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October 2018

Recent Article:

Clandestine Forensic Accounting Adventure
to Uncover Fraud

The "field work" began with a meeting behind a restaurant at midnight with an informant. Preparation for the meeting involved several investigators covertly assuring that the informant was not being followed or otherwise observed. It was a fitting start to a most unusual "site visit."

The most effective detection method for identifying occupational fraud in a business is the tip by an employee or others. Determining what to do with the tip is difficult. In this case, the informant was an entry-level accounting clerk who had first-hand observations and knowledge of a complex conspiracy among several members of division management to defraud the company of millions of dollars.

Strict Secrecy

Because of the level of potential collusion the Board concluded that extraordinary measures must be taken to conduct the investigation. They hired a retired Federal law enforcement executive to lead the investigation with instructions to maintain strict secrecy of the fact of the investigation as well as the details and progress of the work.

Not sure of how extensive the conspiracy scheme was, there was to be no communication with any member of management or the outside auditors. In fact, all reporting on the progress and conclusions of the investigation were to be reported to the Chairman of the Board via his personal secure phone line or in-person.

The secrecy of the investigation presented several unique dilemmas (READ ENTIRE ARTICLE).

Service Profile:

Litigation Consulting Services for Business Valuations

Arxis Financial's "Litigation Consulting" practice provides objective and independent evaluation of business valuations, in particular, the economic and financial issues involved in commercial and civil litigation. Business valuations can be prepared by Arxis Financial personnel, and supported in litigation proceedings by our Litigation Consulting personnel.We can also evaluate valuations prepared by experts hired by opposing counsel.

Our specialists have extensive experience in presenting and defending our findings in litigation proceedings, including depositions and trial at local, state and federal court levels, as well as mediation and arbitration. We assist attorneys in interpreting the valuation, and help counsel to understand and analyze events or issues. This level of support can be a key asset in determining a legal strategy as well as reaching a reasonable and efficient conclusion.

Our clients benefit from having valuation professionals who understand the realities of market valuations much better than the purely theoretical practitioners, resulting in very defensible and clear valuations. A key reason that attorneys engage Arxis Financial is our ability to analyze, explain and present financially complex valuation issues, which is an important asset in determining a legal strategy as well as achieving your client's goals. Our experts are well-known in the industry and highly respected for their depth of knowledge and resources.

If you have any questions about Litigation Consulting Services for Business Valuations, please feel free to contact us.


Upcoming Speaking Engagements for Chris Hamilton

Chris Hamilton's upcoming presentations include:


  • CVA certification training "Fundamentals, Techniques, and Theory," presented to NACVA, Salt Lake City, UT


  • "10 Facts that Simplify and Clarify Business Valuation," presented to Woodland Hills Tax and Estate Planning Council

If you are interested in asking Mr. Hamilton to speak at your organization's upcoming meeting, please feel free to contact him.

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Chris Hamilton, CPA, CFE, CVA
Chris Hamilton, CPA, CFE, CVA
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