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Forensic Accounting For Dummies

ISBN: 978-0-470-88928-2
384 pages
February 2011
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A practical, hands-on guide to forensic accounting

Careers in forensic accounting are hot-US News & World Report recently designated forensic accounting as one of the eight most secure career tracks in America., Forensic accountants work in most major accounting firms and demand for their services is growing with then increasing need for investigations of mergers and acquisitions, tax inquiries, and economic crime. In addition, forensic accountants perform specialized audits, and assist in all kinds of civil litigation, and are often involved in terrorist investigations. Forensic Accounting For Dummies will track to a course and explain the concepts and methods of forensic accounting.

  • Covers everything a forensic accountant may face, from investigations of mergers and acquisitions to tax inquiries to economic crime
  • What to do if you find or suspect financial fraud in your own organization
  • Determining what is fraud and how to investigate

Whether you're a student pursuing a career in forensic accounting or just want to understand how to detect and deal with financial fraud, Forensic Accounting For Dummies has you covered.

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Introduction.

Par t I: Investigating Forensic Accounting.

Chapter 1: Why the World Needs Forensic Accountants.

Chapter 2: Steering Your Career toward Forensic Accounting.

Chapter 3: Getting to Know the Most Common Fraud Schemes.

Chapter 4: Forensic Accounting Minus the Fraud.

Part II: The Anatomy of Occupational Fraud.

Chapter 5: Cooked Books: Finding Financial Statement Fraud.

Chapter 6: Investigating Inventory Fraud.

Chapter 7: Examining Revenue Recognition Problems.

Chapter 8: Studying Securities Fraud.

Part III: It's All in the Family: Fraud against Individuals.

Chapter 9: Divorce with a Side of Fraud.

Chapter 10: Protecting Estates, Trusts, and the Elderly.

Chapter 11: Recognizing Real Estate Fraud.

Part IV: Meeting Your Methods of Investigation.

Chapter 12: Walking through the Investigation Process.

Chapter 13: Tracing the Flow of Money.

Chapter 14: Going to the Source: Obtaining Records.

Chapter 15: Tapping into Electronic Evidence.

Chapter 16: Who Wants to Know? Reporting on Your Findings.

Chapter 17: Preparing for Trial: Business Litigation.

Chapter 18: Organizing Evidence and Serving as an Expert Witness.

Chapter 19: Peeking Inside Federal Government Fraud Cases.

Part V: Preventing Occupational Fraud.

Chapter 20: Helping Small Businesses Prevent Fraud.

Chapter 21: Assisting Larger Businesses with Fraud Prevention.

Chapter 22: Keeping Employees Honest (and Happy).

Chapter 23: Applying Technology to Fraud Prevention.

Part VI: The Part of Tens.

Chapter 24: Ten Entertaining Portrayals of Fraud.

Chapter 25: Ten Fairly Common – and Unsuspected – Frauds.

Chapter 26: Ten Truly Strange Fraud Stories.

Index.

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Frimette Kass-Shraibman is Associate Professor of Accounting at Brooklyn College — CUNY.

Vijay S. Sampath is Managing Director in the Forensic and Litigation Consulting business segment of FTI Consulting, Inc.

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