Financial Crime Investigation and Control

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9780471269779: Financial Crime Investigation and Control

The indispensable guide to detecting and solving financial crime in the office

Low-level financial crimes are a fact of life in the modern workplace. Individually these crimes are rarely significant enough to warrant the hiring of professional investigators, but if left unchecked, small crimes add up to big losses. In companies without dedicated fraud investigators, detecting and solving low-level crimes generally falls to managers and internal auditors. Financial Crime Investigation and Control offers tips, tools, and techniques to help professionals who lack investigative experience stem the tide of small financial crimes before it becomes a tsunami.

Inside you'll find expert guidance on investigating and uncovering common types of fraud, including:
* Credit card fraud
* Consumer fraud
* Kickbacks
* Bid rigging
* Inflated invoices
* Inventory theft
* Theft of cash
* Travel and subsistence claims
* Check fraud
* ID fraud
* Ghost employees
* Misappropriation schemes
* Computer-related crime
* Financial statement fraud

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Businesses lose billions of dollars every year to low-level financial crimes in the workplace. Even in large corporations, the responsibility of detecting low-level financial crimes often falls to managers and internal auditors who lack investigative experience. This book serves the needs of those professionals who count crime prevention among their many duties.

Financial Crime Investigation and Control walks the reader through the process of conducting a thorough, professional investigation of low-level crimes in order to protect both the interests of the company and the rights of those being investigated. Helpful appendices, practical case studies, and sample documents reinforce the expert guidance provided in the book while helping professionals ensure due diligence in their investigations.

Managers and auditors will learn to recognize the telltale signs of financial crime, such as unusual losses, overpayments to suppliers, unusually high business expenses, odd sales patterns, serious customer complaints, inaccuracies in management reports, and much more. They will find guidance on uncovering all types of low-level financial crime, including embezzlement, supplier and service scams, consumer and credit card fraud, inflated invoices, theft, inflated travel and subsistence claims, check fraud, misappropriation schemes, computer crime, and financial statement fraud.

The book also offers persuasive arguments on the importance of working to stop low-level crime, even in a large business, and help on dealing with murky ethical questions. An action model for fighting financial crime and a fraud response plan are provided, while a section on understanding and calculating fraud risk management helps managers and auditors maximize limited time and resources.

Financial Crime Investigation and Control is much more than just a guidebook on fraud prevention techniques; it also offers a thoughtful perspective on the major issues of concern to those responsible for limiting losses through financial crime. It’s the single resource every financial crime fighter should have in his holster.

About the Author:

K. H. SPENCER PICKETT is a senior lecturer in internal auditing at the Civil Service College in Berkshire, England. He teaches courses for internal auditors at both the student and practitioner levels. His professional experience includes nine years as an audit manager and two years performing value-based audits at England's National Audit Office.
JENNIFER M. PICKETT is a senior manager at a bureau of the English government where she manages a large operational team and develops and implements policy.

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