Certified Fraud Examiner (CFE)

Having specialized education, skill, knowledge, training, experience, and credentials in fraud detection and knowing what to look for is key to any claims and/or forensic investigation.

We can help uncover fraudulent conduct, defects, irregularities, manipulation, tampering, system flaws, spoliation, and a host of other factors. We also provide fraud detection training programs for private, professional and government agencies.

CFE stands for Certified Fraud Examiner, a designation awarded to industry professionals demonstrating in depth knowledge and expertise of fraud detection. As a CFE, Jeffrey D. Zwirn is distinctly qualified to detect, investigate, and deter fraud. A news release from the national headquarters of the Board of Certified Fraud Examiners follows.

The Certified Fraud Examiner (CFE) designation is officially recognized as an FBI critical skillset, under the Diversified Special Agent hiring subprogram. The FBI values the positive effect that CFEs can have not only in Criminal investigations, but in counterterrorism and counterintelligence as well.

Chris Swecker, Assistant Director for the Criminal Investigative Division (CID) of the FBI, considers the CFE to be a versatile certification. “In fact, this is the only professional certification that we recognize for the Special Agent program. There is a great need for the Certified Fraud Examiner skill set because it is a sophisticated certification used to unravel very complex schemes,” explains Swecker. “Since the CFE skill set cuts across all of our disciplines we can place a CFE in any area – counter intelligence, cyber financial frauds, terrorism funding – and be confident they will succeed.” This honor gives CFE’s a competitive edge and the opportunity to pursue careers as Special Agents, while enhancing the esteem and professional record for CFE’s everywhere.

The Association of Certified Fraud Examiners is proud to award Mr. Jeffrey D. Zwirn, CPP, CFPS, CFE,  SET, FASI&T, MBAT, President, IDS Research & Development, Inc., the designation “Certified Fraud Examiner” (CFE). The Association’s Board of Regents awards this designation only to select professionals who meet a stringent set of criteria, including strict character, experience, and education requirements. Mr. Zwirn has successfully met these criteria and now joins the ranks of over 15,000 business and government professionals who have also earned the CFE certification. CFEs are responsible for resolving a wide range of allegations of fraud and white-collar crime. They have the expertise to obtain evidence; take statements and write reports; testify to findings; and assist in all aspects of detecting and preventing white-collar crime. CFEs are employed in a variety of industries, including the investigative divisions of corporations, private businesses, and government agencies.

The CFE designation is one of the Association’s fundamental efforts against white-collar crime. Other efforts include training seminars on a wide variety of fraud issues; self-study courses; customized in-house fraud training for businesses and agencies; and the Uniform CFE Examination.

This rigorous exam is designed to assess a candidate’s knowledge of four topics: financial transactions; the legal elements of fraud; criminology and ethics; and fraud investigation. Candidates must receive approval from the Association to take the exam based on education and professional experience. Of those approved, only one in five passes the exam on the first attempt. Successful examinees automatically earn the CFE designation.

As the professional organization for fraud examiners, the Association’s international membership of 15,000 consists primarily of accountants, auditors, investigators, criminologists, lawyers, and law enforcement personnel. Joseph T. Wells, a CPA and former FBI Special Agent, founded the Association in 1988 for the purpose of reducing the incidence of fraud and white-collar crime. The Association achieves this goal by training members in the specialized techniques necessary to detect, investigate, and deter fraud — and by awarding the coveted CFE designation to deserving professionals like Mr. Zwirn.