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  • December 02, 2018 5:21 PM | Katherine Avery Guillot (Administrator)

    Thank you to the Houston Area ACFE Student Relations Volunteers that participated in on campus events during the Fall 2018 semester. Your efforts furthered the anti-fraud education in our community.

    2018 Fall Semester Volunteers Included:

    Chrysti Ziegler

    Patrick Rodriguez

    Gabriella Marshall

    Cheryl Carter

    Thomas Mullinnix

    Katherine McMillen

    Doug Manhart

    Mehboob Shrivastava

    If you are interested in volunteering for future speaking engagements with the student chapters, please reach out to Katherine Avery Guillot for more information.

  • November 13, 2018 10:43 AM | Krystin Mitchell (Administrator)
    The deadline for award nominations has been extended to Tuesday November 20, 2018. 


    The Greater Houston Area Fraud Fighter of the Year Award (FFOTY) is presented to the investigator(s), public or private, whose investigation exemplifies determination, perseverance and commitment in the fight against fraud and who is a contributing factor in the issuance of an arrest warrant for a significant fraudster.

    FFOTY Award Criteria and Rules

    • The arrest warrant or conviction must have been during the twelve month period ending October 31, 2018.
    • Candidates can either be self-nominated or nominated by a peer, supervisor, fraud victim or other third party.
    • Details of the fraud investigation and arrest warrant must be verified by two third parties, in addition to the nominating party.
    • The fraud must have taken place in the Greater Houston Combined Statistical Area or the investigator/prosecutor must reside in the Greater Houston 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).
    • Contest entries should provide written details of the investigation and arrest warrant, with emphasis on the investigator's actions displaying determination, perseverance and commitment. The significance of the fraud should also be emphasized.

    Fraud Fighter Nomination Form 2018.pdf

    The Greater Houston Area Educator of the Year Award (EOTY) is presented to the educator who has made an outstanding contribution to anti-fraud education within their college or university. This award is open to educators only.

    EOTY Award Criteria and Rules

    • Candidates can either be self-nominated or nominated by a peer, supervisor, or other third party.
    • Details of the educator's actions must be verified by two third parties, in addition to the nominating party.
    • The educator 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.
    • Contest entries should provide written details of the contributions in as much detail as possible.

                   Educator Nomination Form 2018.pdf

    The Greater Houston Area CFE of the Year Award (COTY) is presented to the CFE who has made any significant impact in the over his or her lifetime whether it be our Houston ACFE chapter, various service projects in the community or in the fight against fraud. All significant contributions will be considered.

    COTY Award Criteria and Rules

    • Candidates can either be self-nominated or nominated by a peer, supervisor, or other third party.
    • Details of the CFE's actions must be verified by two third parties, in addition to the nominating party.
    • The CFE 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.
    • Contest entries should provide written details of the contributions in as much detail as possible.

                   Houston Area CFE Nomination Form 2018.pdf 

    The Awards Committee of the Houston Chapter of the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners will be the sole judges to determine the winner of the award. The committee's decision is not subject to appeal. All awards are presented annually in December of each year.

    Email the completed form to mailto:krystinlmitchell@gmail.com

    Completed application forms are due by November 15, 2018

    Note: Journalists are not eligible for the Greater Houston Fraud Fighter of the Year award but they are eligible for the Greater Houston CFE of the Year Award.


  • November 11, 2018 8:42 AM | Krystin Mitchell (Administrator)

    Houston Area Chapter of the Association of Fraud Examiners (ACFE) Joins Movement to Shine a Spotlight on Fraud

    International Fraud Awareness Week kicks off Nov. 11, 2018 worldwide

    Fraud costs organizations worldwide an estimated 5 percent of their annual revenues, according to a study conducted by the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners (ACFE). The ACFE’s 2018 Report to the Nations on Occupational Fraud and Abuse analyzed 2,690 occupational fraud cases that caused a total loss of more than $7.1 billion.

    The seriousness of the global fraud problem is why Houston Area Chapter of the ACFE announced that it will be participating in the International Fraud Awareness Week, Nov. 11-17, 2018, as an official supporter to promote anti-fraud awareness and education. The movement, commonly referred to as Fraud Week, champions the need to proactively fight fraud and help safeguard business and investments from the growing fraud problem.

    The Houston Area Chapter of the ACFE joins hundreds of organizations who have partnered with the ACFE, the world's largest anti-fraud organization and premier provider of anti-fraud training and education, for the yearly Fraud Week campaign.

    During Fraud Week, official supporters will engage in various activities, including: hosting fraud awareness training for employees and/or the community, conducting employee surveys to assess levels of fraud awareness within their organization, posting articles on company websites and in newsletters and teaming up with local media to highlight the problem of fraud.

    The Houston Area Chapter of the ACFE is hosting a networking event on Wednesday November 14, 2018 from 4-6pm with a several small businesses at WeWork Houston Community. The goal of the event is to provide small businesses an opportunity to network with fraud professionals and provide them with materials and resources to better protect their businesses. Please RSVP at https://houstonacfe.org/event-3113090

    For more information about increasing awareness and reducing the risk of fraud during International Fraud Awareness Week, visit FraudWeek.com.

    The 2018 Report to the Nations is available for download online at FraudWeek.com.


  • November 06, 2018 8:07 PM | Krystin Mitchell (Administrator)

    Join us for an afternoon of networking and drinks!

    In honor of International Fraud week , we are hosting a Fraud Networking Mixer. Houston ACFE members and fraud professionals will have the rare opportunity to network with a large variety of small business owners within the WeWork Community. 

    We encourage members who offer fraud prevention, detection, investigation services to network and exchange business cards. You should also feel free to distribute any printed materials and resources that can be used to educate small businesses on how to protect themselves against fraud.

    Free to all attendees, RSVP Required

    Location: WeWork Houston Galleria

    Galleria, Tower 1 Building

    2700 Post Oak Blvd 21st Floor

    Houston TX 77056

    Date: November 14, 2018

    Time: 4:00 - 6:00 PM

    Notes: Parking is Free in the Galleria Orange Garage. We will also have a raffle giveaway, requesting each business to provide their business card or contact details and we will add them to our mailing list for the conference next year etc.


  • September 13, 2018 6:50 AM | Krystin Mitchell (Administrator)

    Are you looking for a way to be more involved with the Houston ACFE Chapter?

    Volunteer to be on one of our new awards committees!!!

    Deadline 11/15/18


     

     Do You Know The      Next Houston Area       Fraud Fighter That   Deserves Recognition?



    The Greater Houston ACFE Chapter is looking for volunteers to help identify anti-fraud professionals who have made significant contributions to the Anti-fraud profession. 

    2018 Awards:

    Houston Area Fraud Fighter of the Year

    Houston Area ACFE Educator of the Year


    The awards will be presented annually in December of each year.

     

    If interested in joining our team, send Krystin Mitchell an email at krystinlmitchell@gmail.com 


    Houston Chapter of the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners

    If you have any comments, suggestions or need specific assistance, please feel free to contact us at acfechapter@houstonacfe.org . Someone will respond within 24 hours to assist you.

    Thank You,
    Houston ACFE Chapter
    www.HoustonACFE.org

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    Association of Certified Fraud Examiners - Houston Chapter | P.O. Box 22853 | Houston | TX | 77227-2853


  • August 09, 2018 11:22 AM | Katherine Avery Guillot (Administrator)

    Student Conference Pass Forms are due by September 30, 2018.

    Houston ACFE Student Conference Pass Form 2018.pdf

  • July 01, 2018 7:06 PM | Katherine Avery Guillot (Administrator)

    Read About Joselin's Experience From Her Perspective Below:

    My experience attending the 29th ACFE Global Fraud Conference

    It was a warm Friday evening of April in Houston, Texas. I was sitting on the patio of my favorite Starbucks coffee bar completing a 10-page ethics report, when I heard my phone buzzing; from the subject of the email, I knew I was about to receive exciting news. Scanning through the email, a wide smile appeared on my face.  Surely the person across my table could hear me reading out loud “I am very pleased to inform you that you have been selected to receive a scholarship to the 29th Annual ACFE Fraud Global Fraud Conference.” I gasped and started jumping up and down in excitement and, as I sat back down, I took a screen shot of the email and sent it to everyone who had listened to my unending talks about attending the conference.

    “Power Up at the ACFE Global Fraud Conference”

    I could not believe my eyes; I was walking towards the Mandalay Bay Convention Center and I could feel the conference spirit. Large poster signs on many of the hallways and on the walls welcomed attendees. I felt from the very beginning this was going to be a great learning experience that would bring lasting memories.


    Day 1

    There was no better way to start my conference experience than at the Women’s Networking Reception where I was inspired and motivated by strong, exemplary and beautiful women in the industry. The room was divided into groups by topic. I decided to join the group where the main topic was about starting a career in the profession. The group was very dynamic and it was beautiful to experience how we answered each other’s questions and genuinely motivated one another. At this event, I met the talented Alexis Bell who not only inspired and encouraged the group, but also shared her career experience and knowledge in the field. I learned from her about the importance of performing a self-assessment to identify weaknesses and strengths, to being able to see where you stand in your career and what it takes to get to where you want to be.

    Day 2

    The first day of the conference was a lot of fun, full of perfect learning and networking opportunities.  The day began with a remarkable opening ceremony by the President and CEO Bruce Dorris followed by sessions led by knowledgeable professionals in the industry. 

    I had the privilege of attending three sessions and doing volunteering tasks, all in the same day. During my volunteering assignments, I bonded with extraordinary students who had the same interest in the profession as me, and I met enthusiastic ACFE members from across the world. It was great to have been a part of a committed and energetic volunteering team, all working together for such an amazing conference.  

    All the sessions I attended were great because of the outstanding and very knowledgeable speakers and interesting PowerPoint presentations. One of my favorite sessions was “Using Data to Make Your Case: Advance Formula for Analysis.” It was, in part, a refresher of a class I took in the Spring semester “Financial Statement Analysis” and an excellent resource for an upcoming work assignment. One of my favorite parts of that session was the demonstration of Kutools on Excel, and how the instructor, Tiffany Couch, quickly transformed raw data into readable data!

    Day 3

    I thought the conference could not get any better but it certainly did! I had the privilege of witnessing the moment when Professor Dan Ramey received an Educator of the Year Award. It was truly a joy to see him accept his award. #GoCoogs! Soon after, all student scholarship recipients were introduced and recognized for winning the scholarship and for our volunteering work at the conference.

    The general session continued with two extraordinary individuals, Bryan Fogel and Clare Rewcastle Brown, who shared their unique stories, challenges and outstanding contributions in uncovering fraud.

    At the end of the general session I had the opportunity to network and take lots of pictures with leaders in the industry.

    As the day continued, I continued to network with other students and attendees during our volunteer assignments. One of my favorite assignments of the day was at the professional development booth – first, because it was the perfect time to make more connections while volunteering, and second, because I learned about the “turtle pose,” which consists of sticking out the head while standing straight and smiling like a champion. It turns out that this pose makes a great professional headshot.

    My day ended with a great session, “The New Revenue Recognition Standards: How Might Fraud be Hidden Now?” I learned about possible fraud risks, and additional opportunities for fraud that may be present under ASC 606, as well as some potential fraud risks and red flags that may arise during or after its implementation.



    Day 4

    The last day at the 29th ACFE Global Fraud Conference was full of joy, laughs and even emotional goodbyes. It was time to say goodbye but not first without a handful of great memories and business cards! I not only obtained insights from leaders in the anti-fraud profession but I made lifetime friends.

    A special thank you to the Global ACFE, the ACFE Houston Chapter, and my mentors for their support. It was indeed a great conference, and especially so for a college student pursuing a career in anti-fraud.  Attending this conference was not only a privilege but also an extraordinary learning experience.



  • June 19, 2018 6:16 PM | Katherine Avery Guillot (Administrator)

    Please see the University of Houston Bauer College article on the Houston Area ACFE Robert Barr Scholarship:

    http://bauerticker.uh.edu/recognition/bauer-college-awarded-25000-endowed-scholarship-in-honor-of-accounting-lecturer/

  • June 12, 2018 6:52 PM | Katherine Avery Guillot (Administrator)

    Today, the Houston Area ACFE was pleased to announce the creation of multi-year Houston Area ACFE scholarships at Sam Houston State University and the University of Houston-Clear Lake as well as the endowed Houston Area ACFE Robert Barr Scholarship at the University of Houston. The Houston Area ACFE also recognized Bob Barr for his many years of service in providing anti-fraud education to the greater Houston community. Bruce Dorris was on site to participate in the event and provided wonderful insight into the impact of scholarships and volunteer activities of the ACFE. Thanks to Dr. Conni Lehmann for insights on the application of anti-fraud education in the university setting.





  • June 11, 2018 10:07 AM | David Kirtland (Administrator)

    Do you or someone you know have a passion for giving back to the anti-fraud profession? Want to be more active in the local ACFE Chapter?

    Great! Nominations are now open for the Houston ACFE Chapter Board and Officer positions!

    Nominate yourself or someone you know who might be a great fit to join the team and help our chapter continue to be one of the best in the world!

    See the link for details!

    CHAPTER LEADERSHIP NOMINATIONS

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