Fraud Spotlight

Fraud in education, part 2

Criminal profiles and red flags

The National Institute of Justice (NIJ) scoured its vast body of research and found that the best way to deter crime is to increase the certainty of being caught. Fraud examiners are skilled in the prevention and detection of fraud and white-collar crime across most industries. (See Five Things About Deterrence, National Institute of Justice.)

However, unlike the bank, retail, health care and insurance sectors, discovery of fraud in education is still evolving. School reform, growth of for-profit universities, expansion of distance learning programs, restriction of student loan debt forgiveness and school vouchers represent just a few challenges impacting the landscape.

In the September/October 2017 issue of Fraud Magazine I discussed the impact of educational fraud on national security. Part two takes a deeper dive into those directly involved, from perpetrator to victim.


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