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Fraud Prevention Alert—Billing Schemes


Billing schemes occur when employees cause their employer to issue a payment for an illegitimate or overstated charge. The schemes are especially difficult to detect because the payments get recorded as if they were a legitimate business expense. Two examples of common schemes are:

  • An employee creates a fictitious company and bills the organization for goods or services never received or rendered.
  • An employee purchases personal items and submits the invoices to the organization for payment.

This fraud alert addresses internal controls and recommends controls that can help prevent fraud, waste, and abuse.