An Introduction to Internet-based Financial Investigation: Structuring and Resourcing the Search for Hidden Assets and Information

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Gower Publishing, Ltd., 2011 - Business & Economics - 230 pages
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Increasingly, employees of regulatory bodies, law enforcement agencies and others who are not trained forensic accountants or experienced investigators find themselves responsible for conducting what amount to financial investigations. An engineer who oversees the cleanup of a toxic waste site might need to track down the former owners of the site to find the polluter. Perhaps the applicable licensing agency receives a complaint that an attorney mishandled a client's money. Maybe it's the attorney who needs help finding the assets with which a client's former spouse has absconded. Training in investigation techniques tends to be very limited for many employees. Training on how to find information without incurring significant expense is virtually nonexistent. This book helps fill the void. An Introduction to Internet-Based Financial Investigations will help anyone who conducts financial investigations as part of their job to reduce their dependence on trial and error by showing them where and how to look. Using clear sections describing how to approach an investigation, including the ethical perspective; what to look for and what you find; what free and low cost internet resources are available to support investigations; and how to assemble and present the results of investigations, Kimberly Goetz guides students and beginning investigators through the complex world of financial investigations.
 

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Contents

Why and Where to Start
1
Ethical Considerations
7
Thinking About Financial Fraud and Investigations
17
What Can You Do With Money?
23
Legal Structures
37
Legal Documents
45
Starting the Search
57
Real Estate Records
69
Commercial and BusinessRelated Websites
93
Websites from Nonprofits and Other Organizations
103
Additional Websites and Resources
109
Requesting Additional Information and Understanding What You Receive
129
Getting Help from the Numbers
141
Dealing with People Problems
153
Telling the Story
169
Final Thoughts and Considerations
183

Search Engines and Web Portals
77
Government and Law Related Websites
87
Writing InternetBased Investigation Plans and Reports
215
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Kimberly Goetz is a Regulatory Analyst with the State of Washington Department of Ecology, USA. She is responsible for all aspects of her Department's hazardous waste Financial Assurance Program and provides financial investigation and analysis services to regional staff and site managers. She is also the Legislative Coordinator for the Department's Hazardous Waste and Toxics Reduction Program, and performs policy and economic analysis for legislative issues and pending legislation.

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