In criminal law, a fraud is an intentional deception made for personal gain or to damage another individual. Most frauds are financial in nature and can be extremely large. For example, Bernie Madoff’s fraud is estimated to have been about $65 billion. Fraud or white collar crime investigators don’t investigate theft, armed robbery or auto theft. They investigate financial crimes like Bernie Madoff’s fraud.
What Will I Study?
Your courses will cover subjects like accounting, criminology, white collar crime, and forensic accounting.
What Can I Do With This Degree?
Studying fraud investigation can help prepare you for an entry-level position like:
- White collar crime specialist in a corporate security or internal audit department
- Fraud investigator with a CPA firm
- Loss prevention specialist in a retail chain
- Position in a federal law enforcement agency (FBI, DEA, IRS)
- Financial crimes specialist in state or local law enforcement
- Private investigator specializing in white collar and fraud investigations