News IBTS's Maurice Kessler Earns Certified Fraud Examiner Credential

November 12, 2009 - Austin, TX: The Association of Certified Fraud Examiners (ACFE), the world's leading provider of anti-fraud training and education, is pleased to award Maurice A. Kessler, of Herndon, Virginia, the globally-preferred Certified Fraud Examiner (CFE) credential. In order to become a CFE, an anti-fraud professional must meet a stringent set of criteria and pass a rigorous exam administered by the ACFE.

Mr. Kessler has successfully met the ACFE's character, experience, and education requirements for the CFE credential, and has demonstrated knowledge in four areas critical to the fight against fraud: Fraudulent Financial Transactions, Criminology & Ethics, Legal Elements of Fraud and Fraud Investigation.

Mr. Kessler joins the ranks of over 23,000 business and government professionals worldwide who have also earned the CFE certification. Mr. Kessler is the Controller for the Institute for Building Technology and Safety, a 501(c)(3) corporation created by government, for government to provide impartial evaluations, research and technical assistance to reduce the burden on federal, state and local departments across the United States.

CFEs have the ability to examine data and records to detect and trace fraudulent transactions; interview suspects to obtain information and confessions; write investigation reports, advise clients as to their findings and testify at trial; be well-versed in the law as it relates to fraud and fraud investigations; and understand the underlying factors that motivate individuals to commit fraud. Certified Fraud Examiners (CFEs) on six continents have investigated more than 1 million suspected cases of civil and criminal fraud.

ABOUT IBTS: The Institute for Building Technology and Safety (IBTS) helps build stronger communities by partnering with state and local government to strengthen building departments, support local disaster response and recovery, promote and expedite economic development, and provide training and technical assistance in the building environment. It combines technical expertise and business acumen with a public purpose. IBTS has a staff of more than 80 engineers, architects, technicians, and disaster response and recovery experts with a broad range of experience and certifications in the building, energy, and technology environments. IBTS's work is guided by a Board of Directors made up of representatives from the National Governors Association, the Council of State Governments, the National Association of Counties, the National League of Cities, and the International City-County Management Association.

About the ACFE: The ACFE, the world's premier provider of training and education for fraud detection and deterrence, has nearly 50,000 members, sponsors more than 125 chapters worldwide and provides anti-fraud educational materials to over 100 universities. Identified as "the premier financial sleuthing organization" by The Wall Street Journal, the ACFE has captured national and international media attention. For more information about the ACFE, visit www.acfe.com.

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