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Gift cards and money laundering

Gift cards are the perfect solutions for birthdays and holidays. Unfortunately, they're also becoming the perfect tool for money launderers and they're not interested in giving. Here are the facts for fraud examiners who need to know about the newest scam.

For and about fraud-fighting students & new grads

Starting Out is a column for and about higher-education students and new graduates who are learning fraud examination principles. This column is a revised version of a paper on the Adelphia fraud that was written for Dr. Leonard Stokes' fraud examination class at Siena College of Loudonville, N.Y.

Waiver

Here we'll address the instable state of waiving the attorney-client privilege as it relates to corporations, and in particular, internal investigations.

Cash Larceny, Part Eight

As we continue our discussion of cash larceny frauds, we begin to look at manual and computer cash register manipulations that cashiers use to misappropriate funds from the organization.

Eliciting useful reference checks

Employers sometimes quake in their boots when they can't get detailed references for possible new hires. But fraud examiners can help their bosses glean information from references that can prevent disastrous hiring decisions and costly frauds.

From The President

Sentinels should be highly valued and respected. For more than 150 years, sentinels played an extremely important role in thousands of workplaces, protecting the lives and livelihoods of millions of people. Coal miners working underground used to take Canary birds with them to work to protect against carbon monoxide and other deadly mine gases. Having a high heart rate, the birds die or pass out very quickly in reaction to deteriorating air quality, which gave miners an early warning to get out quickly before they met a similar fate. If returned quickly to fresh air, these sentinels would often recover, but over time many were sacrificed for the greater good.

17th Annual ACFE Fraud Conference & Exhibition

Here's what happens when the ACFE combines more than 2,000 anti-fraud fighters, 11 tracks with over 60 sessions, advanced options for experienced pros, more than 50 exhibitors, and five General Session speakers: an educational event for fraud examiners matched by no other.

Private Investigators and Certified Fraud Examiners

Private investigators and Certified Fraud Examiners have always used their unique skills to help each other in fraud examinations. However, many PIs now are realizing the value of adding CFE to their names.

Air Force Enlists ACFE

Higher-education fraud examination programs are finding novel partnerships as they train working and budding fraud examiners. For example, the U.S. Air Force has enlisted the services of Saint Xavier University and the Chicago Police Department to educate Air Force Office of Special Investigations (OSI) agents.

Environmental Fraud

Environmental fraud includes such schemes as falsification of data, marketing fraud, inflation of invoices, and fraudulent insurance claims. Here we'll describe the ways environmental fraud is perpetrated and what can be reasonably done to limit it.