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Something in the American psyche both glorifies and vilifies the criminal capitalist. Stories of bootstrapped “rags-to-riches” men and women dazzle the public, while the details of someone defrauding the working people result in cries for blood.
A new political tide in America is calling for deregulation and even considering rolling back the Sarbanes-Oxley Act. If that happens, the securities and commodities frauds that lay in waiting have the potential to obliterate pension funds and destabilize the global financial marketplace. The need for forensic accountants and financial investigators who have keen minds with integrity to match is dire.
Some of the most devastating crimes of the 21st century have not taken place in a dark alley, but rather in an air-conditioned office with a fountain pen. A conservative estimate puts the cost of white-collar crime at over $250 billion each year, while others suggest it is closer to $500 billion.
One of the biggest debates in education is how to find a proper balance between theory and practical applications to help students master complex subjects. Focusing on theory can provide a strong foundation, while hands-on experiences provide lessons beyond what can be absorbed in books and lectures.
Forensic technology has rapidly advanced over the last few decades. Today, investigators can solve cases by using computer programs to generate possible facial images of suspected criminals or unidentified victims based on DNA evidence.
Money laundering investigations have busted kingpins of international criminal organizations, prevented terrorists from carrying out attacks, exposed double agent spies, and even contributed to the resignation of a United States president.
Between paper recordkeeping, disaggregated logs of evidence, and bulky, outdated lab equipment, there is plenty of room for improvement in forensic science and investigation. That is where phone apps come in.
Those who practice forensics are essentially scientific detectives who must reconstruct an event after the fact, through the study of biology, chemistry, and technology. Forensic professionals study ballistics, toxicology, questionable documents, fingerprints, DNA, and trace evidence. Their findings help to convict the guilty and exonerate the innocent.
Barry is Managing Editor of ForensicsColleges.com, operated by educational web publisher Sechel Ventures Partners LLC, which he co-founded. Barry was previously VP for a financial software company, and currently sits on the board of a K-8 school and lives with his wife and daughters in the San Francisco Bay Area.