Fraud Data Analytics: A Worked Example for Ghost Employee Fraud Schemes

Jul 12, 2018 12:38:00 PM / by Leonard W. Vona posted in Fraud Data Analytics, Fraud Schemes, Fraud Detection, Worked Example, Fraud Plan

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Ghost employee schemes are a common fraud scheme during which there are people on the payroll who don’t work for the company in question but do collect a salary or remuneration.

Let’s take a closer look at how you can use fraud data analytics when creating an executing an audit program for ghost employees:

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The Fraud Triangle: Putting Theory into Practice

Jul 6, 2018 1:06:00 PM / by Leonard W. Vona posted in Fraud Auditing, Fraud Detection, Fraud Plan, Fraud Triangle

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The fraud triangle, authored by Dr. Cressey, has been adopted by the auditing profession as a tool to help detect and deter occupational fraud. 

The model has many applications in the fraud audit.  The primary purpose is in the planning stage to help identify where and why your organization would be vulnerable to someone committing a fraud risk scenario. 

Here’s a closer look at the fraud triangle and how you can implement this model.

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The Fraud Plan: Misappropriation in Payroll

Jul 2, 2018 10:48:00 AM / by Leonard W. Vona posted in Fraud Risk Statements, Fraud Auditing, Fraud Detection, Fraud Plan, Payroll Fraud

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How you determine which concepts to evaluate to “consider fraud” and how to integrate fraud into your audit program is a challenge that is easily solved if you approach it with the scope and objectives of your audit clearly defined.

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What is a Fraud Risk Statement & How Can You Write One?

Jun 18, 2018 11:02:00 AM / by Leonard W. Vona posted in Fraud Risk Statements, Fraud Detection, Fraud Definitions

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There tends to be a fair amount of confusion when it comes to a fraud risk identification approach versus an experience-based approach – in no small part because within the industry it’s not uncommon to see terms used interchangeably – but here we set out to create a list of universal definitions intended to clarify how and why you might use this approach. 

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Fraud Data Analytics for Shell Companies: A Worked Example

Jun 7, 2018 12:17:00 PM / by Leonard W. Vona posted in Fraud Data Analytics, Fraud Definitions, Worked Example

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Shell companies are a common fraud scheme you might come across when carrying out a fraud audit. Let’s take a look at how you can implement fraud data analytics into your audit when approaching shell company schemes in particular as a worked example.

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The Traditional Audit Vs. the Fraud Audit

May 24, 2018 11:00:00 AM / by Leonard W. Vona posted in Fraud Auditing, Fraud Definitions, Traditional Auditing

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In order to fully appreciate how a traditional audit can differ from a fraud audit, it is necessary to grasp how the two types of audit are similar. Bridging the gap between the two can help you minimize the fraud risk for your company and better deploy the programs that are going to work within your organization. While the two audit types can produce vastly different results, they both have similar groundings and structure:

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Concealment Strategies & Red Flags: Better Detecting Fraud

Apr 24, 2018 1:00:00 PM / by Leonard W. Vona posted in Concealment Strategies, Red Flags, Fraud Detection

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As per the commonly understood fraud triangle there, are three typical components why someone would commit a fraud scheme: motive, opportunity, and rationalization. While motive and rationalization are factors that could be limited to individual behavior and psychology, opportunity is something your internal controls can and should account for.

Within rationalization, anyone involved in a fraud scheme needs to have the ability and opportunity to conceal and commit fraud. There is a direct relationship between having the opportunity to commit fraud and having the ability to conceal the fraud and so auditors need to consider both opportunity and the ability to conceal in the design of an audit plan.

Knowing which common concealment strategies might have been deployed by any given fraud scheme is an essential part of any approach to preventing and detecting fraud. Let’s examine concealment in more detail.

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Using a Fraud-Based Approach to Fraud Detection

Apr 11, 2018 1:00:00 PM / by Leonard W. Vona posted in Fraud Based Approach, Fraud Detection

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It is often the case that fraud scenarios are not as simple as meets the eye. Most financial executives are aware of the importance of having internal controls in fraud prevention and detection, yet few realize the potential fraud-based approaches have in finding complex fraud that is often overlooked by basic evidence of control measures. 

While no fraud methodology is entirely foolproof, taking a systematic and methodical approach to data by finding hidden patterns is a proven and robust approach to detection. This is something we’ve been specializing in for over 30 years at Fraud Auditing Inc., and so we have a wealth of experience in the area.

 Here’s a look at how you can implement a fraud-based approach in your organization and its advantages.

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Using Fraud Data Analytics to Build a Fraud Data Profile

Mar 30, 2018 5:21:27 PM / by Leonard W. Vona posted in Fraud Data Analytics, Fraud Data Profile

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When it comes to fraud, no audit plan is going to fit all. Each fraud scenario in your audit scope needs its own fraud data analytics plan and fraud audit procedures. An audit plan isn’t just a document to create and file away as a matter of process – any auditor involved in future detection and prevention will need this to have the correct information that will allow them to find and reveal which fraud scenario is occurring. In short, your fraud audit plan is an essential component in detecting and preventing fraud. 

Once an auditor has a plan and the fraud scenarios at their disposal, the best approach to building a fraud data profile involves using fraud data analytics. For many, this might feel like no more than a buzzword in the industry that adds little value to conversations on fraud but when we talk about fraud data analytics at Fraud Auditing Inc., we mean something very specific, with measurable outcomes, which are essential to any fraud-based approach. 

Here’s a look at the best practices when it comes to data analytics and how it can add real value to your approach.

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The Advantages of Using Fraud Auditing & Litigation Experts

Mar 19, 2018 12:00:00 PM / by Leonard W. Vona posted in Litigation, Fraud Auditing

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While auditors are often experts in accounting and auditing it is not reasonable to assume your team are also highly skilled experts in fraud auditing, forensic accounting, or even litigation when the time comes for further action. Many cases of fraud have the capability to go undetected for years if the proper controls are not in place, and so it is likely your team of auditors are not commonly dealing with fraud in their working lives beyond the creation of controls and preventative measures.

Let’s take a look at the advantages of using experts in fraud auditing and litigation to support your team while detecting and addressing matters of fraud.

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