Faces of Fraud: Cases and Lessons from a Life Fighting Fraudsters

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9781118002742: Faces of Fraud: Cases and Lessons from a Life Fighting Fraudsters

The ultimate tool for understanding, investigating and preventing fraud

Fraud is an evil with a life of its own that leaves a financial, repetitional, and emotional toll on its victims. While monumental scandals, such as Enron, WorldCom, and Madoff's Ponzi scheme make the front pages, fraud is a daily occurrence impacting companies and individuals alike. Faces of Fraud reveals must-know characteristics of fraudsters and the skills needed to outwit them. Recognized Fraud Fighting Expert Martin Biegelman draws from his 40 years of experience fighting fraud to profile not only the key traits fraudsters share, but also the qualities fraud examiners must possess to be successful.

  • Each chapter contains stories from actual cases that the author investigated
  • Profiles the must-know characteristics of fraudsters and the skills you'll need to outwit them
  • Reveals the traits of accomplished fraud examiners
  • Explores the best practices in fraud detection, investigation and prevention to cultivate in order to maximize success
  • Written by fraud fighting expert Martin T. Biegelman

Although fraud will never be completely eradicated, there is much that can be done to reduce the number and size of frauds that take place in any organization. Boiling down the key lessons the author has culled from his long career, Faces of Fraud entertains and informs with stories from real cases the author investigated over his long career, and imparts useful tips you can start using right away in the fraud examination field.

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Praise for Faces of Fraud

"Martin has done it again. He has written another book with tons of great tips for anyone seeking to detect, investigate, and prevent fraud or corruption. Martin has relied upon his exceptional 40-year career to write this interesting and informative compilation of lessons learned and best practices. The beauty of the book is that it provides one with the opportunity to experience some of what Martin has lived in fighting wrongdoing while working for the government and in the private sector. The take-away is practical guidance for dealing with possible fraud and corruption, no matter what the situation."
Karen A. Popp, Sidley Austin's Global Co-Chair of the White Collar Group and former New York federal prosecutor, Department of Justice official, and Associate White House Counsel to President Clinton

"A compelling look into the minds and methods of fraudsters and those who chase them. Faces of Fraud reaffirms the adage that fraud schemes are limited only by the imagination. It also demonstrates that fraud investigators have kept pace with their quarry, relentlessly pursuing fraudsters who have made their schemes opaque and complex. Mr. Biegelman's advice on preventing fraud and conducting fraud investigations is worth the price of admission."
Jan Lawrence Handzlik, Partner & Chair, Anti-Corruption and FCPA Practice Group, Venable LLP

"Martin Biegelman is the real deal; he's been there, he's done that. Based largely on his experiences as a federal agent, Faces of Fraud provides rare insight into the operation of major fraud rings from the perspective of the one who broke them up. It's a fascinating, invaluable guide for those who either want to investigate fraud or who want to avoid becoming a victim."
Doug Behm, Attorney at Law and former federal prosecutor

"There is no one more qualified to write a book on the detection, investigation, and the prosecution of fraud and fraudsters than Martin T. Biegelman. In his latest book, Faces of Fraud, Martin shares with the reader his many years of fraud-fighting experience and the investigative techniques he used to bring hundreds of fraudsters to justice. His chapter on the use and control of confidential informants is unparalleled anywhere. His latest book is sure to become the definitive work on fraud fighting!"
John E. McDermott, U.S. Postal Inspector (retired), Corporate Compliance Investigator

"What a fascinating look into the mind of fraudsters! Martin has worked side by side with fraudsters for 40 years—the right side. His case studies are riveting. Anyone who intends to protect their fortune or help others protect their fortune will find Faces of Fraud worth a fortune."
Roy Snell, CEO, Society of Corporate Compliance and Ethics

"Regardless of your profession, if you are intrigued by fraud, how it reveals itself, how it is detected, investigated, and prosecuted, you must read this book. Every cleverly titled chapter pulls the reader into a world of intrigue, mystery, discovery, excitement, and sometimes serious danger. The reader feels he or she is in the midst of the case, at the side of the investigator, boots-on-the-ground, witnessing real-life events unfold, as if for the very first time. Simply put, Faces of Fraud is a book that has it all."
Rebekah J. Poston, Partner, Squire Sanders LLP

From the Inside Flap:

Fraud is an evil with a life of its own that shows no sign of abating. The aura of fraud comes not from how a person looks or where they come from but from their criminal intent and the resulting self-serving actions, ruthlessness, and arrogance. The faces of fraud run the gamut from simple schemes that hit and run, like advance-fee loan scams, to long running and complex financial accounting frauds, such as the high-profile crimes that occurred at Enron, HealthSouth, and WorldCom. In Faces of Fraud: Cases and Lessons from a Life Fighting Fraudsters, you'll learn how to detect fraud and prevent this evil from taking hold in your organization.

Sharing his 40 years of international fraud-fighting experiences, cases, and best practices, author Martin Biegelman—recognized by the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners with its lifetime achievement award—breaks down the key lessons he has learned in fighting fraud. Written for fraud investigators, auditors, and managers, Faces of Fraud reveals the essential characteristics of fraudsters and the skills you need to spot and stop scammers in their tracks. Biegelman profiles the key traits fraudsters share, as well as the skills good fraud examiners must possess to be successful in thwarting fraud before it takes root.

Drawing from Biegelman's decades of experience, Faces of Fraud features cases and stories, including:

  • The Fraudster Mindset
  • Silver-Tongued Devils
  • Fraud Theories
  • A Short History of Fraud in America
  • Rise of Boiler Rooms and Bucket Shops
  • Use Your Imagination in Fighting Fraud
  • The Mob Stings Fraudsters
  • Fraudster Stupidity Is Your Friend
  • One Man's Trash Is an Investigator's Gold
  • If You Don't Ask, You Will Never Know
  • New York State of Fraud
  • Good Humor Ice Cream Scandal
  • Bad Hams and Bribes
  • Arrogance and Recidivism
  • Informants and Whistleblowers
  • Managing Confidential Informants
  • A Tale of Deceitful Pitches and Vendor Kickbacks
  • Cruise to Nowhere
  • A Story of Vanity and Deception
  • The Making of a Fraudster
  • Scoundrels without a Conscience
  • Why I Love Liars
  • raudsters Love Expense Report Fraud
  • an Francisco Metergate
  • Fraud Prevention for Individuals and Business Organizations

Detect and defeat fraud before it takes root with the proven investigation and prevention strategies found in Faces of Fraud.

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