ACFE Annual Fraud Conference: Stories from behind the scenes


Mandy Moody

ACFE Social Media Specialist


Vindication. The one word to aptly sum up the tumultuous rollercoaster ride for whistleblower and ex-CEO Michael Woodford after hearing news break yesterday that Japanese prosecutors had arrested three of Olympus’ top executives and four of its consultants for a $1.7 billion fraud.

At each twist and turn of the Olympus scandal, I have followed Woodford’s plight and watched anxiously as he has moved from accuser to whistleblower to now, crusader, in a saga that is not even close to being finished. This story, along with many others, will be just a few of the highlights at the 23rd Annual Fraud Conference & Exhibition in Orlando this June.

Woodford is one of five keynote speakers to address the more than 2,300 anti-fraud professionals at this year’s Conference. Joining him is U.S. Senator Chris Dodd, co-author of the Dodd-Frank Act; Pamela Meyer, CFE, best-selling author of Liespotting; Diana Henriques, The New York Times senior financial writer and author of The Wizard of Lies; and Mark Whitacre, convicted fraudster and subject of “The Informant.”

To add to the keynote roster, the more than 60 breakout sessions spread out over 12 tracks round out a conference offering something for everyone. Here are a few session titles to spark your curiosity:

  • Open Source Intelligence (OSINT) Online and Fraud
  • Ethics Panel: It May Be Legal, But is it Ethical?
  • Online Fraud in the Age of “Wikileaks”
  • Putting the Freud in Fraud
  • The UK Bribery Act, the FCPA and the Rising Tide of Anti- Corruption
  • Developing the Corporate Investigator, the First Year
  • Financial Statement Fraud - Chinese Style
  • Managing Client Expectations

Ok, I’ve probably already given away too much. We look forward to another exciting Conference and hope to see you in Orlando in June. Stay tuned for more updates in the coming weeks.