Fraud Investigation


This five-day practical CPD course is specifically designed to enhance your expertise in fraud investigation and financial criminal investigation both locally and internationally.

The course covers a broad range of topics related to fraud and financial crime. It is delivered through direct coaching, using a series of hands-on exercises supported by lectures and case discussions. Participants will engage in scientific methods of experimentation with practical scenarios, utilise forensic accounting within the investigative process to gather complex crime evidence, and explore practical scenarios of vital intelligence evidence gathering and statement making.

The main emphasis is on helping you develop and apply the skills required to effectively identify and disseminate information about criminal proceeds.

You’ll be provided with a comprehensive overview of key topics, including:

  • Fraud investigation techniques
  • Financial criminal investigation strategies
  • Identification and dissemination of criminal proceed

Course Aims

  1. To increase awareness and knowledge on fraud investigation both locally and internationally, financial criminal investigation, criminal proceeds identification and dissemination.
  2. To explore the development of international cooperation and recommendations adopted to curb organised crime and terrorist financing and its relationship with international money laundering.
  3. To critically review both national and international organised crime and anti-terrorist financing, the sanctions, and preventative measures in line with international standards and cooperation.

This course is run by the Centre for Study of Organised Crime which has a broad range of continuing professional development (CPD) short courses. These are accredited by University of Buckingham in the form of certificate of attendance.


Module Breakdown by Subject

DAY ONE – Fraud – Range, Patterns and Causes/ Risk Management – An Overview

Session 1: 

  1. What is fraud?
  2. How large is the problem?
  3. Which businesses are affected?
  4. Why do people commit fraud?
  5. Who commits fraud?

 Session 2: 

  1. What is risk management?
  2. The meaning of Corporate Governance
  3. The risk management life cycle
  4. The establishing of a risk management team and goal setting
  5. Identifying risk areas in business  

DAY TWO – Risk Management/ Business Governance Issues – Fraud Prevention

 Session 3: 

  1. Understand and assessment of the scale of risk
  2. Developing a risk response strategy
  3. Implementing the strategy and allocation of responsibilities
  4. Implementing and the monitoring of controls
  5. Reviewing and refining practices
  6. Decision making information

 Session 4: 

  1. A strategy to combat fraud
  2. Developing a sound ethical culture
  3. Sound internal control systems
  4. National and International preventative measures in line with international standards and cooperation.

DAY THREE – Financial Crime Investigation and its Management – Fraud Detection/Fraud – Response – Use of forensic accounting within the investigative process 

Session 5: 

  1. Detection methods & Investigation
  2. Indicators and warnings
  3. Tools and techniques
  4. Investigation process of complex frauds of organised crime and terrorist financing through inter-agency cooperation.
  5. Fraud Response Plan – its purpose

Session 6: 

  1. Corporate policy
  2. Definition of fraud (revisited for the purpose of open discussion)
  3. Roles and Responsibilities
  4. The response – Who to involve, and why.
  5. Organization’s objectives and its dealing with fraud events
  6. Follow up approach and actions 

DAY FOUR Bribery Act 2010 & Fraud Act 2006 – Use and Impact 

Session 7: 

  1.   Introduction to Bribery Act 2010
  2. Introduction to Fraud Act 2006 – (1) fraud by false representation, (2) fraud by failing to disclose information, and (3) fraud by abuse of position.
  3.   Organisations – Risk Based Approach
  4.   Hospitality – Understanding its limitations
  5.   Offences dealt with in the UK
  6.   Case studies
  7.   Section 7 – Liability of Commercial Organisations
  8.   Associated persons who provide a service
  9.   Prosecutable Discretion
  10.   Six Principles
  11.   Top level commitment to standard operating procedures

Session 8: 

DAY FIVE – Money Laundering & Terrorist Financing    

  1. What is money laundering?
  2. Terrorist Financing – FATF 40 + 9 recommendations
  3. Why is it such an issue now?
  4. What is being done to counter it?
  5. What are the compliance issues?
  6. What are the prevention issues?
  7. What is the risk of getting it wrong?
  8. The way forward
  9. Film on Bribery and Corruption “No Bribery please we’re British 

Close down – Final Questions and Answers


*Time for Questions and Answers has been built into each session and also at the end of each day. 

**Throughout the week, sessions will be supported by ppt presentation and video links in order to stimulate discussion.

Who This Course is for

This course is aimed at those decision-makers, managers, and all members of public and private sector organisations, who require an understanding of corruption and its ramifications in the workplace.  

The course is also a must for members of law enforcement agencies and those directly involved within the procurement management arena, as well as project managers, contract managers, policy makers and advisors.


Course Team

Professor David M J Graves

David M J Graves

Managing Director

Gerald Doyle

Director of Financial Pathways

Dr. Chris Allen

Senior Police Practice Tutor

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