The Fraud Examiner
CFE Lets Compassion and Instinct Guide Her Career
ACFE Member Profile
Natasha E. Williams, CFE, CIA
Global Compliance Manager
Unlike some CFEs, Natasha E. Williams, CFE, CIA, didn’t begin her career in fraud. The global compliance manager for Bio-Rad Laboratories began in tax, but became interested in fraud after meeting a forensic accountant. She took a leap of faith and earned her CFE
credential without a set plan. “When I first received the CFE credential I wasn’t working in fraud and had no idea how I was going to get the experience necessary to land a job in the industry, but here I am today,” she said. “I love what I do and I am living the dream — and so can you.”
How did you first become passionate about fighting fraud?
My interest in fraud was first piqued when I was working at KPMG and I met a girl working in the forensic accounting group. At the time I was looking for a more interesting accounting job, and I found the work she was doing a lot more fascinating than my current role
at the time in international tax. Unfortunately, I did not have the right expertise to join that group but I was awarded an opportunity to rotate into the audit group where I began building skills. After I left KPMG — several years later and before I became a CFE — I was asked to perform a special
investigation type of audit. Prior to this opportunity I was performing the standard run-of-the-mill audits. I found this special audit more interesting. It prompted me to seek out the CFE certification so that I could learn more about performing fraud/anti-corruption audits and to get credibility to aid my future
efforts finding a job in this field. I believed that having the CFE credential would give me leverage even if I did not have a vast amount of experience.
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