Crime in Business and the Business of Crime

Crime in Business and the Business of Crime

In the 90s, smash-and-grab thefts at jewelry stores accompanied by security footage dominated the news more than foreign hackers and cyberattacks.  

Seemingly overnight, everything changed. Suddenly criminals figured it out — you don’t have to use a gun to commit a crime anymore. You can rob people from far away — from another country even — without worrying about ending up in a shootout with a cop. 

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Embattled Whistleblower Fights For Better Protections

Embattled Whistleblower Fights For Better Protections

In 1992, Joanna Gualtieri joined the Foreign Affairs department of the government as a realty strategist and was quickly sent to Tokyo. While there, she learned that Canada's main diplomatic compound was valued at more than $2 billion. She also discovered that taxpayers were paying $350,000 a year to rent accommodations for a trade official in Tokyo while a government-owned mansion worth $18 million sat empty for more than three years.

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Canada's Auditor General Suggests Revisiting Fundamentals for Fraud Prevention

Canada's Auditor General Suggests Revisiting Fundamentals for Fraud Prevention

“The work done to detect, prevent, audit and investigate fraud is very important,” said Michael Ferguson, CPA, CA, FCA (New Brunswick), Auditor General of Canada at the sold-out 2018 ACFE Fraud Conference Canada. “There are many opportunities for people of your skillset to prevent criminals from siphoning off money from others.” 

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Data-Driven Investigation Leads to Second Ongoing Offense

Data-Driven Investigation Leads to Second Ongoing Offense

In 2015, a complaint was received from an ophthalmologist concerning inconsistent refund amounts that had begun appearing in her financial system. The ophthalmologist explained that under the new Ontario Health Insurance Plan (OHIP) rules, her office charges $75 for an adult eye exam. If an ocular-related disease is discovered, then OHIP will cover the exam and the $75 charge is refunded.

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Unexpected Sources: A Friend of Journalists and Fraud Examiners Alike

Unexpected Sources: A Friend of Journalists and Fraud Examiners Alike

Fraud examiners might not always think of themselves as journalists, but there might be more overlap than you think. Both professions conduct interviews, they investigate documents, they write up their findings and, if they’re lucky, they can find unexpected breaks in cases or stories thanks to whistleblowers or unexpected sources. In her remarks to attendees at the 2018 ACFE Fraud Conference Asia-Pacific, veteran reporter Kate McClymont stressed the importance of those that come forward to blow the whistle.

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5 Tips for Navigating the Digital Crime Scene

5 Tips for Navigating the Digital Crime Scene

“As fraud investigators, CFEs, financial crime investigators, you have got a big responsibility,” Dr. Graeme Edwards, CFE, AAICD, Director of CYBERi Pty Ltd, told attendees at the 2018 Fraud Conference Asia-Pacific. He was referring to the fraud examiner’s responsibility to know the right procedures to document and preserve evidence so that it is permissible in court, specifically when dealing with volatile digital evidence. In his session, “Navigating the Digital Crime Scene,” Dr. Edwards provided applicable, real-life advice on how a digital crime scene should be processed and worked.

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