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The Detection & Prevention of Fraud in Financial Statements

  • Credits: 8
  • Format: Self-Study eBook
  • Field of Study: Auditing | Fraud
  • Author/Speaker: Lanford Publishing
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Advanced Preparation: None
Experience Level: Overview
Program Prerequisites: General Understanding of Auditing
Course ID: LP-308
Published Date: © June 2020

As the primary agency investigating corporate fraud, the FBI has focused its efforts on cases that involve accounting schemes, self-dealing by corporate employees, and obstruction of justice to conceal fraudulent activities from criminal and regulatory authorities. According to the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) “white collar” crime, which this course will refer to as corporate fraud is: “Those illegal acts which are characterized by deceit, concealment, or violation of trust and which are not dependent upon the application or threat of physical force or violence. These acts are committed by individuals and organizations to obtain money or services, or to secure personal or business advantage".

This course will begin by reviewing the efforts made by several federal corporate crime-busting governmental bodies within the United States to prevent fraud. In addition, you will be provided with some statistics regarding corporate fraud. Next, you will be introduced to some of the common characteristics of individuals who are most likely to commit fraud and some steps that you can take to identify them.

Subsequently, this course will identify the most frequently occurring types of corporate fraud and point out some processes and procedures which can be put into place to prevent these types of fraud from taking place.

Finally, you will be provided with several case studies which will include the type of fraud that was committed and the punishment for the act.

Topics include:
  • Chapter 1: Corporate Fraud Investigators
  • Chapter 2: Corporate Fraud Statistics
  • Chapter 3: Who Commits Fraud and their Statistics
  • Chapter 4: Corporate Fraud Case Studies

Learning Objectives:

After reading the course material, you will be able to:

  • Recognize some of the major organizations that have been working diligently to eliminate corporate fraud in the U.S.
  • Recognize the national statistics regarding corporate fraud in the United States.
  • Identify the general characteristics of the people who are most likely to commit fraud and how to better identify them as well as the most common types of fraudulent activities that are occurring in corporations today.
  • Identify the various types of schemes used to perpetrate misstatements on the financial statements and misappropriation of assets.
  • Recognize the financial cost of fraud.
  • Recognize the most common method in which fraud is reported according to ACFE statistical studies.
  • Recognize why fraud is not always reported by executives and the chief reasons why even CPAs do not always want to participate with law enforcement officers while investigating a fraud incident.
  • Recognize a condition (risk factor) that is typically present when fraud occurs.
  • Identify the most common schemes which those who commit corporate fraud usually utilize.
  • Recognize warning signals of potential embezzlers.
  • Recognize the Fraud Deterrence Initiative and the story behind how it got started.
  • Identify the various corporate fraud cases which the FBI and DOJ have prosecuted.

Who Should Attend:
  • All Certified Public Accountants (CPAs)

Qualifies and Approved with all State Boards of Accountancy and the following sponsorship’s: