The Fraud Examiner

Armed with CFE Knowledge, District Attorney Fights Fraudsters

July 2014

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Douglas Lowe, CFE, has served as Anderson County Criminal District Attorney (D.A.) for 16 years. He is based in Palestine, Texas, where he worked in private practice as a certified personal injury trial lawyer prior to becoming a D.A. Recently, Lowe decided to become a Certified Fraud Examiner (CFE), and he earned the credential this spring after attending the Phoenix, Arizona CFE Exam Review Course.

Derek Lowe

Becoming a CFE was a natural choice for Lowe after his work as a D.A. stirred a passion for fighting fraud. 

“Through my work as District Attorney I have seen the cost of fraud to our community,” Lowe said. “There may not be a ‘fraud tax,’ but the losses to consumers, businesses and taxpayers are unreasonable and drain resources.”

Lowe added that part of the draw to this type of work is the challenge posed by fraudsters, and the satisfaction that comes from foiling their schemes.

“White-collar criminals can be very ingenious and creative in finding the weak spots in financial systems,” Lowe said. “I enjoy the challenge in identifying the scheme and then bringing them to justice.”

These days, change is in the air for Lowe, and he looks ahead to returning his own practice.

“After being District Attorney for 16 years, I am excited about moving [back] to the private sector,” Lowe said. “I want to continue fighting fraud and being involved with companies, governments and individuals who want to minimize their losses due to white-collar crime.”

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