Fraud TalkACFE Podcasts Archive
    Fraud Talk is the ACFE's monthly podcast dedicated to helping professionals who fight fraud on a daily basis. In these sessions, we break down case studies, talk with the industry's leading experts and give you more tools you can use to spot, fight and prevent fraud.


    5 Common Interviewing Mistakes

    November 2013 - In this month’s episode, John Gill, J.D., CFE, ACFE VP of Education, interviews one of the ACFE’s most popular faculty members, Don Rabon, CFE, President of Successful Interviewing Techniques, about the five most common mistakes fraud examiners make when conducting interviews.

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    Caught in the Concealment

    October 2013 - Tiffany Couch, CFE, CPA and Principal of Acuity Group in Washington. Couch recently investigated a fraud scheme involving a trusted controller at a retail store that went from bad to worse with each transaction uncovered.

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    Think Beyond the Initial Allegation

    September 2013 - "Think plural, not singular." That is private investigator Charles Piper's advice in this month's episode about an allergist who decided to travel to the dark side of medical billing. Piper, CFE, CRT and owner of Charles Piper's Professional Services in Tennessee, takes listeners inside an insurance fraud case that turned out to be much more than one simple allegation of fraud.

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    Failure Never an Option: The Inception, Growth and Legacy of the ACFE

    August 2013 - To celebrate the 25th anniversary of the ACFE, John Gill, J.D., CFE, ACFE VP of Education, digs into the rich history of the Association with three of the ACFE's earliest founders and supporters: Dr. Joseph T. Wells, CFE, CPA, ACFE founder and Chairman; James D. Ratley, CFE, ACFE President and CEO; and Jeanette LeVie, CFE, ACFE VP of Administration.

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    Inside the Case: City Comptroller Makes Hometown Her Personal Piggy Bank

    July 2013 - John Gill, J.D., CFE, ACFE VP of Education, interviews Bethmara Kessler, CFE, CISA, Managing Director of The Fraud and Risk Advisory Group, Inc., about the incredible embezzlement case of Rita Crundwell. Crundwell recently pleaded guily to stealing more than $53 million from her hometown of Dixon, Ill., over a 20-year period.

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    Fight or Flight: One Whistleblower's Decision to Fight

    June 2013 - This month we had the privilege of interviewing Tim Hediger, who not only holds the title of CFE, but of whistleblower, as well. From his initial suspicions and termination to wearing a wire undercover, Tim candidly recounts the personal and professional toll his path to justice took.

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    Inside the Case: Bakery Left with Less Dough

    May 2013 - This month Paul Wiseman, a private investigator in the U.K., discusses his case about a fraudster who couldn't help but skim a little off the top from his family and friends, including the fraudster's cousin, who owns a bakery. Wiseman details how the fraudster (who received 10 months of jail time) did it and the "Aha!" moment when Wiseman knew they had him.

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    Tools of the Fraudsters: Getting Past the Googles and the Yahoos

    April 2013 - The 24th Annual ACFE Global Fraud Conference is just around the corner. In this month's episode, we chat with ACFE Faculty Member Ryan Hubbs, CFE, CIA, Forensic Audit Manager at Halliburton about some of the topics he will be speaking on at the upcoming Conference in Las Vegas, June 23-28, 2013.

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    Reset & Recalibrate: Job Hunting Tips from the CFE's Coach

    March 2013 - This month we interviewed Kathy Lavinder, owner and Executive Director of Security & Investigative Placement Consultants, which places investigative and security specialists across the U.S. and around the world. Lavinder dispenses invaluable advice for new and experienced CFEs looking to start a job search or change their career direction.

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    Compliance in 2013: Moving from Guidance to Enforcement

    February 2013 - In this month’s episode of Fraud Talk, we visit with Daniel Tannebaum, CFE, Senior Associate and Commercial Financial Crimes Leader at Booz Allen Hamilton in New York City, N.Y. We asked Tannebaum about the compliance and regulation landscape in 2013; specifically what we can expect to see regarding controls, how to build and test a successful compliance program, and ever-changing and ever-evolving regulations.

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    Under the Microscope: Health Care Fraud in 2013

    January 2013 - This month we interview Rebecca S. Busch, RN, CFE, President and CEO of Medical Business Associates, a health care consulting, auditing and forensic services firm. She discusses health care fraud schemes, enforcement trends and strategies, and qualities she looks for in her investigative team.

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    Friend or Foe: Social Networking Risks in 2013

    December 2012 - In his welcoming address to attendees at the 23rd Annual ACFE Fraud Conference in Orlando this past June, ACFE founder and Chairman Dr. Joseph T. Wells forecasted four fraud trends he expected to see in 2013: identity fraud, health care fraud, international corruption and cyber crime. This month, we talk to ACFE Faculty Member Cynthia Hetherington, CFE, president of The Hetherington Group about Dr. Wells’ prediction of an increase in cyber crime, specifically crimes and investigation involving social media networks.

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    Digging Into the Data

    November 2012 - During International Fraud Awareness Week, we interview (in two parts) the co-authors of the ACFE’s Report to the Nations on Occupational Fraud and Abuse : John Warren, J.D., CFE, ACFE Vice President and General Counsel, and Andi McNeal, CFE, CPA, ACFE Research Director. The Report is based on a survey of CFEs and is loaded with statistics on fraud loss, detection methods, behavioral red flags and other invaluable information.


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    Know What You Need to Know

    October 2012 – We talk to Frank Wisehart, CFE, director of business advisory services at Schneider Downs and Company. He discusses rookie and not-so-rookie mistakes expert witnesses make when writing reports that will stand up in court.


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    Lost and Found

    September 2012 – In our inaugural podcast, we talk to Jay Dawdy, CFE, CMA, president of Gryphon Strategies in New York, about a case he contributed to our new Bribery and Corruption Casebook . Through a combination of old school investigative techniques and the latest data analytics software, Jay and fellow investigator, Angela Clancy, CA, were able to get back $3 million of the original $4.4 million lost for a client that fell victim to a kickback scheme, as well as a fraudulent purchasing and billing scheme.


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