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Faces of Fraud: Cases and Lessons from a Life Fighting Fraudsters Hardcover – January 29, 2013
Praise for Faces of Fraud: Cases and Lessons from a Life Fighting Fraudsters
“Martin has done it again. He has written another book with tons of great tips for anyone seeking to detect, investigate and prevent fraud or corruption. Martin has relied upon his exceptional 40-year career to write this interesting and informative compilation of lessons learned and best practices. The beauty of the book is that it provides one with the opportunity to experience some of what Martin has lived in fighting wrongdoing while working for the government and in the private sector. The take-away is practical guidance for dealing with possible fraud and corruption, no matter what the situation.”
—Karen A. Popp, Sidley Austin’s Global Co-Chair of the White Collar Group, and former New York federal prosecutor, Department of Justice official and Associate White House Counsel to President Clinton
“A compelling look into the minds and methods of fraudsters and those who chase them. Faces of Fraud reaffirms the adage that fraud schemes are limited only by the imagination. It also demonstrates that fraud investigators have kept pace with their quarry, relentlessly pursuing fraudsters who have made their schemes opaque and complex. Mr. Biegelman’s advice on preventing fraud and conducting fraud investigations is worth the price of admission.”
—Jan Lawrence Handzlik, Partner & Chair, Anti-Corruption and FCPA Practice Group, Venable LLP
“Martin Biegelman is the real deal; he’s been there, he’s done that. Based largely on his experiences as a federal agent, Faces of Fraud provides rare insight into the operation of major fraud rings from the perspective of the one who broke them up. It’s a fascinating, invaluable guide for those who either want to investigate fraud or who want to avoid becoming a victim.”
—Doug Behm, Attorney at Law and former federal prosecutor
“There is no one more qualified to write a book on the detection, investigation and the prosecution of fraud and fraudsters than Martin T. Biegelman. In his latest book the Faces of Fraud, Martin shares with the reader his many years of fraud fighting experience and the investigative techniques he used to bring hundreds of fraudsters to justice. His chapter on the use and control of confidential informants is unparalleled anywhere. His latest book is sure to become the definitive work on Fraud Fighting!”
—John E. McDermott, US Postal Inspector (retired), Corporate Compliance Investigator
“Because fraud has so many faces, those who fight it can never stand still. Knowledge is our greatest (and sometimes only) weapon. Regardless of whether you are a beginner or a seasoned anti-fraud professional, you can’t help but benefit from Martin’s candid analysis and discussion of the many cases he has investigated. I thoroughly enjoyed this this peek into his remarkable career and experiences.”
—John D. Gill, J.D., CFE, Vice President – Education, Association of Certified Fraud Examiners
“What a fascinating look into the mind of fraudsters! Martin has worked side by side with fraudsters for 40 years, the right side. His case studies are riveting. Anyone who intends to protect their fortune or help others protect their fortune will find Faces of Fraud worth a fortune.”
—Roy Snell, CEO, Society of Corporate Compliance and Ethics
“Regardless of your profession, if you are intrigued by fraud, how it reveals itself, how it is detected, investigated and prosecuted, you must read this book. Every cleverly titled chapter pulls the reader into a world of intrigue, mystery, discovery, excitement and sometimes serious danger. The reader feels he is in the midst of the case, at the side of the investigator, boots-on-the-ground, witnessing real-life events unfold, as if for the very first time. The book doesn’t stop there. It offers even more to its readers. It provides guidance on how best to investigate the many complex varieties of fraud. It describes processes and procedures to follow and provides tips and recommendations from investigative lessons learned. Simply put, Faces of Fraud is a book that has it all.”
—Rebekah J. Poston, Partner, Squire Sanders LLP
“Faces of Fraud contains a line that reads, ‘Remember to always use your imagination in the detection, investigation, and prevention of fraud and other crimes.’ Clearer words were never spoken about fighting fraud. That they come from the pen of Martin Biegelman is no surprise. Few fraud investigators possess the depth and breadth of investigative experience and analytical prowess that he does. It is a gift to the entire fraud-fighting profession that he has seen fit to put his 40 years of practical wisdom between the covers of this new must-read.”
—Peter Goldmann, CFE, President, White-Collar Crime 101/FraudAware
“Mr. Biegelman’s conversational tone belies his deep and insightful understanding of fraud and its prevention, detection, and investigation. With this latest highly readable book, he has surely cemented his place as one of the world’s foremost authorities on the topic of economic crime. Utica College is proud of its relationship with Mr. Biegelman, and our faculty and students are grateful for his ongoing support, expertise, and guidance as chair of the Economic Crime Institute’s Board of Advisors.”
—Todd S. Hutton, President, Utica College, Utica, New York
"Marty's latest book is a comprehensive guide on fraud detection, investigation and prevention with interesting fraud-fighting experiences designed to help readers spot, not only the red flags, but the earlier yellow flags of fraud."
—George A. Stamboulidis, Esq., Managing Partner of the New York office and co-head of the White Collar & Corporate Investigations Team, BakerHostetler LLP
Faces of Fraud is an excellent primer on the history and evolution of fraud. Mr. Biegelman provides detailed and valuable insights from his long and successful career investigating a wide variety of fraud schemes. Mr. Biegelman also discusses numerous investigative techniques that aided him in conducting his many successful investigations. Faces of Fraud includes numerous well told examples of investigations ranging from simple to complex and covering the gamut of fraud schemes including mail, wire and bank fraud, identity theft, coupon and rebate fraud, telemarketing boiler rooms, insurance, healthcare, and accounting fraud to name a few.”
—Peter Sullivan, Director, Global Security, Monsanto Company
“In Faces of Fraud, Martin Biegelman shares the highly innovative and successful investigative techniques that he used during an incredible forty year career investigating financial crimes. Anyone interested in the investigation and prevention of fraud will find Faces of Fraud an invaluable resource.”
—Patricia A. Pileggi, Partner, Schiff Hardin LLP
From the Inside Flap
Fraud is an evil with a life of its own that shows no sign of abating. The aura of fraud comes not from how a person looks or where they come from but from their criminal intent and the resulting self-serving actions, ruthlessness, and arrogance. The faces of fraud run the gamut from simple schemes that hit and run, like advance-fee loan scams, to long running and complex financial accounting frauds, such as the high-profile crimes that occurred at Enron, HealthSouth, and WorldCom. In Faces of Fraud: Cases and Lessons from a Life Fighting Fraudsters, you'll learn how to detect fraud and prevent this evil from taking hold in your organization.
Sharing his 40 years of international fraud-fighting experiences, cases, and best practices, author Martin Biegelmanrecognized by the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners with its lifetime achievement awardbreaks down the key lessons he has learned in fighting fraud. Written for fraud investigators, auditors, and managers, Faces of Fraud reveals the essential characteristics of fraudsters and the skills you need to spot and stop scammers in their tracks. Biegelman profiles the key traits fraudsters share, as well as the skills good fraud examiners must possess to be successful in thwarting fraud before it takes root.
Drawing from Biegelman's decades of experience, Faces of Fraud features cases and stories, including:
- The Fraudster Mindset
- Silver-Tongued Devils
- Fraud Theories
- A Short History of Fraud in America
- Rise of Boiler Rooms and Bucket Shops
- Use Your Imagination in Fighting Fraud
- The Mob Stings Fraudsters
- Fraudster Stupidity Is Your Friend
- One Man's Trash Is an Investigator's Gold
- If You Don't Ask, You Will Never Know
- New York State of Fraud
- Good Humor Ice Cream Scandal
- Bad Hams and Bribes
- Arrogance and Recidivism
- Informants and Whistleblowers
- Managing Confidential Informants
- A Tale of Deceitful Pitches and Vendor Kickbacks
- Cruise to Nowhere
- A Story of Vanity and Deception
- The Making of a Fraudster
- Scoundrels without a Conscience
- Why I Love Liars
- raudsters Love Expense Report Fraud
- an Francisco Metergate
- Fraud Prevention for Individuals and Business Organizations
Detect and defeat fraud before it takes root with the proven investigation and prevention strategies found in Faces of Fraud.
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Top Customer Reviews
This book is so boring that you might fall asleep at the wheel if you drive and listen to it.
Literally page after page of dry and uninteresting detail about how the author is tipped to frauds, has to be convinced that they are occurring and then proceeds to dismantle them with relative ease. He literally ( not figuratively) tells the exact same story repeatedly and almost all end in the arrest and conviction of the perpetrators. No mistakes. No near misses. No "whoopsies."
If fraud detections, investigations and prosecutions are as easy as it is portrayed in the book ( again, the author rarely fails to get to the bottom of the crime) , why aren't the courts clogged with cases? Why aren't prisons filled with con men? And why do we keep seeing and hearing about new Ponzi schemes and other assorted frauds daily , if not hourly? The author seems to avoid this line of reasoning, in favor of a "Look at what I did" narrative.
Frankly, a technical manual concerning fraud investigation or money laundering would have been more effective (although likely just as dry) because it wouldn't have been burdened with the "look at me" anecdotes of the author.
Terribly written book that is also terribly read as an audiobook.
It's a two-fer.