Financial crimes and scandals constantly victimize sophisticated companies, investors, executives, and business deal-makers. Whether you’re planning a major investment, a corporate acquisition, or merger, you can’t afford to have it happen to you. In Digging for Disclosure, the leaders of a world-class corporate investigations firm show you exactly how to protect yourself from financial fraud.
Kenneth Springer and Joelle Scott draw on decades of experience as investigators working for top clients. They present dozens of stunning stories of real-world financial malfeasance, as well as powerful lessons and techniques for recognizing the signals of fraud, and successfully exposing it. You’ll discover little-known databases for uncovering what corporate criminals don’t want you to know—and how to go beyond the Internet to find crucial information that only exists offline. Springer and Scott show how to “think like a swindler”… track down fraud both before and after a transaction… gather crucial competitive intelligence… find hidden assets such as co-op real estate… uncover foreign criminal convictions… understand a potential borrower’s true financial situation… perform background checks on corporations… even investigate the potential involvement of organized crime.
You can’t afford not to know who you’re dealing with. Digging for Disclosure will help you make sure you do—always.
Table of Contents
Chapter 1: Just When You Think You Know Someone 5
Chapter 2: A Swindler State of Mind 11
Chapter 3: We Call That a Clue 15
Chapter 4: The Gray Area: Somewhere Between Fraud and Fudging
Chapter 5: Sometimes, You Just Gotta Ask 29
Chapter 6: Crossing Borders: International Investigations 43
Chapter 7: Digging for Disclosure 55
Chapter 8: The Competitive Edge 65
Chapter 9: Never Too Late: When Problems Arise Post-Investment 73
Chapter 10: Tracking Down a Threat 83
Chapter 11: Now That Is Criminal 89
Chapter 12: Dial ‘F’ for Fraud: The Benefits of an Ethics Hotline 103
Chapter 13: This One Goes Out to the Attorneys 107
Chapter 14: The Godfather in the Boardroom 113
Chapter 15: Show Me the Money: Asset Investigations 121
Chapter 16: Investigating the Inc. 131
Chapter 17: You, the Referee 137
Chapter 18: The Secret Sauce 145
Chapter 19: Testing, Testing 159
Resource Guide 173