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    Detecting Fraud Through Vendor Audits 


    The potential for fraud is not solely an internal threat; the businesses that provide an organization with goods and services can engage in fraudulent behavior as well. One of the ways to mitigate these external risks is to establish a contractual right-to-audit in purchasing and other vendor contracts. Auditing vendors and suppliers can be a critical fraud deterrent and detection device for management to ensure they are being treated equitably and are not victims of fraud.


    The ACFE Detecting Fraud Through Vendor Audits seminar is a one-day course designed to explain how to develop a solid foundation for vendor audits; how to identify which vendors to target; how to prepare for a vendor audit; how to identify, gather, and audit relevant vendor documentation; and what common vendor fraud schemes to look for.


    You Will Learn How To:  

    Ensure that contract language supports future audits

    Assess the strength of current vendor contracts and audit clause language and why it is vital to do so

    Identify and select good candidates for vendor audits

    Recognize key parties affected by the vendor audit and obtain their support for the audit process

    Identify and collect essential pre-audit background information

    Determine and request supporting documentation for audit

    Apply the most effective audit tests to detect potential fraud

    Recognize the types of fraud and related red flags that might be uncovered during a vendor audit

    Respond to identified vendor fraud warning signs 

    Who Should Attend:  

    Internal and external auditors

    Forensic accountants

    Controllers, CPAs and other accounting professionals 

    Procurement officers

    Certified Fraud Examiners and other anti-fraud specialists


    CPE Credit: 8

    Field of Study: Auditing

    Course Level: Intermediate
    Prerequisite: Familiarity with the contract and procurement process

    Advanced Preparation: None