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Fraud Investigation
If you suspect fraudulent activities, our forensic team can investigate. If you have been hit by fraud, they can help you quantify your losses and seek restitution. More importantly they can help you prevent dishonest situations by instituting proper controls and fraud-resistant processes.

Fraud Investigation

Retailers can depend on our fraud team for detection and prevention

According to the latest statistics from the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners (ACFE), retail is in the top five industries for incidents of fraud. According to their statistics, retailers reported 63 cases of frauds with a median loss of $153,000.

Fraud affects everyone: know how it affects you

Fraud affects everyone differently. Retail is one of the hardest hit industries. Coming in at fifth on the list of most frequently victimized organization, it’s important to take the steps to prevent an occurrence. View the latest statistics from ACFE.

If you suspect fraudulent activities in your organization, you can depend on the forensic team at Plante & Moran to investigate. We bring together accounting, auditing, and investigative skills to help retailers uncover fraud and preserve evidence. You will appreciate that our fraud investigation team looks beyond the numbers and deals with the business reality of the situation. Another plus — we can communicate the financial information in a clear and concise manner to your organization’s management, administrative boards, and in court. 


You will appreciate our wide range of skills and experience

Members of the forensic team have certifications that include Certified Fraud Examiner (CFE), Certified in Financial Forensics (CFF), Certified Public Accountant (CPA), Certified Management Accountant (CMA), and Juris Doctor (JD). We also bring experience working on thousands of fraud investigation cases for a broad range of industry clients.

You will also benefit from our access to the skills and experience of our 1,600 Plante & Moran colleagues. Our clients point out they like the idea that within our firm we have all of the necessary talent to successfully complete an investigation. That comprehensive approach saves time and money. 

Prevent fraud: know the behavioral red flags

Fraud perpetrators (affectionately known as “fraudsters”) often display certain behaviors that may serve as warning signs to management and co-workers. The two most common red flags are living beyond one’s means and financial difficulties. However, it’s important not to ignore the other warning signs of a possible fraudster.

Our forensic accounting experience provides results

Our forensic accounting work has taken us across the country and abroad to assist businesses with forensic accounting investigations related to the prevention, detection, and quantification of losses due to fraudulent activities. From digital forensics to customer fraud, misappropriation of assets to employee embezzlement, the fraud investigation experts at Plante & Moran have the experience and skills to help you assess and deal with dishonest situations that are costing you money.

“It was tough when we managers were going through the process of developing an ESOP and buying the grocery stores (8) from the owner. The Plante & Moran team made sure everyone was taken care of. And we continue to rely on them. They help us deal with day-to-day balance sheet issues as well as cost cutting and cash flow modeling. They seem to be always looking out for us and encourage us to look at the bigger picture. We appreciate how deeply they are committed to our success.”

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