To effectively combat fraud, it’s important to understand the context in which it occurs and the environmental and personal factors that can contribute to its prevalence. Criminology theories offer crucial lessons on the factors that can lead to fraud and related crimes. Additionally, it’s important for fraud examiners to understand what might motivate perpetrators and how they might rationalize their behaviors.
This course will introduce you to the basics of criminology theories and examine how they relate to white-collar crime. Additionally, this course will discuss many of the psychological and environmental factors that can lead to fraud. A foundational knowledge of why and how fraud might occur is critical to both the detection and prevention of white-collar crime.
Historical background of criminology
Psychological traits common to fraudsters
How workplace culture affects the occurrence of fraud
Why individuals choose to commit fraud
An understanding of the Fraud Triangle
This course fulfills the annual ethics CPE requirement for CFEs. To learn more about the ethics CPE requirement for CFEs, please visit ACFE.com/EthicsCPE.
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Table of Contents:
Part I: Introduction to Criminology
Lesson 1: The Classical School
Lesson 2: Positivism
Lesson 3: Sociological Criminology
Part II: White-Collar Crime and Criminology
Lesson 4: Other Aspects of Criminology
Lesson 5: White-Collar Crime Versus Street Crime
Lesson 6: The Costs of White-Collar Crime
Lesson 7: The Fraud Triangle
Lesson 8: Other Theories of Causation
Part III: Organizational Structure and Fraud
Lesson 9: Organizational Climate
Lesson 10: The Normalization of Corruption
Lesson 11: Obedience to Authority
Part IV: Individuals and Fraud
Lesson 12: Motivation
Lesson 12: Testimony
Lesson 13: Strain Theory and Pressure
Lesson 14: Rationalization and Neutralization
Lesson 15: Weak Restraints and Opportunity
Lesson 16: Deception
Lesson 17: Psychopathy and Sociopathy
Lesson 18: Conclusion
You Will Learn How To:
Compare various criminological theories and their varying explanations of crime causation
Identify how criminological theories explain and predict white-collar crime
Recognize how organizational structure and climate can contribute to fraudulent behavior
Identify the unique aspects that distinguish fraud from other types of crime
Identify the weak psychological, organizational and societal restraints that make fraud more likely to occur
Recognize common psychological traits of fraudsters
Field of Study: Specialized Knowledge
Last updated: April 2017
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