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I need to do a research of any special investigations unit or fraud unit of an entity of any choice. This can be a law enforcement agency, insurance company, credit card company, bank, or any other organization that employs individuals working on fraud-related investigations. I must report what the unit does, how many individuals it employs, what types of fraud cases it investigates, and what methods it uses.

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Interesting project! Let's see what research information we can locate. Let's go with the World Bank's fraud and corruption unit, now known as the Department of Institutional Integrity (INT). Two research sources are attached, which expands on this response. References are made to the sources throughout the response.

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1. I need to do a research of any special investigations unit or fraud unit of an entity of any choice. This can be a law enforcement agency, insurance company, credit card company, bank, or any other organization that employs individuals working on fraud-related investigations. I must report what the unit does, how many individuals it employs, what types of fraud cases it investigates, and what methods it uses.

Let's go with the World Bank. I located some excellent research material that addresses each of the four areas, two of which I attached. One approach to organization a response for this type of question is to make a tentative outline, and then provide research information for each section, which you can then easily take to the next step and summarize the information. This is the approach this response takes.

Your tentative outline might be something to the effect:

I. Introduction
II. The World Bank's corruption and fraud investigation unit (e.g. now known as the Department of Institutional Integrity- (INT)
a. What the Unit Does?
b. How many individuals it Employs?
c. What type of fraud cases it investigates?
d. What methods it uses?

III. Conclusion

Now, let' look at research information for each section.

The World Bank reports "taking a lead role among multilateral institutions in putting the anti-corruption agenda on the map, in taking steps to strengthen procurement and disbursement in our own projects, and in developing new approaches to tackling corruption in borrower countries" (see attached article, from which most of the information below is drawn). In November 2000 the Corporate Committee on Fraud and Corruption Policy was created to ensure that the Bank Group develops anticorruption policies and strategies that contribute effectively to its poverty reduction goals. The Bank's corruption and fraud investigation unit is now known as the Department of Institutional Integrity (INT). (http://web.worldbank.org/WBSITE/EXTERNAL/EXTABOUTUS/0,,contentMDK:20103866~menuPK:250989~pagePK:43912~piPK:44037~theSitePK:29708,00.html). This paper summarizes...

a. What the Unit Does?

Initially, the Bank's Anticorruption Action Plan for FY99 focuses on seven categories:

1. Knowledge and awareness
2. Controlling corruption in Bank-financed projects
3. Helping countries that request Bank support
4. Mainstreaming anticorruption in Bank operations
5. Supporting international efforts and partnerships
6. Staff incentives
7. Internal controls and security concerns

The Action Plan pushes simultaneously on several fronts to strengthen its fiduciary activities, to broaden and deepen our in-country work, to extend our productive relationships with partners, and to deal with questions of staff incentives and personal security. The anticorruption agency has already completed a number of the actions, with others being implemented. Highlights include:

· Clear reporting mechanisms, publicized both inside and outside the Bank, for all allegations of corruption in Bank projects and for coordination of follow-up;
· Diagnosis of governance conditions and financial risk in every Country Assistance Strategy, and special attention to the issue in countries with particularly high levels of corruption; and
· Strong attention to the further development and dissemination of tools and techniques for in-country anti-corruption work, and explicit links with the Bank's broader public sector reform strategy through the piloting of up-stream institutional reviews.
(Excerpted from http://www.worldbank.org/html/extdr/spring99/corruption-pb.htm).

From another source:

In November 2000 the Corporate Committee on Fraud and Corruption Policy was created to ensure that the Bank Group develops anti-corruption policies and strategies that contribute ...

Solution Summary

This solution assists in researching a special investigations unit e.g. what the unit does, how many individuals it employs, what types of fraud cases it investigates, and what methods it uses. Research articles attached.

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