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Top 5 most interesting facts from ACFE 2018 Report to the Nation

Every two years the Association of Certified Fraud Examiner releases a study on fraud in their Report to the Nation. The 2018 report was recently released and I found the following facts to be very interesting. Over $7 billion in total losses. This number continues to increase.   A majority of the victims recovered nothing. [...]

Internal Controls over Cash for Small Businesses and Not-For-Profits

Whether your organization is a not-for-profit or a small business, cash is one of your most valuable assets. It should be safeguarded by establishing internal controls to prevent fraud and identify errors. However, in small organizations, this may be a challenge due to limited resources for the following reasons: Hiring employees with the appropriate skillsets [...]

Association of Certified Fraud Examiners Release 2014 Fraud Report

Working with companies who have been victims of fraud on a regular basis, the report provided by the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners for 2014, hits the nail on the head. Here is a summary of their findings: Typical organization loses 5% of revenue each year to fraud. Median loss in their study was $145K. [...]

Buena Park – Next in Line of Municipal Fraud Victims

The City of Buena Park takes its turn in the hot seat recently as citizens ask, how could this happen? Former Parks and Recreation Managers Rudolph Juarez and Gabriel Garcia are facing up to 195 and 135 years, respectively, in prison. An investigation of fraud has been going on for 2.5 years, and has now [...]

Church Embezzlement Orange County

Interim Treasurer Fiatala Manu of the First Samoan Christian Congregational Church in Santa Ana has recently been charged with the embezzlement of upwards of $110,000. It is alleged that Manu wrote checks to himself from church bank accounts to feed a gambling addiction. He was called on the carpet about it when an Assistant Treasurer [...]

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