• November 11, 2016 4:35 PM | 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. 13, 2016 worldwide

    [Houston, TX]– 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 2016 Report to the Nations on Occupational Fraud and Abuse analyzed 2,410 occupational fraud cases that caused a total loss of more than $6.3 billion.

    The seriousness of the global fraud problem is why Houston Area Chapter of the ACFE announced that it will be participating in International Fraud Awareness Week, Nov. 13-19, 2016, as an official supporter to promote anti-fraud awareness and education. The movement, known commonly 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 requested and obtained a Fraud Awareness Week proclamation from State of Texas State Governor, Greg Abbott.

    ACFE President and CEO James D. Ratley, CFE, said that the support of organizations around the world helps make Fraud Week an effective tool in raising anti-fraud awareness.

    “The latest statistics tell us that fraud isn’t going away, and companies that don’t have protective measures in place stand to lose the most,” Ratley said. “That’s why it is reassuring to me to see so many businesses, agencies, universities and other organizations involved in the Fraud Week movement. The first step in combating fraud is raising awareness worldwide that it is a serious problem that requires a proactive approach toward preventing it.”

    “Since our first Fraud Week more than 10 years ago, the movement continues to grow,” Ratley said. “I heartily thank all of the supporters of Fraud Week for making it what it is today.”

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

    The 2016 Report to the Nations is available for download online at the ACFE’s website: ACFE.com/RTTN.  The Report is in PDF format.

    About the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners
    Based in Austin, Texas, the ACFE is the world's largest anti-fraud organization and premier provider of anti-fraud training and education. Together with more than 75,000 members, the ACFE is reducing business fraud worldwide and inspiring public confidence in the integrity and objectivity within the profession. For more information, visit ACFE.com

  • November 09, 2016 4:45 PM | Krystin Mitchell (Administrator)

    Do You Know The Next Houston Area Fraud Fighter Of The Year Award Recipient?

    The Greater Houston Fraud Fighter of the Year award 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. The award is presented annually in December of each year.

    The arrest warrant or conviction must have been during the twelve month period ending October 31, 2016. 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 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.

    To submit a nomination, complete the nomination form and email it to krystinlmitchell@gmail.com by the deadline of November 15, 2016.

  • November 03, 2016 9:47 AM | Katherine Avery Guillot (Administrator)
    We would like to thank Al Mitchell, Scott Lanham and Gabriella Marshall for speaking at events at SHSU, UHCL and American Intercontinental University.  The students and faculty have expressed gratitude for the real world insight provided during these events.

    If you have interest in volunteering for upcoming speaker opportunities at local universities, please contact Student & University Relations Director, Katherine Avery Guillot.

  • August 24, 2016 3:23 PM | Chrysti Ziegler (Administrator)
    Risk Management Solutions (RMS), is a new start up company dedicated to developing an effective and streamlined risk management process and they have reached out to our chapter for input. Their approach is built by certified professionals directly from the most recognized and respected guidance in risk management, including:

    AICPA Trust Services Principles

    RMS is in the process of developing written materials as well as a web application that they hope will become a valuable resource for efficiently implementing an effective enterprise risk management program in organizations across many industries. To accomplish their goal, they would like to obtain some feedback from our membership base by completing a short survey that assists them in allocating resources in the best possible way to meet the needs of risk management professionals.

    For more information about RMS, you can find them on Facebook at www.facebook.com/riskmgmtsolutions.  You can also find them on Linked In: Risk Management Solutions LLC.

    Begin Survey

  • July 29, 2016 9:40 AM | Chrysti Ziegler (Administrator)

    Audimation Services is a recurring sponsor of the Houston Fraud Conference and a supporter of the ACFE nationally.  They have recently moved to a new location and have extended an invitation to the Houston Chapter membership to join them in a celebration.  Please join them on August 4th to celebrate their new offices with drinks and hors d'oeuvres.

    Audimation Services is the U.S. distributor of CaseWare IDEA®, a powerful and user-friendly data analysis tool designed to help auditors, accountants and other finance professionals perform data analysis quickly to improve audits and identify control breakdowns.

    The event will kick off with an IDEA User Group on Scripting from 3:30-4:30, presented by Chris Reed from CB&I.  Following the user group, the Open House is from 4:30 – 6:00.

    Please RSVP to KellyC@audimation.com.

  • July 28, 2016 10:00 AM | David Kirtland (Administrator)



    Voting for the 2016-2018 Houston Area ACFE Chapter Board of Directors is now open!  Please take the time to review the nominees for each position and select the candidates you wish to allow to represent you and continue to make our award winning chapter even better!

    To be elligible to vote, you must be an active member with up to date registration at the time of voting.


    Thank you for your participation and for helping contribute to the success of our local ACFE Chapter!

  • July 13, 2016 10:36 AM | Chrysti Ziegler (Administrator)

    Cynthia Vance is a Ph.D. student at Northcentral University.  She is looking at the effects of professional certifications and professional skepticism on the fraud risk assessment process. It is an online survey using Qualtrics software.  Participants must be 18 years old or older, have either a certified fraud examiner (CFE) and/or a certified public accountant (CPA) certification, and work in the United States. Participants will answer a few demographic questions, complete a questionnaire on skepticism, and review a company’s financial statements to perform a fraud risk assessment. The fraud risk assessment for the Form 10-K is 4 questions on the likelihood of fraud using a 7-pt Likert scale.   Online survey software will be used to collect the data. All responses will be kept confidential and no personally recognizable data will be collected. Participants can stop participation in the study at any time. 

    Here is the survey link:  https://ncu.co1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_03alf5km2Qf5vWB


  • June 14, 2016 12:56 AM | Kimberly Lower

    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.


    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.

  • May 17, 2016 9:00 AM | Chrysti Ziegler (Administrator)

    Congratulations to chapter members David Frizell and Robin Patterson for winning conference passes to the ACFE Global Fraud Conference in Las Vegas this June!  David and Robin entered the raffle drawing by donating to the Richie-Jennings Scholarship fund (www.houstonacfe.org/giving).  For more information about the Richie-Jennings Scholarship or the ACFE Foundation, go to www.acfe.com/foundation.

  • April 25, 2016 9:57 AM | Katherine Avery Guillot (Administrator)

    Congratulations to  Marina Rahim and Trinh Vu from the University of Houston.   These students displayed academic achievement in accounting, finance, business administration or criminal justice, and desire to pursue a career in fraud examination or similar anti-fraud profession. 



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