Member Spotlight

David Wilson, CFE

Learning through experience

There is no substitute for hands-on experience in the fraud examination field. This reality has helped guide David Wilson, CFE, in his career and is also a key piece of advice he imparts to others looking to enter the profession. As security and asset protection manager for Coca-Cola South Africa, Wilson earned his Certified Fraud Examiner (CFE) credential and regards that, along with his successful investigations, among his proudest accomplishments.

What first interested you in the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners (ACFE) and inspired you to seek the CFE credential?

Initially, I was just an associate member of the ACFE. Once I started receiving the communications, advice, courses offered and the professional development opportunities, I learned the value of the CFE credential.

What advantage does the CFE credential give professionals in the marketplace?

It provides a formal framework for continued education and professional development. The CFE network provides useful resources at your fingertips to use during fraud examinations. 

Be actively engaged in the organization. Attend the conferences and network with colleagues. David Wilson, CFE

Security and Asset Protection Manager


Food and Beverage


South Africa

What specific advantage has it given you in your career?

The credential has given me many advantages. One of the most important is that it adds value to court testimony as the credential is well respected by the legal fraternity in South Africa.

What are some ways you’ve been able to apply your CFE training to your job?

I have downloaded the training material, which I intend on distributing to our offices to educate finance personnel regarding red flag indicators. I am launching a fraud risk assessment and implementing proactive strategies to mitigate the risk of occupational fraud in the workplace. These preventative strategies are ways in which I leverage the CFE credential daily.

In your opinion, why is anti-fraud education and awareness important for businesses and government agencies?

Having readily trained associates within the workplace contributes to the reduction of fraudulent schemes. Fraud may be detected much earlier, ensuring that the median loss is greatly reduced.

What do you consider your greatest career achievement?

Some of the large fraud cases that I have concluded successfully and achieving my CFE credential.

What advice would you give to someone just starting their career as a CFE?

Shadow a seasoned investigator to learn the tricks of the trade. You can’t learn everything from the manuals. Having the CFE will certainly provide the groundwork, but hands-on experience is a great advantage.

What impact has being a member of the ACFE had on you personally and professionally?

It has enabled me to network with like-minded individuals and share experiences and learn new skills. The ACFE Global Fraud Conference in Orlando gave me a great sense of the organization and the resources at my disposal.

What are the keys to getting the most out of your ACFE membership?

Be actively engaged in the organization. Attend the annual conferences and network with colleagues.

ACFE membership is open to individuals of all job functions, industries and levels of experience who are interested in the prevention, detection and deterrence of fraud. If you want to level up your anti-fraud career, we can help.

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