Chapter 15

Problems Arise

The What of Investigation


This chapter confirms the wisdom of starting an investigation only once there is confirmation that a prohibited act has occurred; an exception to this wisdom would be the case of an audit that uncovers potential fraud. The chapter notes that within the factors of who, what, when, why, and how, the factor of what often presents itself first. The chapter presents readers with a case study titled “Thefts from Old Midtown Church,” which entails a suspicious marked decrease in the amount of weekly collections by congregation members. This case study is used to examine the factor of what in relation to investigations.


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