Issues in Conducting International Fraud Investigations (Online Self-Study)

CPE Credit: 4 
Course Level: Intermediate
Prerequisite: Experience with international organizations and understanding of basic fraud examination techniques


Conducting fraud investigations in foreign jurisdictions can complicate your investigations and create additional challenges that you must address. 

Issues in Conducting International Fraud Investigations will help you to prepare for and respond to these challenges in an efficient, defensible and cost-effective way. This course will also help you develop an approach that complies with applicable local and foreign laws, cultures and practices.

Key Takeaways:

  • Common areas of employment law that differ internationally
  • The appropriate response when an allegation of fraud spans borders
  • Data privacy laws that can present unique challenges in fraud investigations
  • Restrictions on compelling cooperation and disciplinary action
  • Framework for cross-border investigations

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CPE Information:

You Will Learn How To:

  • Recognize the unique challenges specific to cross-border fraud investigations
  • Identify logistical problems that must be addressed in international fraud investigations
  • Distinguish the types of privacy laws that impact the collection, use, retention and transfer of information in cross-border fraud investigations
  • Recognize the types of employment or labor laws that restrict an employer’s authority to investigate possible misconduct by employees
  • Relate key information about legal professional privileges and their applications in cross-border fraud investigations
  • Determine ways to respond to evidence of fraud that spans international borders in an appropriate and timely manner





Table of Contents:

  • Part I: Key Issues in International Fraud Investigations
  • Lesson 1: Underlying Challenges to Cross-Border Investigations
  • Lesson 2: Logistical Issues
  • Lesson 3: Data Privacy Laws
  • Lesson 4: Employment and Labor Laws
  • Lesson 5: Privilege in International Investigations
  • Part II: International Investigation Framework
  • Lesson 6: The Initial Response
  • Lesson 7: Preliminary Matters
  • Lesson 8: The Investigation Team
  • Lesson 9: Plan the Investigation
  • Lesson 10: Gather Information
  • Lesson 11: Interview Witnesses
  • Lesson 12: Post-Investigation Actions

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Internet access: High-speed connection recommended

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