Forensic Investigations and Fraud Reporting in India - Practical insights to Predict, Prevent, Detect and Investigate Frauds
Author: Sandeep Baldava & Deepa Agarwal
About the book
Frauds and economic crime rates remain at a record high, impacting more and more companies in diverse ways than ever before. The only way to reduce the impact of such frauds is to get a detailed understanding of the subject and adopt preventive measures instead of reactive measures.
Fraud reporting is one of the most important themes in the current corporate governance scenario. Considering the importance of this area, various regulators have come out with reporting requirements in the recent past with an aim to ensure adequate and timely reporting of frauds. In this context, understanding of the roles and responsibilities of various stakeholders is pertinent.
This book is an attempt by authors to provide a comprehensive publication on the two specialised areas – ‘Forensic Investigations’ and ‘Fraud reporting’. The book addresses two key corporate governance requirements top on the agenda of regulators, enforcement agencies, boards and audit committees:
- 1. Rules, roles and responsibilities of key stakeholders towards:
- Reporting of frauds under governance regulations in India
- Prevention, detection and investigation of frauds
- 2. Practical approach for conducting forensic investigations in India
Practical tips, case studies and expert insights: In addition to covering a gist of the topic with relevant provisions, and authors’ viewpoint, key chapters also include relevant seasoned expert’s take on the topic based on their vast practical experience. Each expert has more than three decades of experience including the last two decades in leadership roles. The idea was to present a practitioner’s perspective based on practical experience in their role as an independent director or CEO or CFO, etc. More than 100 case studies are presented in the book to explain different concepts and learnings from various frauds discovered and investigated in India over the last two decades.
Few of the Questions addressed in the book:
- Is there a requirement to report all frauds to the regulators?
- Who is responsible for reporting?
- What is the role of audit committee, CEO, CFO, CHRO, internal/external auditors in prevention, detection, investigation and reporting of frauds?
- Can an organization ignore anonymous complaints?
- Can one access data from personal devices of employees during an investigation?
- How can one use forensic interviews as an effective tool to establish fraud?
- Is WhatsApp chat accepted as an evidence?
- Once fraud is established what are the next steps an organisation is expected to initiate?
- What is the difference between an audit and an investigation?
- How the approach to forensic investigations has evolved over the last two decades in India?
- Can we blindly rely on technology to prevent and detect frauds?
- Evolving methods for prediction, prevention and detection of frauds?