Staff Pick: One Must-Have Resource


Executive Roadmap to Fraud Prevention, Second Edition

The ACFE Bookstore offers hundreds of resources including books and manuals, self-study CPE courses, the CFE Exam Prep Course, merchandise and more. In this interview, John Gill, J.D., CFE, ACFE Vice President – Education, offers his suggestion on one must-have ACFE resource to help you in your fight against fraud.

What is your professional background and current role at the ACFE?
I have been at the ACFE for 17 years. During that time, I have served as General Counsel, Director of Research, and my current position of Vice President – Education. Before joining the ACFE, I was an attorney in a small civil practice firm.

What ACFE bookstore product would you recommend as a beneficial resource to CFEs?
I would recommend the new edition of Executive Roadmap to Fraud Prevention and Internal Control by Martin Biegelman and Joel Bartow.

Why would CFEs be interested in this product?
The word “compliance” is tossed around a lot these days. There are many different types of compliance, and often it is hard for fraud examiners to wade through all the mounds of white papers, articles, and journals to find the information directly related to fraud. This book removes the clutter and hands you what you need to know. The authors (both of whom are long-time CFEs) have cut through the rhetoric, and they explain clearly what your organization should be doing with regard to compliance programs and internal controls directly related to fraud prevention and deterrence.

How is the information in this product useful for CFEs in their professional roles?
As stated in the title, this book provides a roadmap as to what your organization should be focusing on with regard to fraud prevention and internal controls. It’s written for both fraud professionals and executives. For example, the authors start by laying out some basic fraud prevention theory. CFEs will find this information familiar, but that information will not be familiar to the decision makers at your or your client’s organization. I like this approach because it provides CFEs with the tools they need to explain the importance of anti-fraud programs to the people making the decisions. Not only does the book help you understand what you need to be doing, it helps you make the pitch to get it done. Whether you are responsible for fraud prevention inside your organization or you are working from the outside for your clients, I know you will find the book invaluable.

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