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Finding fraud with the right auditor

Tracy L. Coenen The idea of performing a “fraud examination” sounds interesting to many. They don’t necessarily want to deal with the numbers that a forensic accountant wades through, but they like the idea of someone sleuthing and digging through ...

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Open letter to Wisconsin’s appellate judges

Gregg Herman In my last article, I offered some unsolicited advice to the incoming Wisconsin Legislature. Surprisingly, the lawmakers have yet to express their gratitude. In any event, to be fair, I thought I should likewise offer some unasked-for advice ...

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Open letter to Wisconsin’s appellate judges

Gregg Herman In my last article, I offered some unsolicited advice to the incoming Wisconsin Legislature. Surprisingly, the lawmakers have yet to express their gratitude. In any event, to be fair, I thought I should likewise offer some unasked-for advice ...

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An open letter to Wisconsin’s lawmakers

Gregg Herman The dust had barely settled from the election earlier this month, when talk started about changes to Wisconsin divorce law, including a proposal to return to fault-based divorce. Immediately afterward, my phone started ringing off the hook, and ...

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An open letter to Wisconsin’s lawmakers

Gregg Herman The dust had barely settled from the election earlier this month, when talk started about changes to Wisconsin divorce law, including a proposal to return to fault-based divorce. Immediately afterward, my phone started ringing off the hook, and ...

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Sources of information in fraud investigations

Tracy L. Coenen When you think of information in an internal fraud investigation, you most likely think of things like a company’s internal records. These include accounting documents, personnel files, payroll records, accounting system information, and internal memos. While these ...

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Expert testimony for nonaccountants

Tracy L. Coenen Testifying is the pinnacle of an expert witness’s work in a case. It may well be the most important part of the expert’s work, as the assistance of a competent financial expert is the key to cases ...

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Recovering from a fraud loss

Tracy L. Coenen Frauds committed by employees can have devastating effects on businesses. The company’s finances suffer, employee morale may drop, and the company’s reputation could be affected by negative publicity. Following the investigation of an internal fraud, owners and ...

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Five myths about fraud

Tracy L. Coenen We’ve all heard so much in the news about fraud over the last several years. Not a day goes by that we don’t hear about an executive caught with his hand in the cookie jar, a company ...

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A look at fraud facts and figures

Tracy L. Coenen One of the most comprehensive fraud studies undertaken every two years is done by the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners (ACFE). The Report to the Nation on Occupational Fraud and Abuse was originally released in 1996, and ...

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How to catch employees stealing

Tracy L. Coenen Have you ever wondered how and when your employees are stealing from the company? Did you ever wish that you were a fly on the wall, hearing all of the conversations that led up to a group ...

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The future of fraud

Tracy L. Coenen Massive frauds at companies such as Enron, Tyco, and WorldCom brought significant attention to the subject of fraud in public companies. The frauds became real as jobs were eliminated, investors lost millions of dollars, and families lost ...

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Supreme Court rules on equal placement

Gregg Herman A recent high court opinion finally put to rest the debate about equal placement for the children of divorce in Wisconsin. Specifically, on June 11, 2006, the Wisconsin Supreme Court issued its opinion in Landwehr v. Landwehr, 2006 ...

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Enron: The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly

Tracy L. Coenen After a trial that lasted almost four months, Kenneth Lay and Jeffrey Skilling, both former heads of Enron Corp., have been convicted of multiple federal offenses related to the collapse of the company. The guilty verdicts were ...

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Case was poor candidate for publication

Gregg Herman On April 26, 2006, the Wisconsin Court of Appeals ordered the decision in Frisch v. Heinrichs, 2006 WI App 64 published, despite written pleas from the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers, the Wisconsin De-partment of Workforce Development and ...

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The true cost of fraud

Tracy L. Coenen When we think of on-the-job fraud, we tend to think in extremes. One extreme is the teenage punk with orange hair and a nose ring, and he’s stealing cash out of the register or letting his friends ...

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