Meeting/Event Information


December 17, 2019

2019 AZ ACFE Annual Holiday Meeting
December 17, 2019
9:30 AM - 3:00 PM
Mesa Country Club
(660 W. Fairway Drive
Mesa, AZ 85201
Half-day training and luncheon

$75.00 Member

$100.00 Guest

$75.00 IIA Members & AZ ACFE Southern Chapter Members

We hope you will join us at our annual holiday meeting on Tuesday, December 17, 2019 at the Mesa Country Club

Topics: Procurement Fraud & Why People Lie


Michael “Bret” Hood, CFE, MBA

Leadership, Financial Crimes, & Ethics Instructor – Ret. FBI Agent

Agenda: The event will run from 9:30 am – 3:00 pm

  • Sign-in: 9:30 AM
  • Program: 10:00 AM – 3:00 PM
  • Lunch: 12:00 – 1:00 PM (Buffet style)
    • Please advise a Board member if you prefer a vegan option!


Mesa Country Club, 660 W Fairway Dr, Mesa, AZ 85201


Free, south of the building


$75 for ACFE/IIA members, $100 non-member registration

Registration Information: Pre-registration is required for all attendees for this event. Registration is open through December 10, 2019 or until all seats are filled. Register online at You may pay your admission fee with a credit card at the time of registration

Refund and cancellation policy: Email [email protected] to cancel. To be eligible for a refund, cancellations must be received by the 3rd business day prior to the meeting (for example, by Thursday at 5 pm before a Tuesday meeting). Credit card payments will be refunded to the credit card

Complaint resolution: Please contact the Training Director at [email protected]

Program Description

Procurement Fraud – This is one of the hardest crimes to detect and prevent. With bid rigging and price collusion, investigators have a difficult time proving the event. In this session, we will discuss ways to ferret out the offenders while gathering evidence to support logical conclusions

Learning Objectives

Participants will be able to:

  • Compare and contrast the methods of procurement fraud
  • Organize a detection program to mitigate the risk of procurement fraud
  • Identify inherent weaknesses in your organizational procurement fraud detection programs.


Why People Lie– Do you wonder if there are ways to proactively address the fraudster’s rationalization process? While many internal control systems focus on limiting opportunity, there are certain things that can be done to affect motivation and rationalization. In this session, you will learn about the latest scientific research on dishonesty as well as how to incorporate these findings into your internal control system.

Learning Objectives

Participants will be able to:

  • Explain how people are able to rationalize fraudulent behavior
  • Design internal controls that proactively address the fraud triangle prongs of motivation and rationalization
  • Discuss the influence of morality on dishonesty
  • Assess the impact of organizational culture on fraud
  • Evaluate methods to create social norms as part of an internal control structure designed to prevent fraud

Program Information

  • Delivery Method: Group Live
  • Recommended Field of Study: Behavioral Ethics & Spec. Knowledge
  • Recommended CPE Credits: 4 CPE (including 2 Ethics)
  • Level: Basic
  • Prerequisites: None

Presenter Information

Michael Bret Hood, CFE, MBA

After serving 25 years as a Special Agent in the FBI, Michael “Bret” Hood became a member of the ACFE faculty as well as an adjunct professor of forensic accounting for the University of Virginia and Mt. St. Mary’s University. During his tenure with the FBI, Bret worked many complex financial crime, money laundering, corruption and major cases such as the 9/11 terrorist attack, the HealthSouth fraud and the Maricopa Investments case.

Since 2000, Bret has been a master facilitator who has traveled the world teaching Fortune 500 companies, public entities, trade groups, as well as other groups and organizations how to develop effective anti-fraud, anti-bribery, anti-corruption and anti-money laundering programs. Bret has published articles in Fraud Magazine, Compliance and Ethics Professional magazine, and ACAMS Today.

Bret is a federal-court certified expert in money laundering and financial crimes. Bret is also the author of the critically acclaimed books, Eat More Ice Cream: A Succinct Leadership Lesson for Each Week of the Year & Get Off Your Horse! 52 Succinct Leadership Lessons from U.S. Presidents. Currently, Bret serves as an instructor, investigative consultant, and as an expert witness for 21st Century Learning & Consulting LLC (

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