Fraud Exposed: What You Don't Know Could Cost Your Company Millions / Edition 1

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As an estimated $600 billion a year "industry," occupational frauddwarfs most legitimate industries many times over. Yet the vastmajority of organizations–private, public, governmental, ornonprofit–have woefully inadequate internal controls, and whatenergy is devoted to combating workplace fraud is generally spenton post-infraction detection and punishment, rather than oncost-effective preventive measures. In Fraud Exposed: What YouDon’t Know Could Cost Your Company Millions, former FBIexecutive and corporate security chief Joseph Koletar blows theroof off the "dirty little secret" of occupational fraud, proposingnew methods for reducing this extraordinary liability.

Applying criminal and law enforcement response models to theworkplace, Koletar analyzes seemingly disparate topics such asfinancial controls, organizational intelligence, and game theory toshow how fraud examination methodology must change in order tobecome more effective. High-profile, high-level cases such as Enronand Global Crossing are dramatic examples of workplace crime, butthey are only the tip of the iceberg. Kickbacks, large-scalediversion of goods and services, and the creation of "ghostvendors" are surprisingly common phenomena in such industries asretail, manufacturing, health care, education, financial services,entertainment, advertising, waste management, and energy, costingthese industries millions upon billions of dollars every year. Andthese costs do not simply "go away." They result in higher pricesto consumers, lower profits to companies and shareholders, highercost to taxpayers, lower bonuses to managers and executives, poorerperformance on Wall Street, negative impacts on pension andretirement plans, and the failure of more than a fewbusinesses.

Fraud Exposed takes on the status quo, showing how traditionalmethods of dealing with occupational fraud are inadequate and howan organization’s mind-set must change if it is to be moreeffective in dealing with this problem. Chapters discuss:

  • Crime and the Law Enforcement Response
  • Lies, Damned Lies, Statistics (and Occupational Fraud)
  • Community, Corporate Citizenship, and Quality of Life
  • Forensic Professionals as Organizational Pathologists
  • The Next Five Years

In each, Koletar debunks fraud orthodoxy, approaches the problemfrom a fresh angle, and presents provocative new strategies. Thereis no magic solution to this $600 billion problem. But FraudExposed presents both a startling, comprehensive account of thedilemma and a road map to reducing workplace fraud.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780471274759
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 3/14/2003
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 288
  • Product dimensions: 9.20 (w) x 10.58 (h) x 0.92 (d)

Meet the Author

JOSEPH KOLETAR, DPA, CFE, is a Principal and Service Line Leader in Ernst & Young LLP’s Forensic and Investigative Services Practice in New York. Previously, he was the Director of the Forensic and Corporate Investigative Services practice of Deloitte & Touche LLP. Before joining the private sector, Dr. Koletar spent twenty-five years as a special agent in the FBI, the last seven in senior executive positions.

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Table of Contents




Crime and the Law Enforcement Response.

Rethinking the Assumptions.

The State of Occupational Fraud.

Theories of Occupational Fraud.

Lies, Damned Lies, Statistics (and Occupational Fraud).

Thoughts on Occupational Fraud.

What Can We learn?

Internal Controls.

Compliance Programs.

Community, Corporate Citizenship, and Quality of Life.

What's New?

Theories of Social Deviance.



Game Theory.

Forensic Professionals as Organizational Pathologists.

Partnerships for the Future.

Environmental and Organizational Intelligence.



The Next Five Years.



Where We Go from Here.



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