Shelli Stanley, a Master’s in Science in Forensics Studies student, was recognized for her work with a scholarship from the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners Maryland Chapter. Shelli is pictured with Robert Hauf, ACFE MD Chapter Vice President. Shelli’s interest in Forensics developed when she accepted the volunteer role of Treasurer at her community pool. What started out as an audit of the pool’s finances turned into a four month long investigation, where she helped to recover over $70,000 of stolen funds. As a result of this experience, Shelli’s goal is to work with small, non-profits, like PTAs, swim clubs, and recreational sports leagues, to develop skills and processes necessary to prevent fraud. Shelli says, “I have always had a passion for true crime, problem-solving, and uncovering the truth. My success with the pool audit showed me that I had already acquired a decent set of skills in forensic investigation through my previous employment and volunteering. My goal in pursuing a Master’s Degree in Forensic Studies is to hone these skills so that I can successfully turn this passion into a career.”

SUO hosts the annual ACFE Maryland Chapter meeting every year. Carolyn Johnson, Esquire, Program Coordinator for Forensics, welcomed the group to our campus. This chapter is in relation to the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners, which is the world’s largest anti-fraud organization and premier provider of anti-fraud training and education. Together with more than 70,000 members, the ACFE is reducing business fraud world-wide and inspiring public confidence in the integrity and objectivity within the profession.

Forensics, Law, & Criminal Justice