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In the Zone: Accounting & Auditing
July 7, 2010    
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Editor's Note
Bill Grabarek, Assistant Managing Editor All of the attention accounting fraud has received from the mainstream media in recent years has created a groundswell of interest in forensic accounting. Last year alone, the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners, which trains accountants in fraud investigation, added 10,000 new members. As forensic accounting gains a higher profile, companies and organizations such as the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA) are working to expand the profession’s role in the discipline by teaching CPA firms and educators about the skills needed. Studies indicate that when the economy is languishing, the instances of fraud increase. Needless to say, business is good for forensic accountants.

Bill Grabarek
Assistant Managing Editor
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Sex, lies, and accounting fraud
When Sam Antar was cooking the books for his company, he used a number of complicated accounting tricks to dupe auditors. But some tactics were simple.
CCH adds internal audit, fraud/forensic libraries to Accounting Research Manager
CCH, a provider of tax, accounting, and audit information, software, and services, has added an internal audit library and a fraud and forensic accounting library to its Accounting Research Manager.
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Businesses worry about financial statement fraud, "double dip" in economy
Financial statement fraud was the most commonly expressed type of fraud risk that respondents said their company would be most concerned about in the next 12 months, according to a survey of business professionals.
Corporate fraud incident reports stop climbing in Q1
Fraud incident reporting accounted for 20.2 percent of all compliance reporting activity from more than 1,000 organizations worldwide in the first quarter of this year.
Learn to Use Excel Charts
David RingstromIn this live webcast program Excel: Tips and Tricks for Creative Charts, Excel expert David H. Ringstrom, CPA shares numerous techniques that you can use to tweak and automate charts. You’ll learn to create charts that expand or contract automatically as your source data changes. Discover how to have chart titles update automatically, learn two ways to create a "thermometer" chart, and much more. Choose the session that focuses on the version of Excel you use. July 23 and Sep 10 will focus on Excel 2003. Aug 20 and Oct 25 will feature Excel 2007/2010. For more Excel training: View all David’s upcoming webcasts.
AICPA educates CPA firms, professors on forensic accounting
As forensic accounting gains a higher profile, the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA) is working to expand the profession’s role in the field by educating CPA firms and college professors about the skills required.
Blog: Watch out for fraudulent revenue recognition
When it comes to fraud, there is little new under the sun. We can be assured that in times of economic downturn, fraud will increase. Misappropriation of assets increases and financial misrepresentation increases.
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