New York Chapter of the

Association of Certified Fraud Examiners


The New York Chapter of the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners was formed in 1990 and is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to fraud prevention.

The New York Chapter #14 is one of the 100+ national and international Chapters of the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners.

Members have attended over 100 meetings featuring guest speakers and more than 25 fraud prevention seminars, workshops, etc., while earning "Continuing Professional Education" credits (CPE) required to maintain the CFE designation.

The New York Chapter is proud to be New York City's foremost fraud prevention and fraud detection organizations.

NYCFE Seminar: Cynthia Hetherington - Internet Investigations for Fraud Examiners (2 CPE Credits)

February 11, 2015
6:00 PM EST to 8:00 PM EST

Battery Gardens
Opposite 17 State Street
New York, NY 10004

Internet Investigations for Fraud Examiners



Cynthia Hetherington

Topic:  Internet Investigations for Fraud Examiners

The overwhelming amount of information retrievable from the Internet, in support of your investigations, has been burdensome for years.  Then social media grew and either you absorbed information overload, or got bloated by it.  With time short, budgets tight and a need to find good reliable information, this session will examine the best of sources for Fraud Examiners.  A sure list of tried relatable services will be demonstrated as they apply to our caseloads.  In addition, best practices for conducting these searches in as a discreet manner as possible, so as to avoid confrontation on the Internet, or alarm your subject of your investigation.


Cynthia Hetherington, MLS, MSM, CFE, - Cynthia has more than 20 years of experience in research, investigations and corporate intelligence. A noted authority and recipient of the 2012 'Speaker of the Year Award' by the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners ( Her company, the Hetherington Group, is a national consulting, publishing and training firm specializing in intelligence, security and investigations.

One of the most respected online investigators, Cynthia combines her Master of Library Science, Master of Information Systems Management, experience as a Certified Fraud Examiner, and over 20 years of computer expertise, to established her company in the online and Internet investigative industry.

Cynthia has been recognized for her work in overseeing national and international investigations for Fortune 500 companies and other organizations in the Middle East, Europe and Asia. Hetherington has provided numerous corporate security officials, military intelligence units, and federal, state and local agencies with training on online intelligence practices.

She is one of the foremost authorities on:

  • Employee theft prevention and detection
  • Intellectual property loss
  • National and international online and database research
  • Business fraud prevention and detection
  • Asset location and recovery
  • Cyber counterterrorism


Hetherington has authored:

  • Business Background Investigations () Facts on Demand Press
  • Manual to Online Public Records () Facts on Demand Press
  • Web of Deceit: Misinformation and Manipulation in the Age of Social Media (contributing writer) (2011) Cyberage Books


She is also the publisher of Internet & Online Intelligence Newsletter and has co-authored articles on steganography, computer forensics, Internet investigations and other security-focused monographs for other industry publications.


A Whitepaper from our Board Member

The Art of the Interview

Publication by Ernesto "Pete" Castillo

Article:   "Background Checks: a Diagnostic Tool to Decipher Deception"

The Journal of Healthcare Protection Management recently published an article that explains what is involved in an effective background screening program and the roles which can be played by healthcare security professionals. Interested parties can contact Anthony Luizzo, CFE and President of Vault Verify at for a free copy of the publication.