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Types of Fraud

Corporate fraud can take on many different forms in virtually any industry.  Indeed, as courts have described it, fraud embraces all of the means by which human ingenuity can devise ways to take advantage over another through the use of false statements, false suggestions, false representations, suppression or omission of the truth, and even deliberate disregard of the truth.  Yet, the fraudulent nature of a scheme is not something that can be defined by technical standards, and rarely are the features of a fraud scheme identical, even in similar cases.  Nevertheless, common fraud schemes are instructive - both in learning what to look for and how to investigate a fraudulent scheme, but also in comparing factual situations to prior enforcement cases.  Linked here, you will find basic descriptions of fraud schemes that occur commonly, even if the particular details of a particular scheme differ.

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