Fighting Fraud in the Government (Online Self-Study)


Fighting Fraud in the Government

CPE Credit: 20
Course Level: Overview
Prerequisite: None


Government entities fall victim to every conceivable kind of scheme, and everyone pays, directly or indirectly. In this course, you will learn why governments are vulnerable to fraud and discover strategies to prevent, detect and investigate government fraud schemes.

Key Takeaways:

Navigate through the stages of a government fraud examination, from planning to conclusion

Discover different ways government employees steal or misuse their employer’s assets

Learn how to deploy techniques to detect and prevent procurement fraud

Discover frauds that target government social programs designed to aid citizens

Determine appropriate measures for identifying counterfeit and forged documents

This course fulfills the annual ethics CPE requirement for CFEs. To learn more about the ethics CPE requirement for CFEs, please visit

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Table of Contents:

Part One: Fraud Schemes

Unit 1: Introduction to Government Fraud

Unit 2: Occupational Fraud by Government Employees

Unit 3: Public Corruption

Unit 4: Procurement Fraud

Unit 5: Fraudulent False Claims and Statements

Unit 6: Fraud in Government Social Programs

Unit 7: Other Types of Government Fraud

Part Two: Detecting and Preventing Fraud

Unit 8: Measures to Prevent Government Fraud

Unit 9: Using Data to Combat Government Fraud

Unit 10: Protecting Sensitive and Classified Data

Unit 11: Investigating Government Fraud

Unit 12: Investigating with the Internet

CPE Information:

You Will Learn How To:

Relate key information about why people commit fraud

Recognize the different ways government employees steal or misuse their employer’s cash and noncash assets

Relate key information about the different types of public corruption schemes, identify red flags and risk factors of corruption, and compare the various laws and instruments designed to combat public corruption

Navigate the procurement process, identify the most common procurement fraud schemes, and deploy techniques to detect and prevent procurement fraud

Recognize the characteristics and common schemes of frauds involving material false statements and claims to government agencies

Demonstrate knowledge about the various types of frauds that target and challenge the integrity of government social programs designed to aid citizens

Identify common types of frauds that target agricultural subsidy programs, grant programs, and student financial aid programs and the preventive controls that might mitigate them

Differentiate between tax evasion and tax avoidance, recognize key characteristics of common tax evasion schemes, and assess the ways in which tax evasion can transcend national boundaries

Determine appropriate measures for identifying counterfeit and forged documents

Identify the basic elements of conspiracy schemes designed to defraud the government

Devise measures to prevent and detect the different types of fraud schemes that target government entities

Differentiate the various benefits and barriers to using data analytics to prevent and detect government fraud, demonstrate knowledge of the appropriate processes to apply when using data analytics

Identify the appropriate data analysis tools and techniques to use when targeting specific types of government fraud

Demonstrate knowledge about why sensitive and confidential information maintained by government entities must be protected, how it can be compromised, and the appropriate controls and actions needed to protect such information

Navigate through the stages of a government fraud examination from planning to conclusion

Field of Study: Specialized Knowledge

Last updated: September 2018

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System requirements:

Internet access: High-speed connection recommended

Free Adobe Flash Player

Speakers required for video sound

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