New Mexico State Auditor Brian Colón is the guest speaker on “Fraud, Waste and Abuse in New Mexico,” Friday, Oct. 11 from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. in Ballroom A of The University of New Mexico's Student Union Building (SUB).

Sponsored by UNM’s Student Chapter of the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners (AFCE), the annual fall event features lunch from 11:30 a.m. to 12 noon, followed by Colón’s talk from 12 to 1 p.m. The event is open to all UNM faculty, staff and students. However, an RSVP is requested.

Brian Colón
New Mexico State Auditor Brian Colón.

“I am excited and honored to keynote the UNM Student Chapter of the ACFE’s annual fall event," said Colón. "This is a welcome partnership in my commitment to both enriching the student experience and combating fraud, waste, and abuse in New Mexico. I want to thank the students for inviting me and for their interest in learning and educating others on how we can all be fraud fighters.”

Colón was elected State Auditor of New Mexico last November committed to bringing awareness to the important work of the State Auditor’s office that uncovers fraud, waste and abuse in statewide agencies.

Raised in the greater Albuquerque metro-area including Los Lunas, Bosque Farms and Albuquerque, Colón learned the value of hard work, determination, and the sustaining power of an optimistic attitude from his parents. Although he lost his father when he was a teenager, Colón hasn’t forgotten the many lessons he received, particularly the importance of education.

The first in his family to go to college, Colón received his Bachelor’s Degree in Finance from New Mexico State University and later earned his law degree from The University of New Mexico School of Law. He has practiced law since 2001, but his top priority has always been one of service and a desire to give back to his community

Colón has been called a “force in fundraising” because he is able to inspire others to get involved. His evenings and weekends are spent helping local cultural and community-focused nonprofits raise money to support their causes or meeting with the young women and men he mentors. Colón knows first-hand the power of mentoring and the difference it can make in strengthening our communities.

For more information on UNM’s Center for Information Assurance Research and Education, visit CIARE. For more information on AFCE, visit AFCE Student Chapters.