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We have discussed fraud in this space in previous articles. Typically, fraud in business is committed when an employee - often a trusted one - is involved. This type of fraud is common in small to medium organizations. Usually there is a lack of installed internal controls because the company owner feels these are not needed. This very often occurs in medical/dental offices or in companies with absent owners.
A second type of fraud results predominately from the internet's availability and personal greed. These instances occur almost daily, where people are promised a large sum of money in exchange for personal information. At the Institute, we suspect that anyone who has an E-mail address has received at least one of these messages. Unfortunately, some people fall prey to these unethical tactics.
But a third type of fraud occurs with upstart companies. This is not uncommon in instances where the company owner lacks the technical expertise of the business. A knowledgeable expert in the field is hired to provide that expertise. In these cases, the owner must be close at hand and involved in all business activities. But most important the owner must ensure the integrity of the "chief technical expert." In many respects this is like the example above where the main operation of a business is left to others.
J.P. Donlon, Editor of Chief Executive Magazine in July 2018 underscored this in his article entitled "When Entrepreneurs Are Devastated By Fraud." This becomes a significant tragedy for the entrepreneurial business owner. We suggest our readers review the remainder of this newsletter but be certain to come back and click on this link to read how this occurs:
In these cases, the entrepreneur must, at all costs, ensure the integrity of those individuals making key decisions for the company. But then, installing effective internal controls is a must.
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The Internal Control Institute™ (ICI) improves organizational Internal Control worldwide by providing training, products and services and individual Professional Certifications recognized internationally. The Institute's Board of Advisors has determined it would like to further expand into areas where it is not directly represented. ICI provides world-class programs and its intellectual property to affiliates free of charge and shares all program revenue with them. If your organization is interested in partnering with ICI to earn revenue while you contribute to the development of the internal control profession worldwide please contact Dr. Michael Pregmon, Jr., Chief Operations Officer, by email at:
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The Internal Control Institute is conducting certification training in a classroom format for the internationally recognized CICS (Certified Internal Control Specialist) certification in internal control. Information on these programs regarding dates and schedules can be found on the Events tab on our Website or directed to the affiliate named below.
Training Plans :
Belem - August 6-10
Belo Horizonte - August 27-31, 2018
São Paulo - September 17-21, 2018
Fortaleza - September 24-28, 2018
Rio de Janeiro - October 1-5, 2018
Brasília - November 5-9, 2018
Curitiba - November 19-23, 2018
For more details on planned training please check on the website below, or send a message to Mr. Eduardo Person Pardini.
ICIB president Yves Dupont presented his association and their development in the area of Control Self-Assessment at the FERMA Forum (European Risk Managers association) in Monte-Carlo. He hereby highlighted the complementarity between risk management and internal control, insisting on the role of first line operational management. For more information: http://www.icib.org/other-events.ws
For more information on scheduled training and exams please contact Mr.Yves Dupont of ICI Belgium at:
ICI is proud to announce it has entered into an agreement with Better Business Governance - APAC PTE LTD (BBG) as its representative for Products, Services and Internal Control Certifications (CICS/CICP) in Myanmar and Cambodia.
Better Business Governance will be responsible for all development activities, including professional training and Certification. For more information on upcoming activities in this area please contact:
ICI has entered into an agreement with GRC Consultancy Pte Ltd. (ICI Singapore, Malaysia, Indonesia and Taiwan) as its representative for Products, Services and Internal Control Certifications (CICS/CICP) in those territories.
Individuals or companies interested in internal control training or Certification should contact:
For more information on upcoming activities in Vietnam please contact: NGUYEN THANH TUNG (MBA. M.Eng, PhD.) Director, FMIT Institute of Financial Management & Information Technology, Level 5, 126 Nguyen Thi Minh Khai Street, Ward 6, District 3, HCMC, Viet Nam
Internal Control Institute Zimbabwe has been conducting in house Certified Internal Control Specialist (CICS) training. One company has given three groups to be trained in house for a total of 35 individuals.
For more information on activities being planned please contact:
Each month the staff of The Internal Control Institute reviews hundreds of articles related to Internal Control and Corporate Governance. Here are brief summaries of some of the top articles (along with links to the original article) that may be of interest to you.
What's your fraud IQ?
By Ron Cresswell, J.D., and Andi McNeal, CPA journalofaccountancy.com
July 1, 2018
CPAs often collect, view, and store sensitive personal information about their clients and other individuals. Unlike many countries, the United States has no generally applicable federal law that protects this type of data, which is sometimes called personally identifiable information. Other countries have strict data protection laws that govern the collection, handling, and storage of personal information, and the European Union's new General Data Protection Regulation, which went into effect May 25, imposes enhanced data privacy measures on all companies that use personal data of people in EU countries, even if those companies don't have an office in the EU. These laws can apply anytime a CPA handles the personal information of citizens of such countries. Legal duties aside, personal information should be protected because it is a common target of identity thieves and other fraudsters. Are you familiar with the best practices for protecting personal information?
PwC must pay FDIC $625M for failing to uncover fraud scheme
July 2, 2018
A federal judge on Monday said PricewaterhouseCoopers must pay the Federal Deposit Insurance Corp. $625.3 million in damages for failing to uncover a fraud scheme between its client Colonial Bank and the mortgage lender Taylor, Bean & Whitaker. US District Judge Barbara Rothstein ruled after a non-jury trial on damages held in March. She had ruled in December that PwC was liable, without setting damages. Colonial and Taylor Bean both failed in August 2009.
Colonial, based in Montgomery, Ala., had been among the 25 largest US banks, while Ocala, Fla.-based Taylor Bean was the nation's 12th-largest mortgage lender.
GAO issues revised Yellow Book standards for government auditors
By Ken Tysiac
journalofaccountancy.com July 17, 2018
Revised standards issued Tuesday by the U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) are designed to provide a framework for high-quality governmental audits, which include audits of government entities and entities receiving government awards. In a transmittal letter to the standards, U.S. Comptroller Gene Dodaro states that the new generally accepted government auditing standards(GAGAS) reinforce the principles of transparency and accountability for auditors as they provide objective analysis and information in service to the public. Also known as the "Yellow Book," the revision supersedes the 2011 revision of the standards.
Internal Controls, Anti-Fraud Strategies for Companies in India
by Rohini Singh
India is among the world's fastest growing emerging markets, aided by liberal foreign investment policies and an expanding consumer base.
This has catapulted the number of market players - foreign and domestic - and led to high levels of competition in each industry, often exposing firms to the threat of fraud and other risks.A recent industry survey showed that in 2017, 89 percent of the companies based in India were victims of at least one instance of fraud; 33 percent of them suffered revenue losses of more than seven percent due to this.Foreign investors expanding to the Indian market therefore need to prioritize conducting due diligence when entering into partnerships and contracts with firms and vendors in India...To reduce their risk exposure,companies must put in place clear internal control mechanisms that can prevent, detect, and deter fraudulent behavior conducted by employees, vendors, consultants, or various levels of management.
Research over the past 20 years has continued to underscore that integrity drives performance. Corporate culture and tone at the top are considered key drivers of ethical behavior, but boards of directors often devote little time to the topic. Board members generally recognize their responsibility to oversee ethics and compliance, said Pat Harned, CEO of the Ethics and Compliance Initiative, a U.S. think tank. What they struggle with, she said, "[is] to know what questions to ask and what information to look for. I don't think directors are particularly well-versed in recognizing red flags."
Workload needed for Sarbanes-Oxley (SOX) compliance continues to rise
19 July 2017
It has been fifteen years since Sarbanes-Oxley (SOX) became a law. New research from Protiviti finds that time devoted to SOX compliance activities increased for a majority of organisations, and for two out of three of these companies, hours increased markedly underscoring that compliance remains a key focus area of operations. The study, conducted by the global consulting firm among over 450 chief audit executives, and internal audit/finance leaders and professionals in US listed public companies, explores the impact of SOX on businesses and how they are dealing with the law in terms of regulatory compliance. The law, also known as the 'Corporate and Auditing Accountability, Responsibility, and Transparency Act', was accepted in 2002 as a federal law, and set stricter compliance requirements for all US public company boards, management and public accounting firms. SOX - which is relevant for US companies operating across the globe - also includes a number of provisions that apply to privately held companies. SOX's main elements focus on improved financial reporting, management governance, accountability, and auditor independence. The key takeaway from the study is that hours required for SOX compliance continue to go up. Time devoted to SOX compliance activities increased for a majority of organisations, across all filer types.
Bosses face clampdown on share sales after Carillion collapse
By Mark Kleinman
Saturday 14 July 2018
The bosses of Britain's biggest public companies could be forced to hold onto shares for years after they retire under new corporate governance rules to be unveiled next week.
Sky News has learnt that executives will face a ban on the sale of shares awarded under long-term incentive plans for up to five years as part of a clampdown aimed at rebuilding public trust in business.
Sources said that the Financial Reporting Council's (FRC) revamped Corporate Governance Code would impose a new provision for remuneration committees to consider whether executives should be required to continue to hold shares for a period after their employment ends.
That would represent a departure from current policy, and will be seen as a response to public and political anger over the conduct of directors of Carillion, the construction giant which went bust in January. It emerged weeks later that Richard Adam, Carillion's former finance director, had sold £800,000 of shares soon after retiring from its board.
Nigerian Stock Exchange (NSE) Executive Director, Regulations Ms Tinuade Awe has emphasised the importance of financial reporting saying it is very important because people can rely on the statements to take serious decisions.
Awe shared her perspective on the quality of financial reporting in a recent forum on corporate governance in Lagos. She said people use those statements to move from one point to another, and if the quality is poor it will lead to decisions taken from faulty information. The Executive Director stated that Directors are responsible for driving corporate governance code in companies, guided by the provisions of the Company and Allied Matters Act (CAMA) and the Investments and Securities Act.
"Leadership is a matter of having people look at you and gain confidence, seeing how you react. If you're in control, they're in control."
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