CW2024 keynote tackles fundamentals of fraud detection


Traci Brown holds a bit of a grudge against Lance Armstrong. Rightfully so.

She competed professionally against the cyclist who turned out to be one of the biggest frauds in American sports history while she was a member of the U.S. National Cycling team. It was during that time that Brown began honing her craft that would lead her to become one of the leading experts in reading body language—a topic she shared some of her tricks to during the opening keynote at Day 1 of Compliance Week’s National Conference in Washington, D.C. on Tuesday.

“He was one of those guys,” Brown recalled of Armstrong to an audience of hundreds of compliance, risk, and audit professionals, “where you just have this hunch about him. You just know they’re up to something and you know it’s no good but you don’t know what it is.”

In Armstrong’s case, it was using performance-enhancing drugs—a scandal that engulfed others in the sport and nearly doomed it. Today, Armstrong is less of a rival to Brown and more of an example she can use in her presentations to test her audience on their lie detection skills.

In showing clips of Armstrong and other celebrities and prominent figures proven to have lied or believed to not be telling the truth during public interviews, Brown offered the following signs to mindful of:

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