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What Happens When Companies Don’t Have Internal Controls

While we never aim to scare our clients and readers, we have a huge plethora of war stories about what happens when companies don’t have internal controls. Just in my 18+ years of experience, I’ve compiled all the crazy stories for you today.  What Happens When Companies Don’t Have Internal Controls  So, what happens when

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7 Warning Signs of Fraud

Unfortunately, companies of all sizes can become victims of fraud. In fact, a study on fraud published by accounting firm KPMG International found “a very large increase in cases involving the exploitation of weak internal controls by fraudsters up from 49 percent in 2007 to 74 percent in 2011.” Thus, internal controls are a first

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Separation Of Duties

Separation of Duties Definition Some circles refer to separation of duties as segregation of duties. It refers to a concept that leads to greater internal control within a company. The accounting separation of duties definition is a theory that the job of an employee should provide a reasonable evaluation for the job of another employee. In

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Employee Theft

Throughout my career, I’ve witnessed theft of office supplies, the use of company property for personal gain, dishonesty on time sheets, and other infractions that cost the company thousands of dollars per year. But, I worked under the naive assumption that the more significant embezzlement of company assets was scarce and overblown by the media.

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Risk Management

By now you may have heard of the 31 year old, lower level trader at Société Générale, one of the largest banks in France, who apparently made some unauthorized bad bets on European equity indexes using futures contracts, resulting in a €4.9 billion ($7.2 billion) loss for the company. The trader had managed to fraudulently

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