A Guide to Forensic Accounting Investigation, Second Edition



Recent catastrophic business failures have caused some to rethink the value of the audit, with many demanding that auditors take more responsibility for fraud detection. This book provides forensic accounting specialists—experts in uncovering fraud—with new coverage on the latest PCAOB Auditing Standards, the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, and on options fraud, as well as on fraud in China and its implications. Auditors are equipped with the necessary practical aids, case examples, and skills for identifying situations that call for extended fraud detection procedures. 

Today's demanding marketplace expects auditors to take responsibility for fraud detection, which requires increased performance on the part of the auditor to find material financial statement fraud. Written by some of the best forensic accountants and auditors, Thomas W. Golden, Steven L. Skalak, Mona M. Clayton and Jessica Pill, "A Guide to Forensic Accounting Investigation, Second Edition" explores exactly what assurances auditors should provide and suggests alternatives to giving the capital markets more of what they are requiring-greater assurances that the financial statements they rely upon for investment decisions are free of material error, including fraud. It reveals the surprising complexity of fraud deterrence, detection, and investigation, and offers a step-by-step approach to understanding that complexity. 

From basic techniques to intricate tests and technologies, "A Guide to Forensic Accounting Investigation" is a rich, multifaceted, and fascinating answer to the need for wiser, savvier, better-trained financial statement and internal auditors who are thoroughly familiar with fraud detection techniques and the intricate, demanding work of forensic accounting specialists.

Product Details

ISBN 978-0-470-59907-5
Hardcover, 648 PAGES

Table of Contents:

  • Chapter 1: Fraud: An Introduction
  • Chapter 2: Psychology of the Fraudster
  • Chapter 3: The Roles of the Auditor and the Forensic Accounting Investigator
  • Chapter 4: Auditor Responsibilities and the Law
  • Chapter 5: When and Why to Call in Forensic Accounting Investigators
  • Chapter 6: Internal Audit: The Second Line of Defense
  • Chapter 7: Teaming with Forensic Accounting Investigators
  • Chapter 8: Anonymous Communications
  • Chapter 9: Personal Privacy and Public Disclosure
  • Chapter 10: Building a Case: Gathering and Documenting Evidence
  • Chapter 11: Independence, Objectivity, Skepticism
  • Chapter 12: Potential Missteps: Considerations When Fraud Is Suspected
  • Chapter 13: Potential Red Flags and Fraud Detection Techniques
  • Chapter 14: Investigative Techniques
  • Chapter 15: Corporate Intelligence
  • Chapter 16: The Art of the Interview
  • Chapter 17: Data Mining: Analysis of Structured and Unstructured Information
  • Chapter 18: Report of Investigation
  • Chapter 19: Supporting a Criminal Prosecution
  • Chapter 20: Working with Attorneys
  • Chapter 21: Financial Reporting Fraud and the Capital Markets
  • Chapter 22: Financial Statement Fraud: Revenue and Receivables
  • Chapter 23: Financial Statement Fraud: Other Schemes and Misappropriations
  • Chapter 24: Ponzi Schemes
  • Chapter 25: Money Laundering
  • Chapter 26: Foreign Corrupt Practices Act
  • Chapter 27: Construction Projects
  • Chapter 28: Contract Compliance
  • Chapter 29: Other Dimensions of Forensic Accounting
  • Chapter 30: Corporate Remediation