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  • Keynote Speakers

    The ACFE Global Fraud Conference traditionally hosts the foremost experts in the anti-fraud field. These leaders in their fields share their insights and address the key anti-fraud issues relevant to you. Previous conference speakers include: Senator Christopher J. Dodd, John Walsh, Michael Chertoff, Harry Markopolos, Senator George Mitchell, Senator Paul Sarbanes, the Honorable Michael Oxley, Ben Stein, Rudy Giuliani, and many others. 

    Keynote speakers for the 24th Annual ACFE Global Fraud Conference include:

    Bharara     Preet Bharara
    U.S. Attorney, Southern District of New York

    Dubbed “The Street Fighter” by TIME Magazine in 2012, Preet Bharara oversees the investigation and litigation of all criminal and civil cases brought on behalf of the U.S. in the Southern District of New York. He supervises an office of more than 220 Assistant U.S. Attorneys, who handle cases that include domestic and international terrorism, narcotics and arms trafficking, white-collar crime, public corruption, gang violence, organized crime and civil rights violations.

    In his role, Bharara has applied renewed focus on large-scale, sophisticated financial frauds by creating two new units – the Complex Frauds Unit and the complementary Civil Frauds Unit. The Civil Frauds Unit has collected close to $500 million in settlements since its inception, including multi-million dollar settlements with Deutsche Bank and CitiMortgage for faulty lending practices and other fraudulent conduct. The office recently secured the guilty plea of Peter Madoff for his role in his brother Bernard’s Ponzi scheme that included an agreement to a 10-year sentence, the statutory maximum. Together with the Madoff trustee, the office also achieved the largest forfeiture in U.S. history – $7.2 billion from the estate of Jeffrey Picower.

    Bharara was a litigation associate in New York at Swidler Berlin Shereff Friedman from 1996 to 2000 and Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher from 1993 to 1996. He graduated magna cum laude from Harvard College with an A.B. in Government in 1990, and from Columbia Law School with a J.D. in 1993, where he was a member of the Columbia Law Review.

    Learn more about Bharara from recent media coverage:

    Federal prosecutor Preet Bharara builds a reputation on Wall Street, in Albany
    The Washington Post, April 4, 2013

    New sheriff of Wall St. is racking up insider trading convictions
    Los Angeles Times, March 29, 2013

     Preet Bharara: The man who strikes fear into Wall Street
    The Globe and Mail, February 13, 2013

    U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara's Manhattan office hails record $3 billion haul in crime forfeitures
    NY Daily News, January 2, 2013

    Wanted: gutsy fraud fighters 
    An interview with Preet Bharara, U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York
    Fraud Magazine, May/June 2013
    Fastow  Andrew Fastow*
    Convicted Fraudster, Former Enron CFO

    Andrew Fastow was the Chief Financial Officer of Enron Corporation, an energy trading company based in Houston, Texas, until the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) opened an investigation into his and the company’s conduct in 2001. Fastow was one of the accounting masterminds behind a complex web of off-balance-sheet special purpose entities used to conceal years of massive losses. Enron, once the nation's seventh-largest company, declared bankruptcy in December 2001 after attempting to hide billions in debt and cover up failed ventures. The collapse wiped out thousands of jobs, more than $60 billion in market value and more than $2 billion in pension plans. Fastow pleaded guilty to two counts of conspiracy before serving five years in prison. Enron, along with companies like WorldCom and HealthSouth, set the stage for the need for reformed legislation like the Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002, legislation passed to encourage more outside oversight and strengthen corporate governance.

    Mathers     Chris Mathers 
    Corporate Intelligence Expert 

    Chris Mathers has spent most of his adult life working undercover for the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP), U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) and the U.S. Customs Service. His experiences posing as a gangster, a drug trafficker and a money launderer are the subjects of his book, CRIME SCHOOL: Money Laundering.

    At the time of his retirement from the RCMP, Mathers was the senior undercover operator at the Proceeds of Crime Section where he established and operated a number of “storefront” money laundering businesses targeting Colombian, Russian and Asian organized crime groups. Mathers personally infiltrated criminal organizations in North America, the Caribbean, Latin America and Europe.

    In 1995, Mathers joined the forensic division of KPMG. In 1999, he was appointed to the position of President of KPMG Corporate Intelligence Inc., where he was responsible for international due diligence, asset recovery operations, and the investigation and prevention of organized crime and money laundering. In 2004, Chris established chrismathers inc. where he provides crime and risk consulting services, specializing in fraud, money laundering, terrorism and organized crime issues.

    Mathers is a popular media commentator and has appeared on television and radio interviews on CNN, PBS, MSNBC and media outlets all over the world. He has also served as a consultant on several feature films and documentaries relating to organized crime, espionage and money laundering.

    Chris Mathers was recently featured in Fraud Magazine. Read the article

    Keach  Stacy Keach
    Actor, Narrator of CNBC’s “American Greed”

    As an award-winning actor of stage, film and television, Stacy Keach is well-known for his portrayals of Detective Mike Hammer and Ernest Hemingway, the latter winning him a Best Actor Golden Globe. Keach is currently the narrator of CNBC’s “American Greed,” an original primetime series which examines high-profile corporate and white-collar crimes, several of which were investigated by CFEs. In the series, Keach tells the stories of fraud, money laundering, embezzlement and Ponzi schemes. In “The Con Game,” a CNBC article published in August 2012, Keach described his own family’s experience with a scam artist and his passion for spreading fraud awareness. He co-starred in "The Bourne Legacy," and will be in the upcoming Disney animated feature, "Planes." He recently closed in the Tony-nominated hit, "Other Desert Cities" after a successful nine month run on Broadway.

    Frank  Allan Dodds Frank
    Investigative Journalist

    Allan Dodds Frank is one of the nation’s top business investigative correspondents, specializing in financial news with emphasis on complex white-collar crimes and terrorism stories. While reporting for Bloomberg, he led coverage of Bernard Madoff, the AIG collapse and court cases against Dennis Kozlowski, Martha Stewart and others. Frank practices journalism these days as a contributor to Fortune and The Daily Beast and a special correspondent for Newsweek, and by working on a book about the world’s most notorious white collar criminals. He is also spearheading the creation  of a worldwide database for journalists by the Overseas Press Club of America that is being funded by a Ford Foundation grant. 

    The ACFE Global Fraud Conference also features more than 40 anti-fraud experts leading our breakout sessions. View the complete speaker lineup.

    * The ACFE does not compensate convicted fraudsters.

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