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Unearthing false claims of sexual harassment

Unearthing false claims of sexual harassment

False claims of sexual harassment seemed like an easy case, until we discovered information that the employer hadn’t been able to find. The case involved a woman’s claim of being sexually harassed in the workplace; she brought her complaint to human resources about a male coworker sending her lewd emails. She gave the HR department […]

Fraud’s most commonly found by whistleblowers

Fraud’s most commonly found by whistleblowers

The top three categories of corporate fraud involve asset misappropriation, financial statement fraud and corruption. Financial statement fraud involves misstating the value of a company’s property, such as adding expenses or inflating a firm’s worth, and asset misappropriation involves theft of materials, money and ideas. The Association of Certified Fraud Examiners (ACFE) released a report […]

Internal auditors cant’ match fraud experts

Internal auditors cant’ match fraud experts

Does your company have a crisis plan that be put into action quickly if internal fraud is suspected? Having a checklist of what you’re going to do if you discover fraud – or get notified by a whistleblower – is necessary. External auditors only locate about four to five per cent of frauds and about […]

Law Changes Impact Bribery

Law Changes Impact Bribery

There are serious risks for Canadian businesses that pay bribes abroad, especially with the recent changes to the Corruption of Foreign Public Officials act. Amendments were made to the law, particularly the exception built in allowing “grease payments”. Big businesses that are caught will have significant ramifications, such as long-term bans from working on government […]

Saving the Evidence is Key in Suspected Fraud Cases

Saving the Evidence is Key in Suspected Fraud Cases

If your organization has a strategy in place to deal with suspected fraud, you’re ahead of the game over those that suddenly come face to face with it. Preserving evidence is key, though this can be a challenge without a proper strategy. Companies also have to decide what to do with the suspect(s) involved during […]

Prosecuting internal fraud

Prosecuting internal fraud

Would it surprise you to think that prosecuting workplace fraud is actually one of the best ways to discourage it? We were able to uncover a theft of $450,000 for an insurance company. The account director had come across something that didn’t seem right, which he discovered during the company’s fiscal year-end. He’d decided to […]

Profiling a Fraudster: employer tips

Profiling a Fraudster: employer tips

The Association of Certified Fraud Examiners (ACFE) says only an estimated four per cent of fraud committed against a company is ever discovered by external auditors. There are many ways that employers and companies can guard against this crime – including keeping a close eye out for certain signs. Perpetrators are often white-collar criminals with […]

Email fraud is common: it even happens at work

Email fraud is common: it even happens at work email fraud

Did you know that email isn’t – and was never deigned to be – a secure way to communicate? Fake emails can be quickly created and doctored to look real, reliable, legitimate. We’ve done many investigations that illustrate how easily email can be manipulated. Too often people don’t challenge or question iffy emails. One of […]

Competition Bureau obtains court order to advance ongoing investigation of Bell

Competition Bureau obtains court order to advance ongoing investigation of Bell

Today, the Competition Bureau obtained a court order to advance an ongoing investigation into some of Bell Canada Inc.’s marketing practices. The Bureau is examining potentially false and misleading representations made in connection with the promotion of Bell’s residential services, including home phone, internet and television sold separately or in bundles. The order granted by […]

Tips for avoiding real estate fraud

Tips for avoiding real estate fraud tips to prevent real estate fraud

As housing prices climb in many markets across the country, real estate fraud can become a much more enticing prospect for scammers. While it’s one of the lesser-known kinds of fraud in Canada, its impact can be devastating. There are two types of real estate fraud that may result in financial losses for home owners […]

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