The Fraud Examiner
Former FBI Special Agent Flourishing in Global Private Sector
ACFE Member Profile
Richard McIlveen, CFE, CPA
Vice President of Corporate Investigations
Iron Mountain Inc.
Richard McIlveen, CFE, CPA, vice president of corporate investigations for Iron Mountain Inc., first decided he might be interested in fraud investigation when he wanted to join the FBI. While he initially saw accounting as just a way to get a foot in the door, he quickly realized he had a knack for it. At Iron Mountain, he spearheaded an organization-wide push to become completely compliant with immigration employment laws. McIlveen has taken his talent and passion for risk management and now helps implement fraud controls across the world.
How did you become passionate about fighting fraud?
I was interested in cops and robbers from a very young age, and it stuck. I researched careers, pursued the FBI and eventually became a special agent. At the time they were looking for accountants and lawyers, and I figured accounting would be the quicker route. As it turned out, I was naturally drawn to working with numbers. The accounting path worked out well and led to a career conducting white-collar investigations.
What is one of the biggest lessons you have learned since becoming a CFE?
Keep learning. Much of what we do is fundamental, as in “follow the cash,” but the fraud techniques and methods keep changing — it is imperative that you keep up with what the bad guys are doing.
What is your current role and what does it entail?
I am a vice president in the security department for Iron Mountain in Boston, Massachusetts. We are the industry leader in information storage and information management, operating in more than 45 countries. I am globally responsible for corporate investigations, background investigations, third party risk management and our fraud, waste and abuse program.
Working for a large-scale corporation has presented me with the incredible opportunity to work across the globe on matters in Russia, Italy, Brazil, Colombia and France, just to name a few. It has also presented challenges with language, cultural differences and varying financial systems. With all the differences, regardless of country, the simple truth remains that companies need to be ever diligent in establishing controls and implementing proactive measures to detect and deter fraudulent activity.
What steps led you to your current position?
Foundational education, continuing education, experience, networking and staying true to my passion of conducting investigations all contributed. I have been with Iron Mountain for eight years. My path here started with the FBI and was followed by forensic accounting positions with Kroll Associates and the Big 4 and then corporate positions with Fidelity Investments and Dunkin Brands. My combination of government, consulting and corporate positions have served me well in dealing with investigative matters, solving problems and proactively managing risk.
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