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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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 some of the psychological traits that are common to fraudsters
ADVANCED PREPARATION: NONE
FIELD OF STUDY: SPECIALIZED KNOWLEDGE
LAST UPDATED: APRIL 2019
DELIVERY METHOD: QAS SELF-STUDY
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
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