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Anatomy of a Fraud Investigation


Praise for Anatomy of a Fraud Investigation From Detection to Prosecution

"In the first book of its kind, Anatomy of a Fraud Investigation combines a detective story with a textbook. Mr. Pedneault leads the reader through the investigation of an embezzlement. Along the way, he shows us all the stages of a fraud case – from the initial detection through prosecution –and shares with us tips and techniques to successfully complete each stage. Providing instruction in the context of a case story results in an enjoyable and interesting experience for anyone interested in learning more about fraud investigation."
—John D. Gill, J.D., CFE, Vice President–Education Association of Certified Fraud Examiners

"In Anatomy of a Fraud Investigation, which reads like a thriller, Stephen Pedneault does a masterful job in exposing how thievery is discerned and stopped and thieves prosecuted."
—Julie Jason, author of The AARP Retirement Survival Guide: How to Make Smart Financial Decisions in Good Times and Bad

"Effectively designed for comprehending the phases of a fraud investigation. Progressively delineates the complexity of a fraud investigation through animating learning points within a continuous, unwinding narrative."
—David R. Lavoie, Ph.D., M.L.I.S., Director of Instructional Design & Assessment, School of Business, University of Connecticut

Stephen Pedneault, CPA/CFF, CFE, is the founder and Principal of Forensic Accounting Services LLC, a CPA firm specializ-ing in forensic accounting, employee fraud, and litigation support matters. Steve is the author of Fraud 101: Techniques and Strategies for Understanding Fraud (Wiley) and is a contributor to Fraud Casebook: Lessons from the Bad Side of Business (Wiley). He is writing his third book, Preventing and Detecting Employee Theft and Embezzlement: A Practical Guide (Wiley), due out in June 2010. Steve has also written numerous articles appearing in local and national media, and is a frequent speaker on the subjects of employee embezzlement and forensic accounting.

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Chapter 1 First Indications (They're Doing What)?

Chapter 2 The Importance of Planning (Maximizing Desired Outcomes).

Chapter 3 Collecting the Evidence (a.k.a. “The Raid”).

Chapter 4 Reviewing the Evidence (The Day After).

Chapter 5 Electronic Evidence Considerations (Computers, Files, and Communications).

Chapter 6 Interviewing (Responding to Tears).

Chapter 7 Importance of Documentation (Keeping Track of Things).

Chapter 8 Further Investigative Measures (Obtaining More Evidence).

Chapter 9 Tracking Down Leads (The Plot Thickens).

Chapter 10 Drawing Conclusions (What Does It All Show)?

Chapter 11 Confronting the Suspect (He Didn’t Do Anything Wrong).

Chapter 12 Documenting the Investigation (Your Written Report).

Chapter 13 Working Towards a Resolution (I Don't Want to Go to Prison).

Chapter 14 Case Closed!

Epilogue Do You Want to Know the Outcome?


About the Author.