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Detecting Deception: Body Language

Detecting Deception: Body Language

Written in collaboration with Janine Driver, author of You Can’t Lie to Me Now that we’ve peeked behind the curtain of speech and facial expressions, it’s time to move on to body language. But before we focus on our subject’s nonverbal cues, let’s shine the light on...

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Detecting Deception: Facial Expressions

Detecting Deception: Facial Expressions

Written in collaboration with Janine Driver, author of You Can’t Lie to Me THE FACIAL FAUX PAS Now that you have gathered your intel – you have your subject’s baseline squared away and you’ve peeked behind their words – it’s time to focus on the facial faux pas. There...

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Detecting Deception: Calculating the Baseline

Detecting Deception: Calculating the Baseline

Written in collaboration with Janine Driver, author of You Can’t Lie to Me In my previous blog post, I noted that when assessing whether someone is lying, you must first consider the person’s baseline – their typical behavior. A LIAR IS CAUGHT… OR IS HE? Body language...

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Detecting Deception: Common Myths

Detecting Deception: Common Myths

Written in collaboration with Janine Driver, author of You Can’t Lie to Me THE MASTER OF DECEPTION Bernie Madoff infamously stole $65 billion reflecting 4,900 client accounts in a Ponzi scheme. All told, his investors lost approximately $20 billion of real principal....

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Trust Your Employees, but Verify Their Actions

Trust Your Employees, but Verify Their Actions

Our team recently wrapped up another sizeable fraud examination for a small business whose trusted bookkeeper embezzled hundreds of thousands of dollars. While the names and the faces of fraud change, the story remains the same: the employee you least expect, the most...

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Best Practices for Employers: Conflicts of Interest

Best Practices for Employers: Conflicts of Interest

In my last blog, I discussed why corruption in the workplace always requires a conflict of interest. Conflicts of interest arise when employees have interests that may make it difficult to maintain one’s duty of loyalty to their company in an objective and effective manner. Quashing all conflicts of interest within businesses would be difficult to conduct; therefore, it is important to know how to reduce the risks inherent in conflicts of interest.

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Quickbooks Audit Trail: Fraudulent Behavior Detection

Quickbooks Audit Trail: Fraudulent Behavior Detection

The QuickBooks Audit Trail (or Audit Log, depending on the version) provides a log of each accounting transaction and denotes any additions, deletions or modifications affecting the integrity of the transaction. The tool captures every transaction from the time it is initially entered into QuickBooks, and tracks changes to the original entry, including transaction type, date, account, vendor/customer name, transaction amount, quantity, and price. The Audit Trail also reveals the User ID under which the entry, deletion or modification was made. The Audit Trail is a report built in the QuickBooks ReportCenter– all you have to do is click a button to generate the report.

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Why Corruption Always Requires a Conflict of Interest

Why Corruption Always Requires a Conflict of Interest

When it comes to corruption, there is almost always a common denominator: a conflict of interest. A conflict of interest exists when an individual or corporation has the opportunity – real or perceived – to exploit their position for personal or corporate benefit. Corruption occurs when the individual or corporation takes advantage of that opportunity and indeed abuses their position for private gain.

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