Date of Award

Spring 1-15-2017

Degree Type


Degree Name

Master of Science (MS)


Interdisciplinary Studies

First Advisor

Paul Zikmund


My proposal and area of concentration will focus on the forensic accountant’s role in grant fraud. This role is more important now than ever, as fraudsters’ efforts have become more sophisticated over time. Grant fraud is particularly susceptible because more and more fraudsters are working within the company and understand the internal workings of the organization. Ensuring that grant notice of award regulations and rules are followed – and that relevant agencies and individuals follow all protocols under the budgeted term – are crucial components to ensuring the grant’s success.

Within my research paper, I will cover all areas associated with grant fraud and link them to the topics covered during my time in the MS program. Such topics include fraud detection of grant misuse; investigation planning; obtaining evidence; information from witnesses and possible suspects; obtaining expert witnesses; preparing pertinent reports for law enforcement and lawyers; internal controls; and most importantly, the importance of ongoing monitoring of the grant and the funds administered to the grantee. The research provided throughout this project aims to provide insight into grant fraud; how it can negatively affect a company’s image, profit, and growth; and proving that there is an integral need for forensic accounting in order to provide company stabilization and prevention of loss.