CHAPTER 6Reports, Schedules, and Audiovisuals

6-1 WRITING A FRAUD EXAMINATION REPORT

Learning Objective

After reading this summary, you should learn about:

  1. The components of a written fraud examination report.
  2. How to refer to schedules and audiovisuals in the body of the report.

Fraud Examination Report

Each organization has its own fraud examination report format. Fraud examination report formats often contain the same elements as those found in audit reports.

Following is an outline of common elements. Immediately after the outline is a sample report. The client in the example is a prosecutor; however, the client can easily be a private attorney, corporate attorney, corporate manager, or a person who hired you to determine whether he/she was defrauded.

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  1. Background

    You need to briefly state why you conducted the fraud examination.

  2. Executive Summary

    Summarize what steps you performed and what you found during the fraud examination. Readers need a quick overview and a reason to “dig” into the details.

  3. Scope

    Explain the scope of the fraud examination (e.g., determine whether predication took place). If need be, discuss any issues that need to be brought to the reader's attention.

  4. Methodology/Findings

    Give a brief description of what you did and did not do (e.g., the documents reviewed, tests performed, individuals interviewed, assumptions made, and any scope limitations). Findings ...

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