Fighting Fraud in the Government

Fighting Fraud In The Government
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20 Credits


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



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

CPE Information

This course fulfills the annual ethics CPE requirement for CFEs. Learn more about the ethics CPE requirements for CFEs.
CPE Credit: 20
NASBA Information: Auditing (Governmental)
Advanced Preparation: None
Last Updated: December 2022
Delivery Method: QAS Self-Study


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  • Internet access: High-speed connection recommended
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