Option 1: Real World Government Investigation
For Portfolio Project Option 1, you will assume the role of a government investigator who has been asked to examine the case of insurance fraudster Rick Hoyle.
Read the Portfolio Project Fact Pattern Sheet linked at the bottom of the page.
Prepare a memorandum that addresses the following items in detail:
- What is the type of fraud being investigated?
- Why did he get away with these crimes for such a long period of time?
Based on the facts presented, identify possible deficiencies within the internal control system of this case. Is there anything that could have been developed that would have assisted with identifying his fraud’s early on? Address any possible violations of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act? Please list all sections of the Act that are potentially violated and the evidence that supports your position. How can the deficiencies of the internal control system be mitigated?
- Identify any conflicts of interests within this case and analyze possible outcomes that may occur.
- What are some of the motivating factors and criminal opportunities that would cause this crime to occur?
- What patterns of behavior point could have been detected?
For investigative purposes, what evidence needs to be procured in order to substantiate a conviction for the individual(s) involved? Please list the documents needed, what items will require a subpoena or search warrant, etc., assuming that you are a public investigator from a state agency authorized to conduct such investigations.
After obtaining and reviewing the evidence, you feel you are ready to interview the perpetrator(s). What is your recommended approach to such an interview? What series of questions (maximum of ten questions) would you most likely use?
You should have a section in your report that addresses each item separately and in chronological order.
Your paper should be approximately 8-10 pages in length, be supported by at least 5 outside sources, and conform to the APA Requirements.
Your sources may be from scholary articles, avoid .com websites. Use citations to support statements.