May 5, 2020

This photo of a quaint village was taken on a recent trip to Meteora, Greece. This small town evolved into a thriving community by using a multi-pronged approach to survival, by leveraging traditional methods and also integrating current technology.   


This commun...

April 14, 2020

The U.S. shares a long border (the world’s longest bi-national border for all Jeopardy fans) and there are many similarities in fraud between these two regions; however, the focal point to the north should be slightly altered to meet the demands of this unique region o...

March 3, 2020


On a recent trip to London (one of my favorite cities), I saw this iconic bridge and thought of the behavioral bridge I have often spoken about as part of a strong counter fraud strategy.  


I have mentioned the behavioral bridge many times in my presentations and...

January 27, 2020

Things are not what they seem…


This photo was taken in Malaysia and shows how a local butterfly can mask its appearance by mimicking a leaf. On the branch one can view some “real leaves” and some leaves that are actually butterflies; a job well-done! 
If we consider in...

December 10, 2019


How to disrupt the risk-reward scale. 


On a recent trip to the Amazon, I had to ponder whether taking a wooden canoe in Caiman infested waters was worth an excursion deeper into the jungle. We weight risks and rewards daily and fraudsters are no different.

Individuals...

November 5, 2019

Vulnerability assessments, or risk assessments as many of you know them as, are the core of a counter fraud strategy as organization can find gaps and weak links in their eco-system. This is an important exercise as it will identify those doors that the fraudsters will...

August 26, 2019

Fraud with no boundaries. 


This beautiful photo was taken after hiking to the peak of Huayna Picchu; the view is looking south toward Machu Picchu and the border of Chile and Bolivia. 


I am asked quite frequently about my opinion of the landscape of fraud on an interna...

July 29, 2019

On a recent visit to Italy, I became immersed into the counter fraud culture of this unique area. During my many hours consuming pasta, pizza, and red wine, I pondered how this country has extremely unique fraud challenges. 


Statistics reveal that there is a very high...

June 24, 2019

Let's kick off this article with a math 101 exercise to pique your interest in internal fraud. Consider your company revenue during 2018 and then calculate 5% of that figure; this number is the amount you are losing to internal fraud! Here are other disturbing statics:


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May 8, 2019


Many of you are aware that I have proposed opportunity theory as a conceptual framework to help us understand the nature and reasoning behind fraud behavior. The main belief of this theory is that carriers need to focus on reducing the opportunity for fraudsters to co...

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