Government Fraud (Online Self-Study)


Government Fraud

CPE Credit: 4
Course Level: Overview
Prerequisite: Fundamental knowledge of audit procedures


Fraud costs governments around the world trillions of dollars in damages each year and it costs the public, too. Millions of people, thousands of organizations and all government entities are potential victims of every conceivable kind of swindle, and everyone pays for fraud in direct and indirect ways. With all of the abuse related to public-sector expenditures, fraud examiners must understand why spending is vulnerable to fraud and take steps to combat this form of abuse.


Additionally, because fraud prevention is less expensive and more effective than detection, the government and the public must implement proactive measures and increase vigilance to protect against government fraud. This course provides information needed to combat government fraud.

You Will Learn How To:

Differentiate between fraud in the public and private sectors

Examine the impact of fraud against the government

Recognize federal laws used to fight against government fraud

Identify how and where to report certain incidents of fraud

Distinguish qui tam actions and whistleblower statutes

Devise actions that can help reduce losses due to government fraud


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Field of study: Specialized Knowledge and Applications

Last updated: September 2010


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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: Public Corruption

Lesson 3: False Claims and Statements

Lesson 4: Procurement Fraud

Lesson 5: Collusion Among Contractors

Lesson 6: Collusion Between Contractors and Employees

Lesson 7: Performance Schemes

Lesson 8: Fraud in Entitlement Programs

Lesson 9: Tax Fraud

Lesson 10: Other Types of Government Fraud

Lesson 11: Fraud Prevention and Deterrence

Lesson 12: Whistleblower Laws

Lesson 13: Conclusion


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24/7 access to courses through your Internet browser
Save time and quickly earn CPE credits with instant access, grading and printable certificate
The flexibility to start or stop a course and pick-up right where you left off
No additional shipping fees 

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System requirements:


Internet access: High-speed connection recommended

Free Adobe Flash Player 

Speakers required for video sound

Online Self-Study Troubleshooting Guide:

Problem: When I attempt to access my courses from “My Online Learning,” the course never launches, or I receive an error message saying my pop-up blocker needs to be turned off.

Solution: Your web browser must be configured to allow pop-ups in order to access ACFE Self-Study courses. Your browser may prompt you to allow pop-ups, or you may have to allow them manually. You may either allow them for all sites, or allow them just for the current site.

For information on how to manage your pop-up blocker settings in a specific browser, click the link below that corresponds to the browser you are using:

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Also note that many toolbars, such as the Google Toolbar and Yahoo! include pop-up blockers as well. If you have one or more toolbars installed on your browser with built-in pop-up blockers, you must configure them to allow pop-ups.

Problem: When I click on a course from “My Online Learning,” I am presented with a login page, but my username and password won’t allow me to log in.

Solution: You do not have to log in a second time to access your online self-study. You most likely reached the login page because you clicked the link labeled “Click Here” as shown below:


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Do not click that link; instead, allow your browser to automatically open the eLearning window on its own, which should happen after a few seconds. This will log you in automatically so that you can access your online courses.


Problem: I receive the following error when I try to load a different lesson with a course:


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Solution: This occurs in Internet Explorer when trying to load a different lesson without closing the current lesson. This error can be avoided two different ways:


Always close the current lesson before going to another one. Always click the Close Window button (usually the red “X” in the upper right corner) of the current lesson before clicking on another lesson.

Use a different browser. This error seems to only occur in Internet Explorer, so using Mozilla Firefox or Google Chrome should resolve the issue (see below for links to download either of these browsers).

Other Troubleshooting Tips: If you encounter other errors, such as courses freezing or crashing, we recommend taking the following action:

Try a different browser. ACFE online self-study courses are designed to run on all modern web browsers, but if you encounter a problem that is not solved using one of the suggestions above, you can try using a different web browser to see if it eliminates the problem. We have most frequently seen where using Mozilla Firefox or Google Chrome has resolved an issue that was seen in Internet Explorer.

Mozilla Firefox can be downloaded here
Google Chrome can be downloaded here 


Make sure you are running the latest version of Flash. Go to to see what version of Flash you are running, and then compare that to the table on that page to see what the latest version is for your operating system/browser combination. If you are not running the newest version, you should upgrade and see if that resolves the problem.