Lately, primarily due to its amazing ease of use, I've been relying heavily on Twitter to direct my audience to topics pertaining to forensic accounting. In this blog post, I want to emphasize one of my recent Tweets which points my Twitter followers to a concise and well-written article on the subject of fraud/internal investigations. The author, G. Michael Bellinger, Esq, in an article in Risk Management, offers great advice and insight that's applicable to forensic accountants and financial investigators. In summary, Bellinger offers a four-step approach to gathering evidence and recovering assets after an embezzlement:
- Immediately launch an internal investigation
Retain outside experts to conduct the investigation
Make it a goal to obtain a confession using proper, legal interrogation techniques
Develop a program for restitution.