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  • Tuesday, June 25 | 1:50–3:05 PM


    CPE: 1.5

    Level: Overview

    Recommended Prerequisites: None

    Field of Study: Specialized Knowledge

    In this session, you’ll hear case studies and real-life examples of times when the CFE credential has made all the difference. A veteran CFE will describe her career history as a young Big 8 accountant with KPMG, a director of internal audit and compliance at a regional bank, a 20-year career as a top white-collar prosecutor (and the CFE of the Year in 2006), entering the world of inspectors general — where the skills learned as a CFE are part of the DNA. Now, as the first female, Hispanic Inspector General of Baltimore, she will share her lessons learned along a winding, exciting and challenging career path.

    You Will Learn How To:

    • Recognize the importance of the CFE credential
    • Appraise the value of networking and getting involved with the ACFE
    • Identify the red flags of fraud
    • Support an effective hotline and market your agency

    Isabel Mercedes Cumming, CFE, CIG

    Inspector General, City of Baltimore

    Isabel Mercedes Cumming is the Inspector General for Baltimore City. As the first female and Hispanic to hold the post, her office has achieved independence, doubled in size, completed 16 investigations, saved more than a million dollars and quadrupled the hotline activity in just one year. She was previously the Assistant Inspector General of Investigations for the Washington Metro system. There, she oversaw 200 investigations and a team of 14. Prior to that she was a 20-year career financial crimes prosecutor in multiple jurisdictions. Before embarking on her legal career, she was the Director of Internal Audit for a bank and started her career as an auditor with KPMG Peat Marwick.


    Cumming is a Certified Fraud Examiner and a Certified Inspector General, was named Fraud Examiner of the Year in 2006 by the ACFE and the first Top Fraud Fighter in Maryland in 2003 by the Maryland ACFE chapter. She served as the Chairman of the ACFE Board of Review for over seven years and is a Regent Emeritus. She was named Top 100 Women in Maryland three times and a “Leader in Law.” She taught White Collar Prosecution to 50 judges and lawyers for the Rule of Law program in Amman, Jordan.

  • Isabel Mercedes Cumming, CFE, CIG

    Inspector General, City of Baltimore

    Isabel Mercedes Cumming is the Inspector General for Baltimore City. As the first female and Hispanic to hold the post, her office has achieved independence, doubled in size, completed 16 investigations, saved more than a million dollars and quadrupled the hotline activity in just one year. She was previously the Assistant Inspector General of Investigations for the Washington Metro system. There, she oversaw 200 investigations and a team of 14. Prior to that she was a 20-year career financial crimes prosecutor in multiple jurisdictions. Before embarking on her legal career, she was the Director of Internal Audit for a bank and started her career as an auditor with KPMG Peat Marwick.


    Cumming is a Certified Fraud Examiner and a Certified Inspector General, was named Fraud Examiner of the Year in 2006 by the ACFE and the first Top Fraud Fighter in Maryland in 2003 by the Maryland ACFE chapter. She served as the Chairman of the ACFE Board of Review for over seven years and is a Regent Emeritus. She was named Top 100 Women in Maryland three times and a “Leader in Law.” She taught White Collar Prosecution to 50 judges and lawyers for the Rule of Law program in Amman, Jordan.

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