What do you call an accountant with specialized auditing and investigative skills? A forensic accountant who can help resolve disputes involving fraud and testify as an expert witness in a courtroom battle.
In an age where securities fraud, shareholder disputes, employee theft, insurance fraud, personal injury claims, and other criminal investigations are running rampant, forensic accountants are not just useful — they’re essential in the business world.
Here are just a few of the tasks that forensic accountants undertake for clients:
- Investigate and analyze financial evidence to detect employee theft.
- Conduct business investigations that involve funds tracing, asset identification and recovery.
- Detect fraud in financial statements through forgery, collusion, missing documents and other factors.
- Develop computer programs to help analyze and present evidence in court.
- Issue reports, exhibits and collections of documents to assist in legal proceedings.