U.S. Attorney General Lanny Breuer was among the distinguished keynote speakers who recognized the fraud-fighting efforts of more than 2,300 professionals in attendance at the 22nd Annual ACFE Fraud Conference and Exhibition.
U.S. Attorney General Lanny Breuer was among the distinguished keynote speakers who recognized the fraud-fighting efforts of more than 2,300 professionals in attendance at the 22nd Annual ACFE Fraud Conference and Exhibition
In his Tuesday address, Breuer urged fraud fighters to trust their instincts, not be intimidated and know that the Justice Department is committed to prosecuting financial fraud.
"You care about rooting out, and preventing, financial fraud... You face a range of pernicious, financial crimes that we in the Criminal Division have devoted substantial resources to fighting," Breuer said. "These crimes are extremely serious -- they can wreak havoc on investors, threaten the integrity of our markets and financial institutions, and even undermine trust in our political leaders."
John Walsh, host of "America's Most Wanted," addressed the conference during the lunch session on Monday. Other speakers included Dr. Howard M. Schilit, an international leader in forensic accounting and corporate governance and a renowned author, and Joan Pastor, PhD, president of JPA International Inc.
The conference also provided more than 80 educational sessions focused on the latest techniques and best practices in fraud detection, prevention and deterrence. Certified Fraud Examiners (CFEs), investigators, auditors, attorneys, law enforcement officers, and other security, risk and compliance professionals were among those in attendance to share knowledge and increase their fraud-fighting skills.
On Wednesday, the main conference was closed with the personal story of convicted fraudster Diann Cattani, who described the life-changing consequences she faced after admitting to her boss that she had stolen thousands of dollars through fake invoices, fraudulent travel reimbursements and other means.
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