Forensic Analytics: Methods and Techniques for Forensic Accounting Investigations (Wiley Corporate F&A) Hardcover – 17 Jun 2011
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Forensic Analytics Methods and Techniques for Forensic Accounting Investigations
Forensic analytics is the use of electronic data to reconstruct or detect financial fraud. The process of forensic analytics is made up of data collection and preparation, data analysis, and the preparation of a fraud report and the possible presentation of the results.
In Forensic Analytics: Methods and Techniques for Forensic Accounting Investigations, author Mark Nigrini reviews the use of Microsoft Access and Excel in a forensic setting, together with many rigorous analytical procedures to detect employee fraud, biases, and other irregularities including errors. The book includes a comprehensive chapter on financial statement fraud, and the concluding chapter on credit/debit purchasing card fraud shows an authentic dashboard used by a Fortune 100 company.
Nigrini devotes three chapters to a review of the use of Access, Excel, and PowerPoint in a forensic setting. The next eleven chapters discuss data interrogation tests that could be used in a forensic setting to detect employee fraud, biases, and errors. In each chapter, the tests are discussed in general terms and are then demonstrated using case studies with real data. In addition, the steps needed to run the tests are illustrated with screenshots from Access and Excel. Two chapters review, with examples, a risk–scoring technique that can be used to score divisions, agents, or locations for fraud risk.
A full chapter presents various tests, along with real–world examples and case studies, to detect financial statement fraud. The concluding chapter is a case study showing an analysis of purchasing card data using selected tests from the prior chapters, and a presentation of the findings.
The companion website (www.nigrini.com/ForensicAnalytics.htm) has all the data tables used in the book, available for download. Along with notes and updates related to the book, the website also includes end–of–chapter problems and assignments for use by instructors, together with PowerPoint slides for presentations.See all Product description
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1) I tried to find the purpose to use Access for analytical and audit review: ACL is much more productive in my view, so why bother? For instance, 4 chapters about Bendford Law can be put in practice in a few minutes using ACL Bendford feature.
2) There is no practical description about the Excel new pivot table and statistical features, and it totally misses the new Excel 2010 features (although the book is issued in 2011).
3) Examples of analytical review cover "oil consumption in a US State" and "poll results in California"... not really practical for our usual auditing reviews.
4) Writing style is confusing and overly academic, totally lacking any humor.
Typical university book, not adapted to practical investigations.
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Forensic Analytics is turning out to be an excellent resource in my new position. I've understood most of what is covered even though some sections (like the mantissa arc test) needed to be read more than once. I even lent my book out to a colleague who works exclusively in healthcare auditing.
Nigrini does a good job showing some tips and techniques to Access, Excel, and PowerPoint. He then moves from the high-level tests, including Benford's Law, to the focused forensic tests. The final chapter brought it all together with an example related to purchasing card fraud and a summary of the coverage.
The companion website has data and templates related to the examples in the book. It seems the author has also prepared end-of-chapter materials (questions and cases)and PowerPoint slides so that the book can be used in a forensic accounting college course.
A friend informed me that Nigrini gave a great presentation at the 2012 ACFE conference in Orlando. Be sure to attend his session if he's speaking at a conference that you are attending.
Nigrini has a facebook page "Forensic Analytics by Mark Nigrini". I picked up a few tips related to the book.
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