By Nicole Fracasso, OSCPA communications intern
Fraud can be committed by anybody, and it can happen at any organization of any size, said Kelly Richmond Pope, Ph.D., CPA.
Pope, an associate professor of accountancy at DePaul University, will discuss how to detect red flags in conflict situations when she presents at OSCPA’s Fraud and Forensic Accounting Virtual Conference on Dec. 17.
“I’m talking about how people miss red flags in business scenarios,” she said. “We’re going to look at a couple of cases, talk about the fraud schemes that happened and then talk about the red flags that were present in those situations and how they were missed.”
Pope said the pandemic-prompted shift to remote work has increased the likelihood of fraud.
“We’re now home-based, transmitting a lot of information digitally in a way that we never did before, so I think it has heightened the opportunity for fraud to happen,” Pope said.
She is most looking forward to seeing the participants recognize how they miss warning signs of fraud and acknowledging the growth needed in the profession to help prevent bad actions.
“I hope the participants find the information compelling and I hope they are reflective on what we discuss,” she said.
All in all, Pope said that by the end of her presentation, she hopes the audience understands that fraud can be committed by anyone.
“I’m not a believer that fraud has a profile. Fraud can be committed by anyone and it can happen at any organization of any size,” she said. “I hope at the end of this we’re all believers of that.”
In addition, Pope said her presentation will be unlike any other.
“This is not a super text-heavy PowerPoint presentation,” she said. “There are some surprises built-in. So put your seatbelts on and get ready.”