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2022 Fraud Awareness Week – Conference “Integrity Recovery and Reconstruction“

ACFE Serbia, together with KPMG Serbia, on November 18, 2022. in Belgrade, marked the International week dedicated to fraud prevention with a conference called “Integrity Recovery and Reconstruction“ where we presented the participants novelties in preventive mechanisms, as well as in investigation fraud and corruption in the field of infrastructure.

To support anti-fraud efforts during 2022 Fraud Awareness Week, the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners of Serbia (ACFE Serbia) held conference that successfully brought together professionals with integrity, who have dedicated their long careers in public and private sectors, domestically or internationally, to detect and sanction fraud and corruption, and were always on the right side – regardless of the obstacles and challenges they faced.

In accordance with the goals of the Association, the conference was focused on spreading knowledge and raising awareness in the field of prevention of fraud and corruption, as well as on the exchange of international and domestic best practices for effective detection and prevention of fraud and corruption.

As a part of the first session dedicated to Challenges in preserving integrity as a prerequisite for detecting fraud and corruption in the public and private sector, Jelena Sedlaček, Head of the Department for Suppression of Irregularities and Frauds in Dealing with Financial Resources of the European Union, Ministry of Finance RS, presented the role, position and responsibilities of AFKOS in controlling EU funds, as well cooperation with colleagues from OLAF, Ministry of Interior and RPPO.

Vladimir Grabulov, Senior Manager KPMG, presented Challenges in detecting fraud related to infrastructure projects and role of forensics in corporate investigations and ways of conducting corporate investigations during investigating misuse of international funds in projects.

The second session, devoted to the new Challenges in detecting fraud related to great infrastructure projects by the competent prosecutors’ offices and law-enforcement, attracted considerable interest

The session was first addressed by David Reese Jennings, Prosecutor, Resident Legal Advisor, U.S. Department of Justice, OPDAT (Office of Overseas Prosecutorial Development, Assistance and Training) who presented Challenges in investigation of infrastructure projects -and more in detail talked about all the irregularities that can occur during all phases of one infrastructure project, accompanied by examples from practice.

Miloš Milojković, criminal inspector for the fight against corruption, Ministry of Internal Affairs who shared Serbian experiences and discuss about corruption and infrastructure project misuse investigations he conducted in Serbia and challenges with gathering evidence and lessons learned from the investigation.

Marina Beun, Resident EU Prosecutor, (Countering Serious Crime in the Western Balkans – IPA 2019 Center for International Legal Cooperation (CILC)) who presented Challenges in conducting cross-border investigations and addressed the challenges in conducting cross-border investigations of criminal cases, including how to cooperate, useful tools for cooperation, the exchange of knowledge and the cooperation within the judicial chain to process criminal cases in an efficient way.

Milena Milojevic, Secretary ACFE Serbia, Livija Panić Miletic, member of ACFE Board and Maja Matic, President ACFE Serbia, were 
moderating sessions.

The conference brought together a large number of professionals involved in prevention, detection and investigation of fraud and corruption, prosecutors, external and internal auditors, compliance officers, managers, public and private sector investigators, forensic and fraud prevention specialists in all fields.

It was our pleasure that you participated in the conference.

We would like to thank all participants for opportunity to exchange about new trends, experiences and best practices.