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  • Saturday, October 05, 2019 12:55 PM | Barry Pruitt (Administrator)

    Dear Chapter Members,

    I’d like to thank all of our members for their participation and enthusiasm at the 2019 Member Benefit Day. I always enjoy seeing and catching up with you at our events. I personally found the Social Media and Dark Web Investigations useful, and hope you had good takeaways as well. Thanks to all who kept up with our “Grand Baby-Watch Updates.”  We are pleased to announce Riley arrived at 2:26 AM on October 3rd.  Everyone is doing great!  I realize my grandpa status is official because my main incentive to work is to afford airline tickets to go spoil him in North Carolina. 

    As we grow our online social media presence, we need volunteers to serve on our   Chapter’s Social Media Committee.  We are looking for new ideas, content and the “wow-factor.” Anyone who enjoys social media and wants to get involved in the Chapter, this is the committee for you.  We are currently on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and LinkedIn.  I encourage all our members to follow our pages and share with friends and colleagues. If you are interested in this committee, email us at info@middletennesseecfe.org

    It’s time to start compiling your points for the ACFE Global Fraud Conference Contest. To be eligible to win an all-expense paid trip to the 2020 ACFE Global Conference in Boston, MA, you must be a member of MTACFE in good standing for at least 12 months, and must have attended a prior MTACFE Annual Fraud Conference. Points are awarded for the following categories achieved from January to December 2019:

    • Attended Monthly Chapter Meeting—1 point per meeting 

    • Published member profile in Chapter News—1 point 

    • Contributed to “Been There, Said That, Done That”—1 point/contribution

    • Sponsored a New Member—2 points per new member 

    • Published Article in Chapter News—2 points 

    • Published fraud case results—2 points 

    • Participated as a speaker in the Chapter Speaker’s Bureau—2 points per engagement 

    • Attended the Chapter’s 2019 Annual Fraud Conference—2 points 

    • Served on Chapter Committee—2 points 

    • Published an article in the ACFE’s Fraud Magazine—3 points 

    The ACFE is hosting a Contract and Procurement Fraud Workshop on November 18-20 in Nashville.  This training is a great learning and networking opportunity.  I encourage you all register to attend.  Check out the link on our homepage for more information.

    The next Chapter meeting is Thursday, October 17, 2019 at the Scarritt Bennett Center.  This will be a great opportunity to learn about health care fraud investigations.  Certified Fraud Examiner and Qlarant Vice President of Operations, Christopher Mabile, and Certified Fraud Examiner, Accredited Healthcare Fraud Investigator and UPICSW Senior Vice President and Program Director S. Scott Ward, will be our luncheon speakers. We met these guys at the ACFE Global Conference in Austin this year and invited them to speak at our luncheon.  I look forward to hearing their insight and we all have a lot to learn from them.  Be sure and sign up by Wednesday, October 9th.  

    And finally… 

    Be sure to regularly check out the “News” tab on our website homepage.  We have MBD presentation slides, job postings, and much more.

    Thank you for all your efforts in making our Chapter thrive.

    I’m Barry Pruitt, MTACFE President, and I approve this message.


    Barry S. Pruitt, CFE, CFI, CCII, CCTA


  • Monday, September 30, 2019 3:30 PM | Barry Pruitt (Administrator)

    Download the presentation links below to see the slides from the 2019 Member Benefit Day.

    Advanced Social Media.pdf

    Dark Web.pdf

    Analytics Automation.pdf


  • Monday, September 30, 2019 7:54 AM | Barry Pruitt (Administrator)

    Investigative Audit Manager

    The Investigative Audit Manager serves as the Tennessee Board of Regents system’s lead investigator in matters involving allegations of fraud, waste or abuse.  The Manager performs professional investigations and provides leadership to and collaborates with institutional internal auditors on investigative matters.  The Manager reports to the Chief Audit Executive who is functionally responsible to the Audit Committee and the Tennessee Board of Regents.

    Responsibilities:

    Coordinate multiple investigations for the TBR system and its institutions, providing leadership, training, and advice in investigation techniques to system and institutional audit directors and staff;

    Plan and conduct investigations.  Exercise good judgement in evaluating situations and recommending action.  Perform investigative work of good quality, complying with professional standards.  Conduct interviews related to investigative issues;

    Document results of investigations appropriately in working papers and maintain confidentiality of working papers.  Working papers must include sufficient explanations of work performed and matters identified during investigations such as financial discrepancies or violations of policies, laws, or other requirements;

    Prepare written reports for the Audit Committee, Tennessee Board of Regents and management.  Reports will include sufficient explanations of work performed and matters identified during the investigation such as financial discrepancies and administrative problems.  Reports will also include recommendations for corrective action or improvement, when appropriate.  Present results of reports to the Audit Committee and Tennessee Board of Regents when needed;

    Communicate investigative information appropriately with institution, administration, staff, the Comptroller of the Treasury, law enforcement authorities, and legal authorities as required.  Inform the Comptroller of the Treasury of all investigations;

    Determine compliance with Board policies and guidelines, state and federal requirements, grants, or other contractual agreements;

    Maintain a means for confidentially reporting matters of fraud, waste, or abuse and maintaining confidentiality of protected information;

    Obtain applicable continuing professional education to enhance professional development, adhere to professional auditing standards, and maintain required certification(s);

    Establish and maintain a variety of professional contacts with central office staff, institutional staff, Comptroller’s Office staff, and other that will enhance individual skills and promote the Tennessee Board of Regents and the Office of System –wide Internal Audit’s goals and objectives;

    Perform administrative and other duties as assigned

    Knowledge, Skills, Abilities:

    Demonstrated effective written and oral communication skills;

    Possess effective personal computing skills with Microsoft Office software programs;

    Possess effective analytical skills;

    Proven ability to exercise professional judgement in evaluating information and making recommendations;

    Requires moderate travel

    Minimum Qualifications:

    Bachelor’s Degree in Accounting, Criminal Justice, or a related field from a regionally accredited institution;

    At least 4 years professional experience in investigative auditing; up to 1 year professional experience in criminal justice, auditing, or accounting may be substituted for one year in investigative auditing;

    Demonstrated professional experience in managing projects

    Required Certification:

    Active CFE, CPA, or CIA

    Preferred Qualifications:

    Master’s Degree in Accounting or a related business field from a regionally accredited institution;

    Experience working or auditing in higher education;

    Experience working with or auditing a large computerized accounting and information system, such as Banner;

    Other related professional certifications;

    Documented professional supervisory experience

    Applications accepted online only at https://www.tbr.edu/hr/job-opportunities-tbr-system-office


  • Sunday, September 01, 2019 10:34 PM | Barry Pruitt (Administrator)


    Dear Chapter Members,

    Today, I find myself writing my second “Message from the President,” wondering, “How did I get here?” Well, I had a lot of help from YOU! I now want to give back to the MTACFE and its members which give so freely to me. As I reflect upon my first board and chapter meeting last month and where we have been as an organization, where we are, and where we are headed, all I can say is “WOW.”

    During my presidency, my hope is to continue building upon the success of those who have brought the MTACFE to where it is today. I hope to further our training opportunities to best serve our membership. I hope to continue to make our chapter relevant with positive messaging through increased education and the good work we do.

    The highlight of the year for me is the Member Benefit Day and the Annual Fraud Conference. Attendance continues to grow, as does the relevant content. This year, our September 24th Member Benefit Day registration filled to the 200-member limit within two weeks of opening.  Normally, we allow for members to register and then open registration to the public.  Not this year! In fact, there are members on the waiting list. If you are unable to attend, please follow the cancellation policies and email us at info@middletennesseecfe.org so that someone may “benefit” from your spot.

    Member Benefit Day will launch at 7:30 a.m. with sign-in and a continental breakfast in the Tennessee Room at the William R. Snodgrass/Tennessee Tower.  The program starts at 8:00 a.m. sharp.  There will be snacks through the day with lunch on your own. 

    If that information wasn’t already enough, our Annual Fraud Conference has outgrown the One Century Place venue. Our Chapter leadership and Conference Committee are working diligently to provide exciting, comfortable accommodations.  A new facility, a new layout and a host of great speakers are in store for attendees.  Details are to follow in the coming days.

    The hard work of leadership, committee chairs, and volunteers is contagious to the betterment of our Chapter. This collective embodies what I have grown to love and respect in the Middle Tennessee Chapter of the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners.  

    Again, all I can say is “WOW.”


    Barry S. Pruitt, CFE, CFI, CCII, CCTA

  • Thursday, August 01, 2019 10:31 PM | Barry Pruitt (Administrator)


    Dear Chapter Members,

    I am incredibly honored to be serving as your chapter President.  I am humbled to lead an organization that has contributed so much to my own career and personal growth. I joined the Middle Tennessee Chapter of the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners in 2013 shortly after making a career change into the private sector.  I have found unmeasurable value in my membership over the years. Though this organization, I have gained vital industry knowledge, expanded my network of peers, and along the way met some treasured friends and mentors.

    The Middle Tennessee Chapter is an essential asset to the local fraud fighting mission. Our chapter produces highly rated annual events which are talked about throughout our region and beyond. We would not be able to do so without the help and dedication of our valuable members. We strive to host the best programs and educational events which appeal to and educate our audiences. Throughout the year, we will host luncheons and events that should appeal to a diverse audience including entry-level practitioners to seasoned professionals. At each event, we gain satisfaction when we see continued growth year after year.

    On Thursday, August 15th, the new Board of Directors will meet to strategize and plan an amazing membership year for you full of educational, professional development, and networking opportunities. Afterwards, we will kick off our first luncheon with a delicious meal followed by a presentation by Metro Police Detective Deck Thorowgood from the Department’s Fraud Unit. 

    I am proud to preside over an amazing team of men and women that make up our Chapter.


    Barry S. Pruitt, CFE, CFI, CCII, CCTA


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