Virtual Seminar

Fraud Risk Management

  • Jan 24-26, 2023 10:00 a.m.
  • Central Time (CT)
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The field of risk management has attracted increased mainstream attention in the 21st century as the public has begun to comprehend the negative effects of uncontained risk. Unfortunately, many risk management professionals tend to underestimate the role of fraud in the scope of their professional duties.

With organizations losing an estimated 5% of their annual revenues to fraud, the need for a strong anti-fraud stance and proactive, comprehensive approach to combating fraud is clear. As organizations increase their focus on risk, they should take the opportunity to consider, enact and improve measures to detect, deter and prevent fraud. This course will explain how organizations can integrate anti-fraud initiatives into their risk management programs.



Familiarity with common fraud schemes and risks

You Will Learn How To:

Identify fraud risks and the factors that influence them

Develop and implement the necessary components of a successful fraud risk management program

Identify and implement the elements of a strong anti-fraud corporate culture

Perform a comprehensive fraud risk assessment across the organization

Identify financial, transactional, and behavioral indicators of fraud

Evaluate the fraud risk management program against a maturity model

CPE Information

This course fulfills the annual ethics CPE requirement for CFEs. Learn more about the ethics CPE requirements for CFEs.
CPE Credit: 16
Advanced Preparation: None
Delivery Method: Group Internet Based

Credit by Field of Study

Management Services: 16

Registration & Fees

Registration Fee:
ACFE Members: $625
Non-Members: $725
Early Registration Deadline: December 27, 2022
Register by the Early Registration Deadline to SAVE USD 125!

Fraud Risk Management

Day One

  • 10:00 – 11:20 a.m. Introduction

    Building an effective fraud risk management program requires solid understanding of how and why fraud is perpetrated. Discuss the ways fraud occurs and the impact it has on organizations. Also, learn about the factors that influence an organization’s fraud risks and different parties’ roles and responsibilities for managing these risks.

  • 11:30 a.m. – 12:50 p.m. Fraud Risk Management—Overview

    The risk of fraud is just one of the many types of risks to be managed by an organization. But to let this risk fall out of focus can bring catastrophic results. This session will explore the elements of an effective fraud risk management program, as well as why businesses should invest the necessary resources to manage fraud risk.

  • 1:20 – 2:40 p.m. Developing a Fraud Risk Management Program

    Without clear, defined objectives, a fraud risk management program cannot be effective. Learn how to set program objectives and define risk appetite as the first step in building the program. Then, discuss the seven other steps involved in developing a fraud risk management program, as well as the program components necessary to fully manage the risk of fraud.

  • 2:50 – 4:10 p.m. The Role of Culture and Internal Controls

    Creating an anti-fraud culture throughout the organization provides an important foundation for the fraud risk management program. This session will explore the elements of a strong anti-fraud culture, as well as potential obstacles organizations face in fostering this environment. Also, learn about the role of internal controls as part of the fraud risk management program and how to design and implement effective anti-fraud controls.

Day Two

  • 10:00 – 11:20 a.m. Fraud Risk Assessment, Part 1

    Without an adequate understanding of the organization’s true fraud risks, any efforts at managing fraud risks might miss the mark. Learn what makes a good fraud risk assessment and how to plan and prepare the organization for the assessment. You will also discuss numerous considerations that must be incorporated into the assessment process to ensure the fraud risk assessment’s success.

  • 11:30 a.m. – 12:50 p.m. Fraud Risk Assessment, Part 2

    Continuing the discussion from the previous session, this session will explore a framework for effectively assessing fraud risk across the entire organization. Walk through the entire process, from identifying the sources and types of risks, assessing the danger they pose to the organization, compiling a complete fraud risk portfolio, and determining appropriate action plans to address these risks.

  • 1:00 – 2:20 p.m. Putting the Fraud Risk Assessment into Action

    Using a real-life fraud case, practice applying the fraud risk assessment approaches and methodology explored in the previous discussions. Explore how the company’s culture, anti-fraud controls, leadership behaviors, and complaint and response protocols all affected its ability to manage its fraud risks.

Day Three

  • 10:00 – 11:20 a.m. Shaping an Anti-Fraud Culture

    Many organizations avoid open conversations about fraud, but successfully shaping an anti-fraud culture requires bringing fraud into the spotlight. Learn how to proactively foster an entity-wide anti-fraud culture through policies, hiring practices, employee support and accountability, fraud awareness efforts, and other culture-building initiatives.

  • 11:30 a.m. – 12:50 p.m. Proactively Looking for Fraud Risk Indicators

    Evidence of fraud often hides in plain sight. Identify the various ways that the red flags of fraud can appear in an organization. Learn how to analyze both financial and behavioral clues for warning signs that fraud might be occurring, and how to incorporate monitoring for these signs into the fraud risk management program.

  • 1:00 p.m. – 2:20 p.m. Monitoring, Reporting, and Improving on the Fraud Risk Management Program

    An effective fraud risk management program includes processes and procedures for monitoring the program’s effectiveness and improving the program where needed. Learn how to measure and report the program’s success, as well as how to make the case for additional support and funding. You will also explore a maturity model for assessing and evolving your fraud risk management program.


Bethmara Kessler, CFE - Speaker



Bethmara Kessler is a global thought leader, lecturer, consultant and advisor to businesses on the topics of fraud, audit, compliance, enterprise risk management, shared services delivery strategies, and process transformation. Kessler is an ACFE Regent and is on the ACFE Faculty and Advisory Council. She earned her bachelor’s degree in business administration and accounting from Baruch College in New York.

Kessler is the former head of integrated global services (IGS) for the Campbell Soup Company. Her career spans more than 30 years in positions that include Chief Compliance Officer, Chief Audit Executive and Enterprise Risk Management Head. Her extensive experience also includes leadership roles in audit, risk management, information technology and corporate investigations in companies including EY, Avon Products, Nabisco, EMI Group, LBrands, The Fraud and Risk Advisory Group and Warner Music Group. 

Kessler is a passionate fraud fighter and frequently speaks on a variety of topics related to fraud prevention and detection, investigations, auditing, compliance and risk. She is a contributing author to the ACFE's Fraud Examiners Manual and "Fraud Casebook: Lessons from the Bad Side of Business" as well as several articles that have appeared in "Internal Auditor Magazine", "The Journal of Accountancy" and other specialty publications 


Payment must be received by December 27, 2022 to receive early registration discount. 

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