Here are some of our favorite fraud and investigation related books from 2010.

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The Big Short

The Big Short by Michael Lewis

Michael Lewis’ The Big Short dives into the causes of the U.S. stock market crash of 2008, overpriced real estate and bad mortgages.  The book gives some never seen before insight into the “shadowy” world of hedge funds, short sellers and investment banks and the people that got it “right” betting on a mortgage crisis.

No One Would Listen

No One Would Listen by Harry Markopolos

Harry Markopolos, who for years tried to warn the SEC about Bernie Madoff’s $65 billion ponzi scheme, writes a detailed description of what his investigation uncovered years before Madoff’s ultimate arrest in December 2008.  The Bernie Madoff scandal is arguably one of the most important fraud cases in history and has led to numerous changes in regulatory and enforcement with the SEC.

Circle of Greed

Circle of Greed by Patrick Dillon and Carl M. Cannon

Circle of Greed chronicles the rise and fall of one of the most influential class action lawyers of all time, Bill Lerach, who was ultimately disbarred and put in prison.  The book digs into some of Lerach’s most infamous courtroom battles with corporate America and describes how he became one of the “most feared and loathed lawyers in America.”

Broker Trader Lawyer Spy

Broker, Trader Lawyer, Spy:  The Secret World of Corporate Espionage by Eamon Javers

Who could resist a book about corporate spying?  Eamon Javers provides some fascinating tales of corporate espionage and investigation.  Although the book sensationalizes some of the work of corporate investigators, it’s an interesting read and gives a bit of history of the private investigator and how investigators are used in the modern day.

Private Investigator Entry Level

Private Investigator Entry Level (02E): An Introduction to Conducting Private Investigations by Philip Becnel

This book was written as an instructional guide for the course of the same name, which is required of all private investigators in the Commonwealth of Virginia. However, it covers all of the basic investigative principles and techniques that apply to investigators working anywhere. There are chapters on ethics, research, interviewing, fraud investigations, evidence, law—and many other topics.

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Looking to keep up to date on fraud and investigation news and trends?  Below is our list of favorite news and blog sources (in no particular order). And if you haven’t learned how to use an RSS reader, it’s a great way to aggregate articles and blog posts.

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Fraud Magazine

Fraud Magazine - ACFE

Fraud Magazine, published by the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners (the world’s largest anti-fraud organization), posts information on trends and issues related to fraud.

Pursuit Magazine

Pursuit Magazine

Pursuit Magazine is an online magazine that posts articles on issues related to private investigations, marketing for investigators and legislative issues.

Financial Fraud Law

Financial Fraud Law

Financial Fraud Law makes multiple posts daily relating to news and analysis on financial fraud, securities fraud, insider trading and Ponzi schemes.



Footnoted.com takes a look at the most overlooked (but probably most important) section of SEC filing to  unearth  information buried in the fine print.

PI Now


PI Now is an online directory of professional private investigators, but they also post news and original content relating to legislative news and issues effecting private investigators.

White Collar Crime Prof Blog

White Collar Crim Prof Blog

White Collar Crime Prof Blog posts information daily on white collar crime trends, issues and news.

Professor Fraud

Professor Fraud

Professor Fraud, who is actually William Kresse, Associate Professor at Saint Xavier University of Chicago, makes a weekly posts for ChicagoNow.com about fraud and corruption.

The White Collar Fraud Blog

White Collar Fraud

The White Collar Fraud Blog is written by Sam Antar, a convicted felon and former CFO of Crazzie Eddie, Inc.  Antar, a “reformed” convict, writes blunt and insightful posts about SEC accounting frauds.

FINalternatives Halls of Justice


FINalternative’s Halls of Justice is a collection of articles relating to insider trades, short selling and hedge funds facing SEC probes or fraud charges.

PI’s Declassified

PIs Declassified

PI’s Declassified is an online weekly radio show hosted by Francie Koehler, a California based private investigator.  The radio show discusses some interesting topics including a recent show about privacy issues and online data providers.

PI Magazine

PI Magazine

Private Investigators read PI Magazine, the trade publication for private detectives, police detectives, SIU Investigators and anyone interested in learning how to become a PI.  Although you need to subscribe to PI Magazine to get any content, it’s highly recommended for any investigators in the business for its insightful articles and content.

PI Buzz


PI Buzz is the “official” blog of PI Magazine which provides links to online databases and other sources.



Investor.gov, which is run by the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, provides educational materials to investors to avoid fraud and ponzi schemes and updates on SEC enforcement actions.

Securities Docket

Securities Docket

Securities Docket posts information relating to FCPA compliance, insider trading, criminal probes and securities class action cases.

New York Times White Collar Watch

New York Times White Collar Watch

The New York Times White Collar Watch site tracks current White Collar fraud cases including the Goldman Sachs mortgage fraud case, recent insider trading cases and other white collar fraud prosecutions.

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