Senior manager and forensic specialist with the Decosimo Advisory Services Pamela Mantone never thought "in her wildest dreams" that representatives with a book publisher would approach her and ask her to write a book.
And she had reservations about writing a book while working full time but had been in the right place at the right time for the right people to hear her.
She gave a presentation at a national conference about forensic accounting, and afterward, one of the editors with the book publisher Wiley approached her and asked if she would write a book on the topic.
"It was kind of a shocker at first," she said.
So she thought about it for several months. But—as her husband put it—passing up the chance didn't seem right.
"[He said,] 'How many times in your lifetime is anyone given the opportunity to do something like this?'" she said.
The book, titled "Using Analytics to Detect Possible Fraud: Tools and Techniques," is a practical overview of forensic accounting. Mantone wanted to write a book in plain language so that most anyone would find it useful.
The book covers analytical techniques used for both efficiency and effectiveness in forensic accounting investigations.
Forensic accounting is not, as many might think, "the CSI of accounting," she said.
It involves the possibility of fraud in a set of financial statements, and Mantone's book provides examples and case studies that can help people, such as investors and financial instructors, better understand what to look for to detect fraud.
The book includes three examples of companies that have anomalies in financial statements that indicate embezzlement or fraud. And it includes another example in which the anomaly can be explained in a legitimate way and doesn't indicate fraud.
Mantone has performed forensic and fraud auditing services for businesses and government organizations, including the gathering of forensic evidence and testifying to findings.
She also provides consulting services regarding implementation of fraud prevention and fraud detection internal control systems.
The official in-store release date was Sept. 3, and the book is available for order through several online bookstores, including Amazon, and has already begun to ship to buyers in the U.S.
Some UTC professors have purchased the book. Mantone isn't sure if it will be used at the university, but it definitely has that potential.
She wrote the book in six months. She worked two hours every night and used most of her off time, including part of her beach vacation, to finish it.
The opportunity has opened up other avenues, such as teaching younger staff members, which Mantone loves.
"So I guess the end result is—I'm very glad I did it," she said.
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