Mark Nigrini

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Mark Nigrini
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Born Cape Town, South Africa
Citizenship United States of America
Alma mater University of Cincinnati (Ph.D.)
University of Stellenbosch (M.B.A.)
University of Cape Town B.Com (Hons)
Occupation Assistant Professor of Accounting at West Virginia University

Mark J. Nigrini, born in Cape Town, South Africa,[1] is a faculty member at the College of Business and Economics at West Virginia University in Morgantown in the U.S. state of West Virginia.[1] Nigrini is best known for his work on using Benford’s Law as an auditing and accounting tool to detect anomalies in company data.[2] [3] [4] [5] [6] [7]

He is the author of Forensic Analytics[8][9] which describes tests to detect fraud, errors, estimates, and biases in financial data and he is also the author of Benford's Law.[10] Benford’s Law gives the expected patterns of the digits in tabulated data and it has been used by auditors and scientists to detect anomalies in tabulated data.[1]

His academic papers have been published in Auditing: A Journal of Practice and Theory,[11][12] The Journal of the American Taxation Association, The Journal of Forensic Accounting,[13] The Journal of Emerging Technologies in Accounting,[14] and others. Other applied papers have been published in journals such as Mathematical Geology,[15] The International Journal of Mathematics and Mathematical Sciences,[16] and The International Journal of Algebra.[17] His practitioner papers have been published in journals such as IEEE Potentials,[18] Internal Auditor, and the Journal of Accountancy.[1][19] Nigrini serves on the Executive Editorial Board of the International Journal of Disclosure and Governance [20] and also of the Journal of Forensic & Investigative Accounting.[21]

Nigrini's forensic work has been referenced in the national media including The Financial Times,[22] The New York Times,[23] The Wall Street Journal,[24] The Globe and Mail,[25] and New Scientist.[26] His work has also been featured in foreign language publications such as Der Spiegel.[27] His radio interviews have included the BBC in London, and NPR[28] in the United States. His television interviews have included appearances on NBC's Extra and The Investigation Discovery Channel for their series on Evil Twins.[1]

In October, 2013 Nigrini delivered the prestigious Sufrin Lectureship in Accounting at the University at Buffalo.[29][30] In April, 2014 Nigrini presented a pre-conference workshop in Palm Springs, California at the annual conference of the National Association of Purchasing Card Professionals on using Forensic Analytics to detect purchasing card fraud, errors, waste and abuse.[31] He also presented a keynote talk on Benford's Law at the same conference.[32] In June, 2014 he presented a pre-conference workshop in San Antonio, Texas at the annual global conference of the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners on Benford's Law and Analytical Fraud Detection Techniques.[33]

In August, 2014 Nigrini published an article, Lessons from an $8 million fraud, with Nathan J. Mueller who stole $8.45 million from his employer, an insurance company, over a four-year period.[34] In the article Mueller describes his fraud scheme, how he explained his newfound wealth in the form of expensive cars, watches, nightlife entertainment, and Las Vegas gambling trips, to his wife and friends, and ultimately how he was caught. Mueller is currently at Federal Prison Camp, Duluth, a minimum security federal prison. In the article Nigrini reviews the preventive and detective anti-fraud measures that could have detected the multi-million dollar fraud long before it was detected, quite by chance, after four years. The Journal of Accountancy is the flagship publication of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants.

Nigrini has a B.Com (Hons) degree from the University of Cape Town, an MBA degree from the University of Stellenbosch, and a Ph.D. degree from the University of Cincinnati.[1] In addition to his academic credentials, Nigrini passed the Chartered Accountant (South Africa) exam in 1981 and his early accounting career included time with Peat, Marwick, Mitchell & Co. (now KPMG) and as a divisional accountant.[1] Nigrini has served as an expert witness and has done consulting engagements for large international organizations [35] and government departments at the state level.[1]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f g h Faculty and Staff: Mark Nigrini, Ph.D, West Virginia University College of Business and Economics (West Virginia University), retrieved January 17, 2014 
  2. ^ "Benford's Law: There's something to the numbers". Retrieved 2014-08-30. 
  3. ^ "Math Theory Offers Way to Detect Cooked Books by John Allen Paulos". Retrieved 2014-08-30. 
  4. ^ "Benford's Law: How a Simple Misconception can Trip up a Fraudster and How a Savvy CFE Can Spot It". Retrieved 2014-08-30. 
  5. ^ "Dr. Mark Nigrini to present at ISACA Toronto Seminar". Retrieved 2014-08-30. 
  6. ^ "Benford's Law Made Easy". Retrieved 2014-09-08. 
  7. ^ "Thinking about tricking the tax man: Beware the long arm of Benford's Law (Ottawa Citizen)". Retrieved 2014-09-08. 
  8. ^ Mark J. Nigrini (June 2011). Forensic Analytics: Methods and Techniques for Forensic Accounting Investigations. Hoboken, NJ: John Wiley & Sons Inc. ISBN 978-0-470-89046-2. 
  9. ^ "Forensic Analytics book review". Retrieved 2014-08-30. 
  10. ^ Mark J. Nigrini (2012). Benford's Law: Applications for Forensic Accounting, Auditing, and Fraud Detection. John Wiley & Sons. p. 330. ISBN 978-1-118-15285-0. 
  11. ^ "Using Benford's Law as an Aid in Analytical Procedures (abstract)". Retrieved 2014-09-15. 
  12. ^ "Data Diagnostics Using Second‐Order Tests of Benford's Law". Retrieved 2014-08-30. 
  13. ^ "Monitoring techniques available to the forensic accountant". Retrieved 2014-08-30. 
  14. ^ "Using Key Performance Indicators and Risk Measures in Continuous Monitoring". Retrieved 2014-08-30. 
  15. ^ "Benford's Law Applied to Hydrology Data". Retrieved 2014-08-30. 
  16. ^ "Order Statistics and Benford's Law". Retrieved 2014-08-27. 
  17. ^ Nigrini, Mark J.; Miller, Steven J. (2008). "The Modulo 1 Central Limit Theorem and Benford’s Law for Products". International Journal of Algebra 2 (3): 119–130. 
  18. ^ Nigrini, Mark J. (April–May 1999). "The peculiar patterns of first digits". IEEE Potentials 18 (2): 24–27. 
  19. ^ Nigrini, Mark J. (May 1999). "I've Got Your Number:How a mathematical phenomenon can help CPAs uncover fraud and other irregulaities". Journal of Accountancy. 
  20. ^ "International Journal of Disclosure and Governance-Editors". Retrieved 2014-08-28. 
  21. ^ "Journal of Forensic & Investigative Accounting-Editorial Advisory Board". Retrieved 2014-08-28. 
  22. ^ "Your number's up (login required)". Retrieved 2014-08-30. 
  23. ^ "Following Benford's Law or Looking Out for No. 1". Retrieved 2014-08-27. 
  24. ^ "Statistical Sleuthing on the Iran Election". Retrieved 2014-08-30. 
  25. ^ "Benford's Law: a useful, but imperfect, fraud-catcher". Retrieved 2014-08-27. 
  26. ^ "The Power of One (subscription required)". Retrieved 2014-08-29. 
  27. ^ "Weiter Weg zur Zwei (further away for two)". Retrieved 2014-08-27. 
  28. ^ "RadioLab: From Benford to Erdos". Retrieved 2014-08-27. 
  29. ^ "Sufrin Lectureship in Accounting 2013". Retrieved 2014-08-29. 
  30. ^ "Forensic Accounting expert to speak at UB". Retrieved 2014-08-30. 
  31. ^ "2014 Pre-Conference Workshop". Retrieved 2014-08-26. 
  32. ^ "Annual Conference a Hit in California". Retrieved 2014-08-26. 
  33. ^ "ACFE Pre-Conference Sessions". Retrieved 2014-08-26. 
  34. ^ Nigrini, Mark J. (August 2014). "Lessons from an $8 million fraud". Journal of Accountancy. 
  35. ^ "CaseWare IDEA Releases Highly Anticipated IDEA Version Nine". Retrieved 2014-08-28. 

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