Former Detroit Mayor Back in the News

Former Detroit Mayor Back in the News In June of 2011 I wrote about former Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick, who has been back in the news, for a conviction on a plethora of charges, including racketeering, fraud, and extortion. He was found guilty of 24 of the 30 charges brought against him. Kilpatrick was joined [...]

By |2013-04-23T17:08:00-07:00April 23rd, 2013|government fraud, city fraud, city mismanagement, fraud prevention, Kwame Kilpatrick, Forensic Accounting, financial fraud, fraud hotline, whistle blower, forensic accountant|Comments Off on Former Detroit Mayor Back in the News

Debt Collection, or Lack Thereof

Debt Collection, or Lack Thereof As reported recently by The Long Beach Post, according to an audit of the City's Business Relation Bureau that spanned two years, $2.4 to $2.6 million in outstanding business license accounts have not been collected by the City of Long Beach. http://www.lbpost.com/business/2000001889-city-auditor-2-4-to-2-6m-in-delinquent-business-license-accounts-uncollected#.UTTbYldZ_Q8 Residents are fuming at the lack of tenacity [...]

Divorce Fraud – Hidden Income Find It!

It's always stunning to me how many families represent almost no taxable income but live in splendor in vast palatial estates in fancy neighborhoods. They often have a matched pair of incredibly expensive German cars in the driveway. Their kids go to private schools and the family passports are stamped from a variety of exotic [...]

By |2018-07-03T08:28:24-07:00April 5th, 2013|Forensic Accounting|Comments Off on Divorce Fraud – Hidden Income Find It!

City of Stockton Bankruptcy Approved

What does bankruptcy approval for the City of Stockton mean for other California cities? Perhaps it paves the way for other California cities (such as the City of San Bernardino who filed for bankruptcy protection in August) to do the same. According to Cal Watchdog, Your Eyes on California Government, the City of Stockton owes [...]

By |2024-02-19T22:48:46-08:00April 2nd, 2013|city bankruptcy, City of Stockton, Pension reform, Forensic Accounting, fraud, Corruption, forensic accountant, government fraud, Bankruptcy, bankruptcy court, Chapter 9|Comments Off on City of Stockton Bankruptcy Approved

Municipal Fraud Prevention-West Linn, Part 3 of 3

Municipal Fraud Prevention Part 3 of 3 -          Have checks and balances, and routinely ask yourself if loopholes exist -          Cheap comes out expensive, hire external auditors, forensic accountants, and certified fraud examiners -          Turnover in your finance department isn’t always a bad thing- in some cases, an extensive level of familiarity breeds corruption -          [...]

By |2021-07-16T00:16:16-07:00March 27th, 2013|city mismanagement, city cfo, Forensic Accounting, fraud prevention, audit, fraud hotline, internal control systems, crappy accounting, forensic accountant, government fraud, municipal fraud, city fraud|Comments Off on Municipal Fraud Prevention-West Linn, Part 3 of 3

Municipal Fraud Prevention- West Linn, Part 2 of 3

Municipal Fraud Prevention- West Linn Part 2 of 3 The current West Linn Finance Department (after the 1.42 million dollar scandal), much like a Phoenix rising from the ashes, crafted a new mission statement. The forward moving department proclaims proudly “being good stewards of taxpayers’ monies is the Finance Department’s main focus, but that alone [...]

By |2021-07-16T00:17:02-07:00March 20th, 2013|ponzi scheme, municipal financial management, municipal fraud, city fraud, city mismanagement, Forensic Accounting, audit, fraud, internal control systems, non-profit|Comments Off on Municipal Fraud Prevention- West Linn, Part 2 of 3

School District Fraud – Santa Clara

As moneys become tight and budgets continue to be squeezed, financial vigilance must be increased.  Anti-fraud controls must be developed.  Systems must continue to be reviewed and analyzed to reduce the chance of fraud. This problem at the Santa Clara Unified School District may have been averted with proper internal oversight.  The link will also [...]

Non-Profit Fraud, Another Church, Another CFO

This time is was $900k being separated from the Archdiocese of Philadelphia.  What's killing me it that it was the CFO.  Another clue, from the article "...she liked to play the slots at the Borgata casino in Atlantic City...".  Over a 6 year period of time this money diss appeared.  Would had been discovered if [...]

By |2021-07-16T00:31:30-07:00July 2nd, 2012|forensic accountant, church fraud, Forensic Accounting, non-profit, non-profit fraud|Comments Off on Non-Profit Fraud, Another Church, Another CFO

It’s Scammertime!

As we close in on April 15, the traditional tax filing hysteria with all the media attention helps spawn another side industry – tax scams. This time of year criminals use the fear of IRS to prey on victims and get them to disclose valuable info to steal identities and money. The IRS issued a [...]

By |2012-03-22T17:11:00-07:00March 22nd, 2012|Forensic Accounting|Comments Off on It’s Scammertime!
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