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Forensic Focus - November 2011

Cutting through the smoke and mirrors


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Forensic FocusWelcome to the last edition of Forensic Focus for 2011. Christmas is, once again, rushing up on us and a relaxing summer break is enticingly imminent.

A recent highlight for our team was a visit by Toby Bishop. Toby is based in the Deloitte Forensic Center in the United States. He was previously president of the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners and has a vast array of knowledge that we were keen to learn from. Ian Tuke and Faris Azimullah ran two Counter-fraud workshops with Toby while he was here. In our first article Ian discusses understanding your counter fraud gaps.

A tool that we employ, in both counter-fraud and investigation work, is visualisation. Lisa Tai attended the i2 user group conference in Canberra in September. This gave her the opportunity to enhance her data visualisation skills. Lisa shares some simple visualisation techniques you can run to detect fraud.

Also in September, a judgement was issued for a case that was heard during a five week trial in February and March of this year. Lorinda Kelly and I prepared a damages claim for the plaintiff in the case and I presented the claim as an expert witness. Lorinda shares some key findings from the judgement and reflects on how an expert can influence a judge.

Finally, Barry Foster has been refining pre-discovery processing following the amendments to the District Court and High Court Rules that come into effect in February 2012.

I hope you enjoy the read and we wish you a safe and enjoyable festive season.

Barry Jordan and the team

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