• ACFE Faculty


    Liseli Pennings, CFE
    Training Director


    Liseli Pennings is the Training Director for the ACFE and has more than 19 years of experience in the anti-fraud industry. She was a special agent with the U.S. Treasury Inspector General’s Office for Tax Administration (TIGTA) and previously a career special agent and diplomat with the U.S. Department of State Diplomatic Security Service (DSS), with over 16 years of service as special agent. She is a subject-matter expert in fraud investigations, global security, and risk management. Pennings has been a law enforcement attaché in both Europe and Latin America, a resident agent in charge in Texas, and the agent in charge of the International Police Cooperation Center for the 2014 World Cup in Brazil. 

    Pennings was the Regional Security Officer/Law Enforcement Attaché in Santiago, Chile, and Deputy Law Enforcement Attaché in The Hague, Netherlands. She was also the security advisor to U.S. ambassadors, led international investigations, managed threats to U.S. interests abroad, and led bilateral cooperation efforts with foreign ministries. She was an instructor and speaker at the International Law Enforcement Academy (ILEA) in Asia and Latin America, and at the Royal Dutch Police Academy in the Netherlands. She managed teams of more than 90 professionals, and managed multimillion-dollar budgets and contracts, international investigations, and global security. She served on the protective security details for Secretaries of State Madeline Albright and Colin Powell. She was the lead instructor and program manager for Investigations and Protective Security at the U.S. Department of State’s Diplomatic Security Service (DSS) Academy.

    Pennings led hundreds of international and domestic fraud investigations that entailed contract fraud, passport and visa fraud, internal fraud, money laundering, identity theft, tax fraud, drug and human trafficking, terrorism cases, and assisted with extraditions. She also led a multi-agency intellectual property rights investigation involving one of the largest amounts of counterfeit prescription medication in the United States, and supervised a multimillion international tax fraud and identity theft case.

    Pennings was awarded seven of the U.S. Department of State’s Meritorious and Superior Honor Awards, is fluent in Spanish and Dutch, and proficient in French and Portuguese. She received a bachelor of arts degree in government from University of Texas at Austin and is due to complete her master’s in defense and strategic studies in August of 2018 from the University of Texas at El Paso. 


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