International efforts to deter financial crime rely on CPAs to be vigilant and perform critical roles.
Andrew Mintzer, CPA/CFF, CGMA, a principal in the forensic and financial accounting services group at Hemming Morse LLP in Los Angeles, says auditors may detect material misstatements caused by fraud if they keep asking questions when they find that things don’t look right.
All organizations issue payments for expenditures, whether inventory purchases, repairs and maintenance expenses, utilities, or contract services. How well do you know the warning signs and preventive strategies for check and electronic payment tampering? Test your knowledge in this month’s interactive quiz.
The audit committee plays a pivotal role in helping to stop or reverse the rise in reported fraud incidents.
Fraud costs the typical organization about 5% of revenues in a given year, according to a study released by the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners.
How well do you know the characteristics and red flags for travel and entertainment (T&E) expense reimbursement fraud? Test your knowledge in this month’s Fraud IQ quiz.
In a change of policy, the IRS announced procedures for victims of tax ID theft or their authorized representative to request copies of bogus returns filed by identity thieves.
This review of recent fraud research covers such topics as auditor skepticism toward earnings reports, the effect of lawsuits on audit quality, the influence of incentives on whistleblowing, and more.
For most CPAs, a lunch with clients is hardly a life-threatening experience. It’s different when you’re an undercover FBI agent posing as an accountant whose clients are mob bosses.
Nonfinancial data can be just as important as dollars and cents when detecting fraud.
How well do you know the types of schemes perpetrated by scammers and con artists? Test your knowledge in this month’s Fraud IQ quiz.
Knowing whom to question and how to go about it in a fraud investigation can save money and time. This article shows how to make the most of interviewing in fraud engagements.
In the 2013 filing season, the IRS identified 4.1 million fraudulent returns involving identity theft.
Many reported it was difficult or very difficult to resolve the issue with the IRS, echoing recent findings by the Taxpayer Advocate Service.
Fewer than 10% of callers to the IRS’s phone line for victims of identity theft got through to an IRS assistor during some of the busiest weeks of tax season.
Mark Pearson, who works in supply chain forensics for Deloitte, explains how companies can probe one of the top risks—third-party expense categories—and avoid overpaying.
Organizations seeking to prevent and detect fraud can greatly boost their chances of success by instituting a strong ethics program. How can you develop and deploy a good ethics program? What are the characteristics of an ethical work environment? Test your knowledge in this month’s Fraud IQ quiz.
There is no way to guarantee that an organization will not experience financial reporting fraud. But research shows that fraud-resistant organizations share three traits: A tone at the top that encourages an ethical culture. The presence of skepticism. Engagement of all participants in the financial reporting supply chain. That’s according
How well do you know how to prevent, detect, and respond to data breaches? Find out in this month’s Fraud IQ quiz.
The principles outlined in a popular internal control framework can help organizations manage their cybersecurity.