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  • 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

  • Thursday, October 24, 2019 3:26 PM | Barry Pruitt (Administrator)

    The ACFE Foundation would like to invite you to apply for the 2020-2021 Ritchie-Jennings Memorial Scholarship. The scholarship is open to students worldwide who have an interest in pursuing an anti-fraud career. To be eligible, you must be enrolled full-time at an accredited college or university with a declared major or minor in accounting, business administration, finance, criminal justice or comparable anti-fraud discipline. Students must be enrolled through 2021 to be eligible.

    Scholarship awards vary from $1,000 to $10,000 and include a one-year ACFE Student Associate membership.

    Visit for eligibility criteria and to complete the online application. Although completed applications must be submitted by January 30, 2020, we recommend that you start early to have time to request and upload official transcripts and find a professor or employer to complete recommendations.

    Additional inquiries can be emailed to .

  • 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

    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.


    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

  • 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 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


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