The Successful Frauditor's Casebook

The Successful Frauditor's Casebook

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Edited by Peter Tickner

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  • Publisher: John Wiley & Sons Ltd
  • Format: Paperback | 320 pages
  • Dimensions: 188mm x 246mm x 20mm | 621g
  • Publication date: 22 May 2012
  • Publication City/Country: Chichester
  • ISBN 10: 0470977760
  • ISBN 13: 9780470977767
  • Illustrations note: Illustrations
  • Sales rank: 1,564,010

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Learn what works well and avoid the pitfalls in the real world of fraud detection and fraud investigation This casebook reveals how frauds and fraudsters were discovered--and delves into the investigations that followed. Each chapter covers a particular case, analyzing the factors that allowed fraud to develop and assessing the effectiveness of the detection process and the resulting fraud investigation. Importantly, the casebook examines the steps taken by organizations to recover from the cost of fraud and the damage that fraud has caused. High-profile author, Peter Tickner, is well known in auditing and investigative circles Cases of fraud, drawn from the author's direct experience as well as world-wide, are supplemented with checklists and practical guidance on fraud detection

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Peter Tickner (Reading, UK) Former Director of Internal Audit, Metropolitan Police Authority, Head of Internal Audit at HM Treasury, internal auditor for the NHS. He has held positions as President of the IIA, and Chair of the Editorial Board for the IIA Journal and as senior lecture at the Civil Service Colleague. He is now a consultant and a regular speaker at IRR Fraud conferences and trains for professional organizations such as CIPFA.

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..".fraud auditors and investigators don't get delivered by the stork fully formed and professionally at the top of their game. We all learn our trade by a mixture of other colleagues' experiences, learning what can or cannot be done and, ultimately, we learn from our own earlier mistakes." --Peter TicknerFraud is a key business risk for all organizations, and costs the UK economy billions of pounds every year. Fraud prevention, through effective internal controls and systems is only part of the story: if the safeguards fail, and a fraud is committed, auditors must be able to detect and investigate it successfully. Each fraud is different, but there are themes which are common to most, if not all cases, and being able to spot these warning signs is a skill developed through practice and experience. In "The Successful Frauditor's Casebook," seasoned auditor and fraud investigator Peter Tickner shares the benefit of his years of experience in detecting and investigating frauds in both the public and private sectors. Through an examination of real-life examples of fraud, Peter provides insightful analysis of the factors which allowed the frauds to develop, and a robust assessment of the processes of detection and investigation in each case. He also takes a detailed look at the steps taken by the affected organizations to recover from the damage caused by the fraud, highlighting the most, and the least, successful methods.Written in Peter's inimitable 'no holds barred' style, "The Successful Frauditor's Casebook" is an interesting, invaluable and occasionally humorous resource for all audit professionals, fraud investigators and managers wanting to know more about the art of successful fraud investigation."Peter Tickner's case studies are perfect 'what would you do next' insights into how to detect and investigate frauds at all levels, culminating in probably one of the most difficult jobs in the UK - auditing the Metropolitan Police Service. This second book packs a wealth of expertise and experience (as well as common sense) that provides practitioners with guidance on what to do, and how, as well as an understanding of the difficulties in auditing fraud, the strength to take on vested interests and the tenacity to succeed. A compelling book that complements its predecessor." --Alan Doig, Visiting Professor, Centre for Public Services Management, Liverpool Business School, Liverpool John Moores University, United Kingdom

Table of contents

Foreword by Brian Paddick vii Preface ix Acknowledgements xi PART I SETTING THE SCENE 1 1 The lessons worth learning from past mistakes 3 PART II THE NHS 13 2 Cooking the books in NHS catering 15 3 NHS professionals--a better class of fraudster 25 PART III CHARITIES AND SCHOOLS 37 4 The 'nun on the run' 39 5 Charity begins at home 51 PART IV UK BANKING FRAUD 65 6 Robin Hood or Robbing Hood? 67 7 Bringing down the bank at Barrings 79 PART V UK POLICE INTERNAL FRAUD 91 8 The 'Laird of Tomintoul'-- and how to get the right to graze sheep at Scotland Yard 93 9 Corporate credit cards for cops--Part II 107 PART VI INTERNAL UK FRAUD 127 10 Curiouser and curiouser 129 PART VII GOVERNMENT 135 11 The men from the Ministry 137 12 The ghost, the guardian and the Galleria--internal fraud in local authorities 151 13 The heating contractor who was just a load of hot air 161 PART VIII UK POLICE AND MILITARY OUTSOURCING AND PROCUREMENT 169 14 An outsourcing nightmare 171 15 Alarm bells should have been ringing out, loud and clear 191 16 Fun with works and maintenance in the police and the Ministry of Defence 215 PART IX US COMPANY FRAUD 233 17 Crazy Eddie wasn't so crazy after all 235 18 ZZZZ Best and Barrie Minkow--saint or sinner 253 PART X MULTI-NATIONAL FRAUDSTERS 265 19 Firepower: a bitter pill to swallow 267 20 Recent scandals in the subcontinent 277 PART XI CONCLUDING THOUGHTS 289 21 Can significant frauds be nipped in the bud 291 Notes 297 Index 301