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Does Canada Have a Problem with Occupational Fraud?

  • Elena Simonova


    (Certified General Accountants Association of Canada)

  • Rock Lefebvre


    (Certified General Accountants Association of Canada)

  • Kevin Girdharry


    (Certified General Accountants Association of Canada)

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    Small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) are an important collective force in the Canadian economy, however the visibility and economic power of small businesses suffer due to their size and frequent turnover. When it comes to the issue of businesses being subject to occupational fraud, the moderate visibility of SMEs only contributes to the challenge of assessing the real scope of the problem. This paper seeks to examine the prevalence and types of occupational fraud experienced by Canadian SMEs as well as gathers information on prevention and detection methods used to safeguard against occupational fraud. That is done based on data compiled from a survey of 802 SMEs across Canada. The analysis shows that a substantial proportion of SMEs experience incidents of occupational fraud; however, the majority of SMEs are not fully prepared to respond to fraud. Furthermore, SMEs’ experience with and attitudes toward fraud vary noticeably with company characteristics, although a large proportion of SMEs believe risk to occupational fraud is low.

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    Paper provided by Certified General Accountants Association of Canada in its series Working Papers with number 111206.

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    Length: 70 pages
    Date of creation: Dec 2011
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    Handle: RePEc:cga:wpaper:111206
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    1. Rispoli, Luke & Leung, Danny, 2011. "The Contribution of Small and Medium-sized Businesses to Gross Domestic Product: A Canada-United States Comparison," Economic Analysis (EA) Research Paper Series 2011070e, Statistics Canada, Analytical Studies Branch.
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