Is Your Vendor Ripping You Off? Fraud Red Flags Corporate Executives Should Recognize

Instructor: Anne M McFadden
Product ID: 704015
  • Duration: 90 Min

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This training program will primarily focus on analytical and accounting red flags in purchasing schemes, bid rigging, billing schemes, personal purchase schemes, product substitution and all other kinds of corporate fraud.

"Is Your Vendor Ripping You Off? Fraud Red Flags Corporate Executives Should Recognize" - This course is approved by NASBA (National Association of State Boards of Accountancy). Attendees of Live Webinar are eligible for 1.8 CPE credit up on full completion of the course.

Why Should You Attend:

According to the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners, frauds that are allowed to linger for 5 years had a median loss of nearly $1 million. The longer frauds last, the more financial damage they cause. Passive detection methods such as external audits tend to take longer to bring fraud to management’s attention, which allows the related loss to grow. Consequently, proactive detection measures — such as tips and management review procedures — are vital in catching frauds early and limiting their losses.

Maybe you are the controller, you’re in the compliance department, you’re part of the management purchasing the services or product, you’re in accounts payable or maybe you’re on the audit and finance committee –all of you touch upon vendors in your work and have a responsibility to your organization to spot fraud red flags and take action to minimize financial losses and reputational damage to the organization. The ACFFE’s research shows that at least one red flag was identified in 92% of fraud cases, and, in 64% of cases, the fraudster displayed two or more behavioral red flags.

This course will discuss vendor corruption schemes, vendor asset misappropriation schemes, behavioral red flags, and internal control weaknesses.

Areas Covered in the Webinar:

  • Vendor Corruption Schemes – Types and How to Spot Them
    • Conflicts of Interest
    • Purchasing Schemes
    • Bid Rigging
  • Vendor Asset Misappropriation Schemes - Types and How to Spot Them
    • Billing Schemes
    • Personal Purchase Schemes
    • Product Substitution
    • Shell Company/Fictitious Vendor
  • Collusion and the Combination of Corruption Schemes and Asset Misappropriation Schemes
    • Collusion helps employees evade independent checks and other anti-fraud controls, enabling them to steal larger amounts
    • Combination adds a powerful mix that facilitates the fraud for years
  • Behavioral Red Flags
  • Lifestyle Red Flags
  • Analytical and Accounting Red Flags
  • Internal Control Weaknesses and Tips
  • In Summary – Is it Fraud or a Red Flag?
  • Real Cases

Who Will Benefit:

  • Management
  • Compliance Professionals
  • Controllers
  • Purchasing Professionals
  • Accounting and Finance Professionals
  • Audit and Finance Committee Members
  • Risk/Compliance Officers

Instructor Profile:

Anne is the President of Capitol Financial Forensics & Accounting LLC, an accounting firm offering a full range of forensic accounting services to investigate, prevent, detect and deter fraud. She has over 30 years of experience as a business leader, forensic accountant, fraud investigator, risk manager, and compliance professional. Her experience includes directing and performing high-profile, mission-critical projects, and sensitive investigations related to financial reporting fraud, misappropriation of assets, and corruption, where cases involved C- Suite executives and potential exposures were in the millions to billions of dollars.

She has over 7 years of experience in “Big Four” accounting firms leading the forensic accounting component of complex financial investigations and dispute matters and working with the audit teams of SEC registrants as the fraud subject matter expert. Anne has the requisite credentials that boards and governance professionals want to see for fraud and misconduct investigators: Certified Public Accountant (CPA), a Certified Fraud Examiner (CFE), is Certified in Financial Forensics (CFF) by the AICPA, and holds the Chartered Global Management Accountant Designation (CGMA) from the AICPA.

Anne has successfully designed and implemented organization-wide fraud risk management and compliance programs for public sector and nonprofit organizations to prevent, detect, and deter fraud. Additionally, Anne has extensive experience in both the public and private sector performing fraud risk assessments, designing and conducting fraud awareness training, designing monitoring projects, and assisting audit teams with the consideration of fraud. She is currently a Social Security Administration Representative Payee, FINRA Arbitrator and has been appointed to the NASDAQ Listing Qualifications Hearing Panel and the Disciplinary Hearings Panel for the Nasdaq OMX PHLX Futures Exchange. Anne is an affiliate member of Medica, LLC.

Topic Background:

According to the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners (ACFE) organizations lose 5% of revenue to fraud every year. Occupational fraud schemes involving vendors fall into the corruption and asset misappropriation fraud categories and comprise a significant amount of all fraud cases. Since choosing and paying vendors is an integral part of doing business, organizations dedicate significant financial resources to vendors. Employees can minimize financial loss and strengthen the ethical fabric of their organization by recognizing fraud red flags related to vendors.

One of the most flagrant red flags indicating that your vendor is ripping you off is if the vendor has an unusually close relationship with an employee, but it goes unreported all the time. Several red flags associated with the same vendor may be an indication of a problem and should be reported appropriately. Corruption schemes related to vendors include conflicts of interest, bid rigging, invoice kickbacks, and purchasing schemes. Asset misappropriation schemes related to vendors include billing schemes, shell companies, personal purchases and substitute product.

We are registered with and adhere to the Statement on Standards for Continuing Professional Education programs of the National Registry of CPE Sponsors. Our registration number is 109066. Please check with the governing body of your license and state for specific CPE requirements. Grievances may be forwarded to the company at 650 620 3961. Grievances may also be forwarded to the National Registry of CPE Sponsors-NASBA, 150 Fourth Avenue North, Suite 700, Nashville, TN 37219-2417, 615-880-4200,, e-mail

Field of Study Minutes CPE
Accounting 60 1.2
Behavioral Ethics 30 0.6
Total Duration - 90 Min Total Credits - 1.8

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