Accounts Payable (AP) is the one business function that, in many organizations, is more vulnerable to fraud than any other. That is because all funds that flow out of the organization must first pass through AP. And over time, dishonest insiders and vendors have created newer and craftier methods of stealing from organizations by exploiting control weaknesses in the AP function.
It is more important than ever for management to allocate professional and financial resources to eliminating these control weaknesses. This almost always starts with learning about the types of Accounts Payable fraud that can victimize your organization. It is then necessary to determine if proper internal controls are already in place to prevent such crimes from occurring.
From there, internal audit plans must be adjusted to include tests and methodologies for identifying the red flags of possible AP fraud. This enables management to initiate further examination of suspicious findings and ultimately to apprehend offenders and remediate control weaknesses.
Businesses suffer an average of $155,000 every time an insider commits fraud according to the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners. More disturbing: Billing schemes (perhaps the most common form of fraud in Accounts Payable in the financial industry) are by far the most common fraud schemes threatening organizations, making up nearly one-third of the total.
Adding to the problem, check fraud is rising at a rate of 25% per year and criminals are coming up with new high-tech ways of hijacking corporate ACH (Automated Clearing House) accounts.
Participants will learn techniques for detecting and preventing Accounts Payable fraud damaging organizations of all kinds, including small businesses and non-profits, and determine how shrewd fraudsters abuse the AP process to embezzle funds for years before being detected—and how to shorten the time before discovery.
The webinar will enable them to quickly recognize the red flags of Accounts Payable fraud in your operations and financial records and will assist in providing cost-effective anti-fraud controls to protect against the growing army of fraudsters both inside and outside their organizations.
Years of Experience: 25+ years
Areas of Expertise: Risk Assessment, and Fraud Prevention and Investigation
Peter Goldmann is President of FraudAware LLC,the publisher of White-Collar Crime Fighter, a widely read bi-monthly newsletter for internal auditors, controllers, corporate counsel, financial operations managers and investigators. The newsletter is in its 15th year of publication under Peter’s leadership.
Peter is the author of Fraud in the Markets: Why it Happens and How to Fight It, published by John Wiley &Sons. The book is an in-depth account of the role that fraud played in bringing about the financial crisis of 2008.
Peter is also the author of four other anti-fraud books covering accounts payable fraud, accounts receivable fraud, as well as two workbooks on fraud and cyber-risk and control, also published by Wiley.
Peter also developed FraudAware, the leading fraud and cyber-crime awareness training program. A user-friendly learning tool, FraudAware uses seminar, Webinar and E-Learning formats to train employees and managers at all levels in how to detect, prevent and report incidents of fraud, information theft and other forms of financial and electronic suspicious conduct.
FraudAware courses, which are customized for individual corporate, non-profit and government agency clients, reinforces organizations’ whistleblowing programs by enabling employees to detect illegal activity that can then be reported to supervisors or managers or by using the organization’s confidential hotline in accordance with established policy.
In addition, Peter has conducted numerous on-site fraud and cyber-crime detection and prevention workshops for internal auditors, attorneys, HR executives and compliance officers at Fortune 500 companies including Siemens Corp., Marriott International, Sony Denny’s Corp,as well as large not-for-profit organizations. He has also been a guest lecturer for college accounting and auditing courses.
Peter has 25 years of experience as a business journalist and trainer, having launched, edited and published numerous business trade periodicals covering small business, international trade, management strategy, cyber-crime (Cyber-Crime Fighter) banking and personal finance. He is a Certified Fraud Examiner (CFE) and a member of the Editorial Advisory Committee of the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners (ACFE).
He has been a columnist for the ACFE’s newsletter, The Fraud Examiner and is a frequent contributor to other leading industry publications on anti-fraud and cyber-crime topics. He has appeared on Fox Business News, The Wall Street Journal This Morning, The New York Times and Internal Auditor magazine.
Peter holds a Bachelor’s degree from the University of Michigan and a Master’s from the London School of Economics.View all trainings by this speaker