Corporate Investigative Services

Friday, 11 June 2021

June 2021 Risk Report

Written by Kady Hommel

Threat actors pose as “account executives” to execute new phishing campaign Cybersecurity researchers at FireEye identified a series of new malware strains in a worldwide phishing campaign that targeted a range of industries including defense, medicine, transport, the military, and electronics. Threat actors posed as account executives and sent phishing messages with subject lines targeted to potential victims. The lure messages included links to a corrupted PDF and java script file; when a recipient found the PDF unreadable, the next step would be to double-click the .js file, which would then launch the malware downloader...

Monday, 17 May 2021

May 2021 Risk Report

Written by Kady Hommel

Apple calls bluff on ransomware gang REvil after threat of leak of confidential drawings and data Apple’s April 2021 “Spring Loaded” event triggered a ransom demand for Apple to buy back stolen Macbook product blueprints in order to avoid having the blueprints leaked on REvil’s dark web leak site. REvil claimed to have Apple trade secrets in its possession after compromising Apple supplier Quanta Computer. Quanta refused to pay the $50 million ransom, so the ransomware gang approached Apple, with a May 1 deadline for payment. Apple reportedly called their bluff, and REvil’s “naming and shaming” site no longer carries any mention of the blackmail attempt...

Tuesday, 13 October 2020

Risk Report | October 2020

Written by The Rehmann Team

Rehmann compiles Risk Report to help raise awareness of the risks you and your company could face — from fraud to cyber crime and more.    Join us virtually on Thursday, November 12 at 8:30 a.m.  Rehmann, in partnership with the Better Business Bureau Serving Western Michigan, the West Michigan Cyber Security Consortium and the Michigan Small Business Development Center, presents our seventh annual Michigan Cybersecurity Conference on November 12, 2020 from 8:30 a...

Tuesday, 08 January 2019

Risk Report -- January 2019

Written by The Rehmann Team

Identity thieves target small business | A recent IRS bulletin warns small businesses to be on-guard against a growing wave of identity theft and W-2 scams. IRS bulletin IR-2019-243 warns, “Businesses may have their identities stolen and their sensitive information used to open credit card accounts or used to file fraudulent tax returns for bogus refunds. Employers also hold sensitive tax data on employees, such as Form W-2 data, which also is highly valued by identity thieves.” The IRS has already noted an increase in the number of fraudulent Forms 1120, 1120S and 1041 as well as Schedules K-1...

Tuesday, 20 November 2018

Notes from a fraud investigation

Written by Bill Kowalski, JD

Bill Kowalski, director of Rehmann’s Corporate Investigative Services division and former FBI special agent, investigates fraud and embezzlement cases for private and governmental clients. 4.20.18 – 3:20 p...

Thursday, 11 October 2018

Risk Report -- October 2018

Written by The Rehmann Team

Claim denied - Jury says fire claim was fraud When Rehmann Corporate Investigative Services (CIS) origin and cause fire investigators were called to a Flint, Michigan house fire in April 2016, one thing was certain: No one had broken into the house to set the fire. The house was so secure, firefighters had had to force open the entry doors to extinguish it. But determining exactly how the fire occurred was a complex process, involving origin and cause investigators and intelligence experts. The result of the investigation was worth it – the insurer did not have to pay the thousands of dollars asked for...

Monday, 17 September 2018

Risk Report -- September 2018

Written by The Rehmann Team

Back to school tips on protecting your child’s personal identifying information | Schools require mountains of paperwork and sensitive personal identifying information (PII) about your children. Is that data safe? The Federal Trade Commission shares a few tips on keeping sensitive information out of the hands of hackers and fraudsters: Safeguard your child’s Social Security number (SSN). Do not carry your child’s Social Security card with you or share it unless you know and trust the other party...

Wednesday, 11 July 2018

Risk Report -- July 2018

Written by Bill Kowalski

Locals fuel gambling habits with embezzlement Macomb Township, Michigan: A former Dakota High School Spanish teacher pled no contest to embezzlement and has been ordered to repay $30,000 to the Chippewa Valley School District for stealing from homecoming dance sales. The teacher was a student activity coordinator and oversaw ticket sales for the homecoming dance and other activities. The homecoming ticket sales should have brought in about $30,000, but she deposited only $11,000 into the school account. A school trip to Camp Tamarack should have brought in $13,000 in ticket sales, but she deposited only about $500...

Thursday, 14 June 2018

Risk Report -- June 2018

Written by Bill Kowalski

Close to home Detroit, Michigan | A former City of Detroit employee who managed the garnishment orders of city employees’ salaries, also “garnished” the city for her own benefit. During her short tenure from April 2016 to November 2017, the 53-old audit and payroll department employee embezzled $265,000 of city funds. The employee literally set up garnishments from city funds in the names of her relatives and deposited the checks into bank accounts she held jointly with the relatives. The employee pled guilty to embezzlement charges and faces up to 10 years in prison and a fine of $250,000 when she is sentenced August 15...

Tuesday, 29 May 2018

The C-suite and the background

Written by Bill Kowalski

What would you do if your finance director embezzled $280,000 from your company? Could you afford the loss?  Would your first reaction be, “I had an outside audit conducted — how could this happen?” Unfortunately, auditors are usually not tasked with detailed forensic analysis, and fraudsters are often adept at manipulating audit information...

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