Forensic Accounting and Fraud Investigation for Non-Experts

ISBN-10: 0470879599

ISBN-13: 9780470879597

Edition: 3rd 2012

Authors: Stephen Pedneault, Michael Sheetz, Frank Rudewicz, Howard Silverstone

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Forensic Accounting encompasses the process of auditing to recognize and investigate financial fraud occurring in an organization. There is a growing need among law enforcement professionals, small business owners, and department managers to better understand basic forensic accounting principles, how different types of fraud occur, and how to investigate a fraud that is detected in a way that maximizes the chances of successful prosecution of the perpetrator. This book provides a comprehensive primer to all phases of forensic accounting, from detection to conviction.
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Book details

List price: $50.00
Edition: 3rd
Copyright year: 2012
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons, Limited
Publication date: 4/13/2012
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 320
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.50" long x 1.25" tall
Weight: 1.386
Language: English

Silverstone is a principal in the Philadelphia office of Kroll, Inc. He has concentrated on forensic and investigative accounting since 1985 and has been involved in every aspect of cases, including planning, detailed analysis, discovery, and expert testimony in forensic accounting.

Preface
Acknowledgments
Forensic Accounting and Fraud Overview
Forensic Accounting
What Is Forensic Accounting?
Why Has Forensic Accounting Become the Buzz?
Introduction to a Profession
Applications for Forensic Accounting
A Third Dimension: Contexts within Each Area of Specialization
Conclusion
Suggested Readings
Notes
Fraud in Society
What Is Fraud?
Types of Fraud
Other Types of Financial Fraud
Sarbanes-Oxley
What the Numbers Tell Us about Fraud
Categories of Occupational Fraud
Drawing Conclusions
Society's Perception of Fraud
Who Commits Fraud?-Profile of the Typical Fraudster
The Social Consequences of Economic Crime
Conclusion
Suggested Readings
Notes
Understanding the Basics of Financial Accounting
Where It All Begins
The Five Accounting Cycles
Journals: Subsidiary and General
Conclusion
Suggested Readings
Note
Forms of Entities
Basics of Business Structures
Sole Proprietorships
Partnerships
Corporations
Business Enterprises in the Global Environment
Conclusion
Suggested Readings
Notes
Fundamental Principles of Financial Analysis
Good Analysis = Due Diligence?
Why Perform Financial Analysis?
What and Whom Can You Trust?
Other Factors to Consider
Financial Analysis for the Non-Expert
To the Future
Conclusion
Suggested Readings
Notes
The Role of the Accounting Professional
The Importance of Accounting Professionals in the Investigation
The Audit Process
Internal Controls
Conclusion
Notes
Financial Crime Investigation
Business as a Victim
Introduction
Employee Thefts
Fraudulent Billing Schemes
Fraud Committed by Outsiders
Management Thefts
Corporate Thefts
Identity Theft
Conclusion
Suggested Readings
Notes
Business Villains
Introduction
Organized Crime and Business
Money Laundering
Conclusion
Suggested Readings
Notes
The Investigative Process
Introduction
Case Initiation
Case Evaluation
Solvability Factors
Goal Setting and Planning
Investigation
Background
Conclusion
Suggested Readings
Notes
Interviewing Financially Sophisticated Witnesses
Introduction
The Interview
Interviewing Financially Sophisticated Witnesses
Conclusion
Suggested Readings
Notes
Proving Cases through Documentary Evidence
Introduction
Document Collection
Document Organization
The Process of Proof
The Logic of Argument
Proof through Inference
Conclusion
Suggested Readings
Notes
Analysis Tools for Investigators
Introduction
Why Use Analysis Tools at All?
Associational Analysis
Temporal Analysis
Conclusion
Suggested Readings
Notes
Inferential Analysis
Introduction
How Inferential Analysis Helps
What Is an Inference Network?
Investigative Inference Analysis
The Key List
Constructing an Investigative Inference Chart
Plotting the Chart
Some Tips for Charting Success
Applying the Chart to the Investigative Process
Conclusion
Suggested Readings
Notes
Documenting and Presenting the Case
Introduction
Creating a System
The Casebook System
Report Writing
Testifying as a Financial Expert
Conclusion
Suggested Readings
Notes
About the Authors
Index
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