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Fraud Fighter: My Fables and Foibles

ISBN: 978-0-470-63677-0
400 pages
April 2011
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A collection of insightful, poignant, and humorous stories from Dr. Joseph Wells, the world's foremost fraud expert?with gutsy revelations of his own past mistakes

From his dysfunctional childhood in rural Oklahoma; his service in the U.S.Navy; a brief stint in public accounting followed by a career in the FBI; and founding the world's largest anti-fraud organization, Wells' colorful life experiences were preparation for his rise to one of the globe's most revered antifraud experts.

  • Written by the preeminent antifraud authority and founder and Chairman of the ACFE
  • Offers a fascinating behind-the-scenes look at the life of one of the most influential white-collar crime experts of our time

At a period when dishonesty at top U.S. companies is dominating public attention, The Fables and Foibles of a Fraud Fighter is a surprisingly frank and gripping memoir from an unsurprisingly effective fraud fighter.This autobiography forms a full tapestry of a life, displaying wit, intrigue, trepidation, regret, and finally, ultimate victory.

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Table of Contents


Part One: The Apprentice.

Chapter 1: Learning the Ropes.

Chapter 2: My Earliest Years.

Part Two: Journeyman.

Chapter 3: Busting More Crooks in Gotham.

Chapter 4: Jackson, Here I Come!

Part Three: My Own Master.

Chapter 5: A New Start.

Chapter 6: Self-Directed: Wells & Associates.

Part Four: Founding a Profession.

Chapter 7: Vision of a New Breed of Fraud Fighter.

Chapter 8: Looking Back and Looking Ahead.

Part Five: The Global Fight against Fraud.

Chapter 9: Forging Alliances.



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Author Information

Dr. Joseph T. Wells, CPA, CFE, is the founder and Chairman of the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners (ACFE) and a former adjunct professor of fraud examination at the University of Texas at Austin. He writes, researches, and lectures to business and professional groups on fraud-related issues and is frequently quoted in the media. He has won top writing awards from both Internal Auditor and the Journal of Accountancy magazines, and is a winner of the Innovation in Accounting Education Award presented by the American Accounting Association. For his landmark research in fraud detection and deterrence, Dr. Wells has been inducted into the American Institute of CPAs Business and Industry Hall of Fame and named to Accounting Today's list of top 100 most influential people for nine years in a row.
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"This is an autobiography of a Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) agent who found his way in life, from poor beginnings to creating a world-class organization dedicated to educating fraud fighters. The 289-page book is a quick, fascinating read." (Securitymanagement.com, June 2012)

"Dr. Wells' decisions ultimately led to the founding of an association that has given anti-fraud tools and training to thousands. And he had a lot of fun doing it." (Fraud Magazine, April 2011)

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