Texas (Aug. 8, 2013)– Internal Auditor
magazine has announced that Dr. Joseph T. Wells, CFE, CPA, founder and Chairman
of the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners (ACFE), has been named 2013
Outstanding Contributor for his April 2012 article “Inside the Fraudster's
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.
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.” The article has
been made available to read on Internal
through Aug. 24.
Wells’ writing has previously won 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.
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.
addition to his duties as ACFE chairman, Dr. Wells served as a professor of
fraud examination in the Graduate Business School at the University of Texas at
Austin where his pioneering work was recognized by the American Accounting
Association, which named him Accounting Education Innovator of the Year in
2002. He is also founder and past chairman of the board of directors of the
non-profit Institute for Fraud Prevention (IFP), an anti-fraud think tank.