In a new report from the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners (ACFE), 58% of anti-fraud professionals say their organizations currently have inadequate levels of anti-fraud staffing and resources. “Without adequate resources or staff, fraud examiners
are limited to how much they are able to sufficiently investigate and stop fraud,” said ACFE President and CEO Bruce Dorris, J.D., CFE, CPA. “Each day that a fraud scheme is able to continue, the victim organization is losing money to a situation
that could likely be prevented.”
Also reported in the ACFE’s 2019 In-House
Fraud Investigation Team Benchmarking Report, nearly half of anti-fraud professionals said they believe their organizations are more vulnerable to external frauds now than in the past — compared to 38% of respondents who noted the same about occupational
fraud. Other notable findings include:
- 15% of organizations typically do not recover any of their funds lost to fraud, and another 64% recover less than half of their losses.
- 60% of organizations expect to increase their investments in anti-fraud programs in the next 2 years.
- 72% of teams frequently or occasionally investigate employee embezzlement, making it the most common type of fraud investigated.
- Fraud investigators in the insurance industry have the largest caseload, with an average of 17 cases at any given time, while those in the mining industry have the smallest average caseload of 2 cases.
- Organizations in the government and public administration sectors typically have the longest fraud investigations, with teams taking an average of 94 days to close a case.
“It is important to benchmark current anti-fraud efforts globally, across industries and within organizations of different sizes in order to get a holistic picture of how organizations are tackling fraud,” said Dorris. “This data allows organizations
to evaluate the effectiveness and efficiency of their anti-fraud initiatives, as well as to identify areas for improvement, expansion or investment.”
The report was based on responses of 886 anti-fraud professionals that work as part of an in-house team that performs fraud investigations for their employing organization. The respondents represent 100 countries and work across all industries.
The report can be found at ACFE.com/teamreport. To access to the report, or to set up any interviews, please contact Sarah Hofmann at PR@ACFE.com.
Association of Certified Fraud Examiners
Founded in 1988, the ACFE is the world’s largest anti-fraud organization and premier provider of anti-fraud training and education. Together with more than 85,000 members, the ACFE is reducing business fraud worldwide. For more information, visit ACFE.com.