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Fraud Fighter: My Fables and Foibles

Fraud Fighter: My Fables and Foibles

Joseph T. Wells

ISBN: 978-1-119-20037-6 October 2015 328 Pages



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.


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.



"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." (, 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)