***** Digging for Disclosure: Tactics for Protecting Your Firm’s Assets from Swindlers, Scammers, and Imposters. By Kenneth Springer and Joelle Scott. FT Press. Available from ASIS, item #1969; 208 pages; $29 (ASIS member), $32 (nonmember).
The authors have written a most interesting and useful book with a fresh look at an old problem: the challenge of convincing decision makers to get background investigations before individuals are employed and before mergers and partnerships are made with other companies.
The book consists of 19 chapters, an index, and a resource guide that includes a list of numerous Web sites to obtain information such as corporate records and professional licensing. Many of these sites are free. The authors, who have firsthand experience from their own investigations, explain, among other things, what public record information is available through the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority, the Securities and Exchange Commission, and others.
The book is a very easy read and an excellent resource for a business executive and anyone responsible for or interested in due diligence. It is highly recommended.
Reviewer: Adrian A. Barnie, CPP, CFE (Certified Fraud Examiner), CAMS (Certified Anti-Money Laundering Specialist), is a contract senior investigator assigned to the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Cleveland, Ohio. He is a member of ASIS International.