Forensic Services

Jeffrey Baresciano Featured in PICPA’s CPA Now

Jeffrey Baresciano, CPA, CFF, ABV, CVA, Director of Mercadien’s Forensic & Litigation Support Services Group, was featured in the Pennsylvania Institute of Certified Public Accountants (PICPA) CPA Now blog. His article entitled, “The Right Valuation Approaches During Times of Uncertainty”, discusses how important it is to ensure that the entire story of a closely held…

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Wrongful Termination in the Midst of Economic Uncertainty

Wrongful termination litigation tends to increase during economic uncertainty, following company-wide layoffs and reductions in work force. The COVID-19 pandemic is no exception. Forensic accountants are often retained to provide economic damages assessments related to claims involving allegations of wrongful termination. Mercadien’s Forensic & Litigation Support Services Group has substantial experience evaluating these claims, which…

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Virtual Interviewing Techniques in a Remote Environment

Interviewing in a virtual environment can be a challenge to say the least. Regardless of whether the interview is human resources-focused or for investigative purposes, the challenges are similar and often include unpredictable technical failures, security and privacy concerns, issues with sharing documents and exhibits, limitations in assessing demeanor, body language and credibility, and more.…

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Business Valuation Considerations In The Midst Of An Economic Downturn

The effects of the COVID-19 pandemic have manifested in new ways of working virtually, historic unemployment levels, increased divorce rates, and many other evolving ways.[1] Closely held businesses have experienced unforeseen profitability growth or decline depending on the industry and other unique attributes of a specific company. In valuing a privately held company, the COVID-19…

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Jeffrey Baresciano, CPA, CFF, ABV, CVA Joins Mercadien as a Director

Princeton, NJ & Philadelphia, PA – Myron M. Gellman, MBA, CBA, CMC, Chief Executive Officer of Mercadien, is pleased to announce the addition of Jeffrey Baresciano, CPA, CFF, ABV, CVA to the organization’s Forensic Accounting and Litigation Support team as a Director. Jeff’s arrival will allow our team to expand on these existing services and…

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Frank Pina Featured Guest on RVN TV’s Behind the Numbers

Frank Pina, CPA, CFF, CFE, CGMA, Managing Director with Mercadien’s Forensic & Litigation Support Services Group, was a featured guest on RVN TV’s Behind the Numbers with host Dave Bookbinder. The two discussed how organizations can identify fraud & what to do once fraud is detected. To view the full interview click here. For more information…

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NJEDA Update: Small Business Emergency Assistance Grant Program – Phase 2 Info Now Available

The New Jersey Economic Development Authority (NJEDA) recently announced $50 million in new funding and broader eligibility criteria for the Small Business Emergency Assistance Grant Program. Under the newly-expanded program, which will provide grants up to $10,000 for COVID-impacted businesses, a wider variety of businesses will now be eligible, including home-based businesses and sole proprietorships.…

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New PPP Guidance from the SBA Regarding Good Faith Need Certification

On May 13, the SBA released new guidance regarding the required good faith certification of need by PPP loan applicants, providing safe harbor to all recipients of less than $2 million in loan proceeds.  This guidance also speaks to ramifications for borrowers with loans of more than $2 million that are determined to have lacked…

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Managing Director Frank Pina Co-Authors Article for Fraud Magazine

Managing Director Frank Pina, CPA, CFF, CFE, CGMA, Co-Chair of Mercadien’s Forensic & Litigation Support Group, authored an article on Drexel University’s Fraud & Internal Control Case Competition with Barbara Murray Grein, CPA, Associate Professor & Head of the Accounting Department at Drexel University, for the May/June issue of the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners…

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Preventing Business Exploitation In A State Of Vulnerability

As the days go by, business owners and individuals are receiving volumes of information on how to survive the COVID-19 pandemic. Channels of communication include news media outlets, advertisements, telephone calls, emails and text messages. A worldwide pandemic mixed with an ounce of fear and vulnerability gives fraudsters a recipe for exploitation. Given the amount…

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