What is Forensic Accounting ?
Forensic Accounting is more than just accounting…more than just detective work ! Forensic accounting is the practice of utilizing accounting, auditing, and investigative skills to assist in legal matters. Forensic Accountants are trained to look beyond the numbers and deal with the business reality of fraud. Thus it is mainly used to identify malpractices in a company’s accounts. Enron and Satyam frauds are good examples. Moreover, since 9/11 Forensic Accountants have also been playing a major role in tracing terrorists around the world !
What do I have to do?
It encompasses 2 main areas – litigation support, investigation and dispute resolution. Litigation support represents the factual presentation of financial issues related to existing or pending litigation. In this capacity, the forensic accounting professional quantifies damages sustained by parties involved in legal disputes and can assist in resolving disputes, even before they reach the courtroom. If a dispute reaches the courtroom, the forensic accountant may testify as an expert witness.
Investigation is the act of determining...