What advice do you have for other fraud examiners who would follow in your footsteps?
Simply put, seek a mentor. One of my current mentors advised me to always be on the lookout for someone who you feel comfortable with who will share their knowledge and experiences. Knowledge is priceless and so is the wise advice mentors share. It's your desire that will make this happen; desire transcends everything, which will produce fabulous results. In addition, focus on detail and SLOW DOWN. Sometimes we can get caught up with production and numbers; however, it's important to slow down, have a clear head and really think about the details of the loan. With that being said, it is also important not to dig too far deep down the rabbit hole. It's important to find a good balance.
In general, do you think the global problem of fraud is getting better — or worse?
Feelings are neutral. I see us taking action towards better prevention, but the fraudsters seem to find new ways to challenge us. We may be able to eliminate some fraud, slowing down the fraudulent activity, but I do not believe fraud will ever go away. Technology is always advancing, and as a result, determined individuals willing to commit fraud will always try to find a way.
You are based in McLean, Virginia — where are you from, originally?
I’m originally from Denver, Colorado. At an early age my family moved to California where I spent several years, before they relocated to Pennsylvania. As a young adult I settled in Orlando, Florida, and from there the industry lead me to Virginia where I call home. I'm thankful for my movement around the states, as I feel it has helped define me as a well-rounded person.
Do you have any hobbies or interests outside of your anti-fraud work?
Like most Virginians, I enjoy the outdoors. I love camping with my husband and my two dogs. But on a more ritual basis, I love to run. I find when I push myself that extra mile, I'm much more enthusiastic, focused and driven; runner's high if you will.
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