Diploma in Corporate Fraud Investigation


Start date: Monday, 24 September 2018

Duration: 10 weeks, Monday evenings from 6.30 to 9.30 pm

Course fee: classroom-based €945 (or €995 if paying the course fee in instalments), online €845 (or €895 if paying the course fee in instalments)
Non-EU students: €1,295

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A fee of £76 will be payable to The Institute of Commercial Management on successful completion of this course.

Awarding body: The Institute of Commercial Management (ICM)

CPD Hours: Recognised by The Institute of Banking and LIA for CPD Purposes

Who should apply:

Those working in financial services and banking industry in Ireland. Those working in the criminal justice system in Ireland who have a special interest in corporate fraud investigation. Those in other careers, with an interest in corporate fraud and how it can affect companies and Irish society as a whole

Course Summary:
Delivered by leading academics and financial services experts, the purpose of the Diploma in Corporate Fraud Investigation is to equip learners (from a variety of professional or interested backgrounds) with an understanding of the origins of corporate fraud globally and in Ireland how it in recent years it has come to define a nation.

Students will consider a history of corporate fraud and then examine the Irish experience. All lectures will be related to various theories of white-collar crime and offending. At the end of the course, learners will have a detailed understanding of how corporate fraud operates in today’s world and how, without individual or societal intervention, it may flourish still further in the coming decades.

During this course the student will learn how to identify certain types of white-collar fraudsters and their likely behaviours within the corporate environment. In particular they will look at the background to this increasing level of criminality and how it has been allowed to develop and thrive. They will also learn how to recognize, identify, investigate and ultimately reduce the risk of corporate fraud in any given organisation

  • Lecture 1

    Introduction; global corporate fraud; an ignoble history:

    • What is corporate fraud (overview)?
    • How much corporate fraud is out there?
    • What is the impact of corporate fraud?
    • What motivates the corporate fraudster?
    • Corporate fraud hard hitters across the globe

    Lecture 2

    What are we investigating? The corporate fraud offences:

    Legislation and corporate fraud offences:

    • Conspiracy to defraud
    • Theft
    • Causing a loss or making a gain by deception
    • False accounting
    • Suppression of documents
    • Forgery and false instruments
    • Bribery and corruption
    • Criminal cartels
    • Criminal fraudulent trading
    • Insider dealing
    • Market manipulation
    • Offences against Revenue

    Criminal liability and corporate responsibility (overview)

    Lecture 3

    Reducing, preventing and detecting corporate fraud:

    Assessing the risk of corporate fraud

    Strategy to reduce and prevent corporate fraud:

    • The role of HR policies
    • The role of ethics and the corporate culture
    • The role of employees
    • The role of management

    Methods of detecting corporate fraud:

    • Internal audits
    • Forensic data analysis
    • Internal and external whistleblowers

    Internal  and external whistleblowers

    Lecture 4

    Investigating allegations of corporate fraud – internal investigations:

    • What to do when fraud is suspected?
    • Preparing an investigation plan
    • Collecting documentary and electronic evidence
    • Conducting interviews to gather evidence
    • Concluding the investigation

    Lecture 5

    Investigating allegations of corporate fraud – external investigations:

    • Garda Bureau of Investigation
    • Central Bank
    • ODCE
    • National Consumer Agency
    • Competition Authority
    • CAB
    • Revenue Commissioners

    Lecture 6

    Prosecuting the corporate fraudster and recovering the proceeds of corporate fraud:

    Prosecuting the corporate fraudster:

    • Prosecutors
    • Evidential issues
    • Jury trials

    Sentencing the corporate fraudster:

    • Principles of sentencing
    • Appropriate sentences (from fines to imprisonment)
    • Other penalties

    Recovering the proceeds of corporate fraud:

    • Criminal Assets Bureau

    Confiscation Code (Proceeds of Crime Acts, Criminal Justice Act 1994)


    Lecture 7

    Money Laundering

    • What is money laundering?
    • International initiatives to combat money laundering
    • The money laundering offences
    • Designated Persons
    • Specific rules and requirements
    • Enforcement
    • Civil liability


    Lecture 8

    Cybercrime and the future of corporate fraud

    Lecture 9
    Corporate fraud in Ireland: a case study

    Lecture 10
    The Anglo Trials


    • Corporate Crime, Shelley Horan BL. Bloomsbury Professional, March 2011
    • White Collar Crime in Ireland: A New Architecture of Regulatory Enforcement

    McGrath, J (2014). Manchester University Press

    • Prosecuting Corruption in Ireland. Paper presented at the Burren Law School by

    Hamilton, J. (2010a.), 1 May 2010. Available at http://www.dppireland.ie

    • An Alternative to Silence, Whistleblower Protection in Ireland. Transparency

    International (2010). Available at  www.transparency.ie

    • Bribery and Corruption Law in Ireland, Briefing Document by A&L Goodbody,

    21st February 2012. Available at

    http://www.algoodbody.ie/insightspublications/bribery_and_corruption_law_in_irel and

    • White Paper on Crime, Third Discussion Document – Overview of Submissions

    Received (April 2011). Department of Justice. Available at ww.justice.ie


  • 115010-Tara-Murphy

    Tara Murphy is a practising barrister, who has worked in advisory, policy and research roles in both the Public and Private Sectors. From 2013 to 2015, Tara worked with the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform. The Department is responsible for a number of initiatives to improve the openness, transparency and accountability of the Civil and Public Service. Based in the Civil Service HR Policy Directorate, Tara provided legal assistance in relation to a range of employment law issues including, but not limited to, the roll-out and implementation of several new HR policies.

    Tara also spent a number of years working with the Law Reform Commission, an independent body established under the Law Reform Commission Act 1975 to keep the law under independent, objective and expert review. The Commission has published a wide range of consultation papers and reports on diverse areas of civil and criminal law. Tara worked on several of these publications, including those relating to the Civil Liability of the Good Samaritans and Volunteers, and Mandatory Sentencing. Tara has presented a number of papers on her work including, in particular, sentencing the corporate fraudster.

    Tara has worked with a number of other organisations including the National Disability Authority and the Department of Foreign Affairs.

    Tara holds a Degree in Law with French Law from University College Dublin, a Master of Laws in International Human Rights Law from the University of Essex and a Diploma in Employment Law from Dublin Institute of Technology. She also studied at the Honorable Society of King’s Inns.

    Tara’s areas of interest include employment law, criminal law, contract law and human rights law. She lectures in employment law, corporate fraud investigation, anti-money laundering and financial law and regulation.


  • A pass grade on the written assignment will be required for awarding of the Diploma in Corporate Fraud Investigation. A fail grade will result in a Certificate of Attendance for the course but without the Diploma being awarded. Students must attend at least 8 of the 10 evenings to graduate with either the Diploma or Certificate of Attendance unless a serious and verifiable reason for further absence is provided. Similarly, the Project must be handed in on the due date unless a sound reason for lateness is provided. In such instances, an extension may be awarded at the discretion of the lecturer.

  • “Tara’s material is well prepared and she is very knowledgeable on the subject matter.  She presents the class in a professional manner while maintaining good approachability.  She is excellent at encouraging class discussion around what is a very interesting subject.”

    Tony Coughlan

    “Having studied in Trinity, DIT and Griffith I can honestly say that Mr. Foley is a wonderful lecturer and it is so refreshing to have someone teach who appears to genuinely want to share his knowledge.”

    Michelle Bolger

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