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Vendor Fraud in Social Services Contracts

  • November 07, 2023
  • 11:00 AM - 11:59 AM
  • Group Live; Virtual via Zoom


  • Discounted registration for members of the Austin Chapter
  • This type of registration is only available for students who are current members of the Austin Chapter of the ACFE.

Vendor Fraud in Social Services Contracts

Description This presentation is a case study based on a report recently issued by the Auditor's Office in the City of Austin, Texas.  The fraud involved a false billing scheme by a nonprofit vendor that received millions of dollars across several social services contracts. The audit documentation showed the nonprofit had falsified various records to support reimbursement requests, resulting in more than $400,000 in improper payments. The nonprofit also submitted falsified performance reports under one contract. This case study provides an overview of the investigation, identifies lessons learned, and proposes best practices for preventing and investigating vendor fraud.

Speaker:  Tope Eletu-Odibo, CFE, Supervising Senior Investigator at the City of Austin’s Office of the City Auditor, is responsible for investigating allegations related to fraud, waste, and abuse within City government. She graduated from the University of East Anglia in U.K. with a Bachelor of Law and has a Master of Public Affairs from the Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs at the University of Texas in Austin. She is a Certified Fraud Examiner with more than ten years of professional experience in both fraud investigations and auditing.    

Learning Objectives -After attending this session, participants will be able to:

  • Identify document fraud
  • Describe best practices for investigating vendor fraud
  • Recognize signs of fraud based on analyzing performance data

Recommended CPE credit & Field of Study:  1 CPE hour & Specialized Knowledge

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Non-profit Status:  The Austin Area Chapter of The Association of Certified Fraud Examiners is a non-profit organization formed in the State of Texas and registered as a 501 (C) (6) organization with the IRS.

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