Embezzlement (Part 2): Conducting Financial Crime Investigations

Embezzlement (Part 2): Conducting Financial Crime Investigations
Part 2 of a two-part series on embezzlement. View details on the first session

Conducting any kind of an investigation can be risky. Conducting an investigation that involves people's character, finances and relationships within a family or an employee's workplace is even riskier because it likely changes the lives, careers and relationships among all of the participants forever.

Register for this session to learn:

  • Components of a financial crime investigation;
  • How to plan a financial crime investigative strategy;
  • When to justify further investigation.

* This webinar provided courtesy of GovInfoSecurity.com


Many financial crimes are also emotional crimes -- and the investigator must be particularly careful that the investigation does not raise more negative issues with victims than it resolves. The crime of embezzlement committed against a family member or a business owner is among the most emotionally devastating crimes for the victims. There are two very simple goals for every investigator -- to find the truth and to determine the responsibility for results. Even an inexperienced embezzler will do his/her best to make this simple goal an unattainable one. After learning about and understanding the unique habits that embezzlers practice in Embezzlement (Part 1): When Everyone Lies, Cheats & Steals -- and what resources and techniques are available, any investigator may plan for and execute a successful financial crime investigation.

This presentation is designed especially for those people who are responsible for investigating and documenting events regarding financial crimes: law enforcement agents, private security personnel, auditors and human resources investigators. Although this presentation addresses any type of financial crime investigation, the crime of embezzlement -- one of the most frequent and misunderstood offenses -- is given special attention. The seminar components focus upon the six key functions that every investigator must consider when conducting either a criminal or non-criminal investigation, including:

  • Identifying and interviewing victims, witnesses, informants and suspects;
  • Gathering and cataloging appropriate evidence;
  • Documenting the facts and opinions gathered during the investigation;
  • Coordinating law enforcement agency and private resources to insure the speedy apprehension of offenders;
  • For non-law enforcement agency personnel, working with your legal counsel to prosecute offenders -- civilly and criminally;
  • Recovering funds and investigative costs.

This presentation provides a logical and strategic model that's designed to help both private and public investigative personnel to understand the true scope of the processes used to conduct professional, comprehensive and effective financial crime investigations. By understanding the cause and effect relationships between the investigator's strategy and the investigative result, any investigator may use this model to design and implement a standardized, company or agency-wide investigative process.

This presentation is designed to help you:

  • Determine each investigator's and external resources' duties and responsibilities -- legal, moral and ethical;
  • Comply with current regulations and emerging practices affecting industry standards of care for financial crime investigators;
  • Develop an investigation policy and procedure that makes the best use of the victim's and agency's resources;
  • Locate and understand the significance of the primary sources of information that are accessible to the investigator -- including physical evidence and testimony;
  • Prepare reports that will likely be examined in either civil or criminal actions.

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