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ACFE Houston In PERSON Luncheon, Topic: Fraud Prevention from the Perspective of an Individual that Embezzled $13.5 Million

  • January 10, 2023
  • 11:30 AM - 1:00 PM
  • The Ballroom at Tanglewood (formerly HESS Club), 5430 Westheimer Ct, Houston, TX 77056


  • You must be a student chapter member to register at this rate.

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The Houston ACFE invites you to join us for our Monthly IN PERSON luncheon!  It's on the 2nd Tuesday of each month, so mark your recurring calendars!



Vernon BeckTitle:  Fraud Prevention from the Perspective of an Individual Who Embezzled $13.5 Million

Date: Tuesday, January 10, 2023

Time: Lunch 11:30 pm, 12-1 presentation and Q&A

Description: Why would a former U.S. Air Force fighter and bomber pilot decide to embezzle almost $14 million from the company where he had worked for 17+ years?

9/11 has a new meaning for me, because on 9/11 of 2007, at 7:30 AM, two FBI agents walked into my office and arrested me, hand-cuffed me and read me my rights, then transported me to the Federal Detention Center in downtown Houston, Texas where I was charged with committing a $13.5 million fraud. My life as I knew it was changed forever. Without any hesitation, I can tell you that my arrest was the best thing that ever happened to me in my life! Not only was I on the wrong path, I was flying down that path at Mach-1, and with my Air Force background – I know what Mach-1 feels like.

My health had deteriorated due to the immense stress of committing this crime, and hiding it from my family and loved ones. My weight had climbed to 239 pounds, my blood pressure had skyrocketed, and I am certain that either a heart attack or stroke was just around the corner. So why did I do it? What was I searching for? I did not need the money – I held a high-paying executive position for many years.

Learning Objectives:  The presentation is designed to inform fraud examiners about the conditions that can lead a well-respected executive of an organization to commit an embezzlement against his or her employer. Attendees will be afforded a rare opportunity to examine the act of committing an embezzlement from the perspective of an embezzler. Mr. Beck will openly and honestly discuss the criminal acts that he perpetrated against his employer

Questions (Tough ones too!!) are welcome and encouraged!

If you've seen him before, come again!  Mr. Beck has some updated thoughts and topics to discuss since he last spoke, mostly from questions he has been asked.


    11:30 am: Lunch

    11:50 am: Houston ACFE Board Remarks

    12:00 pm - 1:00 pm - Presentation

    Recommended CPE hours: 1.0 credits.  

    Event Policies:

    Program Cancellation Policy

    If you have registered and/or paid for an event and you need to cancel, you MUST cancel online through your account no later than 5 days prior to the event, unless otherwise indicated in specific event policies, to request a refund and/or cancel your registration. The Chapter must confirm event registrations with the venue prior to the event and any changes after this time period can become a financial cost to the Chapter. The Chapter reserves the right to make the final determination on what percentage charge/refund will be returned for cancellations made after the cutoff. The default condition is that cancellations made after cutoff will be charged at 100% and/or no refunds will be allowed. In the event the Chapter determines that partial charges or refunds will be allowed, they will be made on a case by case basis.

    In the event of having to cancel one of the events,  the Chapter would immediately send an email blast to all registrants with the emails they used for registration.  The Chapter media relations officer would post on all social media platforms notifying members of the cancellation, and the Chapter webmaster would also post cancellation on the Chapter website.

    In the event an attendee does not show up to the event, the registration cost will be forfeited. If payment at the door was the selected method, then the attendee will be billed for the full cost of the event. The Chapter reserves the right to bar future registrations for any attendees who routinely register and fail to pay and/or attend the event.  If you have any questions you may email events@houstonacfe.org."

    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: Not Applicable
    Field of Study: Specialized Knowledge
    Who Should Attend:  Anti-fraud professionals, Auditors, Accountants, Attorneys, Investigators, Law Enforcement, Educators, Students
    Advanced Preparation: None
    Program Level: Basic

    NASBA Sponsor No.  125230

    The Houston Area Chapter of the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners is registered with the National Association of State Boards of Accountancy (NASBA) as a sponsor of continuing professional education on the National Registry of CPE Sponsors.  State boards of accountancy have final authority on the acceptance of individual courses for CPE credit.  Complaints regarding registered sponsors may be submitted to the National Registry of CPE Sponsors through its web site: www.nasbaregistry.org

    For concerns regarding course offerings, certifications or complaints, please contact:  Gabriella Marshall, Training Director at the Houston ACFE.

    Houston Area ACFE Chapter
    PO Box 22853
    Houston, Texas 77227-2853

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