Association of Certified Fraud Examiners

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Association of Certified Fraud Examiners
Formation 1988
Legal status Professional organization
Headquarters Austin, Texas
Region served
Worldwide (125 countries)
More than 75,000
Joseph T. Wells
James D. Ratley
Main organ
Board of Regents

Established in 1988 the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners is the professional organization that governs professional fraud examiners. Its activities include producing fraud information, tools and training. It governs the professional designation of Certified Fraud Examiner. The ACFE is the world's largest anti-fraud organization and a provider of anti-fraud training and education, with more than 75,000 members.

Certified Fraud Examiner credential[edit]

The Certified Fraud Examiner (CFE) credential denotes expertise in fraud prevention, detection and deterrence. CFEs are trained to identify the warning signs and red flags that indicate evidence of fraud and fraud risk. CFEs around the world uncover fraud and implement processes to prevent fraud from occurring in the first place.

Joseph T. Wells[edit]

Joseph T. Wells founded the ACFE and sits as its chairman. After graduating from the University of Oklahoma, he served for ten years with the FBI, during which time he investigated former Attorney General John N. Mitchell's involvement in Watergate.[1]

In addition to his duties as chairman, Wells writes, researches, and lectures to business and professional groups on white-collar crime issues. He has written books and articles on fraud prevention and detection. His writings appear in professional journals.

See also[edit]


  • Wells, Joseph T. (2010). I'm a Fraud; You're a Fraud: The Fables, Follies, and Foibles of a Fraud Fighter. Hoboken, NJ: Wiley. p. 376. ISBN 978-0-470-61070-1. 

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