Jason M. Zaklikowski earns Certified Fraud Examiner Credential, bolstering the Audit Division’s expertise to uncover and prevent waste, fraud and abuse of taxpayer dollars
(Buffalo, New York) – Erie County Comptroller Stefan I. Mychajliw is pleased to announce that on Friday, March 24, 2017, The Association of Certified Fraud Examiners (ACFE), the world’s largest anti-fraud organization and leading provider of anti-fraud training and education, awarded Jason M. Zaklikowski the globally preferred Certified Fraud Examiner (CFE) credential. Mr. Zaklikowski is currently a Staff Auditor in the Erie County Comptroller’s Division of Audit and Control; he joined Comptroller Mychajliw’s team earlier this year.
Mr. Zaklikowski has successfully met the ACFE’s experience and education requirements for the CFE credential, passed a rigorous exam, and has demonstrated knowledge in four areas critical to the fight against fraud: Fraudulent Financial Transactions, Fraud Prevention and Deterrence, Legal Elements of Fraud and Fraud Investigation.
“It is always our goal to prevent fraud rather than uncover it. So much of what we do during the course of an audit or review is never talked about, because we are identifying problems before they occur and making formal recommendations to ensure they don’t,” said Comptroller Stefan Mychajliw. “Having a Certified Fraud Examiner on the team will be a huge asset to ensuring we continue to achieve that goal,” Mychajliw continued.
CFE’s have the ability to: examine data and records to detect and trace fraudulent transactions; write investigation reports; advise clients as to their findings; understand the law as it relates to fraud and fraud investigations; and identify the underlying factors that motivate individuals to commit fraud. According to the International Association of Certified Fraud Examiners, CFEs on six continents have investigated more than 1 million suspected cases of civil and criminal fraud.
“Jason’s credentials will certainly help our team work to uncover and prevent waste, fraud and abuse of taxpayer dollars. For those that want to help us with that mission, I want to remind the taxpayers about our whistleblower hotline where anyone can anonymously report government waste for us to look into,” said Comptroller Mychajliw. Whistleblowers who wish to file a report can call 716-858-7722, e-mail Whistleblower@erie.gov or fill out the online submission form at www.erie.gov/comptroller. All whistleblowers remain anonymous and all tips are investigated.