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Professional Awards

The Houston ACFE Chapter supports its members, the community, students and anti-fraud professionals by recognizing and awarding them for their contributions, achievements and dedication to the fight against fraud. The following list are those individuals and organizations that have been presented awards from the Houston ACFE Chapter.

Fraud Fighter of the Year

The Houston Chapter of the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners issues the Greater Houston Fraud Fighter of the Year award annually to the investigator, public or private, whose investigation exemplifies determination, perseverance and commitment in the fight against fraud.

Current Honoree

Detective Scott Lanham, MBA, CFE - Houston Police Department Financial Crimes Unit


 Scott Lanham has been awarded the Greater Houston 2016 Fraud Fighter of the Year award for solving a case involving organized criminal activity predicated on insurance fraud, barrartry, bribery and Identity theft. The total estimate of the fraud currently stands over $500,000.

 

Scott C. Lanham, MBA, CFE is a police officer assigned to the Houston Police Department’s Financial Crimes Unit.  He investigates the full range of financial crimes.  Officer Lanham has investigated, charged, and convicted identity thieves, corporate embezzlers, money launderers, members of criminal organizations, and human traffickers.  Officer Lanham’s previous assignments include patrol, crime scene investigation, and SWAT.

Prior to his law enforcement career, Officer Lanham spent nine years in US Army Special Operations Command.  During this time, he had extensive experience in the Balkans and Middle East.  Officer Lanham continues to serve as an Air Crew Officer in the Coast Guard Auxiliary. Officer Lanham has a Bachelor of Science and a Master of Business Administration from Liberty University.  He is currently pursuing his Master of Science in Accounting at the University of St. Thomas. 

Officer Lanham has presented to numerous groups, including student chapters of the ACFE and the American Woman’s Society of Certified Public Accountants Houston Affiliate.  He Certified Fraud Examiner.  Officer Lanham is a member of the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners, Institute of Internal Auditors, Association of Former Intelligence Officers, and Sovereign Military Order of the Temple of Jerusalem.

Prior Recipients

  • Sheridan Simmond - Port Officer, Houston Port Authority (2015)
  • Charles "Chuck" Cummings of Cummings & Houston LLP (2014)
  • Detective Bruce Moats: Missouri City Police Department (2013)
  • Detective James Blackwell of the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office (2012)


FRAUD impact Award

 The Houston Chapter of the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners Fraud Impact Award is presented to the individual who made outstanding, significant contributions to the worldwide effort to prevent, deter, or detect fraud. The fraud fighter must have played an important role in a significant fraud matter. In the spirit of the Houston Chapter slogan United Locally to Fight Fraud Globally, the winner must reside in the Houston Combined Statistical Area, defined by the U.S. Census Bureau as Harris, Fort Bend, Montgomery, Brazoria, Galveston, Liberty, Waller, Chambers, Austin, San Jacinto, Walker, and Matagorda counties. 

Current Honoree

 Amy Davis, Emmy-award winning Reporter


 The Houston Chapter of the ACFE announces its 2016 Global Fraud Impact Award Winner - Amy Davis.

 Emmy-award winning reporter Amy Davis is passionate about helping people.

 Her persistent pursuit of justice has landed scam artists in prison, changed state laws and city ordinances,        and has resulted in businesses refunding thousands of dollars owed to customers who couldn't otherwise get  their money.

 Amy is a native Houstonian and thinks it's pretty cool that she lives just miles from the hospital where she was born. She attended Aldine Senior High School and the University of Houston, where she majored in Journalism and received a minor in Political Science.

Amy is a long-time member of Investigative Reporters & Editors.

Her investigations have won accolades and honors from the Texas Associated Press Broadcasters, Society of Professional Journalists, the Houston Press Club, the Harris County Medical Society and the Lone Star Emmy Chapter.

Ms. Davis led an investigation regarding complaints filed with the State Securities Board and the FBI with regard to a potential fraudulent investment scheme orchestrated by AG Cooper & Associates and convicted fraudster Allan Cooper. Victim complaints gained traction with the FBI upon reporting by Ms. Davis and more recently Allan Cooper was arrested in conjunction with the fraud charges. Because of her work on this case, she was selected by the Houston ACFE Board of Directors as the 2016 Fraud Impact Award Winner and our guest speaker at the June luncheon.

http://www.click2houston.com/news/investigates/houston-convicted-thief-runs-investment-company-in-plain-sight

The Houston Chapter of the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners Global Fraud Impact Award for 2016 is presented to the individual who made outstanding, significant contributions to the worldwide effort to prevent, deter, or detect fraud. The fraud fighter must have played an important role in a significant fraud matter. In the spirit of the Houston Chapter slogan United Locally to Fight Fraud Globally, the winner must reside in the Houston Combined Statistical Area, defined by the U.S. Census Bureau as Harris, Fort Bend, Montgomery, Brazoria, Galveston, Liberty, Waller, Chambers, Austin, San Jacinto, Walker, and Matagorda counties.  The outstanding contribution must have taken place during the twelve month period ending April 30, 2016.

Prior Recipients

  • Dr. Qingzhong "Frank" Lu - Assistant Professor of Computer Science (2015)
  • Ryan C. Hubbs - President of the Houston ACFE Chapter (2014)
  • Wayne Dolcefino - President of Dolcefino Communications (2013)

President's award

Recognition from the Houston Area ACFE Chapter President to individuals who have had a significant impact on the chapter.

Current Honoree

Cindy Dunigan, Membership Director of the Houston ACFE


For her many years of service and dedication to the ACFE and the anti-fraud profession including 20 years of service on the Houston ACFE Board of Directors, Cindy Dunigan was awarded the President's Award on March 14, 2017 at the Houston Chapter's March Seminar featuring Jim Ratley, President of the ACFE, and John Gill, Vice President of Education for the ACFE.  Jim Ratley presented Cindy with the award on behalf of the Houston Chapter.

Prior Recipients

  • Jim Ratley, President of the ACFE (2014)
  • William Blake Hubbard for Student Leadership (2013)
  • Kurt Allshouse, Chapter Board Member (2013)
  • Kent Dixon, Chapter Board Member (2013)

executive leadership Awards

This award was presented by Ryan Hubbs, Chapter President, to the Executive Team as a thank you for leadership and dedication to the award-winning Houston ACFE Chapter.

Current Honorees

  • Chrysti Ziegler
  • Beverly Perilloux
  • Tim Davis
  • Charles Dixon
  • Cynthia "Cindy" Dunigan
  • Shawn Pickens
  • Hallie Merrick
  • David Kirtland
  • Kim Lower
  • Gail Salans
  • Kathryn Avery Guillot 
  • Scott Lanham
  • Patrick Rodriguez

CFE Exam Awards

The CFE Exam awards are presented to individuals who take and successfully pass the CFE exam.

Honorees

  • Mariela Morales (2016)
  • Christian Castellanos (2016)
  • Krystin Mitchell (2016)
  • Dorothy Haraminac (2016)
  • Jamie Knape (2016)
  • Dorothy Haraminac (2016)
  • Jamie Knape (2016)
  • Emmy Altamirano (2015)
  • Jennifer Eng (2015)
  • Rod Fisher (2015)
  • Reagan Lambert (2015)
  • Kimberly Lower (2015)
  • Heather Miller (2015)
  • Katherine Rodriguez (2015)
  • Clinton Shuffler (2015)
  • Tram Tran (2015)
  • Bridget Truxillo (2015)
  • Jennifer Young (2015)
  • Arpna Aggarwal (2014)
  • Tim Davis (2014)
  • Jacob Gordon (2014)
  • Anthony Kaczmarek (2014)
  • Melissa McCracken (2014)
  • Felicia Olagbemi (2014)
  • Elizabeth Sustain (2014)
  • Scott Jungtinton (2013)
  • David Kirkland (2013)
  • Scott Lanham (2013)
  • Joe Seltz (2013)
  • Paul Vaneck (2013)

Global conference Awards

Every year, the ACFE holds the Annual Global Fraud Conference which is the largest anti-fraud conference in the world.  To encourage our chapter members to attend the Global Fraud Conference, the Houston Chapter Board selects a limited number of members and provides a financial award to offset related registration and travel expenses.

Current Honorees

  • Gail Salans
  • Chrysti Ziegler

LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARDS

This award is granted to the dedicated chapter members who have been active members of the chapter for 25 years or more.

Lifetime Members

  • Larry Beall
  • John Bovaird
  • A.J. Dyck
  • Jim Garcia
  • Joseph S. Gardella
  • Kent Gee
  • James Griffing
  • Monir Ibrahim
  • Robert Pierce Malone
  • Richard Martinez
  • Barry Neff
  • Samuel Ng
  • D. Patrick O'Dell
  • Stephen Scmoover
  • Marc Schwartz
  • Pete Simon
  • Arthur Smiley
  • Herbert Warner
  • Terry Whitley
  • Stephen Wilson

Houston Area ACFE Chapter
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Houston, Texas 77227-2853

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