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What to Do When the Authorities Just Aren’t Interested

July 22, 2015

Mary Breslin, CFE, CIA President, Empower Audit Sometimes stopping a fraud and terminating an employee are all you can do. Even though those are two accomplishments in themselves, they can leave you wondering, “What do…

An oil rig, a complex cover-up and a deadly kickback scheme

August 12, 2015

Mary Breslin, CFE, CIA, shares a case study involving an oil rig, a complex cover-up and a deadly kickback scheme. When we talk about kickback schemes, people tend to envision the movie portrayal of two…

Raise The Red Flag

October 31, 2015

An Internal Auditor’s Guide to Detect and Prevent Fraud By: Lynn Fountain The fraud curve can be treacherous. By applying the principles and practices in this book, along with professional skepticism and a questioning mind,…

Character and Behavior: The Other Red Flags of Fraud

January 30, 2016

Mary Breslin, CFE, CIA President, Empower Audit I sat in front of my boss, the general counsel for the organization I worked for, waiting for our meeting to begin. I was still searching for the…

Can You Teach Intuition?

April 5, 2016

Last week I taught a course on leveraging data analytics to detect fraud. I love teaching fraud courses and have had a decade-and-a-half love affair with data analytics — specifically what a mature analytics program…

Spotting a Nonprofit Fraud Within Minutes of an Audit

June 22, 2016

Mary Breslin, CFE, CIA, president of Empower Audit, shares the lessons she learned from her very first fraud case and the red flags she spotted within the first 10 minutes of a routine audit.

Under Pressure: How Organization Incentive Programs Can Lead To Fraud

March 31

Mary Breslin, CFE, CIA Founder and Managing Partner, Empower Audit I’ve had a lot of professional nicknames over the years. “Scary Mary” was popular for quite some time, but more recently people have called me…

Starting a Compliance Program

May 3

Most companies don’t start out with a full-time compliance team.  Heck, most probably don’t even start with a part-time team.  But as an organization grows, eventually it is time to take the plunge. Tony Joy…

Not All That Glitters: When to Question Success

September 19

Mary Breslin, CFE, CIA President, Verracy Years ago, I called my sister who was a journalist specializing in health and nutrition for a woman’s magazine, which she now runs, to ask her advice about the…

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