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financial transactions

Investigating Financial Transactions

The primary purpose of financial transaction investigation is to identify and document specific evidence involving the movement of money, usually as part of a broader investigation into misconduct, irregularities, bribery, corruption, fraud, embezzlement, money laundering or other criminal activity that revolves around money.

Financial transaction investigations require a multidisciplinary approach involving forensic accountants, financial investigators, litigation experts, digital forensic, cyber investigation and intelligence analysts. These types of investigations are typically document-intensive, involving the meticulous examination of hundreds, thousands or even tens of thousands of records, files, receipts, logs, accounts, books, agreements and documents in order to:

  • Determine what really happened

  • Answer specific questions about the flow of money, such as:

    • Where did the money came from? (tracing it back to its original source)

    • Where is the money now?

    • Where has the money been?

    • Where is the money going?

  • Recreate or reconstruct complex financial and transactional data

  • Assess internal control and remediation

  • Quantify losses

  • Formulate an asset recovery plan

  • Identify, secure, collect and collate additional evidence