fraud investigations

Fraud Investigations

When it comes to fraud, we detect things you don’t easily see. The word “fraud” has several meanings and relates to many types of allegations and investigations.

  • Employee fraud relates to thefts and embezzlements through employment
  • Financial statement fraud refers to companies misrepresenting their position and results within their published financial statements
  • Bank fraud relates to customers defrauding financial institutions (in many ways)
  • Fiduciary fraud relates to theft or embezzlement by someone in a position of trust over someone else’s assets

There also exists a difference between alleged fraud versus actual fraud, and many investigations are predicated on the need to support or refute an allegation of some type of fraud.

The key to any investigation, whether alleged or actual, is to remain objective. We seek to identify every explanation possible to protect against reaching the wrong conclusion, the consequences of which are almost always irreversible.

We have experience with cases involving allegations of fraud where we concluded that no evidence of such fraud existed, and we identified the real explanation for the problem or issue.

Our extensive experience in fraud investigations includes the following contexts and more:

  • Employee thefts & embezzlements – small to medium sized businesses
  • Financial institutions – lending customer issues
  • Medical & dental practices – billing and cash handling issues
  • Civil matters – partner’s use of funds
  • Probate matters – fiduciary’s use of funds
  • Marital dissolution matters – spouse’s use and/or disclosure of funds
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We have the resources to get to the bottom of your most complex financial matters. Our team includes forensic accountants working with traditional CPAs and administrative staff.

Heading the team is Stephen A. Pedneault, CPA/CFF, CFE, FCPA. A CPA and forensic accountant. Steve is also a certified fraud examiner (CFE), certified in financial forensics (CFF) and is a forensic certified public accountant (FCPA). He brings over two decades of accounting experience to the firm.