Since 2012, in observance of National Fraud Awareness Week, the Inspector General’s Office in partnership with Franklin University, National White Collar Crime Center, Ohio Ethics Commission, and Ohio Investigators Association have presented a two-day training conference entitled Targeting Fraud – Safeguarding Integrity. For its third year which was held on November 5th and 6th, the conference featured ten speakers, traveling from four different states, who collectively examined the investigative process of uncovering fraud. The 2014 conference explored a wide spectrum of subjects, including the topic of deception and how the human emotional, cognitive, and behavioral control systems work to produce various expressions that are associated with the act of deceit; how to evaluate large document financial cases and the methods for organizing complex cases into electronic case files; the investigator’s relationship with the Ohio Ethics law and the restrictions that regulate public sector employees and private sector parties; an examination of the potential dangers and economic repercussions related to counterfeit products and their connection to organized crime, gangs, and terrorism; and a survey on the increasingly pervasive use of Bitcoin and other virtual currencies in illegal and fraudulent activities.
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Targeting Fraud – Safeguarding Integrity is slated to be held again next year on November 4th and 5th, 2015, continuing the Inspector General office’s efforts to foster ties with law enforcement and allied support from organizations and institutions.