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2018 Arizona Chapter ACFE Elections

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President’s Message – April 2018

The AZ Chapter will soon be transitioning off the majority of our Board positions. (President, Vice President, Secretary, Treasurer and three Director positions). All positions are two year terms. Further details will soon be provided to members within the next week. The Board will facilitate this transition by reaching out to Chapter members asking them to consider running for a Board position. As you all know, the success of our Chapter relies, in part, on the commitment, experience and skill sets of our Board membership. Please consider running for a Board position, and feel free to contact myself or any other Board member with any questions. PLEASE review the upcoming Board member election nomination announcement and consider running for a Board position.

The AZ Chapter provided the following CPE accredited training sessions during the first quarter of 2018.

Dominick Margarella, CPA, CFE, who is a FBI Forensic Accountant at the FBI’s Phoenix Field Office, discussed at our January training session gaming fraud in Arizona from both an investigative and fraud examination perspective.

The AZ Chapter also hosted the January 25th National ACFE “Auditing for Internal Fraud” two day course. Several Chapter Board members volunteered their time and assistance on both days.

U.S. Postal Inspector, Liz Davis was our speaker at the February session. Ms. Davis discussed complex fraud investigations worked by Postal Inspectors with the U.S. Postal Inspection Service, highlighting the course of the investigations up through the prosecution of the individuals responsible.

Our four hour March training session at the AZ Industrial Commission was a big success. We had a great member turn out. Our speakers were Martin Hellmer, Supervising Special Agent and Todd Kopcha, Special Agent from the FBI Phoenix Field Office, along with Jim Rough, President of SunHawk Consulting. The speakers discussed current business cyber threats & trends; FCPA (Foreign Corrupt Practices Act) trends and related statutes; a terrorism tutorial and update; and effective ethics & compliance programs and historical disasters that effective ethics & compliance programs could have prevented. The training session provided attending members with 4 CPE hours, one of which qualified for the annual ethics CPE requirement.

The Chapter will provide two more one hour spring training sessions in April and May at the AZ Industrial Commission before the summer break.

AZ Health Care Cost Containment System (AHCCCS), Forensic Accounting Manager, Scott Weinberg will present a case study on a substantial procurement fraud against the State of Arizona by a former employee at our April 17th session. Scott was the recipient of the AZ Chapter 2016 CFE of the Year Award.

KJ Kuchta, CEO and Founder of Forensics Consulting Solutions, will be the speaker at our May 15th session, and make a presentation entitled “Cyber-Crime and Detection”. Mr. Kuchta will discuss various types of cyber-crime schemes and provide useful tips on how to protect yourself, your company, and your data.

The Arizona Chapter Board has authorized two $500 CFE Exam Completion Incentive Grants to Chapter members who have successfully completed and passed the CFE exam during 2018. The $500 grants will provide the two members who receive the grants with partial reimbursement for their CFE prep course and exam fees. Please check the Chapter website for further details.


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. And once again, please consider running for a Board position for our 2018 election.


James H. Tendick, CFE

President – Arizona Chapter



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