, Kia Motors America, was rolling in it. 
Devil in the details: anti-fraud data analytics
The auditor glanced at the data analytics software manuals gathering dust on his credenza. "Still no time for that," he said to himself. 
Online battlefield: Cyber attack vectors, part two
"Israel, all your base are belong to us," tweeted hacker group Anonymous. 
Cyber-attack vector? Who, me?
Some of us complain about the blurring boundaries between our work and personal lives, but fraudsters love it. Why? 
Inside job: gift card fraud
If your employer or client issues gift cards, do you know the kinds of scams fraudsters might attempt? 
Winning over law enforcement to your side
On any given day we may find ourselves working on a fraud examination. If this isn't difficult enough, we also face another daunting obstacle: turning the case over to law enforcement.  
Dallas is back, but J.R.-style CEOs never went away
Is the recent re-appearance of a 1980s fictional swindler worthy of CFEs' professional attention? 
Reporting misconduct
Do your workers know how to report misconduct internally? Are they comfortable when doing so? Or would they more likely report the issue first to the SEC — for the reward? 
Managing fingerprint evidence
The lawyer representing the president of a global corporation falsely accused of sexual harassment knew to contact a fingerprint expert. Why? 
Analyzing Documents Effectively
If a client asked for your help in confirming the source or authenticity of a handwritten document, would you recommend fingerprint analysis, a handwriting examination or both? And whose technical support would you seek? 
Get your evidence admitted: Manage the chain of custody
"One of investigators' biggest and most frequent mistakes is not properly documenting their evidence," says Hugo A. Holland, Jr., J.D., CFE, assistant district attorney in Louisiana's First Judicial District. 
Mayflower moved millions out of the government's pockets
The Mayflower Moving Company, which has been around since 1927, is America's largest and possibly most well-known shipping company. I caught it stealing from the U.S. government. 
Member Profile: Annette Perkinson Reflects on her Role in a Growing ACFE
Perkinson recalls her role in helping the ACFE in the early 1990s. 
Digging Deeper, Part 1
We begin a new series of book and documentary commentaries for anti-fraud professionals. 
Picture Imperfect: Art Fraud
The time: 1946. The place: New York's burgeoning art circuit. 
The Claim Game: Disability Fraud
"You're never going to figure it out, honey," Marie Baran confidently told an FBI special agent. 
Zeroing in on Fraud: Advanced Statistical Analysis
Regression analysis — for many, these words provoke anxiety and uncertainty. 
How to Take a Financial Pulse: Is That Deadbeat Really Broke?
“The financials of 97 percent of the people I've investigated were untruthful in some respect,” said John “Mick” Elliott, CFE, of divorcing couples. 
Now You See It, Now You Don't: Company Check and Credit Card Fraud
Armed with specialized knowledge and access to every part of an organization's accounting system, fraudsters can do great damage quickly while leaving few visible signs of their crimes. Here's how CFEs can stop them in their tracks. 
The Expert CFE: Key Player on a Litigation Team
True or false? A litigation team's forensic expert will be rigorously cross-examined. 
Fraud's Worst Enemy: A Strong Code of Ethics
"How do you define honesty?" asks Steve Clark, J.D., CFE, an ACFE faculty member and visiting professor of law at St. Thomas University School of Law in Miami, Fla. 
Houses of Cards: Mortgage Fraud and the Illusion of Success
People in Dublin, Ohio, noticed when local residential builder Thomas E. Parenteau moved his real estate agent/mistress and their two children into the luxury home he had until then shared only with his wife. 
Employee Background Roulette: Hirer, Beware
When an organization hires staff, a background check is critical for many reasons, including both internal and public perceptions. 
A Force to Be Reckoned With: In the Wake of Significant Legislative Changes, the Civil False Claims Act Hauls in $3 Billion in Fiscal Year 2010
A 123-year-old law now has new teeth to better fight today's tricky fraudsters. Enacted in 1863, the U.S. federal False Claims Act, 31 U.S.C. §§ 3729-3733 (FCA), was designed to fight unscrupulous contractors during the Civil War. Recent amendments, coupled with a handful of other legislative changes and administrative actions, are already having a material effect on how the government and private sector are combating fraud. 
Anti-Fraud Synergy: CFEs and Internal Audit
Since the beginning of FY 2005, more than $100,000 had disappeared from of the fareboxes of the Capital Metropolitan Transportation Authority in Austin, Texas, before anyone noticed. And no one could say how much longer the thefts would have continued had the anonymous tipster not alerted investigators. The internal control deficiencies had prevented anyone from noticing the losses. 
Using Social Networking Site Information in the Courtroom
Fraud examiners should work hard to discover evidence in information posted on social networking sites. 

The Fight Against Fraud Goes Global
Fraud conferences in Japan and South Africa lead the way for international anti-fraud professionals.  

CFEs Will Be Directly Affected by U.S. Supreme Court Amendment to Rule 26
Congress is expected to approve one of the most significant changes to expert witness discovery provisions under the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure. 

Pulling the Plug on ATM Skimmers
These days a savvy fraudster need not physically steal a bank debit card to access its owner's account. Instead, the fraudster attaches an inconspicuous device to an automated teller machine (ATM) that copies a victim's account information when he uses the compromised machine. This article explains skimming techniques and devices and shows how to thwart them. 

Help Clients Avoid Corruption and Prosper Overseas
In emerging markets where corruption is widespread – China is one – Western multinational corporations are particularly vulnerable to bribery, kickbacks, and other forms of fraud. But a growing international consensus holds that corruption harms all companies – domestic and foreign. 

Sniffing for Cooked Books: Trend and Ratio Analysis
In June, Alton Sizemore Jr., CFE, CPA, sat down for a conversation with someone he had met before -- one of the primary architects of the $2.7 billion financial statement fraud at HealthSouth Corporation, headquartered in Birmingham, Ala. In this article, Sizemore supplies simple but powerful analytic techniques that fraud examiners could have used to possibly prevent this scheme. 

Supreme Court Limits Widely Used Anti-fraud Law
On June 24 the Supreme Court scaled back an anti-fraud law that prosecutors have regularly relied upon to convict business executives and politicians: the “honest services” law. The decision could affect many past, current, and pending fraud cases. 

Preventing Kickback Schemes: Know How to Stop Bribery in its Tracks
When an anonymous e-mail reached senior executives at National Steel Corporation (NSC), its charges were explosive. NSC's internal audit director took no chances; he called a trusted external specialist with the right credentials and experience -- Craig L. Greene, CFE. 

Promote Yourself to the A-Team
When fraud strikes your employer or one of your corporate clients, be ready to step up to the plate and show the company why having a CFE on the team is crucial in times of crisis.  

OPINION: U.S. Strategy Against Banks Hiding Flight Capital Needs Help

Robert Mazur, president of Chase & Associates, explains why he thinks the U.S. Department of Justice missed out on a prime opportunity to obtain even more essential intelligence from Swiss bank UBS, and what he hopes can be done now as it investigates Swiss bank Julius Baer.  

CFE Survives ‘Miracle on the Hudson'

Daniel Vinton, CFE, had no reason to worry when he boarded his flight at LaGuardia Airport in New York City. The weather was cold but clear that January afternoon, and he called his wife to let her know he would be home in time for dinner.

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