Fraud prevention and forensic investigations

Fraud prevention 

Misconduct can typically be classified into three main categories: 

  • Misconduct related to embezzlement, fraud and theft (direct financial damage) 

  • Bribery, corruption and the distortion of financial information (indirect financial damage) 

  • Harassment and other inappropriate conduct (does not necessarily involve financial damage). 

The existence of clear rules and the effectiveness of internal control established on a risk-driven basis are key to the prevention of misconduct and fraud. Moreover, a growing number of countries require companies to have a framework of guidelines and control designed from an anti-corruption perspective. 

Forensic investigations 

Misconduct and fraud are more common in organisations than most people think. If your organisation suspects misconduct or fraud, it is important to avoid hasty reactions. The key reflex is to secure the evidence and prevent further damage.  

The following must be taken into account with regards to investigations: 

  • Special characteristics pertaining to geography and the organisation’s structure (private/public) 

  • Legal requirements and restrictions, for example with regard to evidence  

  • Technological opportunities (including eDiscovery and data analytics)  

 We help you with: 

  • Detecting and assessing risks of fraud and misconduct 

  • Planning policies and controls that take the risks of fraud and misconduct into account 

  • Increasing employee awareness and vigilance with regards to fraud and misconduct through training, for example 

  • Investigating suspected and reported incidents of misconduct or fraud 

  • Taking the necessary follow-up measures (e.g. tracking funds, damage assessment and assisting with legal actions)