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Press Release

Fraud Awareness Week Casts Spotlight on White Collar Crime

Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland Joins Ranks of Supporters

Cleveland, Ohio– The Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland will be participating in International Fraud Awareness Week, Nov. 8-15, 2009 to help promote anti-fraud awareness and education. According to a survey of fraud experts conducted by the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners (ACFE), the economic crisis has contributed to an increase in fraudulent activity.

The Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland joins hundreds of organizations who have partnered with the ACFE, the world's largest anti-fraud organization and premier provider of anti-fraud training and education, in a commitment to proactively fight fraud and help safeguard business and investments from this growing problem.

During Fraud Awareness Week, Official Supporters will engage in various activities in support of the anti-fraud movement. These initiatives include hosting fraud awareness training for employees and/or the community, conducting employee surveys to assess levels of fraud awareness within their organization, posting articles on their web site and in newsletters and teaming with local media to highlight the problem of fraud.

In its report Occupational Fraud: A Study of the Impact of an Economic Recession, the ACFE found that:

  • Employees pose the greatest fraud threat in the current economy. When asked which, if any, of several categories of fraud increased during the previous 12 months, the largest number of survey respondents (48 percent) indicated that embezzlement was on the rise.
  • Layoffs are affecting organizations' internal control systems. Nearly 60 percent of Certified Fraud Examiners who work as in-house fraud examiners reported that their companies had experienced layoffs during the past year. Among those who had experienced layoffs, almost 35 percent said their company had eliminated some anti-fraud controls.
  • Fraud levels are expected to continue rising. Almost 90 percent of respondents said they expect fraud to continue to increase during the next 12 months.

For more information about increasing awareness and reducing the risk of fraud during International Fraud Awareness Week, visit

Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland

The Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland is one of 12 regional Reserve Banks that along with the Board of Governors in Washington DC comprise the Federal Reserve System. Part of the US central bank, the Cleveland Fed participates in the formulation of our nation’s monetary policy, supervises banking organizations, provides payment and other services to financial institutions and to the US Treasury, and performs many activities that support Federal Reserve operations System-wide. In addition, the Bank supports the well-being of communities across the Fourth Federal Reserve District through a wide array of research, outreach, and educational activities.

The Cleveland Fed, with branches in Cincinnati and Pittsburgh, serves an area that comprises Ohio, western Pennsylvania, eastern Kentucky, and the northern panhandle of West Virginia.

Media contact

Doug Campbell,, 513.218.1892