Our forensic accountancy team are regularly instructed to perform fraud investigations and investigations into failures of accounting controls.
Baldwins Forensic Accounting can investigate suspicions that a business has been the victim of a fraud perpetuated by one or more of its employees.
All our investigations are conducted in a confidential and prudent manner given the sensitivity of allegations, and to the highest standards of evidence handling should criminal proceedings be required. We work closely with our clients’ legal advisors to ensure a focussed investigation covered by legal privilege protection, and with computer forensic technology specialists where required.
As well as providing factual investigation reports to our clients and authorities as required, we add value by focusing on the weaknesses in the system that allowed the fraud to take place.
Case Study – Financial Fraud Investigation – Charities
Baldwins Forensic Accounting was instructed to investigate whistle-blower allegations of inappropriate, unapproved, un-taxed sums to employees and poor controls over the handling of client funds at the local office of a national charity. On that occasion we were able to provide quick assurance that there were no issues warranting a potential criminal investigation but we were able to provide robust advice to the client as to how they manage any HMRC liabilities arising and improve working practices and culture in key areas.