Resolution #1: Largest. Annual. Conference. Ever.



There are only a handful of things that I completely “geek out” over. For a few years in high school, pictures of Buffy the Vampire Slayer tattooed my room, binders, notebooks and tennis bag. In college, my friends and family rarely saw me not wearing a velour jump suit and a trucker hat (thank goodness that phase was short). And now, at the ACFE, I am not embarrassed to say that every fall I become giddy at the thought of researching possible keynote speakers for the ACFE Global Fraud Conference.

The “Sheriff of Wall Street,” the undercover agent, the storyteller and the Enron mastermind are just a few of the keynote speakers to address fraud fighters at this year’s largest-ever 24th Annual ACFE Global Fraud Conferencein Las Vegas, Nev., June 23-28, 2013.

We hope to welcome more than 2,400 anti-fraud professionals this June to make this Conference the largest the ACFE has ever held in its history. With 12 parallel tracks and more than 70 sessions, the ACFE Global Fraud Conference continues to get better year after year.

Here is a recap of the keynotes, just in case the description above didn’t quite capture everything:

Preet Bharara, U.S. Attorney, Southern District of New York

Known as the “Sheriff of Wall Street,” U.S. Attorney Bharara has been prosecuting high-profile corporate crime and insider trading cases since taking office in 2009. Bharara has been named by TIME magazine as one of “The Most Influential People in the World,” and one of the Bloomberg Markets Magazine’s “50 Most Influential.”

Chris Mathers, Former Undercover Agent, Consultant

For 20 years, Mathers was employed as an undercover agent for the Royal Canadian Mounted Police, personally infiltrating criminal groups in Europe, the Caribbean and Latin America. He conducted numerous international investigations for the FBI, DEA, U.S. Customs Service, Interpol, Scotland Yard and various European federal agencies. Mathers now operates his own crime and risk consulting firm providing advice on organized crime, terror, fraud and money laundering.

Stacy Keach, Actor, Narrator of CNBC’s American Greed

As an award-winning actor of stage, film and television, Keach is currently the narrator of CNBC’s American Greed, an original primetime series that examines high-profile corporate and white-collar crimes.

Andrew Fastow, Convicted Fraudster*, Former Enron CFO

Fastow was one of the accounting masterminds at Enron behind a complex web of off-balance sheet special purpose entities used to conceal years of massive loses. He pleaded guilty to two counts of conspiracy before serving five years in prison.

I look forward to seeing you in Las Vegas this June! To find more about the Conference, visit

*The ACFE does not compensate convicted fraudsters.