The Association of Certified Fraud Examiners (ACFE) conducted a study of the most common types of fraud occurring within companies. The ACFE defines fraud as “deception or misrepresentation that an individual or entity makes knowing that the misrepresentation could result in some unauthorized benefit to the individual or to the entity or some other party.” According to the study, approximately 10% of incidents concern white collar crime. Asset misappropriation and corruption tend to occur at a much greater frequency, yet the financial impact of these later crimes is much less severe. Greed and work pressure are the most common factors pushing management to deceive investors and creditors.
Sage has been asked to review the accounting records of several companies in order to determine if fraud had occurred, the impact or damages due to fraud. Sage has also assisted in the review and enhancement of internal controls in order to prevent and detect fraud.