Published: February, 2022
“Fraud is committed by desperate people” and desperate individuals are not likely to be deterred by conventional internal controls. It is assumed by many that almost every entity is a victim of fraud and it is due purely to luck when they are not seriously hurt. Yet management is charged with the responsibility for effective and efficient operations, and for reliable financial reporting, neither of which will occur when an entity is affected by fraud.
An audit, meanwhile, is not designed to detect fraud and, unless it is particularly material, or the auditor is lucky and “trips” across it, a fraudulent act is not likely to be detected. Even Generally Accepted Auditing Standards indicate that an auditor has a very limited ability to detect fraud. One of the main reasons CPAs and other accountants often fail to detect fraud is that they are too honest. They find it difficult to think like a criminal.
This CPE course on Auditing is designed for individuals who would like to refresh their understanding of fraud schemes and to learn how to recognize the red flags for detecting fraud. Understanding how criminals commit fraud is the first step in preventing fraud.
Properly designed controls, however, can be effective fraud deterrents. An entity with a healthy “tone at the top”, combined with meaningful hiring policies and responsible management that is observant and that maintains a positive relationship with employees will often avoid becoming a victim to fraud and is likely, as a minimum, to avoid being adversely affected in a significant way.
Similarly, auditors that obtain a meaningful understanding of a client’s internal controls, perform an effective and well-designed assessment of the risk of material misstatement due to fraud, and conducts the engagement with an appropriate level of professional skepticism is more likely to detect a material misstatement to a client’s financial statements due to fraud.
Attendees in this CPE course will explore the different profiles of fraud perpetrators, the reasons they may commit fraud, and the most likely means of preventing it.
In a 2018 PwC survey, 49% of 7,228 organizations reported that they had experienced economic crime and fraud in the prior year—up from 30% of organizations in a 2009 survey—and that more than half the perpetrators were “internal actors.”
The topic of fraud —whether it relates to awareness and prevention techniques, fraud auditing, recent fraud in corporate, or the criminal mind is continually on the radar of investors, shareholders, and regulators. Yet the execution of holistic fraud risk assessments can often be a very difficult task.
This compelling CPE/CPD webinar on auditing will focus attention on the dynamics behind what makes a fraudster tick and how to use that knowledge to recognize fraudulent behavior.
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Owner, Mark Dauberman
Mark provides CPE and technical staff training for CPA firms, private industry, state CPA societies, and government organizations. His topics include accounting, SSARS, ethics, fraud, internal and external auditing, internal control development (COSO), entrepreneurship, and developing a business plan. Mark is in the process of initiating a new entity, The Internal Control Institute, which will be offering CPE and staff training related to internal controls, and in conjunction with professors from Claremont Graduate University, will be providing internal control consulting.
Mark is also an expert witness in the defense of CPAs in cases involving primarily ethics, fraud, and compliance with standards in the performance of professional services.
Mark also provides consulting services to CPA firms with an A & A practice that do not have an expert on GAAP or requirements of Professional Standards within the firm. He addresses such matters as conformity with GAAP, adequacy of disclosures, compliance with professional standards, risk assessment, development and performance of audit and review processes, engagement documentation, compilation and preparation engagements, ethics and independence requirements, assessing and enhancing internal controls for the firm and clients, preparation for peer review, and staff training and CPE. He also provides consulting services related to client management and marketing.
Mark’s public accounting experience includes working with Kenneth Leventhal & Company and more recently, he was a partner at NSBN, a Beverly Hills CPA and business consulting firm. Mark’s industry experience includes serving as assistant controller of a large trucking and warehousing firm along with controller and Vice President of Finance and Administration for major real estate development companies. Mark also spent nearly 30 years as an entrepreneur, operating a company that prepared individuals for the CPA exam nationwide.
Mark has been involved in accounting education at CSU Northridge, CSU San Bernardino, Loyola Marymount University and UCLA. He obtained his bachelor’s degree in accounting from CSU Northridge. He obtained his Executive MBA at the Peter Drucker and Masatoshi Ito School of Management at Claremont Graduate University, where he previously had been a student of Dr. Drucker’s. He also obtained an Internal Control Certificate from COSO. Until recently, he authored “Knowledge Based Preparation, Compilation, and Review Engagements” for CCH and updated their checklists for SSARS engagements. He also served as Senior Editor for Roger CPA Review.
Mark Currently provides CPE and technical staff training for CPA firms, private industry employers of accountants, and government organizations on topics that include accounting, compilation and review, fraud, internal and external auditing, developing internal controls, strategic planning, and practice management. He is also the Senior Editor for Roger CPA Review Course and authors CCH’s “Knowledge-Based Compilations and Reviews”.
Mark’s public accounting experience includes working with various local firms throughout high school and college, and employment with Kenneth Leventhal & Company. More recently, he was a partner at NSBN, a Beverly Hills CPA and business consulting firm, where he served as director of the audit practice and was responsible for recruiting, training, business development, quality control, and strategic planning for the firm. Mark’s industry experience includes serving as assistant controller of a large trucking and warehousing firm. He has been both a controller and the Vice President of Finance and Administration for major real estate development companies. Mark also spent nearly 30 years as an entrepreneur, operating a business that prepared individuals for the CPA exam.
Mark taught his first university accounting class in 1969 and has been involved in accounting education since, most recently a visiting lecturer at California State University at San Bernardino.
Mark obtained his bachelor’s degree in accounting from California State University at Northridge. He obtained his Executive MBA at the Peter Drucker and Masatoshi Ito School of Management at Claremont Graduate University, where he previously had been a student of Dr. Drucker’s.