Forensic Accountants & Internal Affairs Investigations

Detective

It happens eventually to almost every company.  An anonymous letter, a phone call or perhaps an audit tips the company off to serious employee wrongdoing.  Sometimes the wrongdoing exposes the company to civil or criminal liability.  More frequently, the wrongdoing involves theft of company assets, including proprietary or confidential information critical to the company’s financial well being.  In either event, the company must investigate the allegations.[i]

Nobody instructs you on conducting corporate criminal investigations when you go to school to become an accountant.  Yet corporate clients routinely turn to accountants for guidance when these situations arise.  This chapter discusses the issues that face an accountant when allegations arise of misconduct by or against the corporate client.

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[i] See generally, W. Schmidt and J. Frank, Uh-oh, Now What: Responding to Allegations of Corporate Misconduct, Directorship, April 1997.

Published October 17, 2011Source: Chapter In Litigation Services Handbook, Third Edition, The Role of the Forensic Accountant in Internal Corporate Investigations, Jonny J. Frank, J.D., LL.M. Michael D. Carey FCA, CFE