Home Affairs staff begins fraud training

Accounting and management staff from the Ministry of Home Affairs will attend fraud prevention and detection training over the next two weeks.

Twenty-nine staff members from across the ministry who are responsible for managing public funds will attend the training until April 15, to learn to perform comprehensive fraud risk assessments and to detect a wide variety of internal fraud and corruption, according to a government statement.

The training will cover purchasing and acquisition fraud, payroll fraud, check fraud, reporting fraud, the abuse of company assets and more.

The staff members will also learn how to effectively investigate suspicions of internal fraud or abuse, to support recovery of loss.

The curriculum will cover advanced interviewing techniques, possible termination or disciplinary proceedings and potential prosecution.

The Ministry of Finance organized the training and Vinton Chinsee, chief financial officer for the Ministry of Home Affairs, made arrangements with Florida-based company Certified Tech trainers in January.

“We believe it is critical to equip our staff with the latest techniques to manage fraud,” Mr. Chinsee said in the press release. “While we cannot completely eliminate the risk, I anticipate this training will help to strengthen our corporate governance framework and thus mitigate the risk of organizational fraud.”