John Jupin, CFE
Retired federal special agent finds new career "beyond the badge."
John Jupin, CFE, retired Senior Special Agent for the U.S. Department of Labor and FBI, spent more than 20 years as a fraud investigator before deciding to become a Certified Fraud Examiner (CFE) in March of 2011. "To me, obtaining my CFE credential was part of the plan to transition from being someone with a gun and badge to being beyond the badge," Jupin said. Jupin advises those new to a career or those looking for employment to embrace the change that comes with any profession. Whether you are just starting out or leaving a legacy, confidence is the key to career success.
I had been a fraud investigator for more than 20 years; first as a Special Agent with the FBI and later with the U.S. Department of Labor - Office of the Inspector General (OIG). I realized when I was within five years of retirement that any training I was to receive would have to be on my own. Federal Special Agents (Job Classification 1811) are forced to retire at age 57. To me, obtaining my CFE credential was part of the plan to transition from being someone with a gun and badge to being beyond the badge.
I regret not becoming a CFE earlier in my career and before I retired. The CFE would have been invaluable in my career. I would like to say to the law enforcement officers (local, state and federal) that the CFE will help make you a better investigator and help you network for a new job after you leave law enforcement.
I have been teaching at a local technical college in Georgia since retiring in August 2010. I hope the CFE brings opportunities to instruct at two- and four-year colleges. I also now feel I can look for investigation and consulting work in the Atlanta area with my criminal investigative experience and with the CFE.
The best strategy I had was to marry someone who was supportive and believed in me when I did not believe in myself.John Jupin, CFE
Senior Special Agent (Retired), U.S. Department of Labor – Office of Inspector General
Alpharetta, Georgia, U.S.
The best strategy I had was to marry someone who was supportive and believed in me when I did not believe in myself. My wife, Dr. Toni Lynn Bellon, comes from a long line of educators, and believed change was something to embrace and not run away from. She had confidence in me and believed that I could get a master’s in public administration. This led to my appointment as an FBI agent. She also believed in me when I left the FBI and went to the U.S. Department of Labor-OIG. More recently, she believed that I could obtain the CFE and do well after my career as a federal special agent ended in 2010.
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