The Fraud Examiner

Worldly CFE Applies Skills in Gaming Industry


September 2013 

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As a world traveler, Catherine Samaras, CFE, CA, CIA, has seen quite a lot. While every new destination provides a learning experience, so do many of the things she has witnessed in the business realm.


“Working in the casino industry and prior to that, in insolvency, opened my eyes to business practices that I could never have imagined in my naïveté,” said Samaras, Vice President of Internal Audit for Melco Crown Entertainment, an owner and developer of casino gaming and entertainment resort facilities based in Macau.


“The collapse of multimillion dollar enterprises in the earlier part of this century brought it all home and made me realize that there was more to auditing than just ticking off a check list,” Samaras said. “You have to think about what you are looking at… just because it happens all the time doesn’t mean it’s right.”


Samaras, who is originally from Australia, said she started in the gaming industry “quite by accident.” She previously worked at Coopers and Lybrand (now PriceWaterhouse Coopers) and other firms before finding her current career path.


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