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November 7, 2019

November 17th-November 23rd is International Fraud Awareness Week!

As simple as it sounds, raising awareness in the workplace is truly an effective way to reduce the risk of loss due to fraud.

Fraud prevention and detection measures are often overlooked in the small business world. It is a great thought, but never seems to rise to the top of the priority li...

October 28, 2019

You cannot legally steal from the company. This is something you must formally state. Seriously. If you do not explicitly inform your employees that theft is against your company policy BEFORE you experience fraud, your employee perpetrator might actually be found not guilty if you decide to prosecute.

Previously, I testified as an expert witness in a frau...

September 18, 2019

The first hurdle in developing an anti-fraud program is simply understanding you need one. The next is overcoming that overwhelming feeling that comes from not knowing exactly what one looks like. You know you need it, but how do you design it? Where in the world do you start? What does it even look like? How do you know it is thorough? How do you know wh...

September 9, 2019

So many companies don’t understand the need for an Anti-Fraud Program. “I don’t have fraudsters as employees, why would I worry about an anti-fraud program?”

They seem like such harsh, strong words—

Fraud.

Theft.

Dishonesty.

Corruption. Exploitation. Bribery. Deceit.

People often associate these terms with obvious malicious individuals who set out to steal for...

October 2, 2018

Steve had an opportunity to sit down with the good folks at the Where Accountants Go! podcast and discuss some of the ins and outs of forensic accounting, finding your passion, and the dangers related to fraud investigations.

Where Accountants Go! is a San Antonio based group that helps accountants find new jobs or even new areas of accounting to pursue. T...

October 18, 2017

When it comes to assessing your organization's fraud risk, Ronald Reagan's oft quotation of the Russian proverb, "Trust, but Verify" always applies.

September 22, 2017

Is he supposed to have a vehicle allowance?

Why are you paying for his children’s health insurance?

What are all of these trips his wife is making to Montana?

These are actual questions that we have had to ask the owner/founders of separate small, family run businesses that were in the midst of an alleged fraud investigation.  In all three cases the CEO or C...

September 22, 2017

I am convinced that everything that is needed to sustain human life can be found at your neighborhood Office Depot or Staples.  As you walk in you see food (popcorn and chocolate) and water at the checkout counter.  Entering further into the store you see furniture, paper goods for the kitchen, a supply of aspirin and other remedies for common ailments, a...

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