Forensic Accounting

Tom Kysilko pds at VISI.COM
Fri Apr 12 05:28:00 UTC 2002

At 12:38 PM 4/11/2002 -0700, Dave Wilton wrote:
>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.

In the late '80s or early '90s I met a man who was a forensic accountant
for the federal government.  Although his office was in DC, he was in MN to
research and ultimately to testify in a trial over Indian treaty rights.
His task was to determine the value of what the Ojibway in MN/WI gave up in
the Treaty of 1854.  I would have thought "forensic economist" to be a more
apt description, but "forensic accountant" is what he called himself, and I
gathered was his job title.

  Tom Kysilko        Practical Data Services
  pds at       Saint Paul MN USA

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