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Why Auditors Fail To Detect Fraud WEBCAST


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Prior to the original SAS No. 82 on Consideration of Fraud In A Financial Statement Audit (now codified as SAS No. 122, AU 240), the word fraud never appeared in a single SAS, nor was it described anywhere. SAS No. 82 stated that auditors failed to detect fraud for two reasons: 1) They did not know what it looked like and 2) They had not been trained to look for it. Although the SASs did not provide any guidance, auditors have always been responsible for the detection of anything that would cause a material misstatement of the financial statements whether caused by error or irregularities. (They would not even say the word fraud until it appeared in SAS No. 82) The standards were replete with guidance on the detection of an error but silent on how to detect irregularities. Now auditors are required to document in every financial statement audit their process of determining the risk of financial misstatement due to fraud. This presentation is designed to focus on frauds that were missed by the auditors and, in some cases, why it was missed. There will also be discussion as to what the auditor must do in order to improve their track record on detecting fraud.


Reasons auditors fail to detect fraud. Willful ignorance. SAS No. 82. Additional documentation. How and who to talk to. Determining the tone at the top. How to determine intent. If you expect it, you will see it.



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Financial auditors. Internal auditors. Financial administrators


Understanding the importance of developing and maintaining professional skepticism. Evaluating the tone at the top. Determining intent. Obtaining an in-depth knowledge of your client’s operations. Recognizing red flags related to fraud. Looking for what should be there. Looking for what should not be there. Identifying unusual transactions.






Leader Bios

Dennis Dycus, BPN Inc

Mr. Dennis F. Dycus, CFE, CPA, CGFM, presently serves as the Director of the Division of Municipal Audit for the Office of the Comptroller of the Treasury, State of Tennessee. A graduate of Western Kentucky University, Mr. Dycus is a frequent guest speaker/lecturer for various college business/accounting classes, professional associations, local, state and national conferences and not-for-profit organizations. In 1996, the Eta Omicron Chapter of Beta Alpha Psi presented him with the Distinguished Alumnus Award in recognition of his support of the WKU Accounting Department. A 1986 graduate of the Tennessee Government Executive Institute, Mr. Dycus is an active member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants where he previously served on the Members in Government Committee, the Ad Hoc CPE Curriculum Task Force on Government and the National CPE Curriculum Subcommittee. He is also a member of the Tennessee Society of Certified Public Accountants, the Association of Government Accountants, where he previously served as chapter president; the Government Finance Officers Association, and the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners, where he also served as chapter president and is a former member of both the Association’s Board of Regent and ACFE Foundation as well as a member of their instructor faculty on a national basis. In June, 2005, the Middle Tennessee Chapter honored him with the designation of president emeritus in recognition of his longstanding contributions to the chapter. For the last several years, Mr. Dycus has developed and/or conducted training programs in all fifty states, Puerto Rico, Guam, Canada and Europe. He is a frequent speaker at various professional conferences, both on a local and national level. In 1989 and again in 1997, he was the recipient of the AGA’s, National Education and Training Award and has been presented with several Outstanding Discussion Leader Awards by both the Tennessee and Florida Societies of Certified Public Accountants. In 1998 he was honored with the Association of Certified Fraud Examiner’s, Distinguished Achievement Award for his meritorious service in the detection and deterrence of fraud and in 2001 was one of only three individuals to receive the designation as a Fellow of the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners in recognition for his contribution to expanding the Association’s body of knowledge toward the detection of fraud. In 2003 he was the recipient of the Tennessee Society of CPA’s first ever, Outstanding CPA in Government Award and in 2004 received the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners’ Outstanding CFE in Government Award. In 2009 he was recognized as a Friend of the Association by the Tennessee Association of Utility Districts for his contribution to the utility industry in Tennessee. This was only the second such recognition the association had made in its 52 year history. In addition, he has authored articles on auditing for fraud for national publications.

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