Thursday, January 31, 2013

Financial Fraud Investigation A Quickly Developing Field

With Bernie Madoff almost getting away with the biggest ponzi scheme in American history, casinos being hustled by experienced gamblers and tax evasion becoming common place, the field of forensic accounting and financial fraud investigation continues to expand. Successful analysis and findings reported by practicing professionals may be the difference between whether perpetrators avoid detection or are brought to justice. In most cases, success is directly and primarily dependent upon the knowledge, skills and abilities of the professionals performing the work. Those interested in entering this field and becoming: forensic accounting/litigation consultants, tax auditors, gaming investigators, insurance investigator, bank investigators and internal auditors may want to consider attending Centennial College’s Financial Fraud Investigation program.

Taking just one year/ two semesters to complete, this fast-paced offering is geared towards mature students who have already completed college diploma or university degree in any discipline. Aside from having to submit an official transcript demonstrating proof of successful completion of a post-secondary diploma, applicants may also be required to provide proof of English proficiency. Please note that applicants who present a combination of partial post-secondary education and relevant work experience will be considered but they must be able to submit a transcript and have their resume reviewed.

Through small classes that offer hands-on training, the Financial Fraud Investigation program provides students with the essential skills and knowledge in forensic accounting and investigation techniques, equipping them to work in entry-level positions in the field of forensic accounting and audit investigations within the public or private sector. As such, in the first semester students take courses such as: Introduction to Fraud Examinations, Financial Crimes Investigation, Introduction to Intelligence Gathering, Financial Institutions & Identity Theft, International Legal Elements and Professional Court Presentation. Meanwhile, second semester Financial Fraud Investigation courses include: Advanced Fraud Examinations, Forensic Accounting, Investigative Methodologies, Ethics and Fraud Criminology, Practical Fraud Investigation and Case Management, and Interview and Interrogations. All courses solely focus on preparing students for speedy entry into the field.

Teaching these Financial Fraud Investigation topics are faculty members who have experience in the industry and are able to share their own personal stories, help students to network and offer advice with confidence. In addition, students from this offering study at Centennial College’s largest location, Progress Campus. This campus houses other financial and business programs, allowing for peer interaction as well as networking.

In addition to receiving an Ontario College Graduate Certificate, content taught in the financial accounting fraud program also prepares students for the Certified Fraud Examiner examination. Graduates are also comfortable carrying out tasks such as: investigating and analyzing financial evidence, testifying as a witness, becoming involved in criminal investigations and uncovering financial evidence in employee or insurance fraud cases, and investigating in the rapidly evolving area of computer fraud.

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