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The Latest Trends in Anti-Fraud Controls

David Anderson is principal of David Anderson & Associates, a Philadelphia forensic accounting firm that provides a full range of forensic accounting services in Philadelphia and the Delaware Valley. As a Certified Fraud Examiner, I belong to the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners (“ACFE”).  This international organization has more than 75,000 members in more than… Read more »

Revisiting the Fraud Triangle – A Closer Look at Rationalization

The Fraud Triangle is a troika of troublesome tendencies – Opportunity, Pressure and Rationalization – that often are present when fraud is taking place.  In previous posts, David Anderson of David Anderson and Associates, a Certified Fraud Examiner offering forensic accounting services in Philadelphia, has mentioned that if at least one of the three factors… Read more »

Socially Engineered Fraud Is Nothing to LOL About

We are constantly reminded to create difficult-to-guess passwords, change our passwords frequently, install security hardware and software and regularly update our software to protect against cyber-based fraud. However, according to David Anderson, a Certified Fraud Examiner and principal of David Anderson & Associates, a Philadelphia forensic accounting firm that provides a full range of forensic… Read more »

Revisiting the Fraud Triangle – A Closer Look at Pressure

The Fraud Triangle is a triumvirate of factors – Opportunity, Pressure and Rationalization – that must be present in order for a fraud to occur.  In previous posts, David Anderson of David Anderson and Associates, a Certified Fraud Examiner offering forensic accounting services in Philadelphia, has mentioned that if at least one of the three… Read more »

Revisiting the Fraud Triangle – A Closer Look at Opportunity

The Fraud Triangle is a combination of three factors – Opportunity, Pressure and Rationalization – that must be present in order for a fraud to occur.  In previous posts, David Anderson of David Anderson and Associates, a Certified Fraud Examiner offering forensic accounting services in Philadelphia, has mentioned that if at least one of the… Read more »

Regular Review of Financial Statements Can Help in Fraud Deterrence

Financial statements issued by companies, government entities or organizations – when reviewed on a regular basis – can help in fraud deterrence.  In many situations, though, executive officers rarely check these statements and, in cases where they do, they often do not understand what they are reading. Knowing your financial statements, and understanding what to… Read more »

Strong Business Planning Can Help You Survive a Disaster

Natural and man-made disasters happen every day.  At some point, somewhere in the world, there is a major fire, flood, storm, sinkhole or other event that can threaten to you put out of business, temporarily or permanently. What would you do if that happened? You certainly have homeowners insurance, auto insurance, health insurance, life insurance… Read more »

Anderson Speaks to Bucks County Estate Planning Council

David Anderson, CPA, CFE, CVA, addressed the Bucks County (Pa.) Estate Planning Council in February on the topic of forensic accounting services in Philadelphia and business valuation in a divorce. Anderson, principal of David Anderson & Associates, a Philadelphia forensic accounting firm that provides a full range of business valuation services in the Delaware Valley,… Read more »

General Observations from Interviews with Fraudsters

A key part of any fraud investigation involves interviewing employees, customers, vendors and others.  These interviews, explain a leading Philadelphia forensic accountant and Certified Fraud Examiner, can help provide an understanding of the business, uncover potential fraud, frame the size and scope of the fraud and identify potential fraudsters. However – according to David Anderson,… Read more »

Trusted Employees Often At the Root of Corporate Fraud

Check any online or print news source almost any day; you’ll probably find articles reporting on fraud investigations involving hundreds of thousands and even millions of dollars being pilfered from small and large businesses, governmental entities and charity groups. Far too often, the blame falls to the feet of a trusted employee with years of… Read more »

Protecting Charities and Non-Profits from Fraud

Given the nature of their organizations and missions, people would think that houses of worship, charities and other non-profit organizations would be free of financial fraud issues. However, most people – says a noted Philadelphia forensic accountant and Certified Fraud Examiner – would be wrong. According to David Anderson, principal of David Anderson & Associates,… Read more »