The Controller and Auditor General, Fuimaono Mata'afa Papali'i Camillo Afele Taimalelagi, is the recipient of a prestigious international anti-fraud award.
The Association of Certified Fraud Examiners (A.C.F.E.), an American-based anti-fraud organisation and one of the world’s largest provider of anti-fraud training, has named Fuimaono the recipient of its Outstanding Achievement in Community Outreach Service Award.
The awarded was presented in July this year but he could not accept it at that time due to work commitments.
A.C.F.E. vice president and general counsel, John Warren J.D., announced the award and gave details of how the 2018 recipient of the award is an active contributor in his community through various initiatives to help improve the quality of life in Samoa.
“Firstly, the A.C.F.E. members should be actively committed in where they live and work, many on the volunteerism, the recipient must first reflect the strong belief of the members should be active contributors to the community, and be committed in helping improve the places where they live and work.
“Many of our members fulfill this commitment through volunteerism. The recipient of the outstanding achievement in community outreach and Service award must demonstrate that he or she has been an active volunteer in projects, that have resulted in recognised improvement of their community,” he said.
The A.C.F.E. vice president said Fuimaono has led a campaign to rid corruption in Samoa in a variety of programs.
“This year’s winner is the Controller and Chief Auditor in the Samoa Audit Office and in his role, he has led the campaign to rid corruption in a variety of programs.
“He initiated the Samoa integrity network project, which includes educational videos to teach the public about the risks of fraud and corruption and he released a fraud control manual in honor of Corruption day, and he also plans to establish an A.C.F.E. chapter that would connect different members,” he said of Fuimaono.
Based in Austin, Texas, the A.C.F.E. was founded in 1988 by preeminent fraud expert and author, Dr. Joseph T. Wells, CFE, CPA. Dr. Wells’ insight as an accountant-turned-FBI agent led to the formation of a common body of knowledge known today as fraud examination.