"Sweeping changes" required to put a stop to white-collar crime in India, says EY

With mounting cases of white-collar crime impacting businesses adversely, "sweeping changes" along with "ramping up of skill-sets" of anti-fraud fighting professionals in India are required to mitigate future threats and risks, said a report released on Thursday.

With mounting cases of white-collar crime impacting businesses adversely, "sweeping changes" along with "ramping up of skill-sets" of anti-fraud fighting professionals in India are required to mitigate future threats and risks, said a report released on Thursday.

A white paper -- The changing dynamics of white-collar crime in India -- prepared by the global consultancy firm EY (Ernst & Young) unravels the impact of white-collar crime and the need to undertake drastic changes with respect to technology, transparency, ethical frameworks and strengthening the compliance ecosystem."The cost and impact of white-collar crime has proved steep, and is increasing in magnitude, incidence and intricacy. Mitigating these risks will require sweeping changes at a macro as well as micro level, and also involve the expertise of anti-fraud or forensic specialists to deter current and future threats," said Arpinder Singh, Partner and National Leader, Fraud Investigation & Dispute Services, EY.

"The cost and impact of white-collar crime has proved steep, and is increasing in magnitude, incidence and intricacy. Mitigating these risks will require sweeping changes at a macro as well as micro level, and also involve the expertise of anti-fraud or forensic specialists to deter current and future threats," said Arpinder Singh, Partner and National Leader, Fraud Investigation & Dispute Services, EY.According to the paper, as many as 6,533 corruption cases were prepared by Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) over last 10 years and 517 corruption cases were referred to the investigating agency in the last two years.

According to the paper, as many as 6,533 corruption cases were prepared by Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) over last 10 years and 517 corruption cases were referred to the investigating agency in the last two years. The future of investigations will also be redefined by ramping up skill-sets and creation of a wider pool of anti-fraud or forensic professionals, the report said."Increased public awareness, changing

"Increased public awareness, changing mind-set and technological disruption has created a challenging environment. As fraudsters attempt to break ethical and regulatory barriers, corporates, government and the society at large need to join forces with the mutual objective of curbing white-collar crime," said Satish Mathur, Director General of Police, Maharashtra.Stringent anti-fraud and anti-corruption frameworks, coupled with penalties on errant companies and fraudsters, have helped mature markets such as the US and UK deter such risks at an early stage.

Stringent anti-fraud and anti-corruption frameworks, coupled with penalties on errant companies and fraudsters, have helped mature markets such as the US and UK deter such risks at an early stage. "Emerging markets such as India are not far behind and have taken strides in the right direction to come up with different and effective methods of identification and deterrence, in line with its global counterparts," the report said.EY's Fraud Investigation & Dispute Services in collaboration with the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners (ACFE) Mumbai Chapter launched the Forensic Trailblazer Award to recognise the growing talent in the anti-fraud fighting space.

EY's Fraud Investigation & Dispute Services in collaboration with the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners (ACFE) Mumbai Chapter launched the Forensic Trailblazer Award to recognise the growing talent in the anti-fraud fighting space.

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