World’s Largest Gathering of Anti-Fraud Pros Kicks Off in Las Vegas


Preet Bharara, Andrew Fastow top list of Keynotes for ACFE Global Fraud Conference


Las Vegas, Nev. (6/23/2013)—More than 2,600 anti-fraud professionals have gathered at the ARIA Resort & Casino here for the 24th Annual ACFE Global Fraud Conference, setting record attendance for an event that is the largest of its kind in the world.  


Attendees from more than 60 countries will hear from Preet Bharara, U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York, international corporate intelligence expert Chris Mathers, former Enron CFO and convicted fraudster Andrew Fastow and other speakers and panelists during the weeklong conference. 


Dubbed “The Street Fighter” by TIME Magazine, Bharara oversees the investigation and litigation of all criminal and civil cases brought on behalf of the U.S. in the Southern District of New York. Under his charge, the Civil Frauds Unit has collected close to $500 million in settlements since its inception, including multi-million dollar settlements with Deutsche Bank and CitiMortgage for faulty lending practices and other fraudulent conduct.  


Bharara will be presented with the ACFE’s Cressey Award during Monday’s lunch session, at which time he will address a banquet hall packed with anti-fraud professionals. His appearance follows the presentation of the ACFE’s Guardian Award to Allan Dodds Frank – Emmy and Loeb Award-winning contributor to The Daily Beast and a special correspondent for Newsweek. 


Tuesday morning, attendees will hear from Mathers, who has posed undercover as a gangster, drug trafficker, money launderer and other roles during his career with the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP), U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) and the U.S. Customs Service. During Tuesday’s lunch session, Stacey Keach, award-winning actor and narrator of CNBC’s "American Greed," will provide his personal take on fraud and staying one step ahead of con-artists.


Fastow will give the concluding keynote address on Wednesday, providing his reflections on the Enron scandal in his hotly anticipated appearance – his first before a wide audience (note: the ACFE does not compensate convicted fraudsters for their speaking engagements).


The ACFE Global Fraud Conference marks the largest gathering of fraud fighters under one roof. The event offers more than 80 educational sessions focused on subjects including high-tech fraud, risk management, auditing for fraud, and detection, investigation and prevention.


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