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Defensible Investigative Process
5. Providing conclusions that link question(s) to the benchmarks and then to the data. Finally, conclusions are drawn which relate to the forensic techniques employed to the questions of interest (i.e., fraud, manifested through an accounts receivable lapping scheme, appears to have taken place as evidenced by comparisons with historical and industry turnover ratios). Such a conclusion precedes those steps where specific proof is demonstrated.
Source: Forensic Accounting Techniques: For Litigation Purposes, p. 5.