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ACCT 401 - Fraud Examination : Home

Resources for students completing fraud cases research paper.


This guide is a resource for students completing their research paper on fraud cases for ACCT 401.

To write this paper you will need to:

1. Research reputable sources for actual cases of fraud. Identify an actual fraud case.

2. Research reputable sources for accounting principles and controls to deter and detect this type of fraud.

3. Identify:

  • The company, perpetrators and nature of the fraud that occurred
  • A brief description of how the fraud occurred
  • A brief description of how the fraud was discovered or if you were to investigate this fraud - how you would conduct the investigation to identify the extent and perpetrator of the fraud
  • Internal control and/or accounting principles that were violated
  • Recommendations to prevent a similar fraud from occurring again.

4. Prepare an outline of your research and analysis, and submit it for instructor's review.

5.  Write a  4 to 5  page double spaced paper addressing the items in number 3. 

The tabs at the top of this page will guide you through resources at Van Wagenen Library and online that will be helpful in your research. Below are a few resources to get you started.

Getting Started

Here are some resources that list actual cases of fraud. They may be helpful in selecting your fraud case.

IRS - Examples of Corporate Fraud Investigations - Fiscal Year 2017

IRS - Examples of Corporate Fraud Investigations - Fiscal Year 2016

SEC - Securities and Exchange Commission (search for accounting fraud)