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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CPE Information:

You Will Learn How To:

  • 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





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

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