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  • Tuesday, August 11, 2020 8:05 AM | Barry Pruitt (Administrator)

    WELCOME to the 29th year of the Middle Tennessee Chapter of ACFE!  I hope you are as excited as I am to see what this next year holds.  I feel very honored to be serving as your President this year and know this has been a crazy time so far.  This is definitely a year we will never forget, but I am happy to report our chapter continues to move forward.   I feel very blessed to have our immediate Past President Barry Pruitt just a phone call or email away, as he continues to assist in guiding the chapter.  We also have Jason Conner serving as Vice President, Lauren Wesley as Secretary, Michael Booher as Treasurer, and Micheal Baer, Phyllis Pickett, Jessica Scouten and Teri Williams return as the 20/21 Board of Directors.  Britt Wood is serving as our Training Director.  We have a board that can handle just about anything, including Covid-19.

    In accordance with our bylaws purpose and objectives; we will continue to serve the community and promote improved fraud detection and deterrence through the expansion of knowledge and interaction of our members.  To enable us to do that for the rest of this year, we will be hosting virtual luncheons & meetings using Webex.  We are thrilled to be having Member Benefit Day, September 17 for 8 hours of CPE!  December 10th is our Virtual Brunch featuring 2 hours of CPE of Ethics-Fraud related.  We have diverse speakers lined up for August, October, and November as well.

    Please take a minute to look at our website, as it has been updated this year and become familiar with finding upcoming events, how to register and to view all the scholarship winners for 2020.  Check out our News tab (below) for current Save the Date information of upcoming events. Our chapter has been active for 28 years and will continue to be active long into the future and I hope you will join in by participating, asking questions, serving on a committee, and even having fun while learning.  

    Next week on August 20, we kick off the new year with Dr. Beverley Alleyne, RFI & Phil McGovern, CPA, CFE, MACC at our first virtual luncheon event of the year, so do not forget to register!

    Suzzie Singleton, CFE, CGFM

    Chapter President

  • Thursday, June 18, 2020 9:04 AM | Barry Pruitt (Administrator)

    August 20, 2020 – Virtual Luncheon

    September 17, 2020 – Member Benefit Day (Virtual)

    October 15, 2020 - Virtual Luncheon

    November 19, 2020 - Virtual Luncheon (tentative)

    December 10, 2020 – December Brunch Virtual 2 hours Ethics

    January 21, 2021 – Luncheon

    February – Joint meeting with AGA

    March 15 & 16, 2021 – Annual Fraud Conference

    April 15, 2021 – Luncheon

    May 20, 2021 – Luncheon

    June Social -TDA

    *NOTE - All dates and details subject to change.

  • Wednesday, June 17, 2020 2:52 PM | Barry Pruitt (Administrator)

    President's Message

    Dear Chapter Members,

    June marks my final President’s Message for the MTACFE.  I have had the distinct pleasure of leading an incredible Board.  I truly believe our Chapter has endured a year like no other in our 28-year history.  I cannot image navigating through such times without such a strong Leadership Team.

    This morning I passed the gavel to President-Elect Suzzie Singleton at our virtual Board Meeting (pictured above).  Her enthusiasm and love for the Chapter is infectious and inspiring.  We couldn’t be more fortunate to have her stepping into this role. 

    Jason Conner is serving as Vice-President.  Jason held the office of President when we hosted the ACFE Global conference.  As fate would have it, Jason will again be President when the ACFE Global Conference returns to Nashville in 2022.

    Board members Micheal Baer, Phyllis Pickett, Jessica Scouten and Teri Williams return as the 20/21 Board of Directors.  I am proud to sit on this Board as Past President as they lead us forward. 

    My experience as Chapter President has been fun, educational, exciting, sometimes disappointing, but always interesting.  I am grateful and honored to have been entrusted with leadership of the Chapter over the last year. My successes are only because I stood “on the shoulders of giants.”

    Thank you and have a happy and safe summer.

    "Alone we can do so little, together we can do so much" - Helen Keller

     “Alone we can do so little, together we can do so much” ~Helen Keller “Alone we can do so little, together we can do so much” ~Helen Keller

     “Alone we can do so little, together we can do so much” ~Helen Kelle

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

  • Thursday, March 12, 2020 1:03 PM | Barry Pruitt (Administrator)

    We regrettably announce that the MTACFE 2020 Annual Fraud Conference has been cancelled due to evolving concerns over the fast moving situation with coronavirus COVID-19. We want everyone to know that this decision was not made lightly. The health and safety of our attendees, speakers and conference staff is our main priority. We did not want to put anyone at increased risk of exposure to the virus.

    We want you to have the information about the cancellation as soon as possible so that you can make decisions about your travel and work plans. If applicable, remember to cancel hotel accommodations,

    We will begin issuing full refunds for your registration fee. To receive a refund, no further steps are required. We will assume that you wish to receive a refund unless you notify us otherwise.

    We sincerely apologize for the inconvenience and disappointment that this cancellation may cause. We are working on a potential future event with the same core content.  We look forward to our next opportunity to see you and provide meaningful fraud fighting content. 

    If you have questions or concerns, please email  We will respond as quickly as possible.

    The Middle Tennessee Chapter of the ACFE

    Board of Directors and Conference Committee

  • Saturday, March 07, 2020 3:00 PM | Barry Pruitt (Administrator)

    It's been a rough week here in Nashville due to the tragic tornadoes but fortunately, the conference sites were not affected.  We look forward to seeing all our attendees in Nashville for the MTACFE 2020 fraud Conference.  



  • Saturday, March 07, 2020 2:56 PM | Barry Pruitt (Administrator)

    The Middle Tennessee Chapter of the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners is awarding four scholarships to outstanding Middle Tennessee* students pursuing a degree in business, criminal justice, information technology, or a law-related major.  One scholarship, the Donna Crutcher Memorial Scholarship, in the amount of $2,500, one scholarship in the amount of $2,000, one scholarship in the amount of $1,500, and one scholarship in the amount of $1,000 will be awarded at the June 18, 2020, luncheon.  Scholarship recipients and a guest will be invited to attend the luncheon.**

    Check out the link for more information

  • Monday, January 06, 2020 8:56 AM | Barry Pruitt (Administrator)

    Dear Chapter Members,

    During this time of year, it is not only a wonderful time to reflect on the year that is ending, but also look forward to the upcoming New Year.  As I look back at this Chapter year, I see all of the many accomplishments that make the Middle Tennessee Chapter stand-out as an exceptional ACFE Chapter!  The Middle Tennessee Chapter has many dedicated, passionate, hard-working, and fun-loving members.  Without these members, we could not accomplish our annual strategic goals, nor any of the high-quality core programs and benefits that the MTACFE is known for.  In addition, we continue to develop new friendships and professional relationships that are known to last a lifetime.  The education, professional development, and camaraderie are beyond compare.

    I’d like to briefly encourage everyone to hurry and register for both the January 16, 2020 Luncheon at Scarritt Bennett, and our February 3, 2020 joint AGA luncheon at the Double Tree.      
    If you have not experienced the Middle Tennessee Annual Conference, I hope you will make the 2020 Annual Conference a part of your New Year’s resolutions. This year’s conference is full of changes, including a new venue and new dates.  From March 16 to 17, this year’s event will be held at the brand new Shinn Center on the Lipscomb University campus. We are excited to introduce the conference theme, “Building Our Best Anti-Fraud Framework”. We have great speakers lined up and lots of big-conference features.  Registration is now open.

    Click here to see the Conference video, and be sure to turn your volume up!

    My very best wishes for a happy and healthy 2020!

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

  • Tuesday, December 10, 2019 10:11 AM | Barry Pruitt (Administrator)

  • Monday, December 02, 2019 8:22 PM | Barry Pruitt (Administrator)

    Dear Chapter Members,

    The holiday season is upon us as we look forward to celebrating with friends and family. I take this opportunity to wish each of you joyous and safe holidays filled with happiness and good cheer. Let's take this time to relax, recharge our batteries and start the coming year with renewed energy. 

    Our MTACFE Christmas Social is Thursday, December 12, 2019.  The deadline for reservations is Wednesday, December 4, 2019.  This is an event for members only.  There will not be a luncheon speaker and CPE credit is not offered.  We will take monetary donations for the Second Harvest Food Bank in lieu of luncheon meal charges.  Please make check payable to Second Harvest Food Bank or bring cash.

    I look forward to seeing you at our upcoming 2020 events scheduled throughout the year.  Please monitor your emails and our chapter website. Be sure to regularly check out the “News” tab on our website for news, job postings, scholarship opportunities and more.

    As always, your past and continued support to our chapter is very much appreciated. I praise your dedication and in this holiday season, I send you and your family my heartfelt gratitude and best wishes. 

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

  • Monday, November 04, 2019 7:44 AM | Barry Pruitt (Administrator)

    President's Message

    Dear Chapter Members,

    It’s November and what a busy month!  This month we celebrate:

    National Deep Fried Clams Day

    Election Day

    Veterans Day

    National Doughnut Day

    National Cappuccino Day

    National Scrabble Day

    National Play Monopoly Day

    National Clean Out Your Refrigerator Day

    National Homemade Bread Day

    National Day of Listening

    Thanksgiving Day

    Black Friday

    National Cake Day

    As well as many, many more special days including International Fraud Awareness Week, November 17-23 which shines a spotlight on fraud and allows opportunities for education, support, and prevention of fraud.  According to a 2018 ACFE Report to the Nations on Occupational Fraud and Abuse, organizations lose approximately 5 percent of the annual revenues due to fraud.

    Throughout the week, organizations are encouraged to provide anti-fraud training and offer it to employees. Since fraud affects large and small businesses alike, it’s essential to know your company’s risk. Our Chapter is a supporting organization of International Fraud Week.  Be sure and check out our social media pages. I invite you to take the fraud week quiz at

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

    I hope you will join us for our November luncheon on Thursday, November 21, 2019 (National Gingerbread Cookie Day) at the Scarritt Bennett Center.  Brett Kelman, Health Care Reporter with The Tennessean is our luncheon speaker and will share a story about how a Tennessee clinic swindled the US Military out of $65,000,000.  Be sure and sign up by Wednesday, November 13, 2019 (World Kindness Day).

    Be sure to regularly check out the “News” tab on our website for news, job postings, scholarship opportunities and much more.

    Whew… my November calendar is full!

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


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