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January SHSU - Woodlands Campus Training: "Why do CFEs Need Ethics Training?"

  • January 28, 2020
  • 4:00 PM - 5:30 PM
  • Sam Houston State University (The Woodlands Center), 3380 College Park Drive, Room 140, The Woodlands, TX 77384


  • Members Seat - Only current active members of the Houston Chapter may register a members seat.
  • Registration for non-members.
  • You must be a student chapter member to register at this rate.
  • Same Day Walk-In Pricing Open to All.

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“Why Do Certified Fraud Examiners Need Ethics Training?

Speaker: Joseph Agins, CFE

Presentation Description:

(Note: This presentation will complete one hour of the CFE Ethics requirement for training.  It does not comply for CPAs or NASBA Ethics.)

As Certified Fraud Examiners (CFEs), we investigate the frauds and ethical misdeeds of others.  So, why do we need ethics training? Some might say, “ethical behavior is the foundation of any professional association and as such, should be a recurring theme in every association’s training program.” Said differently, CFEs make mistakes. We are human. CFEs have ethical lapses. CFEs even commit fraud!

Learn through multiple case studies how several of our former colleagues took a wrong turn on the ethical journey and violated the very ethical principles they exist to uphold.  CFEs are required to adhere to the ACFE Code of Professional Ethics.  Although these former colleagues were aware of the ACFE Code of Professional Ethics, it was not sufficient to deter their unethical behavior.

We will examine the mistakes of these individuals to better understand why these individuals that were employed to investigate the fraud and ethical misdeeds of others would engage in unethical behavior themselves. Would ethics training have helped these individuals? Attend this presentation and find out for yourself.

Speaker Background:

Joseph Agins is responsible for the development, implementation, and maintenance of Sam Houston State University's Institutional Compliance Program.

Joseph has over 12 years in post secondary education compliance, previously working as Director of Ethics & Compliance for Apollo Education Group, one the world's largest private education providers.

Mr. Agins is a Regent Emeritus for the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners (ACFE), serving on their Board for 2014 and 2015. The ACFE is the world's largest anti-fraud organization and premier provider of anti-fraud training and education. Together with over 75,000 members, the ACFE is reducing business fraud world-wide and inspiring public confidence in the integrity and objectivity within the profession.

In 2011 Joseph co-founded the Arizona Ethics & Compliance Council (AECC), a successful member organization dedicated to promoting ethical business practices and serving as a forum for Arizona's Ethics and Compliance professionals to gather to exchange information, share best practices, and build their professional networks. Current and former member organizations include Freeport-McMoRan, Arizona Public Service, On Semiconductor, U-Haul, PetSmart, Intel, Prudential, Insight, Raytheon, Arizona State University, Honeywell, The Arizona Diamondbacks, Phoenix Suns, and many, many others.

As a speaker he is regularly invited to speak on the topics of fraud, investigations and ethics at major conferences held by organizations such as the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners (ACFE), the Society for Compliance & Ethics (SCCE) and the Ethics and Compliance Officers Association (ECOA).

CPE Credits: 1.0 CPE Credits


4:00 P.M.         Check-in and Networking (snacks and drinks provided).

4:30 P.M.         Presentation Begins.

5:30 P.M.         Presentation Ends.

Learning Objectives:

Objective and Purpose
  • Understand the responsibilities of the Certified Fraud Examiner when investigating frauds
  • Learn about the real-world pitfalls that can occur when difficult investigations become ethically challenging
  • Identify the steps to take to ensure an ethical and transparent investigation
  • Learn others' mistakes and how to avoid them

Event Policies:

If you have registered and/or paid for an event and you need to cancel, you MUST email events@houstonacfe.org no later than 5 days prior to the event to request a refund and/or cancel your registration.      

For more information regarding refund, complaint and/or program cancellation policies, please visit the Terms & Conditions section of the website, or email us at events@houstonacfe.org.    

Additional Information:

Delivery Method: Group-Live
Prerequisites: Working Knowledge of Fraud and Fraud Schemes
Field of Study: Specialized Knowledge and Applications [Fraud]
Who Should Attend?:  Anti-fraud professionals, Auditors, Accountants, Attorneys, Investigators, Law Enforcement, Educators, Students
Advanced Preparation: None
Program Level: Intermediate

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PO Box 22853
Houston, Texas 77227-2853

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