Working with Attorneys in Fraud Examinations

Working with Attorneys in Fraud Examinations
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3 Credits


Every fraud examination is unique. As a result, the investigative techniques used often differ – including the parties involved in the investigation. For some investigations, the fraud examiner will perform the majority of the work, while in others a team of professionals will divide substantial roles in the process. One of the most common and important relationships in fraud examinations is the one between the fraud examiner and the attorneys involved, including inside counsel, external counsel and prosecutors. 

This course examines the role of fraud examiners and attorneys in an investigation, as well as the best way to develop those relationships in various circumstances. It also explores important topics including the involvement of prosecutors in a fraud examination, the process of gathering and handling evidence and communicating with and reporting to legal counsel.

Key Takeaways:

  • Methods for developing effective working relationships with attorneys 
  • How to report to attorneys involved in a case  
  • Understanding of the relationships between the fraud examiner, inside counsel, external counsel and prosecutors 
  • Which cases can benefit from the aid of legal counsel 


Understanding of basic fraud examination techniques

You Will Learn How To:

Identify the varying roles fraud examiners play when working with different types of attorneys

Determine what types of cases would benefit from the help of legal counsel or the resources of prosecution

Differentiate between proper and improper ways of reporting to attorneys involved in a case

Determine what elements are necessary to make a strong case that will be useful to attorneys

Table of Contents

Lesson 1 Introduction
Lesson 2 The Roles of Examiners and Attorneys
Lesson 3 Involvement of Law Enforcement in an Examination
Lesson 4 Planning the Examination
Lesson 5 Gathering and Handling Evidence
Lesson 6 Communications with Counsel
Lesson 7 Reporting to Counsel
Lesson 8 Testifying in Legal Proceedings

CPE Information

CPE Credit: 3
NASBA Information: Business Law
Advanced Preparation: None
Last Updated: May 2022
Delivery Method: QAS Self-Study


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