Expert Fraud Investigation A Step-by-Step Guide

ISBN-10: 0470387963

ISBN-13: 9780470387962

Edition: 2009 (Guide (Instructor's))

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Description: A fraud investigation is aimed at examining evidence to determine if a fraud occurred, how it happened, who was involved, and how much money was lost. Investigations occur in cases ranging from embezzlement, to falsification of financial statements, to suspicious insurance claims. Expert Fraud Investigation: A Step-by-Step Guide provides all the tools to conduct a fraud investigation, detailing when and how to investigate. This guide takes the professional from the point of opening an investigation, selecting a team, gathering a data, and through the entire investigation process. Business executives, auditors, and security professionals will benefit from this book, and companies will find this a useful tool for fighting fraud within their own organizations.

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List price: $70.00
Copyright year: 2009
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons, Incorporated
Publication date: 2/9/2009
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 240
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.25" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 0.682
Language: English

Tracy L. Coenen, CPA, MBA, CFE, is a fraud expert and President of Sequence Inc., a forensic accounting firm with offices in Milwaukee and Chicago. She conducts financial investigations for private and public companies, reports her findings to executives and boards of directors, and testifies in court as an expert witness. Her commentary has been featured on NBC news, and her comments printed in the Wall Street Journal, USA Today, BusinessWeek.com, CBSNews.com, and Entrepreneur.com, among others. Tracy writes articles on fraud for national business publications, including Fraud Magazine.

Preface
Acknowledgments
Finding Fraud
Signs of Fraud
Looking for Suspects
Evaluating Fraud Tips
Should you Investigate?
Confronting Suspects
Skills of a Fraud Investigator
Differences between Audits and Investigations
Conducting a Fraud Investigation
Notes
Beginning the Investigation
Assessing the Engagement
Making Recommendations
Budgeting and Cost Control
Fees
Billing Practices
Engagement Letters
Managing the Case
Assembling the Team: Where to Start
Assembling the Team: Company Insiders
Assembling the Team: Key Participants
Assembling the Team: Outside Consultants
Importance of Credentials
Management and Supervision of Staff
Work programs and Checklists
Document Management
Preserving Evidence
File Maintenance
Investigative Software
Professional Standards
When to Stop Investigating
Searching for Fraud
Analytical Review
Key Financial Ratios
Write-offs, Adjustments, and Miscellaneous
Manual Disbursements
What about Financial Statement Audits?
Looking for Fraud in Little Things
Sources of Information
Who Acquires Information
Internal Records
Private Records
Public Records
The Internet and Search Engines
Investigative Techniques
Corporate Background Checks
Individual Background Checks
Searching for Friends, Family, and Associates
Surveillance
Digital Data Analysis
Computer Forensics
Interviewing Witnesses and Suspects
Confirmation with Customers and Vendors
Creativity and the Fraud Investigator
Investigation of Asset Misappropriation Schemes
Cash Receipts Schemes
Disbursement Schemes
Noncash Schemes
Investigation of Financial Statement Fraud
Revenue Overstatement
Channel Stuffing
Round Tripping
Asset Overstatement
Liability and Expense Understatement
Reserve Manipulation
Misrepresentation or Omission of Information
Improper Recording of Mergers and Acquisitions
Off-Balance Sheet Items
Accounting Involves Judgment and Estimates
Earnings Management
Note
Investigation of Corruption Schemes
Bribes
Kickbacks
Extortion and Conflict of Interest
Related Party Transactions
Money Laundering
Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA)
Prevention and Detection
Note
Investigation of External Fraud Schemes
Corporate Espionage
Investment Schemes
Pyramid or Ponzi Schemes
Securities Fraud
Hidden Income or Assets
Insurance Fraud
Bankruptcy Fraud
Note
Reporting and Litigation
Stick to the Facts
Keep It Simple
Background Information
Investigation Procedures
Opinions
Attachments
Draft Reports
Unfavorable Opinions
Follow-up to the Fraud Investigator's Work
Being an Expert Witness
Preparing for Testimony
Deposition Testimony
Trial Testimony
Note
Other Issues
Moving Forward as a Company
Preventing Future Frauds
Marketing a Fraud Investigation Practice
Competing with Other Firms
Conducting a Global Investigation
Professional Liability Issues
Reducing Fraud with Investigations
Note
Appendix
Index
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