Crossing the Line
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Level: Basic. Program knowledge level most beneficial to CPAs new to a skill or an attribute. These individuals are often at the staff or entry level in organizations, although content may be of interest to seasoned professional looking to enrich ethical decision-making skills.
CPE Credit: 1.5 credits in Behavioral Ethics
Crossing the Line: Ordinary People Committing Extraordinary Crimes chronicles the lives of five convicted white-collar felons. These ordinary people tell the stories of how they devolved from corporate citizens to deceptive criminals, destroying their lives in the process. As they fight to rebuild their lives after serving time in federal prison, these individuals provide surprising insights into their past behavior and the road ahead.
1. Identify the elements of the fraud triangle and apply them to real-world scenarios.
2. Identify fraud schemes used in embezzlement cases.
3. State an influencing factor in fraud prevention.
4. State the effect that money has on decision making.
5. Define professional skepticism.
6. Define a pro-organizational crime.
7. Define "cooking the books".
8. Recall embezzlement statistics based on the Marquet Report on Embezzlement.
About the Author:
Kelly Richmond Pope, Ph.D., CPA is an expert in the field of white-collar crime. She is a co-author of The A.B.C.'s of Behavioral Forensics: Using Psychology to Prevent, Detect and Deter Fraud. She is a contributing writer for Forbes.com, The Daily Beast and The Washington Post. She also teaches ethics and forensic accounting at various universities across the country.