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Palikir, Pohnpei- The Office of National Public Auditor (ONPA) is pleased to announce that on April 4, 2009 Kelly Samuel earned the Certified Fraud Examiner designation. Mr. Samuel is an Investigator employed by the ONPA's Compliance Investigation Division (CID).

The Association of Certified Fraud Examiners (ACFE), the world's leading provider of anti-fraud training and education, awarded Mr. Samuel the globally preferred Certified Fraud Examiner (CFE) credential upon his passing of the CFE exam. In order to become a CFE, an anti-fraud professional must meet a stringent set of criteria and pass a rigorous exam administered by the ACFE. The exam focuses on four sections of knowledge critical to the fight against fraud: Criminology & Ethics, Financial Transactions, Fraud Investigation and Legal Elements of Fraud. Mr. Samuel successfully passed the exam on his first attempt.

Chief Investigator Sophia Pretrick highly applauded Investigator Samuel's exceptional achievement, stressing that Samuel is a dedicated and hardworking Investigator.

Samuel joins the ranks of over 23,000 business and government professionals worldwide who have also earned the CFE certification. Samuel is the fourth FSM citizen who has earned the CFE designation. Fletcher Poll, CID Investigator; Sophia Pretrick, the CID Division Chief; and Jack Jack are the other three.

The attainment of professional designations is part of the ONPA objective to develop and upgrade staff capabilities. The ONPA serves the citizens of the FSM by acting as the public's watchdog over government operations. The ONPA conducts audits and investigations that hold the government accountable for the effective and efficient use of public funds. As Public Auditor Haser Hainrick commented, “We should always be one step ahead of the fraudsters. Mr. Samuel's attainment of the CFE title demonstrates that he has the skills and abilities to assist the FSM when investigating allegations of fraud.”

CFE's have the ability to examine data and records to detect and trace fraudulent transactions; interview suspects to obtain information and confessions; write investigation reports, advise clients as to their findings and testify at trials; be well versed in the law as it relates to fraud and fraud investigations; and understand the underlying factors that motivate individuals to commit fraud.

Samuel has 15 years of experience in law enforcement and also served 4 years in the U.S Marine Corp. He is married to Sayleen Samuel from Kitti and has 6 children.

For more information, please contact Sophia Pretrick , CFE, Chief Investigator at 691-320-2862.














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