Government Investigations and Forensic Audits

Organizations in the public sector, including local, state and federal government entities, are under intense pressure to instill confidence and ensure that public funds are used as intended. Fraud, misuse of funds, conflicts of interest or other kinds of corruption can erode public trust and undermine an organization’s mission.

If there are concerns of fraud, waste or abuse in your organization or you are faced with allegations that require a thorough investigation, Weaver’s team of experienced forensic investigators can give you the clarity you need to make informed decisions.

What Sets Us Apart

Our team combines extensive forensic accounting and fraud investigative skills with deep public sector knowledge, enabling us to conduct forensic investigations (sometimes referred to by public sector clients as “forensic audits”) swiftly and discreetly. We have a breadth of experience including a detailed understanding of government code, procurement guidelines and accounting principles, as well as the ability to incorporate modern data analytics to comb through large volumes of electronic data and financial records. Our team also has extensive experience in digital forensics and reviewing large volumes of email data, as well as conducting both subject interviews and witness interviews. 

Instances of fraud or malfeasance usually involve a breach of controls or ineffective policies and/or procedures. Our forensic audits involve a detailed analysis of policies, procedures, governance practices and internal controls, as well as an examination of the people responsible for these functions. We address these lapses or design flaws with detailed recommendations for improvements, designed in collaboration with your organization to ensure our recommendations are tailored to meet your needs.

Our reports are accompanied by testimonial and documentary evidence to support future proceedings, including administrative, civil or criminal. Where appropriate, our senior, experienced investigative professionals also work directly with law enforcement agencies during prosecution and provide expert testimony in judicial or administrative proceedings. Our investigative reports have been relied upon by local and federal law enforcement, including the FBI and DOJ, and have resulted in successful prosecutions.

Our forensic investigations include:

  • Forensic accounting
  • Document / email review
  • Digital forensics
  • Research of public records (including proprietary databases)
  • Data analytics
  • Subject / witness interviews
  • Reporting of findings / recommendations

Types of Forensic Investigations

We can design and tailor a forensic investigation to meet the needs of your organization. Our investigative experience includes the following areas related to fraud, waste and abuse:

  • Employee theft and embezzlement
  • Public corruption
  • Vendor theft and kickbacks
  • Financial and accounting irregularities
  • Purchasing and procurement practices
  • Misuse of grants / federal funds
  • Credit card / P-card transactions
  • Bond program / construction projects
  • Fraudulent billing practices
  • Payroll / expense reimbursements
  • Misappropriation of assets
  • Ethics policy violations

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