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Hold Your Horses! How Landmark Fraud May Have Been Avoided WEBINAR


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Member Price $89.00

Non-Member Price $109.00


What can we learn from one of the largest municipal frauds in U.S. history? Rita Crundwell stole nearly $54 million from the citizens of Dixon, Illinois over the course of two decades. This course examines circumstances that allowed this landmark fraud to occur. We will explore internal control deficiencies and other circumstances that hindered prevention or timely detection of Rita’s scheme.


Key aspects of Rita Crundwell’s theft. Internal controls that could have prevented the theft. Internal controls that could have detected the theft in a timely manner. Independence in both fact and appearance. Lessons for CPA firms. Lessons for government agencies.



Designed For

CPAs in public practice, members in industry, and other professionals who want to enhance their fraud awareness and detection skills.


Recall factors that allowed the Dixon fraud to occur. Identify internal controls that could have prevented the fraud. Recognize lessons that CPA firms should learn from this case. Analyze the intricacies of independence. Distinguish best practices for government agencies and other organizations that utilize employees.






  • Chris Harper, CPA Crossings LLC

Non-Member Price $109.00

Member Price $89.00