Rita Crundwell: Largest Municipal Theft in U.S. History

  • Thursday, February 27, 2020

    1:00pm – 5:00pm
  • 4
    Auditing (Governmental)

Incredible story of how a high school graduate stole $53 MILLION from a town of 16,000 people with a $10 million budget.

This event may be a rebroadcast of a live event and the instructor will be available to answer your questions during the event.


What you will learn:

  • How to comply with independence requirements
  • How to maintain professional skepticism
  • How to comply with the requirement to be competent
  • How to identify conflicts of interest
  • Simple controls that would have deterred the theft
  • The damage of a malpractice lawsuit


  • A fraud so outrageous, it's a movie
  • Were the auditors independent?
  • How Crundwell evaded detection for 20 years
  • Impact on CPAs' license
  • How did the auditors assess risk?
  • What audit procedures were performed, or not
  • Fake documents Crundwell created
  • Did the auditors detect the fraud?
  • Actual court filings for the malpractice lawsuit
  • What were the malpractice allegations?
  • How much the fraud cost the auditors
  • What happened to Crundwell's family

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Designed For

City managers, mayors, fiscal officers, CPAs, bankers, executives, internal auditors, regulators, controllers, purchasing,, attorneys, compliance officers, risk managers


CPA Crossings, LLC

Advanced Preparation



4.00 Auditing/Yellow Book



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