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What Is Fraud?

What Is Fraud? In the broadest sense, fraud can encompass any crime for gain that uses deception as its principal modus operandus. More specifically, fraud is defined by Black’s Law Dictionary as  A knowing misrepresentation of the truth or concealment.


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Are you vulnerable to fraud? Do you have adequate controls in place to prevent it? Test your company's fraud health with this free training resource featuring a checklist and video.
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False or Altered Disbursement Documents (Part 1)

This column, the first in a series of three, begins a discussion about some of the most common issues fraud examiners face when they detect false or altered documents in the organization’s disbursement records.

Chasing Madoff

Harry Markopolos, CFE, CFA, couldn’t have known that his first fraud examination would last nine years and uncover the largest-ever Ponzi scheme.

Fraud Found Close to Home

Colleges and universities no longer find themselves in secluded settings immune to the pressure, opportunity, or rationalization. The lure of academic dollars has led some in higher education to commit fraudulent acts

Online Banking Users

Column explaning the ways new Trojan viruses capture online users' personal information and the countermeasures that help slow widespread identity theft.

Checking Account Fraud

This column underscores the importance of reviewing the volume of activity in small checking accounts, and it also offers lessons from the past – what fraud examiners can learn from actual case histories.

Unhealthy Procedures

As more health records are computerized and made available to medical providers on the Web, more data breaches and medical record compromises will occur.

Dissecting a complex trade-skill education program case, part 1

First of two parts on a complex skimming fraud case study, which dealt with trade-skill education programs and unfolded over four years at one of the largest technical colleges in the state of Washington.

Dodd-Frank whistleblower

Let's look at some history about the government's philosophy on compliance and whistleblowing activity.

Affinity is only skin deep

Article outlining affinity fraud, case histories and fraudster profile

Here’s where you need to be in June: 24th Annual ACFE Global Fraud Conference at the ARIA Resort & Casino in Las Vegas

Overview of the 24th Annual ACFE Global Fraud Conference