Corporate Fraud and Forensic Investigations Services

Consulting services to help conduct an investigation

When an allegation or evidence of misconduct comes to light, a transparent, detailed investigation is critical to maintaining public trust. But corporate investigations can be a complex and exacting process. Our regulatory and legal support services are designed to support your legal and compliance teams in their investigation from before the beginning to after the end.

The lifecycle of an investigation

A typical investigation has several phases and can spark some, if not all, the following actions:

Initiate investigation
The start of any investigation centers around collection of information. Sometimes there is data profiling, a request for documents, search warrant, or grand jury subpoena. Sometimes there is an element of surprise with an unannounced on-site visit, undercover operations, or raid.

Conduct investigation
From there, an in-depth review of documents, records, and business practices along with stakeholder interviews is completed. Questions are answered.

Quantify potential damages
Next, organizations need to develop a theory of the damages to determine if it makes sense to litigate or negotiate settlements.

If litigation is necessary, organizations often conduct additional discovery, engage with specialists as necessary, and finalize their theory of the damages.

Negotiate settlement
Typically, there is a delivery of findings and demand for damages. Preparation of the settlement requirements and a review of existing compliance programs is conducted.

Settle and remediate
A financial settlement agreement is written and the impact on company’s beneficiaries, executives, and board of directors is assessed. Organizations may also seek out development of a Corporate Integrity Agreement (CIA) as well as address other compliance requirements and potential program exclusions.

Post settlement/monitoring
Additional recommendations may include establishing an Independent Review Organization (IRO) and potential renegotiation of CIA terms is needed.

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Efficiently navigate the process

Deloitte provides a range of services to assist clients in their investigations at any step in the process. For example, we can assist your efforts to:

  • Locate and preserve evidence, including data and documents such as accounting records, computers, mobile devices, contracts, and policies
  • Analyze qualitative and quantitative information and data received
  • Leverage analytics to perform financial and economic analyses on accounting data
  • Identify individuals for informational interviews
  • Develop interview questions and template
  • Conduct informational interviews
  • De-duplicate and search electronic evidence to review, redact, and produce responsive documents
  • Conduct background research on selected individuals or companies
  • Prepare fact witness statements and expert witness reports
  • Assist with people, process, technology, and control elements of remediation resulting from the investigation findings
  • Conduct ongoing reviews and assessments

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Ron Schwartz

Ron Schwartz

Advisory Partner, Risk and Financial Advisory

Ron specializes in providing forensic investigations (including investigations under the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act and the False Claims Act), internal control consulting, and fraud prevention cons... More

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