How to Find Fraud and Corruption: Recipes for the Aspiring Fraud Detective

1st Edition

Nigel Iyer

Routledge
October 28, 2019 Forthcoming
Reference - 272 Pages - 37 B/W Illustrations
ISBN 9781138742451 - CAT# Y327742

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Summary

In a typical working environment in which "fraud and corruption" is as normal as a headache or as common as a cold, everyone across the organization has a role to play in finding and deterring fraudsters. Despite universal acknowledgement that these things may be illegal but still prevalent, managers still treat them as 'someone else's problem or something that happens to other businesses, not ours’. This book shows, in simple terms, how everybody can become a successful fraud detective. In a series of proven and easy-to-follow recipes you are shown how to find the tell-tale signs of fraud and corruption and work with your colleagues to deal with it smartly, keeping the organisation you work for, healthy and clean.

The skills taught in this book are based on over 20 years’ experience of successfully finding and dealing with fraud and corruption, all around the world. The author offers wayfinding techniques for identifying and recognizing common frauds such as: suppliers who charge too much; sharp business partners and consultants who are taking you for a ride; customers who take but prefer not to pay. It also shows you how to spot and unravel more complex but equally serious and common frauds: hidden connections to dirty money centres (the illegitimate side of tax havens); bribes paid as a shortcut to get business; creative numbers fraud (inflation of sales figures or suppression of costs); conflicts of interest involving individuals inside or outside the business. You can also immerse yourself in the embedded novelette "The Fraud Detectives" (based on a real case) which illustrates a fraud detective’s challenges, be they a reluctant whistleblower, someone who cannot turn a blind eye even if they would prefer to, and even the accused.

Accessible and practical, it is for everyone who wants to stop fraud including those working in accounting and finance, management, specialist functions such as audit, compliance and security, and anyone else who aspired to be a fraud detective and stop fraud and corruption.

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