Even if an organization is taking preventative measures, there is always the possibility that fraud can occur. Many fraudsters take extreme precautions to cover their tracks, and their actions are sometimes more widespread than anticipated.
Every organization is vulnerable to fraud. According to the 2018 ACFE Report to the Nations, private companies and public companies alike saw a median loss of $130,000. Organizations of all sizes and across a variety of industries have reported fraudulent activity; however the most victimized industries include Banking and Financial Services, Government & Public Administration, Manufacturing and Health Care.
All concerns or suspicions of wrongdoing should be taken seriously and promptly reviewed to determine if a fraud investigation is warranted. During the investigation, sufficient information should be gathered and necessary procedures (including interviews) should be performed to determine:
- Whether fraud has occurred
- Loss or exposure associated with the fraud
- Who was involved and how it happened
It is important the investigator prepare, document and preserve evidence sufficient for potential legal proceedings, which is why it is critical to have an expert such as a Certified Fraud Examiner (CFE) involved.
The Brown Smith Wallace Fraud Investigation and Quantification team has the necessary tools and experience to help you take appropriate steps to make your organization whole again.
- Quantification of Damages – It is not only important to determine how fraud was perpetrated, but also to find out how much was taken. To recover lost funds, each company must be able to prove to the trier of fact how much was taken.
- Insurance Claims Assistance – We provide assistance to the victim company by performing an analysis of the activities and quantification of the fraudster’s illicit acts. Our findings are then documented in a report specialized to meet your insurance and company’s specifications.
- Expert Testimony – Our professionals frequently assist legal counsel in internal investigations and litigation/prosecution involving complex financial transactions. We are hired not only for our analytical knowledge and skill, but our ability to credibly testify and defend our opinions and findings.
- Forensic Accounting & Investigation – Our forensic accounting and investigation experts are capable and experienced at working with company management, attorneys and law enforcement to investigate potential fraud. Our techniques include analyzing, reviewing and testing accounting records and controls as well as interviewing employees.
- Fraud Data Analysis – Our trained and certified professionals search for and identify patterns or irregularities indicative of fraud, which are beneficial as part of a larger fraud investigation or as a stand-alone engagement.
To schedule a fraud investigation for your organization, contact Ron Steinkamp, or take our fraud prevention self-assessment here.
Ron Steinkamp and others from Brown Smith Wallace have partnered with the Association of Government Accountants (AGA) – Ozarks Chapter to provide webinars to our members. The webinars have been very well-received by our members. The insights that Brown Smith Wallace brings in the areas of government auditing, internal control, data analysis and fraud have helped to educate our members about the importance of internal controls and data analysis in government as well as fraud prevention and detection.
Association of Government Accountants (AGA) – Ozarks Chapter
Renee Vines, Education Chair
On behalf of the IIA Memphis chapter, I wanted to extend my sincerest thanks and appreciation for your exceptional two-hour webinar training on Fraud Prevention & Detection. We truly enjoyed how Ron Steinkamp shared stories of his experiences to illustrate how the fraud detection process works. The training topic and style of delivery was very well received by our chapter members. The time flew by and the chapter members I spoke with later in the day indicated they had many takeaways from the training that could help them improve their fraud audits. Thank you for being the first webinar speaker in the history of IIA Memphis!
Valerie Annang, Chapter President
Ron Steinkamp is a frequent speaker at Missouri Municipal League conferences, trainings and webinars. His presentations have always been well-received by our audiences. His insights into fraud prevention and awareness have alerted our municipal officials to the vital importance of internal controls and financial oversight. The Missouri Municipal League recognizes Ron's expertise in forensic auditing.
Missouri Municipal League
Stuart Haynes, Policy and Membership Associate
Over the years, Brown Smith Wallace experts have shared their expertise with our members as presenters at our continuing education conferences. They consistently receive high ratings and positive feedback. In addition, they are collaborative, flexible and easy to work with. Their insights have enhanced the value of our sessions and have resulted in repeat attendees to our events.
Missouri Society of CPAs
Dan Koontz, Director of Professional Development
- Occupational Fraud Findings and Increased Threats Due to Economic Hardship from the COVID-19 Pandemic11.12.2020
- ACFE Fraud Magazine, 03.20.2020
- Small Business Monthly, 08.09.2019
- Transaction Advisory Leader Co-Presents Webinar, “Fraud in Small Businesses: What’s Occurring and How to Prevent It”02.21.2019
- Missouri Municipal League Magazine, 10.31.2018
- Online/Live Webinar, 09.18.2019
- First Floor Training Room, CityPlace 6 Cityplace Dr, Creve Coeur, MO 63141, USA, 09.13.2019
- Q3 2019 Advisory Risk Briefing: Using Data Analytics to Monitor Fraud Risks @ Blanchette Park Memorial HallBlanchette Park Memorial Hall 1900 W Randolph St, St Charles, MO 63301, USA, 09.12.2019
- Online/Live Webinar, 03.05.2019
- Columbia, MO - Stoney Creek Hotel and Conference Center, 02.22.2019
- Q4 2018 Public Sector Advisory Risk Briefing: Fraud Facts and What You Need to Know to Protect Your OrganizationBrown Smith Wallace, 12.07.2018
- Q4 2018 Public Sector Advisory Risk Briefing: Fraud Facts and What You Need to Know to Protect Your OrganizationBlanchette Park Memorial Hall, 12.06.2018
- Online/Webinar, 11.08.2018
- Crowne Plaza Hotel, St. Louis, MO, 10.25.2018
- Online, 12.15.2017
- Q4-2017 Public Sector Advisory Risk Briefing: Establishing a Fraud Risk Management Program @ 6 CityPlace First Floor Training RoomCityPlace 6 Cityplace Dr, Creve Coeur, MO 63141, USA, 12.08.2017
- Q4-2017 Public Sector Advisory Risk Briefing: Establishing a Fraud Risk Management Program @ Blanchette Park Memorial HallBlanchette Park Memorial Hall 1900 W Randolph St, St Charles, MO 63301, USA, 12.07.2017
- Blanchette Park Memorial Hall 1900 W Randolph St, St Charles, MO 63301, USA, 06.01.2017