The Institute of Counter Fraud Specialists was established to provide direction and assistance to members and advance the profession of Counter Fraud Specialist (CFS). It came about when an increasing number of CFS, linked by a common specialist qualification, came to a growing consensus about how they should work and the standards expected of them and from that the Institute was the next natural step.
Our Forum (Members Only) is now live - discuss Counter Fraud, Anti-Bribery/Corruption, General Investigative and training - we also have a section for members to post vacancies that they may have.
Our Documents Library (Members Only) is now also live.
Our next Master Class will be on the afternoon of 9th September 2014 at Mazar's offices near Tower Bridge, London. The keynote speaker is Malcolm Driscoll, the detective who investigated Joyti De Laurey's multi-million pound fraud against her employers at Goldman Sachs. Rachael Tiffen, CIPFA's Head of Counter Fraud Centre will give a presentation outlining CIPFA's future plans for the Counter Fraud Centre, including the functions that CIPFA is inheriting from the abolished Audit Commission. There will also be a presentation the perils and pitfalls of whistleblowing from Peter Tickner, current chair of ICFS, who as well as famously having been prevented from giving evidence as a whistle-blower at the Leveson inquiry into police - press relations has himself conducted a number of investigations triggered by whistle-blowers.
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ICFS members and reciprocal bodies can attend free of charge, all others will be charged £25 to attend this event.
Coming soon - Computer Forensics - a specialist session on extracting evidence from laptops and other media. An ex-Detective Inspector with ACPO accreditation as an expert forensic witness shares some of the secrets of his trade.
PLEASE RENEW YOUR MEMBERSHIP AS SOON AS POSSIBLE TO RETAIN THE BENEFITS OF THE ICFS.
To be a Full Member of the Institute you need to be an Accredited Counter Fraud Specialist or be able to demonstrate suitable experience or qualifications.
If you have not yet qualified as an ACFS but are currently undergoing Foundation Level training, you can join as a Student Member.
If you have not attained the ACFS qualification but work within the counter fraud community and can demonstrate suitable experience or other qualifications you may still be eligible to join - please see the appropriate membership application form.
The members only AGM of the ICFS was held on 24 July 2014 at the Academy of Experts, 3 Grays Inn Square, London. It was followed by an entertaining presentation from retired Detective Superintendent Russ Allen, dealing with the fine line between fraud and corruption, drawing on his experiences at the Fraud Squad and overseas working for the Botswana Anti-Corruption Commission and on United Nations counter-fraud initiatives.
ICFS writes to the Home Secretary to express concern on behalf of its members over the governments plans for regulating fraud investigators as well under proposed legislation in 2014 aimed at private investigators regulated by the SIA
November: NHS Scotland press release now in Members Downloads and Forum
The ICFS membership has agreed to open up membership of the Institute to those who have not necessarily attained the Accredited Counter Fraud qualification but who work in a counter-fraud or counter-corruption role and can provide evidence of relevant training and experience. Any suitably experienced and qualified person can now apply for 'full' membership of the ICFS. Please ensure you supply full background information as requested on the application form.
Our membership renewal period for 2014-2015 is now open