Economic crime is the bane of the modern world. It causes losses in the region of billions and is a cause for concern worldwide. How then can one master the various techniques to uncover these masters of white collar crime, who with the press of a button can empty accounts of unsuspecting individuals worldwide?
Recognizing the need to equip individuals and train them to detect fraud in all its various forms, HELP set up the HELP Master of Science in Economic Crime Management in 2006. Based on the visionary idea of HELP’s President and Co-Founder, Datuk Dr Paul Chan, who wanted to provide practical training and education for field professionals in the areas of fraud management, the Institute of Crime and Criminology was established.
“We have been identifying areas where we can contribute meaningfully to enhance and sustain the well-being of our society. Economic crime and prevention is one such area. Economic crime has become a critical global challenge to the socio-economic and political stability of societies. To fight economic crime we must first understand economic crime with evidence based research so that all segments of society are informed and educated about its multi-dimensional nature. We need to also train sufficient economic crime fighters, “said Dr Paul.
The centre is headed by Dato’ Akhbar Haji Satar, an experienced and skillful anti-fraud agent and corporate fraud investigator, who held numerous senior management positions at the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Agency, including Director of Training, with more than 25 years of investigative experience. He is a practicing Certified Fraud Examiner and a Certified Polygraph Examiner. As a criminologist, Dato’ Akhbar has extensive experience in dealing with corruption, procurement fraud and white collar crime. Currently, he also sits on the Exco for 1Malaysia.
Dato’ Akhbar was recently appointed President of Transparency International Malaysia (TI-M), the accredited national chapter of the Berlin based Transparency International, an independent, non-governmental and non-partisan organization committed to fight corruption at all levels of society.
During the 18 months of the Masters course, those attending will be exposed to the core subjects of Economic Crime, Research & Analytical Methods in Economic Crime Management, Fraud Investigation, Economic Crime Management and Technology, Information Networks and Internet Security, Forensic Accounting, Advanced Fraud Analysis, Corporate Criminal Liability & Evidential Issues, Ethics in Economic Crime Management and Criminology.
Dato’ Akhbar Satar feels the programme is unique in that it is the only one in Asia Pacific. With cyber crime on the rise, the Masters offers a unique opportunity for those wishing to master the techniques of fraud, corruption and abuse in all aspects of the corporate and non-corporate sector.
Dr Jennifer Mailley, lecturer in the subject of criminology in the Masters of Science Programme at HELP, started off her career in the field of Forensic Science and later went on to obtain an MSc in Crime Science from University College London and completed her PhD thesis on Environmental Criminology.
David Stearman-Smith, 55 years of age, retired British detective, with 30 years of experience in the field of economic crime, thoroughly enjoyed the Masters programme and upon completion in 2012 returned to the UK.
As a decorated officer in the police force, having been the recipient of the Queens Jubilee Medal in 2003 and also the Police Long Service and Good Conduct Medal, David’s is an experienced investigator,
“Whenever there is economic downturn, there is a tendency to uncover more white collar crime. Some of the detected bank frauds in the UK made me realize the kind of sophisticated methods criminals were using to commit fraud,”.
For David, acquiring the Masters of Science in Economic Crime Management represents a long term goal having attained his University of London law degree following studies at ATC in KL in 2009. Generation Y criminals are young, computer savvy and hard to catch with normal policing methods. One has to be as good as and better equipped than them to catch them in the act and this is why the Masters is a useful tool for acquiring the necessary information to beat them at their own game,” said David, who played a pivotal role while serving with an economic crime unit in London, investigating a 12 million pound fraud case in the UK, resulting in successful prosecution and confiscation of assets in the Crown Court.
His Masters dissertation covered the comparative study of the proceeds of Crime Act and how Malaysian law deals with the similar proceeds of confiscated cash and goods. The UK has a single Act as compared to Malaysia where it comes under several different Acts.
Loheswary Arumugam, 26 years, graduated from Adelaide University with a degree in Psychology and decided that pursuing the Masters of Science in Economic Crime Management would give her an edge in the field of economic crime detection.
While pursuing the Masters, Loheswary became more aware of the complexities of dealing with the various forms of cyber criminals and their psychology. Her favorite subject at the moment, Psychology & Crime, is an extension of her first degree in psychology and covers the mental make-up of cyber criminals.
Loheswary has not graduated yet and is currently completing her HELP Master of Clinical Psychology first.
For more information on this course, please contact Mohamed Zamri at 03-2711 2000 ext 5109 or email firstname.lastname@example.org