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President’s Message – December 2017

The AZ Chapter Board wishes all Chapter members and their families a joyous and safe Holiday and a Happy New Year. We hope you all enjoy your time with family and friends. This has been a great year for our Chapter, and we look forward to serving Chapter member needs throughout next year.

Our annual Holiday Event was held on December 12th at the Biltmore Hotel and Resort. This event provided attendees with 4 CPE hours. Our key note speaker, the Honorable Judge, John Tuchi, discussed how the rules of evidence impact what information is provided to a jury during trials and the impact on related proceedings. Intel Global Fraud Program Manager, John Hurlimann detailed the investigations process at Intel Corp and discussed several internal fraud investigation case studies. AUSA, Financial Crimes & Public Integrity Chief, Monica Klapper and IRS-CID Special Agent, Kathleen Neri discussed white collar crime investigations and the forensic accounting associated with those investigations.


Two AZ ACFE Recognition Awards for 2017 were presented at the 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. 


Larry Vigna, a CPA, CFE and Supervisory Forensic Accountant at the FBI’s Phoenix Field Office was awarded the 2017 CFE of the Year Award. The nomination was submitted by Professor Cindy Greenman, who heads up the Forensic Accounting and Fraud Examination program at Embry-Riddle University in Prescott, AZ. FBI Assistant Special Agent-in-Charge, Michael Caputo assisted with the presentation of the award.


Former Board Member, Chuck Kuchar received the 2017 Outstanding Contributor award. Chuck was elected to the Board in July 2015 as a Director. His main area of responsibility was Chapter liaison. During his two year term, and as a part of his liaison duties, Chuck created a guest pass used by this Chapter for members to distribute to professional contacts (public and private sector) for free admittance to Chapter training events. Chuck also designed and implemented a program recognizing individuals (public and private sector) with a Certificate of Achievement for exceptional performance concerning the detection and deterrence of fraud at our monthly Chapter meetings. Thank you again Chuck for your excellent and committed service towards the ACFE and our Chapter. The Board will miss you.


We will soon post an announcement for next month’s monthly meeting training on January 16th at the AZ Corporation Commission. Please also note that the ACFE National Chapter will be hosting an “Auditing for Internal Fraud” two day course at the Sheraton Phoenix Downtown Hotel on January 25th and 26th. Our Chapter will assist in hosting this course. Please check the ACFE and our websites 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.


James H. Tendick, CFE

President – Arizona Chapter


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