• ACFE Faculty


    Liseli Pennings, CFE
    Training Director


    Liseli Pennings is the Training Director for the ACFE. She was a Special Agent with the U.S. Treasury Inspector General’s Office for Tax Administration (TIGTA) and previously a career Special Agent and Diplomat with the U.S. Department of State Diplomatic Security Service (DSS) with over 16 years of service as a Special Agent. A Subject Matter Expert in fraud investigations, physical security, and protective security, Ms. Pennings has been a Law Enforcement Attaché in both Europe and Latin America, a Resident Agent-In-Charge in Texas, and managed teams of over 90 professionals, and managed multi-million dollar budgets and contracts.

    Liseli was the Regional Security Officer/Law Enforcement Attaché in Santiago, Chile and Deputy Law Enforcement Attaché in The Hague, The Netherlands. Liseli was the security advisor to U.S. Ambassadors, led international investigations, managed threats to U.S. interests abroad, and led bilateral cooperation efforts with foreign ministries. Liseli was an instructor and speaker at the International Law Enforcement Academy (ILEA) in Asia and Latin America, and at the Royal Dutch Police Academy in The Netherlands.

    She was also the Agent-In-Charge of the International Police Cooperation Center for the 2014 World Cup in Brazil and served on the protective security details for Secretaries of State Madeline Albright and Colin Powell.

    Liseli was the Resident Agent-In-Charge of the DSS El Paso Resident Office, responsible for fraud investigations covering an area over 67,000 square miles led hundreds of international and domestic fraud investigations that entailed contract fraud, passport and visa fraud, internal fraud, money laundering, tax fraud, asset misappropriation, drug and human trafficking, extraditions, and terrorism cases. Liseli led a multi-agency Intellectual Property Rights investigation yielding the largest amount of counterfeit prescription medication seized in the US and supervised a 15 million dollar international tax fraud scheme case.

    Ms. Pennings taught and mentored over 500 Special Agents as the lead instructor and program manager for Protective Security at the U.S. Department of State’s Diplomatic Security Service (DSS) Academy.

    Liseli was awarded 7 of the U.S. Department of State’s Meritorious and Superior Honor Awards, is fluent in Spanish and Dutch, and proficient in French and Portuguese. She received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Government from the University of Texas at Austin.

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