Whistleblowers can be divisive characters. Celebrated by some as heroes and denounced by others as snitches, few other elements that come up during a fraud investigation can spark such polarizing labels. During her session at the 2016 ACFE Fraud Conference Asia-Pacific, Jessica Sidhu, CFE, Llb, explored the precarious position whistleblowers are in. “Is a whistleblower a good person or a bad person? Is he a traitor or is he a patriot?” she asked the audience. “Only when you’ve answered this question will you be able to take a whistleblower seriously.”Read More
World-renowned IT security expert, and co-founder of Europe’s largest anti-virus company, Eugene Kaspersky will address anti-fraud professionals 29-31 January 2017 at Atlantis, the Palm in Dubai for the 2017 ACFE Fraud Conference Middle East. Held under the patronage of His Excellency AbdulAziz Abdulla Al Ghurair, Chairman of UAE Banks Federation, this event is hosted by the Department of Economic Development (DED), Government of Dubai, in partnership with the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners (ACFE).Read More
Interview with Andrew Fastow, former Enron CFO and convicted fraudster,* and keynote speaker at the upcoming 2017 ACFE Fraud Conference Middle East, January 29-31
What are you most hoping attendees will take away from your presentation?
This is my first time to speak in this region, so I am looking forward to the opportunity. I am hoping attendees will take away that there is more than one way to think about fraud. Fraud can often occur even when people don’t realize they are committing fraud, and this is something that fraud examiners need to be thinking about. It’s not just about bribery, embezzlement and faking numbers or accounts, but about certain behaviors.
How do you know when someone is lying to you? Do you even know when someone is lying to you? What does it look like to see the truth leak out of someone? These questions, and more, were asked and answered last month at the 2016 ACFE Fraud Conference Asia-Pacific in Singapore.Read More
Despite not being physically in the room, Rewcastle-Brown managed to lay out the intricate timeline of the 1MDB scandal that allegedly begun in 2009 through present day. She told attendees that she initially came into the scandal through her work investigating deforestation in the Sarawak region of Malaysia. As she started following trails of corruption tied to development and deforestation there, they all started to lead upward. What she found was the beginning of a colorful and tangled web of international shell companies, a high-profile Malaysian financier and agent, a wife with a penchant for designer handbags and a Hollywood blockbuster.Read More
"Russian software engineers are the best. Not my words. Condoleezza Rice told me that," said cybersecurity expert, Eugene Kaspersky, at the 2015 ACFE Fraud Conference Europe. "I said, ‘I 100 percent agree with you!' So Russian software engineers are the best, but at the same time Russian criminals, ah, it's the other side of the coin."Read More