Webcast: Follow the Money – Using Technology to Find Fraud or Defend Financial Investigations

Last week I presented a webcast for Securities Docket, Follow the Money – Using Technology to Find Fraud or Defend Financial Investigations. In this presentation geared toward attorneys, I gave an overview of some of the technology tools I’m currently using in my practice to provide better, faster financial investigations. …

Deception About the History of Medifast and Take Shape For Life

UPDATE: On February 17, 2010, Medifast Inc. filed suit in US District Court, Southern District of California, alleging defamation, violation of California Corporations Code, and unfair business practices. On March 29, 2011, Judge Janis Sammartino dismissed all of Medifast’s claims against me in her ruling on my anti-SLAPP motion. Robert …

Atlanta Newspaper Examines MLM Scheme Stream Energy / Ignite

By Robert FitzPatrick of Pyramid Scheme Alert In a feature report, a major metropolitan newspaper, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, examined the MLM scheme, Stream Energy/Ignite, focusing on the question of whether the company is operating a disguised pyramid scheme. Stream is a reseller of utility services, gas and electricity, and operates …

Is “channel checking” illegal insider trading?

Bruce Carton of Securities Docket wrote a very interesting article called Who’s Checking Your Channel? The article highlights the practice of “channel checking” which has been something investment analysts have done for a long time. Now it appears that our government is trying to decide whether channel checking is actually …

A Victory For Free Speech in California: Will I Get My Victory?

UPDATE: On February 17, 2010, Medifast Inc. filed suit in US District Court, Southern District of California, alleging defamation, violation of California Corporations Code, and unfair business practices. On March 29, 2011, Judge Janis Sammartino dismissed all of Medifast’s claims against me in her ruling on my anti-SLAPP motion. A …

December 15 Webcast: Follow the Money – Using Technology to Find Fraud or Defend Financial Investigations

On December 15, I am doing a webcast for Securities Docket. Sign up here. Financial investigations with high volumes of documentation are difficult, time-consuming, and not always effective. Traditional forensic accounting techniques rely primarily on a manual analysis of the documentation, combined with data entry or other primitive means to …