Zeroing in on Bribes and Kickbacks (AUDT8950)

Zeroing in on Bribes and Kickbacks

Zeroing in on Bribes and Kickbacks


The potential for bribes and kickbacks, whether in the private or public sector, is inherent in virtually every business transaction. Recent research conducted by a major financial institution revealed that an estimated one trillion dollars a year is paid in bribes worldwide. Audit standards require that all audits be planned to provide a reasonable assurance of detecting fraud. Bribes, kickbacks and other kinds of payoffs constitute types of fraud, often referred to as corruption.

Get a strong introduction to (a) the provisions of law pertaining to fraud and corruption in the forms of bribes, kickbacks and other types of payoffs; (b) activities that are particularly susceptible to such forms of fraud; (c) the short-and long-term impact; and (d) the methods used to make illegal payments.

Focus on strengthening your ability to recognize the indicators of bribes, kickbacks and other types of payoffs in the procurement area and on your ability to collect evidence that they may have occurred or have occurred. Participate in case studies involving the fraudulent activities of bribes, kickbacks and other types of payoffs.

Who Should Attend?

Auditors and investigators with three years of experience and seasoned professionals with limited exposure to the subject matter.




16.0 CPE's

Class Type:

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Learning Outcomes:

  • Describe the kinds of activities that are susceptible to bribes and kickbacks
  • Determine the impact and effects pf bribes and kickbacks
  • Discuss the Government Auditing Standards requirements to explicitly consider the potential for fraud in audit planning
  • Describe how bribes and kickbacks occur, including the audit trails they create and how the trails can be followed
  • Identify and collect evidence to demonstrate and document bribes and kickbacks
  • Use analytic audit techniques to detect bribery and kickbacks

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Module 1: Bribes and Kickbacks: An Overview

Module 2: What is a Bribe and a Kickback?

Module 3: Activities Susceptible to Bribes and Kickbacks

Module 4: Effects of Bribes and Kickbacks

Module 5: Responsibility for Detecting Bribes and Kickbacks

Module 6: Indicators of Bribes and Kickbacks in Procurement

Module 7: Zeroing in on Bribes and Kickbacks

Module 8: Forms that Bribes and Kickbacks Take

Module 9: Audit Trails that Bribes and Kickbacks Leave

Module 10: Lifestyle Indicators of Participation in a Bribe or Kickback Scheme

Module 11: Collecting Evidence of a Bribe or Kickback

Module 12: Reporting a Bribe or Kickback

Module 13: Summary, Questions, Closure

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