Jan 31, 2014

Open-ended questions effective in fraud investigations

Advocate Daily Post

Open-ended questions and pausing during questioning are effective ways of eliciting information in a fraud investigation interview, says Toronto lawyer Kevin Fisher.

In an article in Forensic Accounting & Fraud, a special supplement published by The Bottom Line and Lawyers Weekly, Fisher discusses interview techniques for use in fraud cases.

One of the things to do is maybe ask someone a question or start to ask a question after they’ve answered something and then just stop and look at your notes for a minute or make them think you’re looking for something. People feel like they have to explain or fill in that gap, Fisher, litigation partner with Basman Smith LLP, says in the report.

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