Follow the Money: Tracing Concealed Assets

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Finding the proceeds of fraud is complex and involves dealing with strategic, organizational, investigative and legal challenges. Follow the Money: Tracing Concealed Assets demystifies the process of finding hidden assets and provides tools for success in this complex work. The course offers common approaches to locating assets domestically and across borders, and establishes best practices and specific recommendations for those charged with finding hidden assets.  

Key Takeaways: 

  • How to use online resources in asset-tracing investigations 
  • Common methods of hiding assets 
  • Common sources of information to uncover hidden assets 
  • Different types of asset searches across the globe 
  • Using various types of online services to gather pertinent information in tracing investigations 



You Will Learn How To:

Relate basic information about locating assets acquired through the commission of improper acts, particularly fraudulent acts

Recognize common ways people hide assets

Determine an effective process for conducting an investigation to locate assets

Differentiate between different types of asset searches

Recognize the major sources and methods of collecting information in an asset investigation

Identify common sources of information that (if legally accessible) can help unearth an individual’s or business entity’s assets

Recognize how different types of financial records can be used to locate hidden assets

Determine ways to use the various types of online services to obtain information relevant to tracing investigations

Identify measures to analyze collected information to locate assets

Relate key information about various methods that examiners can use to find and recover assets held abroad

Table of Contents

Lesson 1 Introduction
Lesson 2 How People Hide Assets
Lesson 3 General Process for Tracing Assets
Lesson 4 Types of Asset Searches
Lesson 5 Information Sources and Methods to Obtain Information
Lesson 6 Types of Information Valuable to Asset Searches
Lesson 7 Types of Financial Records to Examine
Lesson 8 Using the Internet to Trace Assets
Lesson 9 Analyzing Information to Locate Assets
Lesson 10 Tracing Assets Held Abroad
Lesson 11 Case Study and Practical Application

CPE Information

CPE Credit: 5
NASBA Information: Accounting
Advanced Preparation: None
Last Updated: July 2023
Delivery Method: QAS Self-Study


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  • Internet access: High-speed connection recommended
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