Andrew H. Kautz, CFE
Manager, Special Investigations Unit, Great-West Life Assurance Company
Andrew H. Kautz, CFE, is the manager of the Special Investigations Unit for Great-West Life Assurance Company, based in London, Ontario.
Kautz has more than 30 years of investigative experience and since 1991 has dealt primarily with employee theft and fraud investigations. His work has taken him across Canada and into the U.S. investigating frauds ranging from a few hundred to several million dollars, including loan frauds, Ponzi schemes, phony vendor scams and investment dealer frauds.
In addition to investigation, Kautz pursues recovery from perpetrators as well as third parties that may have played a role in the fraud scheme. These efforts include the recovery of funds from Nigeria that had been sent to this country by a dishonest employee in response to one of the infamous Nigerian Letters.
Kautz is a member of the faculty of the ACFE and lectures regularly on fraud-related topics to a wide range of groups including fraud investigators, risk management professionals and members of the insurance industry. He has designed policies and procedures related to fraud prevention and was a contributor to the ACFE publication, "Fraud Casebook: Lessons from the Bad Side of Business," a selection of fraud case studies.