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Ricky D. Sluder, CFE, first discovered a knack for solving fraud cases when he was a detective in Dallas County, Texas. Now the head of healthcare value engineering for Shift Technology is using his investigative know-how to help other investigators better prevent and detect fraud.

I was born in Dallas, Texas, but spent my first four years on a farm in East Texas. Then my family moved to the Dallas-Fort Worth metroplex and settled in a small town called Red Oak.

Growing up, I raced BMX and played soccer, football, baseball and basketball competitively. I also enjoyed swimming, horseback riding, writing and watching movies.

I always wanted to be a police officer, although briefly I wanted to be a fighter pilot after watching “Top Gun.” But I fulfilled my boyhood dream after college and worked as a police officer for a year and then as a detective for nine years in Dallas County, Texas.

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