While we can’t get into the mind of the white collar criminal, we can take a closer look at high-profile individuals who have perpetrated massive fraud at corporations and instances of fraud identified in practice, as well as some research, to help is identify a pattern of similar behavioral elements common to white-collar crooks and cultural elements common to their environments.
Boards and Audit Committee members this is a public service announcement. You should be really digging in and asking why an investigation was shut down. That is all!
Today’s fraudster is clever and operates in an environment ripe for criminal activity. Economic unrest
is making it easier for employees to find ways to set fraud in motion – and a new breed of offenders is finding cunning ways to do so. After more than 60 years, the classic fraud triangle of three elements or events that motivate an employee to cross the line has morphed into The Fraud Pentagon.
Company boards and senior management must take an offensive stance against the five conditions that precipitate fraud with
a clear plan that limits the opportunity for fraud and minimizes the impact when fraud does occur.
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