Silent Auction; Forensic Accounting

Dave Wilton dave at WILTON.NET
Thu Apr 11 19:38:04 UTC 2002

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> Subject: Re: Silent Auction; Forensic Accounting
> > FORENSIC ACCOUNTING--A popular post-Enron term that I've been
> > seeing recently, but it pre-dates Enron.
> The first time I heard this term was on an episode of "Law & Order." I
> believe the episode is "Girlfriends," from the sixth season.
> The episode originally aired 1 May 1996.

Yup, that's the one. The episode in includes a line from a witness
testifying to a grand jury, "I'm a forensic accountant. I perform audits for
the purpose of uncovering business fraud."

I would be shocked if L&O coined the term, but it's at least as old as 1996.

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