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Critique with Etiquette

April 15, 2015

by Lynn Fountain At some point in every professional’s career they will have the opportunity to critique some element of work. As with any new experience there can be a learning curve to effectively delivering…

The Career Undertow

April 23, 2015

by Lynn Fountain If you have ever swam in the ocean and had the miss-fortune to get caught in an undertow, you know those brief and scary moments where you mind is racing, your body…

What Really Causes Corruption? It may surprise you.

May 5, 2015

Mary Breslin, CFE, CIA President, Empower Audit I was recently asked to write a book on global corruption from an audit perspective. I am thrilled at the opportunity to share my global experience with other…

What to Do When the Authorities Just Aren’t Interested

July 22, 2015

Mary Breslin, CFE, CIA President, Empower Audit Sometimes stopping a fraud and terminating an employee are all you can do. Even though those are two accomplishments in themselves, they can leave you wondering, “What do…

An oil rig, a complex cover-up and a deadly kickback scheme

August 12, 2015

Mary Breslin, CFE, CIA, shares a case study involving an oil rig, a complex cover-up and a deadly kickback scheme. When we talk about kickback schemes, people tend to envision the movie portrayal of two…

Character and Behavior: The Other Red Flags of Fraud

January 30, 2016

Mary Breslin, CFE, CIA President, Empower Audit I sat in front of my boss, the general counsel for the organization I worked for, waiting for our meeting to begin. I was still searching for the…

Can You Teach Intuition?

April 5, 2016

Last week I taught a course on leveraging data analytics to detect fraud. I love teaching fraud courses and have had a decade-and-a-half love affair with data analytics — specifically what a mature analytics program…

Under Pressure: How Organization Incentive Programs Can Lead To Fraud

March 31

Mary Breslin, CFE, CIA Founder and Managing Partner, Empower Audit I’ve had a lot of professional nicknames over the years. “Scary Mary” was popular for quite some time, but more recently people have called me…

Not All That Glitters: When to Question Success

September 19

Mary Breslin, CFE, CIA President, Verracy Years ago, I called my sister who was a journalist specializing in health and nutrition for a woman’s magazine, which she now runs, to ask her advice about the…

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