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Hedge fund due diligence investigations FAQ

As a private investigator, my area of specialty is fraud. I help my clients spot it and prevent it. One way I do this is with hedge fund due diligence background investigations. Through the years, I’ve been asked a lot about hedge fund background investigations and what’s involved, and I’ve discovered that there are lots […]


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Spotlight on fraud: Catching up on the Elizabeth Holmes trial

For fraud fighters worldwide, the spotlight is currently on the Elizabeth Holmes criminal trial, which started last week in San Jose, California. The case, U.S. v. Elizabeth Holmes, et al., is the culmination of a broad investigation into Holmes’ and her then-boyfriend Sunny Balwani’s…”allegedly deceptive representations about their company and its medical testing technology” and […]


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Bernie Madoff and hot cocoa: Insights into a fraudster’s mindset

Due diligence background investigations provide competitive advantage and help prevent fraud. Digging into someone’s past reveals a lot of information that can be used today – and here are two reasons it works so well: 1. The past often predicts how someone will act in the future. It’s the rare instance when a con man […]


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My CFE journey – Mission accomplished

A little over six months ago, I embarked on my journey to become a Certified Fraud Examiner, and I’m happy to announce that I’ve reached my goal. During the last week of August, I completed my application and all four sections of the exam. It took just a few days to learn that I passed, […]


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CFE credential – The final push

Since last year, I’ve been working on pursuing my CFE credential and the daunting task of studying for the required exam. As with many goals, this one is taking a lot longer than anticipated, and now I’m left to wonder why, on this beautiful Colorado summer day, I’m stuck inside studying. It’s been difficult fitting […]

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Update: My CFE journey

In a previous post, I let everyone know about my plans to pursue the Certified Fraud Examiner credential. After a little over a month, it’s time for an update. To prepare for the exam, I’m using the online CFE Exam Prep Course from the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners. This course is amazing, and I […]


2016 Fraud Trends

The top 3 fraud trends to prepare for in 2016

As mentioned in a previous post, I’m working towards my Certified Fraud Examiner credential. In doing so, I’ve immersed myself in all things related to fraud, including podcasts from the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners. In the latest podcast, John Gill, ACFE VP of Education, talks about the three top fraud trends that he predicts […]


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My next big challenge – Certified Fraud Examiner

It’s been longer than usual between posts, and, unfortunately, it might not get much better for a the next few months. While I don’t usually get too personal here, I’ll fill you in on what’s been going on and what’s on the horizon. Just before Christmas I injured some ribs in one of those crazy […]