Member Spotlight: Dr. Maria Krambia Kapardis, CFE

Member Spotlight: Dr. Maria Krambia Kapardis, CFE

Dr. Maria Krambia Kapardis already has a long list of accolades in the anti-fraud industry. She helped found the ACFE Cyprus Chapter and Transparency International Cyprus. With her advocacy work and research, she has worked with the Ministry of Justice and Public Order in Cyprus to prepare legislations on whistleblower protection, lobbying and asset declaration for elected politicians. She also worked with Cyprus’ President to create a national action plan against corruption and helped set up an anti-corruption agency, all while maintaining her full-time job as an associate professor at Cyprus University of Technology. For her efforts, she was recently named the 2019 winner of the ACFE’s Outstanding Achievement in Outreach/Community Service Award.

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The ACFE's Code of Professional Ethics

The ACFE's Code of Professional Ethics

On the CFE Exam there are a few questions about the ACFE Code of Professional Ethics. The good news is that most of these questions are very straightforward and shouldn’t give you any trouble. Things like “don’t violate the law” or “don’t engage in conflicts of interest” are pretty self-explanatory. But there are two areas that I have found sometimes cause people a little confusion.

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Congratulations to These New CFEs Who Completed the 90-Day CFE Exam Challenge

Congratulations to These New CFEs Who Completed the 90-Day CFE Exam Challenge

This month, we finished up the latest 90-Day CFE Exam Challenge. Associate members joined the challenge and set a goal to prepare for and earn the CFE credential in 90 days. This is huge accomplishment, and we applaud all of the participants who put in hours of study time each week to meet this goal.

Congratulations to the 106 members who completed the challenge successfully and are now CFEs!

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How to Carry Yourself With Competence and Confidence

How to Carry Yourself With Competence and Confidence

“It’s very important to rely, not just on your competence, but also, to carry yourself with confidence.”

This quote is from ACFE Regent Bethmara Kessler, CFE. She shared it at the Women’s Networking Reception at the 29th Annual ACFE Global Fraud Conference. Her words touched many people at the conference, and they were specifically relevant to me. They set me on a path over the last year of exploring the concept of confidence.

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Mentoring Success Story: Steve and Melissa

Mentoring Success Story: Steve and Melissa

Stephen Pedneault, CFE, CPA, is the Principal of Forensic Accounting Services, LLC, a CPA firm focused exclusively on forensic accounting, fraud and litigation support matters. Through his investigative work, Steve has examined frauds ranging from a few thousand dollars to amounts well in excess of $5 million. Steve recently participated in the ACFE Mentoring Program, where he served as a mentor for Melissa Frausto.

Melissa, founder and owner of A Paper Trail, is a CFE with years of accounting experience but wanted to take her career to the next level by starting her own consulting practice. That’s where the Mentoring Program came in. She was looking for a mentor who could help guide her through this rocky, uncertain territory.

Together, Steve and Melissa forged a strong partnership that is still in place today. They have some wisdom to share with those who are considering joining the ACFE Mentoring Program.

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