Year in Review: ACFE Publishes 2010 Report to Members



Scott Patterson, ACFE Media Relations Specialist

The ACFE’s Report to Members is one of the publications I really enjoy working on every year. The Report to Members is unique because it is one of the few opportunities we have to look back, reflect on endeavors and successes, and works-in-progress. The theme of this year’s Report is “Leading the Profession: 2010 in Review,” which I find appropriate because the ACFE truly is the leader in fraud training and resources. Our membership grew by almost 10 percent in 2010, and we now have members in more than 150 countries, an amazing feat considering the difficult economic times.

What the Report is really about, though, is looking at the things the ACFE has done (and is doing) to support our members and remain in this position of leadership. The benefits we provide make joining the ACFE one of the best decisions an anti-fraud professional can make. The letter in the Report from our president and CEO, James D. Ratley, CFE, mentions many of these initiatives. The new Fraud Magazine website; an improved CFE Exam Prep Course®; online chat with member representatives; the new 2010 Report to the Nations on Occupational Fraud and Abuse and Compensation Guide for Anti-Fraud Professionals with international data; the largest and best annual fraud conference in the world; the list goes on. The Report also includes initiatives we are rolling out in 2011, such as the ACFE Advisory Council and an enhanced Career Center on

Another great aspect of the Report is the ACFE member profiles we’ve included. Read about Ashley Busa, CFE, and Boyd Foster, CFE, and learn about their journeys to become professional fraud fighters. Also, one of the coolest new things about this year’s report is an embedded video interview with another CFE, Corey Costa. Corey sat down with us at the 21st ACFE Fraud Conference & Exhibition in Washington, D.C., last year to discuss how membership and the CFE credential have helped him along the way. Having his video interview available in the report truly adds a multimedia element to it.

I hope ACFE members enjoy reading the 2010 Report to Members as much as we enjoyed creating it. I’m already looking forward to next year’s edition.

Download the 2010 Report to Membershere.

The Countdown to the ACFE’s Top 5 New Year’s Resolutions Begins Today



While the popular search engine Bing predicts weight loss will be the No. 1 New Year’s Resolution for 2011 and the Huffington Post adds cutting stress and traveling to the list in last month’s article, “New Year's Resolutions: 10 Resolutions To Make And Keep In 2011,” we at the ACFE have narrowed our list down to five resolutions we are committed to fulfilling on behalf of our members this year.


We wanted to create an easy and valuable way for ACFE members, the true experts in fraud prevention and detection, to provide us with their unique perspectives, thoughts and ideas on ways we can better serve them and the fraud-fighting community. Thanks to the vision of James D. Ratley, CFE, ACFE President, and John Gill, J.D., CFE, ACFE VP-Education, the ACFE Advisory Council is now a reality. Below are a few reasons why you should join:

  • Provide Expert Opinion and Feedback
    Give feedback on products and services, review future course materials and topics, share case studies, help plan events and seminars, serve on specialized committees and more.
  • Grow Professionally
    Participate in reviews, surveys and professional development activities that are on the cutting edge of fraud prevention and detection. Help shape future course materials, seminars, workshops and products of the ACFE.
  • Network with Industry Professionals
    Network with other ACFE members, industry leaders and fraud fighters from all over the world.

Interested in joining? Apply today.

Stay tuned to ACFE Insights all week as we countdown to our No. 1 New Year’s Resolution on Friday. Also, what are your professional New Year’s resolutions? Leave us your comments below.