What does forensic accounting mean anyway?

We hear the term forensic all the time, and it holds a special place in pop culture thanks to TV shows like the fictional CSI and the “real-life” Forensic Files. The news also inundates us with stories about legal proceedings involving forensic accountants, psychiatrists, pathologists, toxicologists and others. However, when pressed, most people don’t really …

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CPAs who testify – can they be advocates for their clients?

I was approached by a prospective client a few years ago requiring forensic accounting services in connection with his divorce. The prospective client made it clear to me what his ultimate objective was. He told me, “I want you to review documents I’m going to show you and conclude with me that my wife stole …

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Arizona population projections, marriages and divorces

A report from the CDC/NCHS (*), National Vital Statistics System (See Table 1) has disclosed some interesting facts about population, marriages and divorces covering our 50 states and the District of Columbia. Marriage and Divorce The national average of divorce to marriages per 1,000 total population is 45.6% (**). When it comes to divorce, Arizona …

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Office vacancy rate in greater Phoenix lowest since 2008

2016 Third Quarter Greater Phoenix Office Highlights Below are excerpts from CBRE Marketview, Office, Q3 2016 and Collier International’s Research & Forecast Report Greater Phoenix/Office 3Q 2016. Vacancy In quarter 3 (Q3) 2016, net absorption in Metropolitan Phoenix reached 801,250 square feet (s.f.). For the fifth consecutive quarter, Tempe led all submarkets with 621,885 s.f. …

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Unintended consequences of employee incentive programs

The recent revelation regarding aggressive sales practices at Wells Fargo shocked the financial community and highlights some of the unintended consequences of employee incentive programs. Employers normally have the best of intentions when they roll out an incentive program. The desired result is a win-win situation in which revenues increase and employees are rewarded for …

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Management responsibility for employee fraud

Should management be held responsible for employee fraud? If British Prime Minister David Cameron has his way, they will be. England is considering expanding its “failure to prevent” law which currently covers bribery and tax evasion. Serious consideration is being given to include a wider range of crimes committed by employees, including money laundering and …

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Student Debt Impedes Ability to Buy a Home

The National Association of Realtors (NAR) recently polled student debt holders who had not defaulted on their loans. The majority of them graduated from a four-year public or private college. Below is a summary of some of the more interesting findings of the study. 43% of those polled had between $10,000 and $40,000 in student …

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Fraud: 2016 Report to the Nations

Every two years the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners issues its bi-annual study known as the Report to the Nations on Occupational Fraud and Abuse. The study looks into the costs, schemes, perpetrators and victims of occupational fraud. According to the study, occupational fraud is “the use of one’s occupation for personal enrichment through the …

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