Tom Hughes had been a banker, an accountant, and a small business CFO for hire. He’d managed musicians on the road, and he’d run the back office of a small record label. But after criminal convictions for stealing money from clients, Tom became just a disgraced former accountant. Tom is a disgraced former accountant with a story to tell, however. He’s spoken nationwide to college students about the temptations they’ll face in business. He’s spoken to accounting firms, state Societies of CPAs and multiple trade associations about fraud and embezzlement. The Association of Certified Fraud Examiners has used his experience in their training. Tom’s focus remains on fraud prevention over fraud detection because, as he reminds us, “Money never stolen… never has to be recovered.” Tom recently spoke at the closing session of the 2019 30th Annual ACFE Global Fraud Conference.