Category: Fraud

Fraud

What is Representations and Warranties Insurance? by Daniel S. Hughes, CPA/CFF, CGMA, CVA


Posted on August 31, 2021 by Daniel Hughes

Representations and warranties insurance (RWI) is becoming an increasingly common and required tool to expedite M&A transactions, bridge gaps in deal negotiations and reduce buyers’ and sellers’ risks of financial losses after deals close. At the most basic level, representations are the assertions sellers make about their companies, those entities’ financial positions and past and […]

Exposing Financial Statement Fraud by Richard Pollack, CPA


Posted on August 17, 2021 by Richard Pollack

It has been almost 20 years to the day that one of the country’s largest publicly traded companies filed for bankruptcy protection amid what continues to be cited as one of the largest accounting frauds in history. However, since the collapse of Enron and subsequent enactment of legislation to prevent similar scandals, corporate fraud and […]

IRS Ramps Up Cryptocurrency Reporting Compliance in 2021 by Lewis Taub, CPA


Posted on July 29, 2021 by Lewis Taub

According to the U.S. Treasury, the cryptocurrency market capitalization in April 2021 reached more than $2 trillion. Today, there are approximately 4,000 virtual currencies, such as Bitcoin (BTC), Etherium (ETH), Tether (USDT) and Dogecoin (DOGE), stored and traded on more than 8,600 cryptocurrency exchanges around the world, including Kraken and the largest exchange, Coinbase, which […]

Detecting Fraud in Bankruptcy Proceedings by Richard A. Pollack, CPA


Posted on July 20, 2021 by Richard Pollack

According to the Administrative Office of the U.S. Courts, the total number of bankruptcy filings in 2020 decreased nearly 30 percent from the prior year, despite the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. By contrast, the total number of Chapter 11 reorganization filings during the same period increased 18.7 percent from 2019, while the number of […]

COVID-19-Related Identity Theft Scams on the Rise by Joseph L. Saka, CPA/PFS


Posted on February 08, 2021 by Joseph Saka

The IRS warns taxpayers to be on alert to a rise in identity-theft schemes related to the COVID-19 pandemic, including phony offers for government-backed economic relief, access to FDA-approved vaccines or other products falsely marketed as virus cures. In one scam, thieves are directing victims to click on a link in a text message to […]

Protecting PPP Loan Recipients from Civil and Criminal Investigations by Richard Fechter, JD, CAMS, CFE


Posted on November 23, 2020 by Richard Fechter

As millions of business owners and independent contractors seek forgiveness of much-needed Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) loans they received in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, many are surprised to find themselves the subject of fraud investigations by the federal government. Last week, the Justice Department announced it already has publicly charged more than 80 […]

Determining the Scope and Objectives of Financial Forensic Investigations Resulting from Internal Fraud by Richard Fechter, JD, CAMS, CFE


Posted on July 21, 2020 by Richard Fechter

According to the Association of Fraud Examiners (ACFE) “2020 Report to the Nations,” a growing number of businesses that fell victim to occupational fraud between 2018 and 2019 disciplined perpetrators privately rather than referring them to public law enforcement for criminal prosecution. Yet, while there has been a steady increase in civil suits and private […]