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Most crimes are reported shortly after the act is committed, giving investigators a greater chance of solving cases. That’s not always so when it comes to economic crimes. These cases sometimes go undetected for several days or weeks. Most victims don’t realize they have been defrauded until they receive their monthly bank statements or credit card bills.

“Unfortunately economic crimes like identity theft, credit card fraud and bank scams are growing and the criminals are becoming more sophisticated,” Broward Sheriff Ken Jenne said. “But the good news is, our economic crimes unit is becoming more sophisticated too. There’s nothing I’d like more than to see every case end with an arrest.”

Sergeant Ed Madge, supervisor of the Broward Sheriff’s Economic Crimes Unit, welcomes the challenge of solving these cases. His unit boasts an average 70 % clearance rate. For his efforts, Sgt. Madge is the first person to receive the Certified Fraud Examiner of the Year Award. The Association of Certified Fraud Examiners (ACFE) presented the award to him in August 2002 at their 13th Annual Fraud Conference & Trade Show at the Renaissance Hotel in Beverly Hills, California. This is the first year the association presented outstanding achievement awards in eleven separate categories to its members. Sgt. Madge and the other recipients were selected from law enforcement agencies in the United States and abroad.

A certified fraud examiner since 1994, a Regent Emeritus of the ACFE, and chairman of the ACFE’s Financial Institution Fraud Committee, Sgt. Madge has investigated well over 1,900 fraud cases during his more than 35 years of law enforcement experience. Twenty-four of those years have been spent investigating a variety of fraud cases including fraudulent documents, forgery, telemarketing fraud, money laundering, criminal RICO (Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organization) violations, and other fraud schemes.

One of the biggest proponents of fraud education, BSO Sgt. Ed Madge continues to exemplify the best characteristics of a certified fraud examiner through his extensive law enforcement experience, prevention of fraudulent crime, and valuable service to the community.

This report by:
Veda Coleman-Wright/PIO

Posted At: 09/20/2002 12:00 AM


  • Photo of Sgt. Ed Madge - BSO Sgt. Ed Madge (in the white dress shirt) receives the Certified Fraud Examiner of the Year Award.

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