Upcoming events

  • ACFE Training in Baltimore at the end of October

November 12, 2019 @ Stevenson University

We will have three speakers:

Jim Kern, CPA, CFE, CVA

Jim leads the Forensics & Litigation Support Group for the accounting firm of Gross Mendelsohn. He specializes in fraud and embezzlement investigations, business interruption loss evaluations, insurance claims, evaluation of accountants’ malpractice, and calculations of the value of stolen or destroyed cash and inventory.

Enjoying the challenge of testifying as an expert witness, Jim knows how to pore through thousands of pages of documents to find the key evidence in a case and is always prepared to defend his position during cross examination.

Likewise, Jim enjoys the puzzle-like aspects of fraud investigation. Jim helps clients determine how a fraud was committed in their business – and how the perpetrator concealed the fraud – by piecing together past actions. He also advises clients on best practices that help deter fraud and unethical actions in the workplace.


Wised Up, a True Crime Story -- Charlie Wilhelm & Joan Jacobson

Arson, loansharking, drug dealing, extortion it was all in a day’s work for Charlie Wilhelm. In Baltimore, an organized crime syndicate of over 200 men took orders from him and his partner, strong arm enforcer Billy Isaacs. For over twenty years, Charlie lived the sweet life, making $10,000 a week in untaxed cash. Everything changed in 1995, when Isaacs demanded that Wilhelm take out two men he suspected of cheating him. Charlie Wilhelm didn’t want to kill, but he didn’t want to die, either.

Turning to FBI agent Bruce Hall, who’d grown up in the old neighborhood with Charlie, he became a double agent, working undercover against his former associates. Danger lay everywhere, from suspicious hoodlums to dirty cops and even a Mob tipster working in the U.S. Attorney’s office. One misstep could spell death not only for Charlie, but for his wife and children. Yet Wilhelm’s efforts not only saved lives, they resulted in twenty convictions for offenses ranging from bribery and conspiracy to drug dealing and murder. Charlie Wilhelm will tell his incredible true story of a wild life lived on both sides of the law.

 Joan Jacobson is the co-author of “Wised Up,” the 2004 memoir of FBI informant Charlie Wilhelm, and the first book about Baltimore organized crime. She also co-authored an investigative series for The Daily Record about the stalled multi-million dollar East Baltimore Development project and wrote seven research studies for The Abell Foundation, including an analysis of the shortcomings of the City’s tax sale system and its Vacants to Value program.

Previously, for 28 years, she reported for The Evening Sun and the Baltimore Sun, covering from cops and obits to investigative stories about misused poverty and housing funds, as well as millions of dollars in unpaid loans and tax breaks given by City Hall to politically-connected developers. She was also a longtime leader of the Washington-Baltimore Newspaper Guild’s Sun Unit.


Details for the November 2019 morning meeting at Stevenson University will be provided soon.


  • ACFE's 3- Day Training in Baltimore Oct. 30 - Nov. 1:  Legal Elements of Fraud Examination and Professional Interviewing Skills. Details at ACFE.Com/BaltimoreCombo
  • Shore Fraud Conference: Registration has begun for another fraud conference on Maryland's Eastern Shore.  Although it is not sponsored by our Chapter, We have members who have attended in the past and recommend it.  The 15th Annual Shore Fraud Conference on Nov. 22  takes place at Salisbury University. Hear from ACFE's President Emeritus and others. Details at Shore Fraud Conference.
  • Fraud Awareness Week: Nov. 17- 23.

Annual Conference 2020

  • The Chapter's Annual Conference will be held April 27 and April 28, 2020 at Martin's West.

More about the ACFE

The Association of Certified Fraud Examiners (ACFE) is the world's largest anti-fraud organization and premier provider of anti-fraud training. To become a Certified Fraud Examiner (CFE) go to  ACFE

Save these dates for other Breakfast Meetings: 

January 16, 2020

March 19, 2020

July 16, 2020

September 18, 2020

  All 2020 meetings will be at Martin's West. They begin with breakfast at 7:30 AM, followed by a speaker at 8 AM.


ACFE Maryland Chapter #21 is registered with the National Association of State Boards of Accountancy (NASBA) as a sponsor of continuing professional education on the National Registry of CPE Sponsors.  State boards of accountancy have final authority on the acceptance of individual courses for CPE credit.  Complaints regarding registered sponsors may be submitted to the National Registry of CPE Sponsors through its website: www.nasbaregistry.org.


This Chapter of the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners is Maryland's nonprofit resource for professional fraud fighters.

Advantages of Chapter membership include the following:

  • Gain valuable training, continuing education credits,  and networking at quarterly meetings and the Chapter's annual conference.

  • Support Maryland students in higher education studying fraud prevention  and detection.

  • Help develop fraud awareness in Maryland.
Whether you want to renew or join for the first time as a Certified or Associate  or Affiliate Member of our Chapter, click here to do so

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Maryland News

Oct. 11, 2019 - Police | Maryland Live Casino And Hotel Employee Stole Over $14K By Printing Fake Vouchers. Source: CBS Baltimore


Oct. 10, 2019 - Md. man sentenced for role in $396 million investment fraud case. Source: WTOP


Oct. 8, 2019 - Feds: Ex-Maryland Del. Tawanna Gaines set up years-long scheme to use campaign funds for personal gain. Source: CNN


Oct. 8, 2019 - Maryland judge won’t free Israeli woman before sentencing for fraud. Source: Baltimore Sun


Link to previous Maryland News

A Chapter of the Year Award Winner

The ACFE annually presents the Chapter of the Year Award to the chapter that has gone above and beyond to grow and serve its membership. The Maryland Chapter received the award in 2015. We  continue to strive at that mission.


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