The Fraud Examiner

CFE Ferrets Out Governmental Fraud in Sierra Leone
 

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July 2017

ACFE Member Profile
Adama Renner, CFE, FCA
Deputy Audit General
Audit Service Sierra Leone


Adama Renner, CFE, FCA, is no stranger to fraud, having been involved in fraud detection and prevention since the early 2000s. She serves as the Deputy Audit General of Audit Service Sierra Leone (ASSL) and has played an instrumental role in exposing high-level governmental corruption that led to multiple public servants suspended without pay. Renner recently attended her first ACFE Global Fraud Conference and found the experience to be inspiring and enlightening. “Listening to the presentations and interacting with fraud examiners from other fields helped me to appreciate how I can better undertake my audits in order to increase the chances of a successful prosecution in a court of law,” she said.


How did you become passionate about fighting fraud?

After obtaining my bachelor’s degree in accounting, I started my career as a trainee auditor with KPMG in 1998 prior to obtaining my ACCA. As a young professional, I was trained to ensure full compliance with rules and procedures. I became concerned when during the course of my work, I began to be confronted with “false reporting” — that is, reports being falsified to present activities which were never undertaken, overstatement of work actually undertaken as against actual work carried out, or poor quality of work charged at high costs. This was my first exposure to fraud, and since then I have been committed to exposing misappropriations at every turn.

 

What steps led you to your current position?

From KPMG, I moved on to work as the head of finance at an international non-governmental organization (NGO) in 2002. I was tasked, amongst other duties, with setting up internal controls to mitigate fraud risks. I then moved briefly to the public sector as principal auditor at ASSL, the Supreme Audit Institution of Sierra Leone, in 2010. Following a brief stint managing an African Development Bank (AfDB) Funded project in 2011, I returned to ASSL in 2012 to take up my current role.


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