Is Your Vendor Ripping You Off? Fraud Red Flags Corporate Executives Should Recognize

Duration: 90 Minutes
This training program will primarily focus on analytical and accounting red flags in purchasing schemes, bid rigging, billing schemes, personal purchase schemes, product substitution and all other kinds of corporate fraud.
Vendor Corruption Schemes
Instructor: Anne M. McFadden
Product ID: 504086
Objectives of the Presentation
  • Vendor Corruption Schemes - Types and How to Spot Them
    • Conflicts of Interest
    • Purchasing Schemes
    • Bid Rigging
  • Vendor Asset Misappropriation Schemes - Types and How to Spot Them
    • Billing Schemes
    • Personal Purchase Schemes
    • Product Substitution
    • Shell Company/Fictitious Vendor
  • Collusion and the Combination of Corruption Schemes and Asset Misappropriation Schemes
    • Collusion helps employees evade independent checks and other anti-fraud controls, enabling them to steal larger amounts
    • Combination adds a powerful mix that facilitates the fraud for years
  • Behavioral Red Flags
  • Lifestyle Red Flags
  • Analytical and Accounting Red Flags
  • Internal Control Weaknesses and Tips
  • In Summary - Is it Fraud or a Red Flag?
  • Real Cases
Why Should you Attend
According to the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners, frauds that are allowed to linger for 5 years had a median loss of nearly $1 million. The longer frauds last, the more financial damage they cause. Passive detection methods such as external audits tend to take longer to bring fraud to management's attention, which allows the related loss to grow. Consequently, proactive detection measures - such as tips and management review procedures - are vital in catching frauds early and limiting their losses.

Maybe you are the controller, you're in the compliance department, you're part of the management purchasing the services or product, you're in accounts payable or maybe you're on the audit and finance committee -all of you touch upon vendors in your work and have a responsibility to your organization to spot fraud red flags and take action to minimize financial losses and reputational damage to the organization. The ACFFE's research shows that at least one red flag was identified in 92% of fraud cases, and, in 64% of cases, the fraudster displayed two or more behavioral red flags.

This course will discuss vendor corruption schemes, vendor asset misappropriation schemes, behavioral red flags, and internal control weaknesses.

Who will Benefit
  • Management
  • Compliance Professionals
  • Controllers
  • Purchasing Professionals
  • Accounting and Finance Professionals
  • Audit and Finance Committee Members
  • Risk/Compliance Officers
Topic Background
According to the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners (ACFE) organizations lose 5% of revenue to fraud every year. Occupational fraud schemes involving vendors fall into the corruption and asset misappropriation fraud categories and comprise a significant amount of all fraud cases. Since choosing and paying vendors is an integral part of doing business, organizations dedicate significant financial resources to vendors. Employees can minimize financial loss and strengthen the ethical fabric of their organization by recognizing fraud red flags related to vendors.

One of the most flagrant red flags indicating that your vendor is ripping you off is if the vendor has an unusually close relationship with an employee, but it goes unreported all the time. Several red flags associated with the same vendor may be an indication of a problem and should be reported appropriately. Corruption schemes related to vendors include conflicts of interest, bid rigging, invoice kickbacks, and purchasing schemes. Asset misappropriation schemes related to vendors include billing schemes, shell companies, personal purchases and substitute product.
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Instructor Profile:
Anne is the President of Capitol Financial Forensics & Accounting LLC, an accounting firm offering a full range of forensic accounting services to investigate, prevent, detect and deter fraud. Until November 2014, she was the Director of Fraud Risk Management at AARP in Washington, DC, where she directed comprehensive forensic investigations, performed enterprise-wide fraud risk assessments, conducted fraud awareness training, and directed fraud monitoring projects. She has over seven years of public accounting experience in the Forensic Services practices of "Big Four" accounting firms, where she worked closely with the Office of General Counsel and outside counsel, leading the forensic accounting component of complex financial investigations and dispute matters. During that time, she worked with the audit teams of SEC registrants as the fraud subject matter expert, analyzing financial statements and interviewing corporate executives to appropriately consider fraud in the course of the audit. She has led fraud and misconduct investigations related to financial reporting, misappropriation of assets and corruption involving CEO's, CFO's, Treasurers, and Senior Vice Presidents. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Chemical Engineering degree from the University of Maryland and a Master's degree in Business Administration from Johns-Hopkins University. She is a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) in Virginia, Washington, D.C. and Maryland, a Certified Fraud Examiner (CFE), is Certified in Financial Forensics (CFF) by the AICPA, and holds the Chartered Global Management Accountant Designation (CGMA) from the AICPA. Anne is a volunteer Social Security Administration Representative Payee, FINRA Arbitrator,a member of the NASDAQ Listing Qualifications Hearing Panel and a member of the Disciplinary Hearings Panel for the Nasdaq OMX PHLX Futures Exchange. She is on the Advisory Board of the Representative Payee Program of the Department of Social Services in Anne Arundel County, Maryland.
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