The Association of Certified Fraud Examiners UK Chapter is seeking to increase the body of anti-fraud knowledge by supporting final-year students who wish to pursue careers in fraud examination and other fraud-related fields. To that end, we are delighted to announce the Martin Grieves Memorial Scholarship.
Martin Grieves served with distinction in the Metropolitan Police Service from 1962 and rose to the rank of Detective Superintendent in the Company Fraud Department. He retired from the police in 1996 and went to join the Serious Fraud Office as a principal financial investigator, which he left in 2001 to take on the role of the money laundering reporting officer for Citibank before starting his own consultancy, Risk Resolution International.
Martin took a keen interest in the fight against financial crime and was highly respected for his loyal, honourable and dedicated approach. Martin was actively involved in UK Chapter of the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners (ACFE) for many years up to his death.
Martin boarded the fated Bellview Airlines Flight 210 from Lagos to the Nigerian capital Abuja on Saturday 22 October 2005 en-route to Abuja to run a fraud training course for the Nigerian authorities. Sadly, the plane crashed a few minutes after take-off, 30 km north of Lagos, from which there were no survivors. The introduction of this scholarship program will mark the 10th anniversary of Martin’s untimely death.
An internationally recognised fraud and AML consultant, Martin actively developed training courses in white collar crime, advanced interview techniques and hostage negotiation, as well as carrying out enhanced due diligence for leading companies worldwide. During his career, he took a leading role in white collar crime projects for the OECD, Foreign and Commonwealth Office, U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency, Society for Advanced Legal Studies, Metropolitan Police Force Intelligence System and European Union.
Martin was elected the founder chairman of the International Pen and Sword Association, the association of former fraud squad officers worldwide. He lectured regularly at the International Symposium on Economic Crime and at the International Financial Fraud Convention, and was well known on the fraud and crime conference circuit.
A keen sportsman and a qualified private pilot, he was an honorary life member of the Metropolitan Police Fencing Club and a member of the Metropolitan Police Ski Club Committee. Martin became an international judge for modern pentathlon, qualified to Olympic standard. He was Director of the First Ladies Modern Pentathlon World Championships and other international events including co-ordination and security of Royal visits and international media liaison. Martin was a man with a very deep love for his family, a remarkable individual, who always made himself available to colleagues in need and would personally nurture and develop junior investigators and support staff entering the Fraud profession, it is therefore fitting that we encapsulate his qualities and memory in this award. The award will consist of three elements:
The payment of costs incurred in studying for and taking the CFE examination, including appropriate Student Associate Membership fee
A waiver of fees for attendance at ACFE UK Chapter training and networking events, including the Chapter's Annual Fraud Conference, for a period of 1 year
The offer of a mentor for the period of study and application for membership
In addition, the award allows the successful candidate to become a member of the ACFE UK Chapter at no cost, which will afford them an excellent opportunity to develop a broad network of contacts that may prove invaluable as their career progresses, as well as access to the vast research and training resources that are made available to ACFE members.