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Conducting Internal Investigation - Lagos

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Request a date - Apr 14 2017Lagos5 days₦ 189,000
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Course overview

Conducting an internal investigation can be a difficult task. An investigation into employee wrongdoing can be costly, disruptive and time-consuming, and can also lead to a variety of legal problems and other unexpected complications if it is not conducted with the utmost care and confidentiality. However, a well-run internal investigation can enhance a company’s overall well-being and can help detect the source of lost funds, identify responsible parties and recover losses. It can also provide a defence to legal charges by terminated or disgruntled employees. But perhaps most important, an internal investigation will signal to other employees that the company will not tolerate fraud. 

Conducting Internal Investigations will prepare you for every step of an internal investigation into potential fraud, from receiving the initial allegation to testifying as a witness. In this course, you will learn how to lead an internal investigation with accuracy and confidence by gaining knowledge about various topics, such as relevant legal aspects of internal investigations, using computers in an investigation, collecting and analysing internal and external information, interviewing witnesses and writing reports.

Course Objectives

Understanding fraud and how it can be committed
Learning about the different fraud schemes and their red flags
Developing a fraud prevention policy and procedures
Understanding Corruption and its different forms
Conducting an effective internal investigation
Identifying the sources of information available and relevant
How to obtain relevant evidence
Handling the evidence by following the procedures
Analysis of documents 
How to prepare an interview
Conducting an effective interview
Dealing with difficult people and barriers
Confidently testifying as a witness

Course Outline

Understanding Fraud
What is Fraud?
The Basics of Fraud
Who Commits Fraud and Why
Fraud Triangle
Fraud Schemes and Red Flags
Types of asset misappropriation
Cash theft: skimming and larceny
Fraudulent disbursements
Theft of Stock and Other Assets 
Fraudulent Financial Statement Schemes
Case study/ Group Work: Identifying red flags in different scenarios presented for analysis, and a case study in identifying red flags in financial statements
Fraud Prevention  
Purposes of Internal Controls as a fraud prevention measure
Fraud Prevention Programmes
Development of Fraud Prevention Policy
Implementation of Suitable Internal Controls Procedures in your
Monitoring and Reporting
Detection and Discovery
Warning Signs
Getting the Evidence
Case study in Risk Assessment using different scenarios where possible areas of risk must be identify and the monitoring and control activities required to address those risks
Introduction to Internal Investigations
Presentation of the course and the objectives
Upon receipt of the allegation: complaint or tipping-off - When and how to act
Investigations: Who, What, Where, When, How, and Why
Setting up an action plan – setting objectives of the investigation
Timing and scope of the investigation
How to begin the investigation
Review of Internal Controls for irregularities and weaknesses
Use of Red Flags as a basis for further investigation
Pitfalls and legal issues
Group Work: use of ICQ and other fraud risk tools to identify weaknesses and areas requiring further review and investigation in practical scenarios
Collection and Analysis of Documents
What documents you need
Where to find them
Consent requirement and privacy issues
Access to Digital documents and its retrieval 
Chain of custody
Analysis of documents
Access to public records and availability of information
Type of records available
Data Protection and Freedom of Information issues
Internet as a source of information
Case Study: how to assess the importance of documents and how to analyse them
Case study: Delegates will be require to propose documents required in investigations and how to carry out the analysis
Interview Preparation
Interviewing Witnesses
Question typology: open, closed, introductory, informational
Legal considerations when conducting an interview
Elements of conversations: expression, persuasion, information exchange
Inhibitors of communication: ego threat, forgetting, chronological confusion, unconscious behaviour
Interview Mechanics
Eye contact
Writing down questions
Documenting results
Dealing with resistance and difficult people
Admission seeking questions: preparation and steps
Role play in conducting an interview
Group Work: Role play in how to carry out an interview and what pitfalls to avoid to succeed
Concluding the investigation
Presenting the results of your investigation
The outcome of the investigation and the next step
Preparing and writing the report
Format of the report and objectives
The report for management, lawyers, law enforcement or the court
Case Study/ Group Work: preparing a report with the conclusions to be presented to management regarding the findings of the investigation
Testifying as a fact witness
Preparing to testify
Testifying at trial: direct examination v cross-examination 
Defending your report
Group Work/ Case Study: Examples of errors to avoid when testifying and defending your report in Court
Understanding Corruption
Definition of Corruption
Corruption Schemes:
Bribery: Kickback Schemes, Bid-Rigging Schemes
Illegal Gratuities
Economic Extortion
Conflicts of Interest

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