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  • The Surge in Unemployment Benefits Identity Theft

    The COVID-19 pandemic has caused severe financial strain as millions continue to face layoffs, furloughs, and reduced hours. This spike in joblessness and hardship led to a record-setting 57 million people filing for unemployment benefits between March and September of 2020. This influx of unemployment filings has also brought on a surge in cases of unemployment […]

  • How Scammers Target Vulnerable Populations

    In 2019 the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) reported approximately $2 billion in losses due to scams targeting private individuals, with estimates for 2020 appearing significantly higher. While loss due to scams is widespread and harmful, scams can be especially devastating to the most vulnerable members of society. Scams that specifically target vulnerable populations often go […]

  • Celebrities Who Started Their Careers in Accounting

    The utility of accounting careers and the analytical, mathematical focus of accountancy may be responsible for the stereotype of accounting being plain or dull. Bucking this stereotype, a number of celebrities’ careers began in accounting. Ranging from professional singers and athletes to bestselling authors, these famous individuals studied or practiced accountancy before they landed in […]

  • Detecting and Preventing Payroll Fraud

    Payroll fraud, or schemes in which employees use means to deceive employers into issuing undue payments, represents one of the most common forms of employee theft. Payroll fraud is always a possibility for any business that issues paychecks to its employees. Because of the many methods of perpetrating payroll fraud, a well-educated business is a […]

  • Busting Ghost Employee Schemes

    One of the first major cases of employee fraud to break in 2021 was a “ghost employee” scheme in which a computer technician working for Chicago Public Schools stole approximately $122,000.00 during a two-year period. This case, as reported by the Chicago Sun-Times on January 6, saw the unnamed computer technician living in California and […]

  • Lessons From the Largest Municipal Fraud in American History

    In 2012, the small town of Dixon, Illinois found its claim to fame; it was the site and victim of a $53 million embezzlement scheme perpetrated by a former town official. The official, Rita Crundwell, had led an exorbitant lifestyle and created a horse-breeding empire at the expense of her struggling town. The story of […]

  • Preparing for the Threat of Deep Fakes

    In 2018, hobbyists experimenting with machine learning and artificial intelligence reached a remarkable technological achievement with deeply problematic ramifications: the first widely circulated deep fakes. In a short amount of time, deep fakes have become a matter of public knowledge. They have generated widespread fear for their breach of personal privacy and potential for disinformation. […]

  • Trailblazers in Accounting: Kimberly Ellison-Taylor

    In 2016, the American Institute of CPAs (AICPA) chose its first African-American Chairman of the Board of Directors, Kimberly Ellison-Taylor, CPA, CGMA. With her leadership experience at NASA, Motorola, and Oracle – as well as her active involvement in the AICPA – Ellison-Taylor was a natural choice for the position. During her term as Chairman […]

  • Making Connections to Encourage Accounting Students

    Universities, advocacy organizations, and accounting professionals are currently faced with an important question: what will it take to ensure a healthy, sustainable number of students majoring in accounting—especially among African American students? Data from AICPA “Trends in the Supply of Accounting Graduates and the Demand for Public Accounting Recruits Report” indicates the percentage of African […]

  • Trailblazers in Accounting: John Cromwell Jr.

    With more than 5,000 African American CPAs in the United States today, the profession has made remarkable progress in the last 50 years, especially compared to the early years of the CPA designation. This progress was made possible by the dedication and tenacity of many pioneers in the field of accounting—one of the earliest of […]

  • The Fiery History of Business Income Loss Protection

    As businesses struggle with the difficulties of an isolated workforce and changing consumer needs during the COVID-19 pandemic, income loss has threatened to make business closures and cutbacks permanent. Across the insurance industry, loss of business income claims have surged and forensic accounting firms, such as SDC CPAs, are tasked with investigating and verifying these […]

  • Identifying and Understanding Kickback Schemes

    In September of 2020, a high ranking official of the Houston Independent School District was accused of participating in a cash kickback scheme. Allegedly, the official worked with a landscaping contractor to approve and pay for phony proposals from the contractor. The jobs for which the contractor was paid were done, at times, by school […]