Accounts Payable is one of the crucial area in audit. As it represents the monies owed by the organization to its creditors for supply of goods and services. Also for a fraudster who is looking to steal from the business, accounts payable is an easy target, if proper controls are not there.
According to the ACFE’s “Report to the Nation 2016” financial statement fraud occurred in less than 10% of the cases reported by the respondents. But it caused the highest median loss of $975,000. Asset misappropriation schemes was reported in more than 83% of the cases with median loss of $125,000. And Corruption cases fell in the middle with 35.4% of cases with median loss of $200,000. Several cases included schemes in more than one category.
The term “Audit” is derived from the Latin term “Audire” which means “to hear”, because in ancient times auditors listened to the oral reports of responsible officials to owners or those having authority, and confirmed the accuracy of the reports. Over the years the role evolved to verify written records also.