Member Spotlight

 

 Chris

 

Christopher Hertig, CPP, CPOI

 

 

 

 1. Please, briefly describe your educational background, experience, & professional achievements.

I got a BA in sociology with a minor in Psych from Bloomsburg; then went on to obtain an AA in Commercial Security from HACC. After that I got my MA in Criminology from IUP and also took Adult Education courses at Penn State.

 Most of my career has been in teaching; either at York College or as a Nuclear Security Training Administrator. But at one time "I actually worked for a living" as a security supervisor and officer. I also did some private investigation.

 I’m a Certified Protection Professional (CPP) and a Certified Protection Officer Instructor (CPOI).

 

2. How did you become interested in learning about fraud (deterrence & detection)?

There’s always been some interest in that; but a" teachable moment" came years ago when a client from a large Wall Street firm said to me that "Fraud is the greatest threat to the American way of life".

 He had done his annual report and found that the average fraud his department dealt with was just under a million dollars. This was long before Enron but it served notice on me that large scale frauds occur with frightening regularity and they can have a major impact on our lives.

 

3. What is your current job? What responsibilities & challenges come with this position?

As a faculty member I teach Criminal Investigation, Ethical Issues in Criminal Justice, Legal Standards of Security and other courses. Next semester I’ll be teaching a Special Topics course on Reel Justice: Crime in Film. I also teach Self-Defense for the Education Department.

 

4. What do you see as a significant emerging issue within your field?

Internet fraud perpetrated by organized groups. And "birds of a feather flock together": criminals working with terrorists, foreign governments, etc.

 

A group or individual who perfects social networking outsources their services, etc.

 

5. How have our learning experiences, speakers’ sessions, helped you (if at all) with your current job? Is there any info you have specifically taken from one of our sessions and used?

The networking with professionals who see a "different slice of the pie". We all learn from each other and I’m really fulfilled when my students can attend.

 

6. What do you see as a significant emerging issue within the fraud spectrum?

The real crime problem in America is threefold:

1. Minor crime which is so pervasive, takes up so much resources to deal with and also leads us to solving major crime.

2. Organized crime in all it’s varied forms.

3. Economic crime which includes internal theft and fraud.

We may be seeing a sort of convergence of these with internet frauds committed by organized crime rings overseas; Organized Retail Crime, currency counterfeiting of small denomination bills, etc.

The" sophistication within simplicity" that some criminals display is growing. Insofar as fraud is concerned it takes the form of "sexed up" Ponzi schemes and the like.

Electronic communications media provide additional outlets for criminality. They give a new twist to an old scheme. Or they can mine information for new schemes (phishing,etc.).

 

7. What do you enjoy doing with your free time? (Hobbies? Interests?)

There’s a little bit of history buff in me. I like biographies; am a movie nut with a large collection of films. There’s also yard-selling which takes up most Saturdays with my little boy (my "Yard Sale Buddy") and sometimes my daughter.