Avoid Five Common Fraudulent Schemes Used in Construction

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Companies should take steps to identify likely fraud schemes they might face.

December 2, 2019
Ken Van Bree - Construction Executive

Here’s an attention-getting statistic: A typical case of fraud in the construction industry has a median loss of $227,000, according to the 2018 Report to the Nations issued by the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners (ACFE) on occupational or internal fraud. This report further showed that the construction industry’s median loss is approximately $119,000 higher than the average fraud losses across all industries.

Construction companies are most at risk for fraud related to corruption (such as bribes and kickbacks), billing related schemes, expense reimbursements, check tampering and equipment or material theft.

This brings up three important questions:

  • What are the fraud schemes affecting your company?
  • How can contractors keep their companies from experiencing these types of fraud?
  • What is the profile of fraudster?

The threat of fraud can never be wholly removed; however, companies should take steps to identify likely fraud schemes they might face. Below are a number of schemes frequently used to defraud construction companies.

Reprinted courtesy of Ken Van Bree, Construction Executive, a publication of Associated Builders and Contractors. All rights reserved.


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