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Conservation Easements – the next wave of malpractice claims against accountants and tax preparers?

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By Ralph Picardi, Esq. and Rickard Jorgensen, FCII, ARM, ACIArb. Because of a recent uptick in enforcement actions by the Internal Revenue Service, accountants’ professional liability insurers are beginning to pay attention to the potential of claims arising from the sale of these alternative investment products. They are a type of tax shelter which is […]

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Police Warn of New ‘Line-Trapping Technology’ Being Used to Scam People Over the Phone

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A new piece of sophisticated technology is being used by fraudsters to scam unsuspecting people over the phone. Police said a woman in the New York Region received a call earlier this month and was told by the scammers she had been a victim of identity theft. Police said the woman was directed to call […]

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Embezzlement 101

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By Rickard Jorgensen, FCII, ARM, ACIArb This month we thought you might find an article about employee theft from the perspective of the crime insurer, Hiscox Insurance. If you were to ask a group of business owners about the biggest risks they face, you’d probably get a lot of different answers. Some might say external […]

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Professional Liability for CPAs – Understanding your coverage – Part IV – Exclusions

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  AKA what’s not covered…. By Rickard Jorgensen, FCII, ARM, ACIArb Whereas the coverage grant provides affirmative coverage, the exclusions take coverage away. If an activity is listed in the exclusions section of the policy, you do not have any coverage, no matter what the other sections of the policy state. It is the absolute […]

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A cyber coverage “Fire Drill” – professional liability insurance implications of the CCH Axcess (Wolters Kluwer Tax & Accounting) malware attack.

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By Rickard Jorgensen, FCII, ARM, ACIArb Last Monday we received a flurry of frantic phone calls from clients about the denial of access to the CCH Axcess program.  On Monday May 6, between the hours of 8-10 a.m. E.T., accountants across the country started realizing their CCH products, which are based in the cloud, were […]

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Fraudulent Wire Transfers – the latest word

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by Rickard Jorgensen, FCII, ARM, ACIArb. In the past few years we have seen quite a few of these costly and tragic situations and paid a number of claims made against our CPA firm and investment professionals clients. The essence is that a CPA or adviser (or Trustee) is induced by a trick, artifice or […]

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Cybercrime Uses Social Engineering Techniques to Steal Employee Credentials and Commit Payroll Diversion

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By Rickard Jorgensen, FCII, ARM, ACIArb Recent developments clearly shows the urgent need for security awareness training. The FBI warned September 18, 2018 about new criminal campaigns that target the online payroll accounts of employees in a variety of industries. METHODOLOGIES “Cybercriminals target employees through phishing emails designed to capture an employee’s login credentials. Once […]

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Up in Smoke II – What’s happening in Banking?

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by Rickard Jorgensen, FCII, ARM, ACIArb Although not directly connected to the practice of accounting it is useful to know what is happening in other industries. In this case in particular, we are talking about the highly controversial cannabis business. Big Tobacco and the brewing industry are watching with great interest developments at the Department […]

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SEXTORTION – a new aspect to cyber crime and CPAs.

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by Rickard Jorgensen, FCII, ARM, ACIArb   Sextortion attacks against professional firms, including CPAs, are not uncommon and increasing in frequency.  Sextortion is a form of blackmail in which sexual information or images are used to extort sexual favors or cash from the victim.  The FBI offers an explantion of this new crime here. However, recently […]

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The 10 Worst Corporate Accounting Scandals of All Time

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If there is one theme to rival terrorism for defining the last decade-and-a-half, it would have to be corporate greed and malfeasance. Many of the biggest corporate accounting scandals in history happened during that time. In acknowledgement of the excellent webinar about Fraud Detection recently offered by the CPAFMA, here’s a chronological look back at […]

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