3 New Regents Elected to 2016-2017 ACFE Board of Regents

The ACFE is proud to announce that Sidney P. Blum, CFE, CPA, CFF, Leah D. Lane, CFE, and Nancy E. Rich, CFE, have been elected to the 2016-2017 ACFE Board of Regents. Fellow CFEs elected them from candidates selected by the Board's nomination committee. Blum, Lane and Rich will take office at the Board's meeting in February at ACFE headquarters in Austin, Texas. 

Sidney P. Blum, CFE, CPA, CFF
Stout, Risius, Ross Inc. 
Los Angeles, California 

The ACFE honored Sidney P. Blum, CFE, CPA, CFF, as the Certified Fraud Examiner of the Year at the 2012 ACFE Global Fraud Conference for outstanding achievements in the field of fraud examination. Blum’s last 30 years have included leading Ernst & Young’s (EY) national internal audit fraud investigations and royalty audit practices, winning EY’s National Innovation Award, writing the contract investigation methodologies for both EY and KPMG, and creating KPMG’s Contract and Royalty Audit Services as a partner.

As chief audit officer at Beats Electronics, Blum helped guide the company’s acquisition by Apple. He also led internal audit at Warner Bros. Studios and worked five years for a Fortune 50 oil company’s internal audit department.

Blum is a frequent speaker at international conferences, and he has testified more than 30 times as an expert witness in federal, state and U.S. International Trade Commission courts. He leads the Western USA Dispute Advisory & Forensic Services practice for SRR — a global litigation support, forensics and valuation firm.

Leah D. Lane, CFE   
Texas Instruments  
Frisco, TX 

Leah Lane has more than 25 years of combined public and private sector investigation and fraud examination experience. Leah began her investigative career as a U.S. Customs Service Special Agent, a position she held for more than seven years before moving to the private sector.

During her career, she has assisted, conducted and managed hundreds of investigations globally involving alleged Foreign Corrupt Practices Act violations, multifaceted internal and external fraud, and employee misconduct cases. Currently, Leah is the Texas Instruments Director of Global Investigations responsible for managing a group of investigators in the US and Asia with global investigative responsibility. Leah is also responsible for fraud awareness within TI.

Leah is a Certified Fraud Examiner and holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Criminal Justice from the University of Southwestern Louisiana. She is an active ACFE faculty member in addition to serving on the ACFE Advisory Council.

Nancy E. Rich, CFE, MPA   
United States Naval Criminal Investigative Service  

Nancy E. Rich is a Special Agent with the Naval Criminal Investigative Service and has more than 25 years of experience investigating major economic crime for the U.S. Navy. Her efforts have resulted in the recovery of over $170 million.

In 2014, she played an integral role on the FBI task force that dismantled two major bribery schemes at the Portsmouth Naval Hospital and Military Sealift Command in Washington, DC. Consequently, her team was presented the Distinguished Service Award from the United States Attorney General’s Office. In addition, Rich has received Public Service Awards from the United States Attorney’s Office in the District of Virginia and Los Angeles, California. Most recently, Rich was recognized as the 2014 Certified Fraud Examiner of the Year.

Read more about the new regents on ACFE.com.