is Principal at Acuity Forensics
, a Pacific Northwest forensic accounting firm with a national presence. She has more than 20 years of experience in the field of accounting with the last 13 years focused completely on forensic accounting related engagements. Her expertise is in matters involving fraud investigation, forensic accounting, contract and regulatory compliance, internal control risk assessment, and complex litigation. Professional background and experience includes audit, tax, and business consulting services for government entities and privately held business entities in a range of industries. Ms. Couch is a faculty member for the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners, a nationally recognized speaker on the topic of fraud and forensic accounting, and the author of the book, The Thief in Your Company
- Tiffany R. Couch has conducted dozens of financial investigations, managed cases involving tens of thousands of documents, and has testified in state and federal jurisdictions. She has worked with local, state, and federal officials to support their work (or provide a resource) in several significant embezzlement cases, and has provided support as a defense expert, as well. Services include legal accounting assessments, subject matter expertise, or financial records review to either build or negate a case.
Areas of Expertise
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- Contract Disputes
- Fraud Investigation
- Estate and Trust Disputes
- Marital and Business Separations
- Damages Calculations
John was the new ranch manager at Santos Farms. He always liked to get to know the guys who worked for him, and he found that the best way to meet new employees was to personally hand them their paycheck.
"How could you?!" - not an uncommon thing for me to hear among other professionals in the business of fighting fraud when I tell them I work criminal defense cases. Admittedly, I struggled with the same issue the first time I was called by a defense attorney back in 2008. His client had been accused by a publicly traded company of stealing more than $5M in a sophisticated cash receipt theft scheme.
A married couple, who owned a business in a small town, called me to investigate some curious items found on their company's bank statements. There was a DISH Network bill being paid through their account, but they didn't have DISH Network as their cable TV provider. When they called the company to ask whose account it was, they were given the name of their bookkeeper. They dug a little deeper into the bank statements and noticed that each month there was a Verizon Wireless bill being paid by them, even though they both used AT&T. Finally, they confronted their beloved bookkeeper, Sienna. A woman in her mid-twenties, Sienna had worked for them since graduating high school, eventually working her way up in the Company to managing the office. Sienna reacted the same way most fraudsters do when they are initially caught, she lied and said that she didn't know anything about it. When pushed, she explained that it was an accident and apologized for the oversight.
This book will educate you and entertain you, pull at your heart strings, and convince you to put her time-tested security blueprint into practice. All types and sizes of organizations will learn how to:
* Be familiar with and protect against the most common fraud schemes
* Recognize who the typical fraudsters are
* Leave the door open for whistleblowers to report suspicious activity
* Take specific actionable steps if fraudulent activity is discovered
* Understand the emotional impacts of financial crimes