Forensic Accounting

Our Expertise

The threat of fraud is a reality for all organizations.

Fraud is something that only happens at other organizations, right? That’s what we’d all like to believe, but unfortunately, no organization is immune to fraud, regardless of industry. It’s often the unspoken factor in lost revenue, increasing costs, and diminishing profits. We’ll bring our accounting, auditing, and investigative capabilities to help you preserve evidence and prevent, detect, and quantify losses due to fraudulent activities.

While our fraud specialists are versed in all industries, we collaborate with our firm’s industry leaders to address specific market nuances. We dig deep to uncover issues and vulnerabilities, and our industry experts provide insights to yield the best possible outcome.

Unlike other firms, we don’t have office-level profit centers, meaning our offices don’t compete with each other for clients or resources. We’ll leverage the power of our entire firm to assemble a team of experts with the knowledge and skills you need. We call this our “one-firm firm” philosophy.

We’ll look beyond the numbers, from internal fraud to third-party liability

Contract compliance

Using a fact-based approach, our experts in fraud detection will assess and help identify financial misreporting, improve internal processes, and reestablish the terms of your agreement. Whether it's recognizing altered or fictitious documentation, performing exploratory interviews, or uncovering unreported information, we can better analyze information beyond merely "checking the box." Our services include:

Fraud awareness training
Training your staff to recognize and report fraud is the most cost-effective means of detecting it. Our team of fraud experts have seen countless fraud schemes across various industries, and we’re armed with a foundational understanding of how fraud occurs, how it’s concealed, and how it can be detected. We’re passionate about helping to reduce the risk of fraud in your organization. Whether you need a one-time, basic training or a fully customized learning plan, our flexible courses will help you empower your staff to reduce fraud risk.
Fraud investigations
When fraud happens, the investigation process can become complex and overwhelming. If fraudulent activity is suspected, our independent professionals take the burden of the investigation off management during what can be an emotionally charged situation. In our investigation, we’ll document where and how the fraud occurred and any related losses. Then, we’ll communicate our findings to your management team, administrative boards, and in court. We’ll also offer recommendations to close the internal control gaps that may have led to the fraud.
Insurance claims

It can be challenging to make sense of difficult insurance claims. We bring the expertise and experience needed to handle your insurance matters, no matter how complex. We’re experienced in analyzing:

  • First- & third-party no-fault claims
  • Professional malpractice
  • Property losses
  • Business interruption claims

We’ll navigate submitted information and help solve insurance claim disputes by working with policyholders, their counsel, and insurance companies. You can count on us to provide financial, accounting, and economic analyses services. And, given the breadth of expertise within our firm, we work collaboratively to help resolve related issues, such as a breach in your cybersecurity.

Litigation & economic damages
When you need to measure economic damages, trust our experts. Whether it’s a valuation of the company or a damages assessment, we’ll accurately measure and quantify the amount of economic loss at stake in your dispute. We’ll analyze the available financial, market, and economic data and communicate our findings in a clear, concise manner to judges, juries, arbitrators, or your executives. We have extensive experience testifying in depositions, state and federal courts, and at arbitration hearings.


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Client Experience

A highly skilled and experienced team you can trust

Through experience gleaned from working on thousands of cases, we’ve developed a comprehensive set of forensic accounting skills and advisory services that enables us to help you manage the business risk of fraud with care and sensitivity. We’ve also provided economic damages analyses in thousands of engagements, and our multidisciplinary team of claims analysts has experience in determining supported amounts in all areas of insurance claims.

Our certifications:

Our professionals have certifications that include:

  • Certified Fraud Examiner (CFE)
  • Certified in Financial Forensics (CFF)
  • Certified Public Accountant (CPA)
  • Accredited in Business Valuation (ABV)
  • Accredited Senior Appraiser (ASA)
  • Certified Internal Auditor (CIA)
  • Certified Management Accountant (CMA)
  • Juris Doctor (JD)
Our clients say

During our financial due diligence of a target, we discovered that the controller was stealing cash for a period of eight years, so we hired Plante Moran to assess whether there was an earnings impact from this fraudulent activity. The sellers were very frustrated at this point, so we needed a firm that could move quickly to assess the validity of the earnings to which we underwrote the deal. Plante Moran delivered a comprehensive report within two weeks that got us, our equity investors, and lenders comfortable with the earnings of the business. We closed the transaction shortly thereafter, and it has been a phenomenal investment for us. Our new management team partners were thrilled with Plante Moran’s work and professionalism in a very challenging situation.

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