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President’s Message – November 2017

Hoping you have all been enjoying the cooler fall temperatures. As with every fall season, the Chapter re-started our monthly training meetings/sessions.

Our September Monthly Meeting was entitled “Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) and Public Records Requests (PRR)”. It was presented by Mark Spencer with Judicial Watch. Mr. Spencer discussed the background and purpose of Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) legislation, litigation and exemptions requests.

Our four hour/half-day morning October training session at the AZ Industrial Commission was a big success. We had a great member turn out. U.S. Postal Inspector Elizabeth Davis made a one hour presentation covering Jamaican lottery frauds. Assistant U.S. Attorney, Andrew Stone and FBI Special Agent, Jeremy Denhof provided a one hour presentation entitled “Investigative Techniques and Charging Considerations when Prosecuting Fraud Cases”. David Braaten, PhD and CEO of The Williams Institute for Ethics and Management provided a two hour ethics presentation entitled “Four Warning Signs of a Weak Ethical Culture”.

Reid Pixler will be the speaker at this month’s monthly meeting on November 21st at the AZ Industrial Commission. Mr. Pixler’s presentation is entitled “Money Laundering in the 21st Century”, and will cover   the recent methods, changes and impact of global money laundering. Reid has spoken at several prior Chapter training events, and was the recipient of the AZ Chapter 2016 Lifetime Achievement Award. Mr. Pixler is a former Assistant United States Attorney for the District of AZ, and is currently a Prosecuting Deputy Attorney for Maricopa County specializing in Asset Forfeiture. In addition to this presentation, the Chapter will be holding a food drive to collect non-perishable foods items for the St. Mary’s Food Bank. Attending Chapter members are encouraged to bring non-perishable food goods with them to this event. Last year’s drive was a huge success.

Our annual Holiday Event will be held next month on December 12th at the Biltmore Hotel and Resort. Registration will begin at 10 a.m. The event will conclude at 04:45 p.m. We have lined up several excellent presentations that will provide attendees with 4 CPE hours. Our key note speaker, the Honorable Judge John Tuchi, will discuss how the rules of evidence impact what information is provided to a jury during trials and the impact on proceedings. Intel Global Fraud Program Manager, John Hurlimann will detail the investigations process at Intel Corp and discuss fraud investigation case studies. AUSA, Financial Crimes & Public Integrity Chief, Monica Klapper and accompanying agents will discuss white collar crime investigations and the forensic accounting associated with those investigations. The event fee for members will be $50, and $75 for non-members. Please check the Chapter website announcement for additional details and registration instructions.


The AZ ACFE Recognition Awards for 2017 will be presented at our Holiday Event. These awards recognize members and others who have made significant contributions in the development of our Chapter and to the fraud-fighting profession.  This includes the recognition of those individuals who consistently exemplify excellence in his or her area of expertise as a Certified Fraud Examiner.  The AZ ACFE is still currently seeking nominations, but time is running out, as we need to review nominations and then order trophies in time for the Holiday Event. See our Chapter website for additional information and online nomination forms.

The Board recently finalized CFE Exam Completion Incentive Grants to two Chapter members who successfully completed and passed the CFE exam. They each received a $500 check as partial reimbursement for their CFE preparation course and exam fees. Interested members should check our website for this and other grants/scholarships that the Chapter offers each calendar year.

The Board asks that Chapter members please continue to keep in mind our new program that recognizes individuals (both law enforcement and private sector) for exceptional performance of official duties in the detection and deterrence of fraud. A certificate of achievement is awarded to the recipients at a ceremony amongst their peers. The recipient’s supervisor(s) is also asked to attend. The Chapter has already received several nominations from the local and federal law enforcement community. Our first awards were presented at the September and October monthly meetings. PLEASE contact Board member Chuck Kuchar if you are aware of any qualified recipients at your place of employment, or a qualified individual located within the Phoenix metro area. The Board greatly appreciates your referrals and input on this.

AZ Chapter ACFE Membershipfees range from $35 to $55 annually (for CFEs and non-CFEs, respectively) and include 8 regular, one-hour accredited presentations and special seasonal multi-hour accredited events at an additional nominal fee, and which are all NASBA certified. Please tell your friends and co-workers about us and ask them to consider joining our Chapter.

For more information, please visit our website:

Thank you and I look forward to seeing you at future Chapter events.


James H. Tendick, CFE

President – Arizona Chapter



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