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  • SDCCPA Article: A New Title, Not a Typo

    Mx. A New Title, Not a Typo

    “There is a void in the English language which we undertake to fill,” wrote a journalist from a Massachusetts newspaper in 1901. “Everyone has been put in an embarrassing position by ignorance of the status of some woman. To call a maiden Mrs. is only a shade worse than to insult a matron with the […]

  • SDC CPA Article

    The Computer Fraud and Abuse Act

    In 1986, U.S. Congress enacted the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act (CFAA), The CFAA was enacted to combat various types of “computer crime.” The Act criminalized, among other things, the act of intentionally accessing a computer without authorization.  In 1986, this meant “hacking or trespassing into computer systems or data.” The CFAA has been expanded […]

  • Unusual News Article by SDC CPAs

    Unusual News

    Employee theft and employee dishonesty cases can follow similar patterns. Employees often steal merchandise, cash, or make personal purchases using company credit cards. But some cases stand out either because of the amount of loss or the method of misappropriation. Here are five over-the-top examples of in-house theft and employee fraud: The Jury Duty that […]

  • Smash, Grab & Run Article by SDC CPAs

    Smash, Grab & Run

    High-end jewelry and precious gems top the list of targets for organized and opportunistic criminals. Grab-and-run losses are all too common in the jewelry industry.  Jewel thieves typically use overt and covert surveillance to gather intelligence before committing their crime. They rely on speed, distraction, store layout, and lax security procedures. While it may be […]

  • Recent Ruling Article by SDCCPA

    Recent Ruling: Medidata Solutions, Inc. v. Federal Ins. Co.

    The case Medidata Solutions, Inc. v. Federal Ins. Co. involved a fraudulent impersonation scheme and an alleged entry into the insured’s computer system. The case involved a series of events seen all too often. The court’s ruling presents a peek into the intricacies of analyzing coverage in traditional computer fraud claims. It is important to […]

  • Computer Fraud Trends Article by SDCCPA

    Computer Fraud Trends

    Since May 2000, the FBI’s Internet Crime Complaint Center (IC3) has received more than 4 million complaints. Incidences of internet crime are steadily increasing. In 2013, IC3 received 262,813 complaints, with a reported loss amount of $781.8 million. In 2017, IC3 received 301,580 complaints, with a reported losses of $1.4 billion. Tracking the Trends IC3 […]

  • Would your employees past this test Article by SDCCPA

    Would Your Employees Pass This Test?

    No company wants to become the next Sony or Target. Hacks affecting high-profile companies have caused major headlines and businesses have become increasingly wary. Data shows phishing emails are often the entry points for hackers. Employees who click on links in scam emails could potentially unleash malware or provide access to fraudsters. Canada ranks second […]

  • Scientia Potentia Est Article by SDCCPA

    Scientia Potentia Est (Knowledge is Power)

    The 2018 Global Study on Occupational Fraud and Abuse is hot off the press – and it’s an important resource for anyone interested in occupational fraud. The report includes valuable information on how fraud is committed, how it’s detected, who commits it, and how organizations can protect themselves. Compiled by the Association of Certified Fraud […]

  • Contacting the Police Article by SDCCPA

    Contacting the Police

    A recent study by the University of Cincinnati found 64% of small businesses surveyed to have experienced employee theft. The study surveyed 314 small business owners in Cincinnati in a range of industries: finance and banking, manufacturing, service, and restaurant and retail. Despite the high number of incidences of employee theft, only 16% of those […]