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Collier County Clerk of the Circuit Courts and Comptroller Crystal K. Kinzel Joins Movement to Shine a Spotlight on Fraud Awareness

International Fraud Awareness Week kicks off Nov. 13, 2022, worldwide 

An estimated five percent of annual revenues is wasted because of fraud, according to a study conducted by the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners (ACFE). If that rate holds true for all organizations, then approximately $100 million dollars (5%) of Collier County’s $1.96 billion dollar budget could be at risk annually.

On November 8, the Collier County Board of County Commissioners will issue a proclamation recognizing International Fraud Awareness week as a global movement to promote anti-fraud awareness and education. In this movement, partners champion the need to proactively fight the continuing increase in fraud around the world.

The Collier County Clerk of Circuit Courts and Comptroller joins hundreds of organizations who have partnered with the ACFE, the world’s largest anti-fraud organization and premier provider of anti-fraud training and education, for the yearly Fraud Week campaign.  During Fraud Week, official supporters engage in community education and awareness initiatives to raise awareness of fraud. 

In a local campaign, the Clerk’s Office of Inspector General launched a “Blow the Whistle on Fraud” campaign to raise awareness among Collier County staff members and the public. More than 40 employees attended specialized training to spot the red flags of fraudulent grant applications. Two certified Inspector General Investigators represented the Clerk’s Office at the inaugural National Guardianship Association. And, throughout the year, the Clerk’s Office of Inspector General provides educational articles for local civic and trade organizations.

ACFE president and CEO Bruce Dorris, J.D., CFE, CPA, said that the support of organizations around the world helps make Fraud Week an effective tool in raising anti-fraud awareness. 

“Fraud is an issue that unfortunately affects people from all walks of life around the world and it takes many forms,” said Dorris. “Whether it’s a trusted employee stealing from a small business, or organized rings of fraudsters targeting seniors in our community, most people know someone who’s been victimized by fraud. That’s why it’s so important for organizations to join in this fight together to raise awareness during this week. It is a serious problem that requires a proactive approach toward preventing it, and educating people is the first step.” 

For more information about increasing awareness and reducing the risk of fraud during International Fraud Awareness Week, visit FraudWeek.com.  



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