Accounting & Assurance

Why executives pose the greatest occupational fraud risk

In its 2018 Report to the Nations on Occupational Fraud and Abuse, the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners (ACFE) reported that owners and executives accounted for only 19% of all fraud cases. Yet they caused a median loss of $850,000, vs. a median of $100,000 for rank-and-file employees. Executive thieves get away with more because […]

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Fraud fact: Crooks prefer cash

It should come as no surprise that cash is the most popular target of fraud perpetrators. After all, once stolen, cash itself is virtually untraceable. But that doesn’t mean forensic accounting professionals can’t unearth cash fraud schemes — and the crooks behind them. 3 categories According to the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners, there are […]

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5 ways to prevent fraud in your law firm

Because they foster a collegial, trusting environment, law firms can be more vulnerable to fraud than many other types of businesses. Enforcing internal controls may simply seem unnecessary in an office of professionals dedicated to the law. Unfortunately, occupational thieves can take advantage of such complacency. A law firm’s accounting department — payroll and accounts […]

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How fraud can scuttle the purchase of your dream home

Buying a home is stressful enough without also having to worry about potential fraud. Unfortunately, real estate fraud is surging. According to Realtor magazine, scams targeting the industry rose 1,100% from 2015 to 2017, resulting in losses of more than $1.6 billion. Home closing wire fraud should be of particular concern for prospective homebuyers. When […]

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Is return fraud cutting into your store’s profits?

For brick-and-mortar retailers, return fraud can be a serious financial threat. There are several types of schemes. But when they’re successful, they all end the same way: Stores issue refunds that they shouldn’t have. Here’s what to look for and how to limit losses. Myriad schemes Return fraud perpetrators could be customers, employees or even […]

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