Faces of Fraud: Cases and Lessons from a Life Fighting Fraudsters

Faces of Fraud: Cases and Lessons from a Life Fighting Fraudsters

by Martin T. Biegelman

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The ultimate tool for understanding, investigating and preventing fraud

Fraud is an evil with a life of its own that leaves a financial, repetitional, and emotional toll on its victims. While monumental scandals, such as Enron, WorldCom, and Madoff's Ponzi scheme make the front pages, fraud is a daily occurrence impacting companies and individuals alike.


The ultimate tool for understanding, investigating and preventing fraud

Fraud is an evil with a life of its own that leaves a financial, repetitional, and emotional toll on its victims. While monumental scandals, such as Enron, WorldCom, and Madoff's Ponzi scheme make the front pages, fraud is a daily occurrence impacting companies and individuals alike. Faces of Fraud reveals must-know characteristics of fraudsters and the skills needed to outwit them. Recognized Fraud Fighting Expert Martin Biegelman draws from his 40 years of experience fighting fraud to profile not only the key traits fraudsters share, but also the qualities fraud examiners must possess to be successful.

  • Each chapter contains stories from actual cases that the author investigated
  • Profiles the must-know characteristics of fraudsters and the skills you'll need to outwit them
  • Reveals the traits of accomplished fraud examiners
  • Explores the best practices in fraud detection, investigation and prevention to cultivate in order to maximize success
  • Written by fraud fighting expert Martin T. Biegelman

Although fraud will never be completely eradicated, there is much that can be done to reduce the number and size of frauds that take place in any organization. Boiling down the key lessons the author has culled from his long career, Faces of Fraud entertains and informs with stories from real cases the author investigated over his long career, and imparts useful tips you can start using right away in the fraud examination field.

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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

Meet the Author

Martin T. Biegelman, CFE, CCEP, has been fighting fraud and corruption for 40 years in various roles in law enforcement, consulting, and the corporate sector. He is currently the Executive Vice President of U.S. Operations for IPSA International, a global risk advisory firm. His extensive experience include conducting internal investigations on behalf of corporate management and boards, FCPA and anti-bribery compliance, litigation consulting, due diligence, and corporate compliance design and implementation. He previously served as the Director of Financial Integrity at Microsoft Corporation. This highly acclaimed fraud prevention and anti-corruption compliance program that he founded and led continues to be a model for other global companies. Mr. Biegelman is a sought-after speaker, prolific author, and the recipient of the prestigious Cressey Award bestowed by the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners for lifetime achievements in the detection and deterrence of fraud.

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