Interesting fraud resources

Hello Friends -
I am still writing that book on fraud in government! This one has taken me years to pull together because fraudsters are extremely creative and the stories just keep popping up – and I just keep adding them to the book!

But, in case you don't want to read my whole self-study book on the subject later this year, I thought I'd refer you to several stories and resources you might be interested in checking out now:

Here is an article I found interesting:

University professor helps FBI crack $70 million cybercrime ring
http://rockcenter.msnbc.msn.com/_news/2012/03/21/10792287-university-professor-helps-fbi-crack-70-million-cybercrime-ring

In the article, they mention an FBI affiliated group called INFRAGUARD. For more on that group – whose mission is to protect government infrastructure from cybercrime – see

http://www.infragard.net/

The professor in the article, has an interesting blog at: http://garwarner.blogspot.com/

His blog pointed me to this story: Did you hear about The State of Utah losing 720,000 citizen's personal data? Utah only has 2.8 million citizens!
http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/news/54116598-78/health-data-information-state.html.csp

And I got a lot out of this white paper on various cyber crimes by FirstData
http://www.firstdata.com/downloads/thought-leadership/fraudtrends2010_wp.pdf

You might also want to look at the Association of Certified Fraud examiners proposed standards at:
http://www.acfe.com/standards2012.aspx

And this is one of my favorite lists of fraudster traits, in case you are hanging out with one, unawares :). Check out the section entitled "Red flags not to be missed" from this KPMG report: http://www.kpmg.com/UK/en/IssuesAndInsights/ArticlesPublications/Documents/PDF/Advisory/253904_Profile_of_a_Fraudster_web_accessible.pdf

Did you miss these entertaining movies about fraud. Use your Netflix to watch:

The Informant starring Matt Damon
Catch Me if You Can starring Leonardo DiCaprio
The Smartest Guys in the Room about the Enron Scandal

If you want to earn free CPE by serving as a tester for my upcoming self-study course on this subject entitled, "An Auditor's Responsibility for Fraud in the Government Environment," please let me know via email at leita@yellowbook-cpe.com

Stay cool and stay alert!

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Governmental auditors unite! Leita Hart-Fanta, CPA, CGFM, and CGAP is the author of “The Yellow Book Interpreted” and owner of Yellowbook-CPE.com a website devoted to training for governmental auditors. Whether you are an internal auditor or monitor for a government entity or a CPA doing grant audits, you will enjoy Leita’s humorous take on the complexity of auditing in the government environment.

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