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Haywood Hunt and Associates Inc. is pleased to announce the addition of Jeff Filliter to our Corporate Investigations Team.

Jeff is a seasoned investigator, with over 45 years of experience with the R.C.M.P., Scotiabank, and in private practice. He spent 23 years with the R.C.M.P., primarily in Commercial Crime units in Ontario, as well, Jeff was in charge of the International Investigative Desk at one of Canada’s Major Financial Institutions.

Ethical Leadership in Business: How to Deal with Dilemmas

Remember Sherron Watkins? You might not. It’s been almost two decades since Watkins was the vice-president of corporate development at the disgraced Enron energy company, but today is most often referred to as its whistleblower. A certified public accountant with a master’s degree in professional accounting from the University of Texas, Watkins joined Enron after working for the poster child of accounting fraud, auditing firm Arthur Andersen, for eight years.

COVID-19 Pandemic Brings Surge in Online Puppy Scams Warns Better Business Bureau

Isolated people during the COVID-19 pandemic are being targeted by scammers for online puppy scams. COVID-19 Scams have been making news since March 2020 and it seems like there is no end to what fraudsters can come up with to take advantage of other people. The Better Business Review over Mainland British Columbia is warning Canadians of the recent spike in the number of online puppy scam reports.

Deception in Financial Statements

Financial statement fraud is the deliberate misrepresentation of the financial condition of an enterprise. Its intent is to deceive financial statements users (e.g., shareholders, creditors, regulators). It has many forms and guises, but is perpetrated through intentional misstatements or omissions of amounts in financial statements. It occurs in large publicly traded companies. It occurs in small family-owned firms.

OPP Warns Canadians Not to Fall for New Online Health Scams Related to COVID-19

It has been weeks since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic and it is not yet showing signs of slowing down anytime soon. And yet, members of the Ontario Provincial Police or the OPP Anti-Rackets Branch’s Health Fraud Investigation Unit (HFIU) is busier than ever, citing an increase in the number of health care related scams linked to COVID-19 as the reason.

If You Don’t Hit the Numbers You’re Fired!!!

There are many other roles and responsibilities for a CFO.  But what happens when in doing his or her job, the CFO’s duties and professional responsibilities come into conflict with other senior executives? 

Is the Coronavirus Causing an Increase in Cyber Affairs?

With collective stress levels at an all-time high, is it true that the COVID-19 pandemic is causing an increase in cyber affairs aka online affairs? Statistics from the American Psychological Association estimate that around 20% to 40% of couples deal with infidelity in the course of their relationship.

COVID-19 Insurance Scams to Watch Out For

COVID-19 scams are on the rise, including insurance scams. Although most of the country is either social distancing or are on lockdown, the fraud-fighting community is seeing a rise in the number of insurance fraud cases. The rise is very noticeable and is enough to prompt organizations to issue alerts for their consumers.

Is the COVID-19 Changing the Pattern of Criminal Activity in Canadian Cities?

In the face of lockdowns and stay at home orders from the authorities, it seems like a new pattern of neighbourhood crime is emerging in Canada. The police are reporting fewer incidences of drunk driving, fraud, traffic violations, and other crimes, but has been seeing a marked increase in domestic violence for the past few weeks overall.