OPA’s Hurst earns fraud examiner designation

Posted on Aug 06 2020


The Office of the Public Auditor announced yesterday that Travis Hurst has passed the examination to gain the designation of Certified Fraud Examiner by the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners. Hurst joins an elite group of professionals who are committed to protecting the global economy by exposing fraud and implementing procedures to prevent it from happening in the first place.

In order to become a CFE, Hurst has met a stringent set of criteria and passed a rigorous exam administered by the ACFE while also agreeing to abide by the CFE Code of Professional Ethics. Hurst has also 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.

The preparation materials and exam itself was made accessible to Hurst through the Technical Assistance Program or TAP provided by the Department of the Interior. OPA applied for and was awarded the TAP grant in 2018.

Hurst has been employed with OPA since April 2018 and is currently an Investigator II. Hurst has over 14 years of law enforcement experience. In 2007, Hurst received his Associate of Applied Sciences in Information Technology. Later, he worked toward his Bachelor of Science in Information Technology and received his degree in 2011. The same year, Hurst graduated from a Law Enforcement Academy in Florida. In 2012, Hurst obtained his Master of Science in Administration of Justice and Security. Furthermore, Hurst has attended numerous training, including Public Corruption Investigations Program; Contract and Grant Fraud sponsored by the council of the Inspector’s General on Integrity and Efficiency; and training covered by the National Computer Forensics Institute United States Secret Service.

The Association of Certified Fraud Examiners is the world’s largest anti-fraud organization and premier provider of anti-fraud training and education. Together with more than 85,000 members, the ACFE is reducing business fraud world-wide and inspiring public confidence in the integrity and objectivity within the profession.

CFE designees represent the highest standards held by the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners and possess expertise in all aspects of the anti-fraud profession. CFEs have the ability to examine data and records to detect and trace fraudulent transactions; interview suspects to obtain information and confessions; write investigation reports; advise clients as to their findings; testify at trial; understand the law as it relates to fraud and fraud investigations; and identify the underlying factors that motivate individuals to commit fraud. CFEs on six continents have investigated more than 1 million suspected cases of civil and criminal fraud. (OPA)

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