Association of Certified Fraud Examiners

Coordinates: 30°16′19.7904″N 97°45′0.5256″W / 30.272164000°N 97.750146000°W / 30.272164000; -97.750146000
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Association of Certified Fraud Examiners
Legal statusProfessional organization
HeadquartersAustin, Texas
Coordinates30°16′19.7904″N 97°45′0.5256″W / 30.272164000°N 97.750146000°W / 30.272164000; -97.750146000
Region served
Worldwide (125 countries)
Nearly 90,000
Joseph T. Wells
President and CEO
Bruce Dorris
Main organ
Board of Regents

The Association of Certified Fraud Examiners (ACFE) is a professional organization of fraud examiners. Its activities include producing fraud information, tools and training. Based in Austin, Texas, the ACFE was founded in 1988 by Joseph T. Wells. The ACFE grants the professional designation of Certified Fraud Examiner[2] (abbreviated CFE).

As of 2023, the association has 190 local chapters around the world.[3]


Joseph T. Wells founded the ACFE and is its chairman. After graduating from the University of Oklahoma, he worked for ten years with the Federal Bureau of Investigation, during which time he investigated the former Attorney General John N. Mitchell's involvement in Watergate.[4]

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.[5]

Global Fraud Conference[edit]

With companies losing up to 5% of annual revenue to occupational fraud, the ability to detect and deter fraud is critical. Due to this, the ACFE created the largest anti-fraud conference in the world as an opportunity for those interested in developing the appropriate tools to combat fraud. The 32nd ACFE Global Fraud Conference was to be held in Las Vegas on June 20–25, 2021.[6]

Past ACFE Global Fraud Conferences[edit]

  • 20th ACFE Global Fraud Conference (2009) • Las Vegas, Nevada
  • 21st ACFE Global Fraud Conference (2010) • Washington, D.C.
  • 22nd ACFE Global Fraud Conference (2011) • San Diego, California
  • 23rd ACFE Global Fraud Conference (2012) • Orlando, Florida
  • 24th ACFE Global Fraud Conference (2013) • Las Vegas, Nevada
  • 25th ACFE Global Fraud Conference (2014) • San Antonio, Texas
  • 26th ACFE Global Fraud Conference (2015) • Baltimore, Maryland
  • 27th ACFE Global Fraud Conference (2016) • Las Vegas, Nevada
  • 28th ACFE Global Fraud Conference (2017) • Nashville, Tennessee
  • 29th ACFE Global Fraud Conference (2018) • Las Vegas, Nevada
  • 30th ACFE Global Fraud Conference (2019) • Austin, Texas
  • 31st ACFE Global Fraud Conference (2020) • Boston, Massachusetts

Fraud museum[edit]

The ACFE runs a fraud museum containing exhibits linked to famous frauds, which is open to the public.[7] America's Guide to Fraud Prevention, written by the famous confidence trickster Steve Comisar, is on display in the ACFE fraud museum. The book is considered a piece of fraud history.[8]

Reports and statistics[edit]

According to a 2014 report, companies lose 5% annually due to fraud, and most often this happens in the accounting department.[9] In a 2018 report, the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners stated that up to 28% of small businesses have been involved in some form of fraud, with the figure ranging from 22% to 26% for larger companies.[10][11] As a result of research conducted by the ACFE in 2022, it was found that professional fraud leads to losses in excess of $ 3.6 billion annually, especially as a result of misappropriation of assets.[3]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Association of Certified Fraud Examiners". ACFE. Association of Certified Fraud Examiners, Inc. Retrieved 22 June 2021.
  2. ^ "About the ACFE". ACFE. Retrieved January 19, 2021.
  3. ^ a b Abayasingha, Darshana (10 May 2023). "Association of Certified Fraud Examiners to investigate ways to combat corruption". Daily Financial Times. Retrieved 7 June 2023.
  4. ^ "ACFE Leadership". ACFE. Retrieved January 19, 2021.
  5. ^ "Fraud Crimes". The Kavinoky Law Firmaccess. Retrieved January 19, 2021.
  6. ^ "Conferences". ACFE. Retrieved January 19, 2021.
  7. ^ "The Fraud Museum". ACFE. Retrieved January 19, 2021.
  8. ^ Scott Patterson. "Barry Minkow Added to the List of Repeat Offenders". Archived from the original on June 24, 2011.
    - "ACFE's Fraud Museum". Accounting Today. June 29, 2012. Retrieved March 4, 2014.
  9. ^ Pavlo, Walter (21 May 2014). "Association Of Certified Fraud Examiners Release 2014 Report On Fraud". Forbes. Retrieved 7 June 2023.
  10. ^ "Association of Certified Fraud Examiners (2018 report)". Retrieved 7 June 2023.
  11. ^ "ACFE releases 2018 Report to the Nations". Fraud Magazine. May 2018. Retrieved 7 June 2023.

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