Dear Chapter Members:
I would like to take this opportunity to welcome everyone, especially our new members, to the start of a new training season.
We are very excited to introduce a new venue which we think everyone will enjoy at the University of Massachusetts Club at One Beacon Street, 32nd Floor. It is conveniently located near public transportation, Government Center, and the Financial District and features a beautiful panoramic view of the City in every direction.
As you know, one of the key objectives of the Boston Chapter is to provide compelling trainings that provide insights into fraud prevention strategies and which are responsive to the requests of our members. We receive regular requests for presentations via evaluations from members on the issues affecting them most directly. In the past three years we have provided training on such diverse topics as ethics, financial institution fraud, cyber security, art theft, whistleblower investigations, accounting and math analytics, skimming and credit card fraud, network intrusions, pharmacy narcotics diversion, sales discounting, social media exploitation, FCPA, and case studies such as the Boston Marathon “One Fund” scam, to name a few.
We have a great training scheduled for our October season opener dealing with two requested topics; “Cyber Trends and Threats” presented by SSA Timothy Russell of the Boston FBI Criminal Cyber Squad and “Cryptocurrency and Blockchain Technology” presented by Doug McCalmont of BlocAlt Consulting. Doug has many years of expertise dealing with international anti-money laundering compliance and investor identity authentication.
Other Boston Chapter objectives are to provide networking opportunities and to grow our membership through the efforts of our LinkedIn group, and our Speakers Bureau and Outreach committee. We invite members to join the conversation on the “Greater Boston Chapter of the ACFE” LinkedIn group to exchange ideas or suggestions about chapter development. In the past year we have grown our total membership to nearly 250 members. We aspire to reach the 300 member mark in the upcoming year. At this year’s ACFE Annual National Fraud Conference in Las Vegas, Nevada, the Boston Chapter was regularly cited as a model for other chapters to emulate.
We encourage you to register for our October training on the Boston Chapter’s website at www.acfe-boston.org and if you have not already done so to renew your membership online. I would like to welcome everyone to a new and exciting year ahead and thank you again for helping to make the Boston Chapter such an effective, fraud prevention association.
Mary Beth Farrelly, CFE
ACFE, Boston Chapter