Cases of fraud almost always cause an organisation to suffer financial damage. But fraud also causes reputational damage. Nothing is quite as difficult to repair as broken trust and a damaged reputation. What’s more, fraud also often inflicts emotional damage on staff. Providing clarity and responding adequately is therefore essential.
A fraud investigation offers insight into all the facts and circumstances and into the roles played by persons and parties involved. An investigation forms a picture of the nature and extent of fraud. The outcomes of an investigation enable the organisation concerned to determine the best steps to take next. This could be measures against the fraudster, such as recovering losses suffered, but also, e.g., reporting a crime to the police. Or taking action to prevent fraud in the future. Consideration can also be given to whether it is necessary to make the incident public.
The investigative report can, if necessary, be introduced as an independent and objective document in legal proceedings.