Self-Study
2
Overview
Accounting
There are no prerequisites.

Course Description

This course provides in-depth coverage of two specific tools for fraud detection. Benford's Law predicts the probability of the distribution of first digits in a set of accounting numbers. In a large population of accounting transactions, by comparing the actual occurrence of first digits in accounting numbers to the Benford distribution, areas of concern are highlighted for further analysis and evaluation. The Beneish M Score quantifies the possibility of financial manipulation occurring in financial statements. If the M Score is greater than (or less negative than) -2.22, it is likely that there is some manipulation of the financial results.

Benford's Law assists in the detection of transactional fraud while the Beneish M Score assists in the detection of fraud in financial reporting. Both of these are powerful tools in the detection of fraud.



Instructor

Joseph Helstrom, CPA

Joseph Helstrom, CPA, is a partner at CFO Resources, LLC, a company focused on training and courseware for CPAs. He’s also the owner of Mill Creek Publishing LLC. Joe has over 30 years of experience as a CPA in both public accounting and industry, with extensive experience in financial reporting and analysis, treasury, tax, information technology, legal and regulatory matters, and strategic planning.

After graduation from Butler University with a degree in accounting, Joe got his start at Ernst & Young. Subsequent to that, he has served for several different companies as a chief financial officer; director of treasury and tax; controller; and manager of financial planning, reporting, and analysis.

Joe and his wife, Patricia McCarthy, produce self-study courses for Western CPE and have published articles in Missouri and Texas CPA society publications titled “Incorporating Excel Arrays into Your Audit Plan.”



Course Specifics

Accounting
Jan 31, 2018
There are no prerequisites.
SS1173467
59
None


Compliance Information

103220
Qualifies for CA Fraud: No


Learning Objectives

Upon successful completion of this course, participants will be able to:

  • Recognize how to use Benford’s Law to detect potential fraud
  • Identify situations where Benford’s Law is and is not applicable
  • Recognize the Beneish M Score and its components


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Our self-study materials are authored by top-quality, industry experts. You’ll receive a bound notebook of all the course materials, shipped to you within one business day. In addition, you’ll also have full online access. Each self-study package includes a robust collection of learning and reference materials to help you cover the information efficiently and put it into practice immediately.

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