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Do You Know How to Identify Elder Fraud & Financial Abuse?

The Population Reference Bureau report, “Aging in the United States,” examines recent trends and disparities among adults ages 65 and older, and how baby boomers born between 1946 and 1964 will reshape America’s older population.  The number of Americans ages 65 and over is expected to exceed 98 million by 2060, increasing their share of…

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Frank Pina Receives Distinguished Achievement Award from Association of Certified Fraud Examiners

The Mercadien Group congratulates managing director and co-chair of its Forensic & Litigation Support Services Group, Mr. Frank Pina, CPA, CFF, CFE, CGMA, who was bestowed the Distinguished Achievement Award for meritorious service in the detection and deterrence of fraud by the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners’ (ACFE) Board of Regents at the 26th Annual…

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Lessons to Lessen Business Divorce Disputes

Whether between partners in life or partners in business, disagreements are inevitable.  As with those in life, some business relationships become irreparable, ultimately leading to a business divorce.  This is a term used to describe a situation where partners split for one reason or another, often resulting in lengthy and expensive litigation.  Many who have…

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Forensic Accounting in the Public Sector

Traditional roles of Certified Public Accountants (CPAs) in the public sector, whether at the federal, state or local level, revolve around the areas of auditing, financial reporting and management accounting. These roles, however, have undoubtedly expanded to include both detective and reactive forensic accounting services. Mercadien’s Forensic Accounting and Government Services practices work together, occasionally…

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Using Social Media as an Investigative Tool

Traditionally, social media was known as a web-based platform that allowed users to create, share or exchange information through virtual communities and networks. Today, the number and types of social media, and the people using them, continue to rise. It has been found, however, that employees often present a very different persona on social media…

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Mercadien Announces Major Achievements in the Bankruptcy/Insolvency Arena

Princeton, NJ & Philadelphia, PA – The Mercadien Group is pleased to announce recent significant accomplishments by the two managing directors, Donald F. Conway, CPA, and Frank A. Pina, CPA, CFF, CFE, CGMA, who jointly lead the Forensic & Litigation Support Services Group, related to their specialized skills and client service in bankruptcy, forensic accounting…

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The Equifax Data Breach – What to Do

On September 7, 2017, Equifax, one of the three main credit reporting agencies, announced a massive data security breach that exposed vital personal identification data— including names, addresses, birthdates, and Social Security numbers on as many as 143 million consumers, roughly 55% of Americans age 18 and older. This data breach was especially egregious because…

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Effectively Managing Fraud Risk Within Your Organization

Business owners may not want to believe that their employees, vendors and customers are capable of committing fraudulent acts against their companies, but it is a reality that all executives must face. Although it would be naïve to think that any one solution will eliminate all fraud risks, proactive fraud risk assessments can be an effective tool…

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Fighting Fraud in the School Yard

In the last decade, there were numerous reports of fraudulent acts committed by school officials, many resulting in criminal indictments and jail sentences for the perpetrators, as well as significant monetary costs and adverse publicity for the victimized school districts.  More recent media headlines identifying fraud in schools again remind us that investigative audits are…

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To Audit or Investigate: That Is The Question…

Internal audits serve to provide independent assurance that a company’s risk management, governance and control processes are operating effectively, and address issues that are fundamentally important to the survival and prosperity of the organization.  For example, internal auditors often look beyond financial information and consider broader issues such as the company’s reputation, competitive landscape, environmental…

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