Fraud and Character: The Psychology and Motivations of White-Collar Criminals (Webinar Archive)


Fraud and Character

CPE Credit: 2
Course Level: Intermediate
Prerequisite: Working knowledge of fraud and fraud schemes


In this course, Michael Pocalyko, CFE, a corporate chairman who specializes in white-collar investigations, and Dr. Michael Greelis, describe the ethics and psychology of white-collar criminals using case studies and analysis of fraudsters’ motivations. Additionally, the Fraud Triangle and the roles that narcissism, sociopathy and greed play in committing fraud will be discussed.

You Will Learn How To:

Apply criteria for aberrant behavior and psychopathology to white-collar criminals

Recognize how character and ethical breaches can signal the existence of white-collar crime

Assess the motivations that white-collar criminals have in common

Recognize the components of the Fraud Triangle based on the discussion of convicted fraudsters

Recall three convicted fraudsters’ motivations for committing white-collar crimes

This course fulfills the annual ethics CPE requirement for CFEs. To learn more about the ethics CPE requirement for CFEs, please visit

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Webinar Information:

Presenter: Michael Pocalyko CFE, MPA, PI, CA and Michael Greelis, Ph.D. LPC, LMFTA

Recording Date: October 11, 2017

Duration: 100 minutes

CPE Information:

Field of Study: Behavioral Ethics

Last updated: October 2017

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