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Forensic accounting basics

If you have been accused of a financial crime in Minnesota, there will be many things you will need to learn about how your case may be investigated or handled. Some of what you will need to know is the type of offense you are charged with and what the minimum or maximum penalties associated with it may be. Also important to learn is how your case may be reviewed or investigated. It is not only law enforcement teams that may be involved in an investigation or prosecution as other professionals may be called in at times. One such professional is the forensic accountant.

The Forensic CPA Society explains that a forensic accountant is an accounting professional who also has deep experience in and knowledge of legal and courtroom proceedings. Such a professional may be called in to participate in a criminal case to both investigate the financial facts of the matter and to potentially testify in court during a trial. A forensic accountant may also provide testimony via a deposition and may submit written reports with their findings and analysis.

One thing a forensic accountant looks for is the flow of money and where it went, when and how. The idea is that this person can effectively uncover any potential fraud or mismanagement of funds that may be associated with an embezzlement or money laundering charge. At the same time, a forensic accountant may find no evidence to support such a charge. 

If you would like to learn more about the professionals like forensic accountants that may be used to investigate the facts in a criminal case, please feel free to visit the forensic specialists page of our Minnesota criminal defense website.

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