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June 23, 2011

Financial Fraud Examination course offered at Cowley College


Demand for fraud examiners has increased in recent years due to the increased requirements of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002 and the increase in financial fraud. Students enrolled in the Financial Fraud Examination course offered as an online class in the fall semester at Cowley College will learn methods used by Certified Fraud Examiners (CFE) to catch some of the most notorious criminals of our time. 
One such case involves Bernie Madoff’s multi-billion dollar Ponzi scheme where he bilked the life savings from investors. The person who uncovered this fraud was a CFE named Harry M. Markopolos. This, the largest Ponzi scheme in history, displays the need for expertise among those who choose to fight for justice.
Many law enforcement agencies as well as businesses recognize the CFE credential as something very valuable in their hiring criteria. In addition, the designation demonstrates expertise in detection, prevention, and investigation of financial fraud. Students will examine case studies, problem solve, and make progress toward qualifying for the CFE designation through the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners (ACFE). 
Much of the coursework is based on ACFE materials. The ACFE is the world’s largest anti-fraud organization and premier provider of anti-fraud training and education. Members of the ACFE work to expose business fraud world-wide and increase public awareness, while providing more professional approaches to white collar crime. 
Instructor, Dana Gouge, has over 24 years of law-enforcement experience and is ACFE certified. Mr. Gouge will share his knowledge with students along their path of learning the best practices for exposing these crimes which so many criminals perpetrate on vulnerable, unsuspecting victims.
Contact the Admissions Office at 620.441.5368 to enroll in this 3-credit hour course, Financial Fraud Examination, ACC1155.