A Forensic Accountant is often retained to analyse, interpret, summarise and present complex financial and business related issues in a manner which is both understandable and properly supported.
Forensic Accountants can be engaged in public practice or employed by insurance companies, banks, police forces, government agencies and other organisations.
A Forensic Accountant is often involved in the following:
- Investigating and analysing financial evidence;
- Developing computerised applications to assist in the analysis and presentation of financial evidence;
- Communicating their findings in the form of reports, exhibits and collections of documents; and
- Assisting in legal proceedings, including testifying in court as an expert witness and preparing visual aids to support trial evidence.
- In order to properly perform these services a Forensic Accountant must be familiar with legal concepts and procedures. In addition, a Forensic Accountant must be able to identify substance over form when dealing with an issue.