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Fraud Tales: Fraud Investigation Uncover Inventory Control Weaknesses

The anti-fraud controls in place at a shipping supplies company were extensive and outwardly thorough.  Incoming shipments were closely checked against the shipping manifest and outgoing shipments against the sales requisition that then became the invoice.  The warehouse had an alarm to prevent break-ins.  And the company conducted a detailed physical inventory at year-end to… Read more »

Forensic Accounting Experts Play Crucial Role in Marital Dissolution

Ending a marriage is difficult under any circumstances.  But it becomes a complex and tangled affair when the marriage involves spouses who brought numerous assets into the marriage or acquired them during it.  In these situations, a forensic accounting expert plays a crucial role in the marital dissolution by sorting through the financial maze to… Read more »

Fraud Tales: Fraud Investigation Reveals Fraud Scheme in Supplies Shipping

The Director of Operations at a large national financial services firm was very good at his job.  Asked to cut costs, the Director recommended the company centralize its purchase of office supplies, a move he said would save the company more than $50,000 a year.  Sure enough, during the first three years of the program,… Read more »

Engage Expert Witnesses Early for Successful Litigation Support

Trial attorneys know that expert witness testimony from a forensic accounting expert can be critical in determining the outcome of legal proceedings.  Likewise, the timing of when an attorney engages the services of a forensic accountant for litigation support services and, ultimately, expert witness testimony also has a direct bearing on the success or failure… Read more »

Fraud Tales: Fraud Investigation Finds Stolen Cash in Business

Cognizant of the rampant escalation of fraud in the business world, the owner of a mid-sized retail establishment took great care in establishing fraud deterrence measures to protect the company.  With more than 80 percent of the company’s sales paid in cash, multiple checks and balances were put into place to make sure each day’s… Read more »

Outsourced CFOs Bring Big Benefits at Reasonable Cost

Many small- to medium-sized businesses rely on their controller or accounting manager to handle routine financial and accounting matters.  But what if a company’s financial needs exceed the basic functions their controller or accounting manager can provide?  What happens when the more specialized services of a Chief Financial Officer (CFO) are needed, but the company… Read more »

Fraud Deterrence on Foreign Soil

Your company has decided to open a factory overseas, or to begin selling their products in a foreign country.  Do you understand the laws that will affect how your company operates outside the boundaries of the United States?  Which payments to foreign government officials are allowed and which are considered fraudulent?  A forensic accounting expert… Read more »

Fraud Tales: Fraud Investigation Reveals Loopholes in Checkbook Controls

Harry Johnson was a savvy businessman who was well aware of the perils of not having the proper fraud deterrence measures in place.  He took great care to see that his successful small business was adequately protected by anti-fraud controls that he created himself.  Then how did Harry end up losing more than $200,000 from… Read more »

Forensic Accounting Experts Bring Peace of Mind in Trust and Estate Disputes

If you have children or grew up with brothers and sisters of your own, you probably know all about sibling rivalry and family squabbling.  The conflicts tend to be fairly mundane.  Who got the biggest piece of cake?  Whose turn is it to take out the garbage?  Who borrowed a favorite sweater without permission?  And… Read more »

Understanding Business Valuation, Part V

The process of determining the worth of a business is a complicated one.  A business valuation expert must undertake a series of preliminary steps to set the groundwork and then consider the value of the business from three very distinct approaches before forming a professional opinion as to the initial value.  With this process completed,… Read more »

Fraud Investigation Uncovers Casper, The Unfriendly Ghost Employee

Casper Richardson was the perfect employee.  He was never sick, opted out of company medical insurance, often worked overtime, received glowing reviews from his supervisor, and always cashed his paycheck on payday.  Casper’s one fault?  He didn’t actually exist.  Casper was a ghost employee that a subsequent fraud investigation revealed had cost the company a… Read more »

Understanding Business Valuation, Part IV

Business valuation experts must undertake a series of preliminary steps to set the groundwork for determining the worth of a business.  Once those steps are complete, valuators must consider three very distinct approaches to valuing a business. In earlier postings, David Anderson, principal of David Anderson & Associates, a Philadelphia forensic accounting firm that provides… Read more »