42 Pages Posted: 19 Oct 2006 Last revised: 21 Aug 2008
Date Written: August 24, 2006
This study identifies the contemporaneous risk factors empirically related to financial statement fraud. Extant research identifies a number of individual factors related to fraud in various settings. In this study we examine an array of potential fraud risk factors in order to identify a comprehensive set of coexistent factors that are consistently linked to the incidence of financial statement fraud. Further, using the identified fraud risk factors, we construct a robust fraud prediction model. The analysis yields a number of significant factors related to pressure and opportunity. Using the significant fraud risk factors we then construct a fraud prediction model. The model correctly classifies fraud and no-fraud firms approximately 69.77 percent of the time, a substantial improvement over other fraud prediction models.
Keywords: Fraud prediction, fraud detection, risk factors, SAS No. 99
JEL Classification: M41, M49, M43, G34
Suggested Citation: Suggested Citation
Skousen, Christopher J. and Wright, Charlotte J., Contemporaneous Risk Factors and the Prediction of Financial Statement Fraud (August 24, 2006). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=938736 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.938736