John Fisher Weber, CFE, CPP
District Attorney Investigator for Comal County and the 63rd Judicial District in Texas, Master Peace Officer, ACFE Regent Emeritus
I'm a CFE
As a district attorney investigator for Texas' Comal County and the 63rd Judicial District, Weber provides expertise on complex economic crime cases; two different district attorneys hold his commission. He also works with investigators from other jurisdictions on criminal investigations as requested and assists with court security as a grand jury bailiff. Weber also is vice president, COO and minority owner of Deaf Interpreter Services.
One of the reasons I do the work is for the victims. It's not necessarily the best way to meet people, but I feel sometimes I am their voice after they have been victimized. They have been some fine folks, too.
I was born and raised in upstate New York and received my B.A. in communications from St. John Fisher College, where my father had been registrar and a physics/chemistry professor for 25 years. I then obtained my master's degree from California State University Fullerton — my thesis project was "A Systems Analysis to the Prevention of Embezzlement."
I gravitated towards classes in criminal justice during my college career because I found them fascinating! I also was working retail loss prevention at the time. I eventually became a vice president of loss prevention for a multi-billion dollar company. Then I went to work for a district attorney and then to the Texas State Auditor's Office, where I was in charge of the special investigations unit (SIU) for seven years. Also during this time I went through the police academy; I wanted to work in law enforcement and eventually obtained my "Master Peace Officer" license.
During the time at the SIU, my wife was operating Deaf Interpreter Services Inc. I told her she needed to hire someone to handle risk management issues like insurance, policies, etc. A few days later she told me she found the person! I said, "Great. Who?" She said, "You!!" Once we came to the determination that she could afford me, the one caveat was I would continue to do my police work, so I kept working for two different district attorneys as a commissioned investigator part time.
While I have worked a lot of six- and seven-figure cases over the years, one that stands out was a case where the net result of the investigation, which originally looked like a kickback scheme, was the subject that was thought to be taking the kickbacks had actually been set up, framed. It was a great example of doing an ethical, complete investigation and letting the truth come out!
Another investigation that stands out was a case where the victim — the owner — asked if the company would ever get restitution from the embezzler. As the embezzler had some suspected drug abuse issues, I said probably not. Well, I was proven wrong, and the embezzler "cleaned up," and made restitution.
The CFE credential is applicable to my work in the private sector, government and law enforcement; it "works" so well in all three fields.
I would recommend CFEs set the highest standards and maintain their ethics and professionalism at all times. At the University of Texas' Governor's Senior Management Program, I learned a great management principle I quote to this day: "People support what they help create." Be open minded, be a teammate, accept there are folks who know more!
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