Q & A with Kelly Janke-Ogurkis, CFE

Kelly Janke-Ogurkis, a fraud supervisor, recently became a CFE after attending the CFE Exam Review Course in Atlanta, Ga. When Kelly is not fighting fraud, she finds enjoyment in reading, exercising, and traveling. But this past April, Kelly put some time aside for herself to accomplish her goal of obtaining the CFE credential. Becoming a CFE has provided Kelly with a higher level of credibility and a sharper insight into the different business areas in which fraud may occur.

Coach: When did you receive your CFE credential?

Janke-Ogurkis: I received my CFE credential in May 2015.

Coach: You attended the CFE Exam Review Course in Atlanta and following the course you sat for the CFE Exam on-site. Please describe your experience of participating in the 4-day course and then sitting for the exam immediately after each daily session.

Janke-Ogurkis: The four-day course is filled with a lot of information, presented in a really short time. It is helpful to study before attending the course. 

Coach: What did you like most about the CFE Exam Review Course?

Janke-Ogurkis: I loved the speakers and the interaction. Hugo Holland was one of the instructors for the four-day course, and he provided examples that helped you remember the material when you were taking the test. All of the instructors were able to apply real experiences and examples to the material they covered. 

Coach: In what ways do you feel that your new CFE credential will be beneficial to you in your current profession?

Janke-Ogurkis: The CFE credential explores different aspects of fraud; it is not isolated to one area. The credential is beneficial, as it gives you a sharper insight into different areas of a business in which fraud may occur. 

Coach: How did you prepare yourself to sit for the exam on-site? Did you spend any additional time studying after class each day? 

Janke-Ogurkis: I started studying before the exam, a little bit every day. I reviewed each section and the sample questions over and over until I felt I had mastered that area. After each class, I reviewed the material to be covered the next day. 

Coach: Would you recommend this course to your colleagues?

Janke-Ogurkis: Absolutely! The instructors are great, and the ACFE provides many options to help ensure your success.

Coach: How did you become passionate about fighting fraud?

Janke-Ogurkis: Fraud can impact people and businessesin different ways. When you see the damages cause by fraud, both personal and monetary, your outlook changes, and you want to change the way things are done so you can make a difference. 

Coach: Now that we know what you do professionally, what do you like to do for fun and what do you find enjoyable about it?

Janke-Ogurkis: I like to read, and I exercise because it is a good way to reduce stress. I also enjoy traveling. 

Coach: Do you have any study tips or suggestions for aspiring CFEs?

Janke-Ogurkis: The workbook materials you receive in class are great, and you can take it with you anywhere and use it at any time. Also, study with your CFE Exam Prep Course prior to the class start date. Take your time to understand what you are studying, and use all of the tools that are available to you. 

Thank you for your time and congratulations on your new CFE credential.