Category: Fraud

Fraud

Ransomware Attacks Continue to Rise Among Small and Mid-Size Businesses by Brandon Bowers


Posted on June 04, 2024 by Brandon Bowers

According to the latest industry reports, ransomware attacks surged in 2023, accounting for nearly one-quarter of all data breaches and costing businesses worldwide an average of $5.13 million.[1] More alarming still, businesses’ security teams detected only 33 percent of all ransomware breaches, whereas 27 percent were disclosed by the attackers, and 40 percent were uncovered […]

Protect Yourself and Your Business from Wire Fraud by Brandon Bowers


Posted on May 24, 2024 by Brandon Bowers

Wire payments continue to be one the quickest and easiest methods for individuals to send large amounts of money to others anywhere in the world. However, these electronic transfers made through banks or third-party service providers like Western Union can be rife with fraud and legal risks for the parties involved. Some of the most […]

Recognizing When You are a Victim of Identity Theft by Brandon Bowers


Posted on April 11, 2024 by Brandon Bowers

The headaches individuals must confront when they are victims of identity theft are complicated by the length of time those crimes go unrecognized. Too often, these scams play out over months and even years without detection. By that point, however, your personally identifiable information (PII) can be in the hands of criminals and the dark […]

A Guide to Overcoming Identity Theft by Brandon Bowers


Posted on February 20, 2024 by Brandon Bowers

According to the Federal Trade Commission (FTC), identity theft continues to be one of the fastest-growing crimes in the U.S., with more than 1.1 million cases reported in 2022. The repercussions of falling victim to this type of fraud can be overwhelming, but there are proactive steps you can take to mitigate the damage and […]

Production of Financial Documents to Prove Economic Damages – How to Obtain the Documentary Support Needed to Prove Lost Profits? by Daniel S. Hughes, CPA/CFF/CGMA, CVA, and Richard S. Fechter, JD, CFE, CAMS


Posted on November 10, 2023 by Daniel Hughes

When my colleagues and I delivered a presentation to the Business Law Section of the Florida Bar about proving and defending claims of lost profits in commercial litigation matters, a Florida Judge asked a thought-provoking question: How many years of financial documents should a Plaintiff seeking economic damages be able to get (2 years, 3 […]

Forensic Accounting / Financial Investigations — New Regulations Hope to Provide Effective Tools to Identify Beneficial Owners by Richard S. Fechter, JD, CFE, CAMS


Posted on November 10, 2023 by Richard Fechter

Victims of crimes, law enforcement and other interested parties often retain forensic accountants to investigate financial crimes. These professionals have specialized multidisciplinary skills necessary to identify financial crimes, analyze the financial transactions constituting the overt acts of these crimes, and provide expert testimony on the methodologies criminals use and the damages victims incur. The critical […]

A Cautionary Tale About Expert Testimony in Damages Calculations by Joel Glick, CPA/CFF, CFE, CGMA


Posted on September 19, 2023 by Joel Glick

A Pennsylvania judge recently vacated a plaintiff’s $25 million damages award based on the plaintiff’s expert failure to provide at trial “a sufficient factual basis” for the numbers he relied on for calculating lost profits. Although the judge in Paramount Financial: Civil Action Communications, et al. v. Broadridge investor: Communications Solutions agreed with the jury’s […]