Government Fraud

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4 Credits


Fraud costs governments around the world trillions of dollars in damages each year. Because fraud prevention is less expensive and more effective than detection, the government should implement proactive measures to protect against fraud.

This course provides information relating to government fraud generally as well as information specific to the U.S. federal government. This course also explores key U.S. statutes (such as the Major Fraud Act and the Civil False Claims Act) and their relationship to fraud investigation and prosecution.

Key Takeaways:

  • The impact of fraud against the government
  • Differences between fraud in the public and private sections
  • Types of government fraud
  • How and where to report certain incidents of fraud



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

Recognize the characteristics and common schemes of frauds involving false statements and claims to government agencies

Identify the most common procurement fraud schemes

Recognize the various types of frauds that target and challenge the integrity of government entitlement programs

Differentiate between tax evasion and tax avoidance, and recognize key characteristics of common tax evasion schemes

Recall knowledge about counterfeit documents, conspiracy schemes, grant fraud and asset misappropriation schemes that target government entities

Choose measures to prevent and detect the different types of fraud schemes that target government entities

Distinguish qui tam actions and whistleblower statutes

Table of Contents

Lesson 1 Introduction
Lesson 2 Public Corruption
Lesson 3 False Claims and Statements
Lesson 4 Procurement Fraud
Lesson 5 Collusion Among Contractors
Lesson 6 Collusion Between Contractors and Employees
Lesson 7 Performance Schemes
Lesson 8 Fraud in Entitlement Programs
Lesson 9 Tax Fraud
Lesson 10 Other Types of Government Fraud
Lesson 11 Fraud Prevention and Deterrence
Lesson 12 Whistleblower Laws
Lesson 13 Conclusion

CPE Information

CPE Credit: 4
NASBA Information: Auditing (Governmental)
Advanced Preparation: None
Last Updated: December 2022
Delivery Method: QAS Self-Study


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