Training in Tanzania, Africa

Map of Tanzania

I had the pleasure of teaching a three and a half day antifraud seminar at the Serena resort in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, Africa. Participants included C-Suite, management from Legal, Banking Services, Internal Controls, and Global Corporate Audit departments from many countries across the continent.

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Fraud Magazine

Bell Quote in Fraud Magazine

The January/February 2014

edition of Fraud Magazine

was just released.  I am quoted

on page 63 as an excerpt from

an interview I gave in

Las Vegas, NV at the annual

ACFE conference this

past June.

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Thanksgiving in Afghanistan

Kabul, Afghanistan

Kabul, Afghanistan

As I prepare the menu for the Thanksgiving holiday, I am reminded that last year at this time I was in Afghanistan.  This was the first time I had ever been in that country.  I had mentally prepared myself to just “suffer through” it.  I imagined that as an American, I would not be very popular.  I imagined that as a woman, I would be treated “less than.”  However, after being in Afghanistan for almost a month spending time at the capital in Kabul, in the west at Herat and in the north at Mazar, I can honestly say that none of my fears were founded.  By dressing more conservatively than was required, learning a handful of words in Farsi, showing interest in learning about the culture, and always being respectful I was treated so warmly that it really touched me.  Both the locals and ex-pats treated me as an honored guest.  I have never experienced such a level of hospitality as that which was bestowed upon me there.  The people were so kind; it was truly amazing.  I think what touched me the most was going into the villages and meeting with people that had very little food to eat who would ask you to come into their homes and offer you half of everything they had.  Their kindness and generosity was something that I will never forget. Continue reading

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Step Up

20131106-215250.jpgMany years ago, I was in a meeting that had a surprising outcome. The effect has stayed with me all these years. In my company at the time, we had the luxury of attending one of the first meetings held in our brand new office building. It was beautiful. The design took full advantage of natural lighting, open spaces, and everyone loved the neutral color scheme. You could still smell the wet paint in the air as we found our way to our seats.

On this particular day, the CEO was leading a discussion and we were thrilled just to have the privilege of hearing him speak. He was a kind man who made everyone he spoke to feel special; like they were the only one in the room. He had a way of making you feel at ease in his presence. He treated everyone with immense respect regardless of their title or position on the org chart. He asked questions that conveyed his sincere interest in your life and then consistently remembered the details even years later. When he spoke, you could tell that he had put much thought into what he said. You always knew you would learn a valuable life lesson and that you would walk away from the experience a better person as a result.

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Hospital Analogy for the Global Antifraud Program

I created this short video for a company to illustrate both the components and status of the Global Antifraud Program.  It was shown at the beginning of the meeting to facilitate the conversation about the program. (2013 Copyright



Global Antifraud Program

OBJECTIVE: To manage the fraud risk.

GOALS: Prevention, Detection and Deterrence.

COMPONENTS: Governance, Fraud Awareness Training, Fraud Risk Assessment, Investigations, and Continuous Monitoring.


October 25, 2013 · 1:34 pm

Digital Lies

Digital Lies

Jeff Hancock was one of my professors at Cornell University. I had the privilege of taking a class with him called “Deception Detection.” It was by far one of my favorite classes during my undergrad experience in New York. His research was not only intriguing back then, it is still relevant today. I use those very same concepts during investigations every time I conduct a forensic interview.

While watching an in-flight movie recently, I came across a segment of Ted Talks featuring Jeff speaking about lies in the digital era. If detecting lies is important in your job or if you simply want a different take on the subject for your personal life, take a few minutes to watch this video.


Video (18:32)

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Take Action


“The world will not be destroyed by those who do evil, but by those who watch them without doing anything.”

~~ Albert Einstein

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License Requirements for Investigators

Are Certified Fraud Examiners (CFE) required to be licensed as Private Investigators (PI)?

License Requirements for Investigators

The short answer: It depends on your investigative activities and geographic reach.

See a recent article published in Fraud Magazine for more details.

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“There are no coincidences in fraud investigations.”

~ Alexis C. Bell, CFE, PI

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ACFE Endorses My Fraud Books


Both of my books on fraud are now available at the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners ( website in the bookstore. ACFE membership discounts available.

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