• CFEs Elect Three New Regents 


    The ACFE is proud to announce that Joseph J. Agins, CFE, Alton Sizemore, Jr., CFE, CPA, CFF, and Gerard Zack, CFE, CPA, CIA have been elected to the 2014-2015 ACFE Board of Regents. Fellow CFEs elected them from a list of nine candidates. Agins, Sizemore and Zack will take office at the Board’s meeting in February at ACFE headquarters in Austin, Texas.

    Joseph J. Agins, CFE
    Apollo Group Inc.
    Phoenix, Ariz.
    regent-agins.jpgJoseph J. Agins, CFE, is the director of ethics & compliance investigations for Apollo Group Inc., a large private-education provider. He oversees the design, execution and completion of all high-risk/high-profile investigations. His team also manages the firm’s ethics helpline and is responsible for the trending and analysis of all fraud and investigative data for reporting to the firm’s board.

    Agins has worked in fraud, ethics and investigations for more than 16 years. Prior to Apollo, he was an internal investigator and analyst for Chase Bank, at which he handled external and internal credit card investigations, analyzed portfolios, tracked fraud trends and recommended preventative solutions to mitigate vulnerabilities.

    Agins has presented at recent ACFE Annual Global Fraud Conferences on fraud and investigations, and ethics. He’s recognized as a student financial aid fraud expert and regularly presents on the topic at industry conferences.

    Agins has penned many articles on such topics as corporate investigative best practices and investigative interviewing, one of which was published in Fraud Magazine (May/June 2013).


    Alton Sizemore, Jr., CFE, CPA, CFF
    Forensic Strategic Solutions, PC
    Birmingham, Ala.
    regent-sizemore.jpgAlton Sizemore, Jr., CFE, CPA, CFF, is a shareholder and director of investigations at Forensic Strategic Solutions Inc. Sizemore specializes in forensic accounting, fraud examination and litigation consulting with a specialization in the banking industry.

    Sizemore works closely with plaintiff and defense attorneys, corporate boards, government inspector generals and governmental agencies. He performs financial and accounting services for both plaintiffs and defendants in a broad range of personal and corporate disputes.

    Sizemore served with the FBI for 25 years. As assistant special agent in charge of the Birmingham division of the FBI, he managed programs for counterterrorism, foreign counterintelligence, cyber crime, public corruption, civil rights, violent crimes/major offenders and drug fraud. He worked FBI white-collar crime investigations in many areas, including business, government, medical and banking.

    Sizemore is an ACFE faculty member and a frequent guest speaker on fraud investigation and forensic accounting. He’s a graduate of the University of Alabama and is a CFE, Certified Public Accountant and Certified in Financial Forensics.


    Gerard Zack, CFE, CPA, CIA
    Zack, P.C.
    Rockville, Md.
    gerry-zack.jpgGerry Zack, CFE, CPA, CIA, has devoted his entire 32-year career to fighting fraud. As CEO of Zack P.C., he provides fraud risk assessment, forensic investigation, internal audit, fraud awareness training and risk advisory services for clients throughout North America and Europe.

    Zack has performed dozens of investigations and has served as an expert witness. He has aided numerous organizations’ preventive efforts through his risk assessments and development of customized internal fraud awareness training programs. Before establishing Zack P.C. in 1990, he was an audit manager with international accounting firm Grant Thornton.

    As an ACFE faculty member since 2007, Zack has conducted fraud training in 10 countries. He has spoken at the ACFE Annual Global Fraud Conference more than 10 times. In 2009, Zack received the ACFE James Baker Speaker of the Year Award.

    Zack is the author of the ACFE seminar Uncovering Fraud with Financial and Ratio Analysis and has contributed to several other course manuals. He has written articles for ACFE publications and delivered ACFE webinars.

    Zack has written three books on fraud that have been published by John Wiley & Sons, including his most recent, Financial Statement Fraud – Strategies for Detection and Investigation.