• Stories

    behind the numbers

    Each of the 2,690 real cases of occupational fraud reported in the ACFE’s 2018 Report to the Nations has a unique story behind it. Dive deeper by reading these case studies from the investigating CFEs.

    *All names of individuals and organizations in the following stories have been changed.

    Practice makes imperfect

    A charismatic fraudster drains a physicians’ practice for more than 20 years

    The veteran bookkeeper

    An accountant with 20 years’ tenure bleeds a nonprofit dry

    Taking advantage

    A part-time caregiver defrauds an elderly owner of a working farm

    The vacation day

    A banker’s fraud scheme is caught when he takes a day off

    Banker on the run

    A bank client comes to regret their close relationship with a bank officer