Detecting and Preventing Fraud, Theft and
Embezzlement in Tribal Organizations

Theft of all types is a significant problem in Indian Country, particularly for tribal casinos and governments. Sometimes even seemingly-trustworthy employees cannot be trusted. Purchasing, travel, housing, payroll and illegal gratuities are among the common trouble spots.

Consider purchasing fraud. Tribes spend billions of dollars each year purchasing products and services. Statistics show that purchasing-related fraud is the single most common type of whitecollar crime; however, tribes rarely have the structures in place that are necessary to detect and prevent this type of crime.

How vulnerable is your organization? Probably more vulnerable than you realize. This class will show you common schemes dishonest employees might use to defraud your tribe of thousands or even millions of dollars completely undetected. More importantly, it will teach you simple steps that you can take to prevent this problem from ever developing, potentially saving your tribe millions.

T O P I C S   I N C L U D E
  • What is employee theft?
  • How vulnerable are you?
  • Types of theft, including:
    • Purchasing fraud
    • Travel policy violations
    • Illegal gratuities
    • Housing issues
    • Payroll fraud
    • Embezzlement
  • Federal policy
Purchasing Fraud
  • Types of fraud, including:
    • Shell companies
    • Short shipments
    • Product substitutions
    • Inflated pricing
    • Phony documents
    • Kickbacks
Red Flags
  • Warning signs
  • Checklist
Developing Your Systems
  • Segregation of duties
  • Purchasing policies and procedures
  • Internal control review
  • Ethics code
  • Internal controls
Cultural Issues
  • Receiving gifts
  • Entertainment
  • Conflicts of interest
Investigating Fraud
  • Keeping it quiet
  • Steps in the process
  • Building your file
  • Federal law in Indian Country
  • Case study
Establishing Authority
  • Construction contracting
  • Sealed bidding


  • Danger signals
  • Hiring procedures and background checks
  • Forensic audits
  • Ongoing background checks
  • System design
  • Reader timecards
  • Vendor checks

*Topics subject to change.

Click here to find out how you can bring a Falmouth Institute seminar to your location!
© Copyright 2012 | Terms of Use | Privacy Policy