PwC’s Forensics team investigates corporate fraud to help victims find a comfortable, valuable solution and meet their legal requirements.

A multi-disciplinary approach to investigating corporate fraud

Corporate fraud has arguably never been more damaging, and not just for those at fault. At the turn of the millennium, the world saw how even the most established organisations can be destroyed by fraud and other financial crimes and irregularities. Not only have businesses failed, but professional reputations have been irreversibly tainted – unfortunately, and unfairly, the victims are rarely unaffected by these issues, either.

Even when a potential fraud has been identified, many law enforcement agencies require the victims of fraud to undertake initial investigations themselves, which can include quantifying losses and identifying potential suspects. Victims of fraud – both individuals and companies – rarely have the expertise, ability or resources to take on these investigations, despite their increasing obligations to do so.

Deciding to pursue recovery is not always so straightforward. Whether or not to recuperate any misappropriated assets depends on a wide range of issues, like the size of the losses, whether the target of any recovery action has sufficient assets to warrant a claim, as well as the location of those assets and whether there's a desire to avoid publicity. 

How PwC can help

PwC’s Forensics team takes the strain away from the victims of business fraud by applying a multi-disciplinary approach to investigations, drawing on the skills and experience of investigators, forensic accountants and forensic computer specialists.

Our experts include certified fraud examiners, who are highly trained and have access to a wide range of tools and techniques to detect and investigate financial crimes.

This means we can effectively cover the following areas of corporate investigation:

  • investigating allegations of fraud, theft and corruption
  • suspicious transaction analysis – detecting fraud where no prior suspicion exists and where there may be large volumes of transactions
  • investigating suspicions or allegations of money-laundering
  • training in fraud prevention, detection and investigation
  • reconstructing financial records
  • liaison with law enforcement and assistance with civil litigation
  • tracing assets
  • background checking using publicly available information
  • visual analysis software to establish and prove associations between individuals
  • assisting in decision-making and in pursuing any resulting recovery actions.
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Stephen Drain

Partner, Auckland, PwC New Zealand

+64 21 196 2500