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The Case of the Fictitious Vendor — how embezzlers use QuickBooks against you

It’s no secret that Intuit’s QuickBooks is the overwhelming choice of accounting software for American small and medium sized businesses.  QuickBooks desktop and online sibling command a combined 80 percent of this market, with Sage and others left to pick up the crumbs. Clearly, Intuit produces a product that business…

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6 Signs Your Clients’ Financials Are “Pie in the Sky”

If the October Tax Deadline Uncovered a Mess, Consider Financial Forensic Reconstruction Now that the October tax extension filing deadline has passed, it’s time to think pie. No, not Thanksgiving pumpkin pie – but “pie in the sky” financial record-keeping that might have caused headaches when contending with the recent…

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Avoid Scams in the Wake of Disasters

With wildfires, hurricanes, and earthquakes in the news, social media feeds and email inboxes are filling up with appeals to donate money. Crowd-funding sites such as GoFundMe are full of heart-rending tales of families needing assistance. Charities are soliciting on Facebook. And mobile giving makes it easy to send donations…

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Cash Transactions Fraud: Is Theft Baked into Your Bake Sale?

How to Protect Cash Transactions Cash transactions are a major source of revenue for many organizations, from small retailers to bake sale fundraisers to the burgeoning cannabis industry. No PINs or ID checks are required, making transactions frictionless and convenient for buyers. But because it changes hands so easily, cash…

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Mind Your (Small) Business: How to Segregate Duties in a Small Office

When it comes to employee fraud, small businesses and non-profits face unique challenges. Organizations with fewer than 100 employees are the most common victims of employee fraud, accounting for close to one in three reported cases. And because of limited resources, it can be difficult to institute the internal controls…