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  • March 27, 2017 1:30 PM | Chrysti Ziegler (Administrator)

    The Houston Chapter Board has approved 5 awards in the amount of $500 each to go to 5 selected current members who have submitted a written essay explaining why they should be chosen.  The submission period is open now and ends April 14th.  The Houston Chapter Board will review the submissions and make a final selection on or before April 21st.  Award recipients will be notified by April 24th. 

    To be considered for this award, email a Word document essay (no more than one page) to acfehouston@houstonacfe.org and describe the reasons you deserve to be one of the five members to receive the award.  There are no specified elements that are required to be included in the essay, just be as clear and complete as possible in your description.  

    Good Luck!!!

  • March 22, 2017 5:57 PM | Chrysti Ziegler (Administrator)

    On March 14, 2017 at the Houston Chapter's March Seminar, Cindy Dunigan was awarded the President's Award for serving for 20 years on the Houston Chapter Board of Directors.  See post on our Professional Awards page.

    Thank you Cindy for your continued service to the ACFE and the Houston Chapter!

  • March 14, 2017 4:47 PM | Patrick Rodriguez (Administrator)


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  • December 19, 2016 8:52 AM | Katherine Avery Guillot

    The Houston Area ACFE has awarded a scholarship to Y (Anna) Nguyen.  Ms. Nguyen is pursuing a Masters of Science in Accounting from the University of Houston - Clear Lake.

  • December 08, 2016 4:05 PM | Seham Carson (Administrator)

    Throughout November we collected donations for the Ritchie-Jennings Memorial Scholarship Program which supports the education of students who have an interest in pursuing a career in fraud examination. Many of these outstanding and deserving students go on to become Certified Fraud Examiners.

    We had a goal to reach $500 in donations by the end of November. Thanks to everyone that donated, we actually exceeded that goal by 50%! A special thank you to everyone that donated. For each $25 in donations in November, 1 raffle ticket was issued for a chance to win a CFE Exam Prep Course. The raffle winner is: Beverly Perilloux!

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

  • December 05, 2016 12:43 PM | Krystin Mitchell (Administrator)

    The Houston Chapter of the ACFE announces its 2016 Fraud Fighter of the Year Award Winner – Detective Scott Lanham, MBA, CFE

     Scott Lanham led an investigation regarding complaints of the theft and sale of offense reports to a third party. He was diligent in his efforts to secure justice as he collaborated with the National Insurance Crime Bureau regarding his suspicions of a larger fraud. Scott Lanham solved a case involving organized criminal activity predicated on Insurance Fraud, barrartry, and bribery. During this case, Scott collaborated with Houston Police Department Officers, Major Fraud Unit at the Harris County District Attorney Office, Texas Department of Insurance, the Texas Attorney General's Office, investigators from the IRS and DEA the Texas Chiropractic Board. The case resulted in 19 indictments and the total estimate of the fraud currently stands over $500,000.

    Detective Scott C. Lanham, MBA, CFE is a police officer assigned to the Houston Police Department’s Financial Crimes Unit.  He investigates a 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.

    Because of his work on this case, he was selected by the Houston ACFE Board of Directors as the 2016 Fraud Fighter of the Year Award winner and one of our guest speakers at the December 13, 2016 luncheon.

    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. 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 Greater Houston area. 

  • 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
    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.

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