Gates, Sandra; Prachyl, Cheryl L.; Sullivan, Carol
April 2014
Asia Pacific Journal of Medical Toxicology;Spring2014, Vol. 26 Issue 1, p88
Academic Journal
This paper describes a case study that involved both financial impropriety and a murder-suicide tragedy. The violence that occurred in this case resulted in part because internal controls were not in place or adequately enforced to deter the original fraud. As often is the case, the person committing the fraud had a financial need and the opportunity to commit fraud existed because controls were lax. After committing the fraud, the perpetrator, a basically honest person, felt that she could not live with the consequences of the discovery of her fraud and saw suicide as her only escape. For students, this case can emphasize the importance of internal controls not only as protection for the assets of the business (or in this case, government) but also as a means to remove opportunities that might cause otherwise honest people to commit fraud because they have a significant financial need.


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