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“Today Pedro is one of the world’s foremost experts in international aspects of fraud investigations,” explained Ratley.“He leads a team of more than 85 people at a microfinance institution operating in more than 20 countries.” Cynthia Cooper, CFE, along with her team, uncovered the .8 billion World Com fraud in 2002. “Without regard to her own career or reputation as vice president of internal audit, she and her team worked in secrecy and often at night to document misdeeds at the highest levels in the company,” he explained. Superheroes are often recognized by a distinguishing trait: Superhuman strength. Whistleblower Harry Markopolos, CFE, CFA, uncovered red flags in May 2000 that would eventually lead to the downfall of Bernie Madoff’s billion Ponzi scheme, the largest in U. “For more than eight years, he persisted.” Pedro Fabiano, CFE, founded the ACFE’s Argentina Chapter in 1996. Ratley shared the stories of heroes in the anti-fraud profession. “But, as his book is appropriately titled, no one would listen,” said Ratley.“To say that took a lot of courage would be an understatement. And the only thing standing in the way of successful frauds is people just like you. Collectively, Certified Fraud Examiners around the globe have prevented and detected millions of frauds and saved untold billions of dollars.“After hearing these stories, you might not think of yourself as a hero,” said Ratley. By joining in this global fight, you too are a hero.Welcome to Nashville and the 2017 ACFE Global Fraud Conference: where heroes like you unite.” Attendees had their pick of diverse anti-fraud topics from the Pre- and Post-Conference and the in-between Main Conference.Three excellent speakers led Pre-Conference sessions. Keith Elliott, vice president, Operations & Business Development, Reed Research Limited, led “Cyber Intelligence and Social Media Surveillance Investigations.” During the session, Elliott emphasized that anti-fraud professionals must hold themselves to a higher level of accountability during investigations when using social media and new technology. “But remember, Google is driving the bus.” (Read more from his session at Fraud Conference News.) Vincent M.
Though only a few are genetically predisposed to be good truth observers, the good news, Lansley said, is that most can be trained.
During a two-minute table-group exercise, in which Lansley asked, “What is your ability to detect deception?
” most of the attendees thought they could do so 60 percent of the time.
He said no single channel is the most reliable indicator of deception, but fraud examiners must take most or all of them into account to give them confidence as to whether someone is telling the truth or lying.
In 2002, Ben Horowitz, a prominent Silicon Valley venture capitalist, hired a talented chief financial officer who advised him to optimize stock option incentives for providing maximum benefit for its executives.Horowitz told Harvard business professor and fraud researcher, Eugene Soltes, the Tuesday morning General Session keynoter, for his 2016 book, “Why They Do It,” that his new CFO had reported “that her previous company’s practice of setting the stock option price at the low during the month it was granted yielded a far more favorable result for employees than ours.