Unlike most occupational fraud, the typical goal of fraudulent financial statement schemes is not to directly enrich the perpetrator, but rather to mislead financial statement users about the profitability or viability of an organization. Unfortunately, the result can be crippling not only to the organization, but to anyone deceived by these false statements.
This ACFE online self-study course presents an introduction to the most common schemes used to manipulate an organization’s financial statements. Each section of the course includes a description and example of the scheme, how the scheme is perpetrated and common red flags. The course concludes with a discussion of common techniques used to uncover financial statement manipulation.
You Will Learn How To:
Define and identify various types of fictitious revenue schemes, timing differences, improper asset valuations, improper disclosures, concealed liabilities and expenses
Analyze financial statements
Field of study: Accounting
Last updated: May 2013
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Please note: To be eligible for CPE credit, you must complete the final exam within one year of purchase date. You may only claim CPE credit for a course once.
Table of Contents:
Lesson 1: Introduction
Lesson 2: Financial Statement Fraud Schemes
Lesson 3: Fictitious Revenues
Lesson 4: Timing Differences
Lesson 5: Improper Asset Valuation
Lesson 6: Concealed Liabilities and Expenses
Lesson 7: Improper Disclosures
Lesson 8: Earnings Management and Manipulation
Lesson 9: Reviewing Financial Statements for Manipulation
Lesson 10: Vertical Analysis
Lesson 11: Horizontal Analysis
Lesson 12: Ratio Analysis
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