ACFE NewsInternal Auditor magazine has announced that Dr. Joseph T. Wells, CFE, CPA, founder and Chairman of the ACFE, has been named 2013 Outstanding Contributor for his April 2012 article “Inside the Fraudster’s Mind.” Dr. Wells’ piece probes the psyche of the fraudster, gleaning insights from interviews conducted with 10 convicted white-collar criminals. “Auditors must step away from the books and records long enough to consider why — not just how — people commit fraudulent acts,” writes Dr. Wells. In a letter to Dr. Wells announcing the award, Internal Auditor Editor-in-chief Anne Millage cited “Inside the Fraudster’s Mind” for its “outstanding quality, clear presentation of ideas, practicality, and relevance to the continuing practice of internal auditing.” Dr. Wells’ writing has previously received top article of the year accolades from Internal Auditor, Journal of Accountancy and other publications. Since founding the ACFE in 1988, Dr. Wells has written 22 books, authored scores of articles and research projects and lectured to tens of thousands of business professionals.
Serving for 10 years as an FBI special agent, Dr. Wells investigated thousands of fraud cases, ranging from nickel-and-dime con artists to former U.S. Attorney General John Mitchell for his role in the Watergate case. In 1982, he left the government to form Wells & Associates, a firm of criminologists specializing in fraud detection and deterrence.
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