Auditor’s skepticism, forensic accounting, investigation audit and fraud disclosure of corruption cases

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Supriadi Laupe, Muhammad Ikbal Abdullah ORCID logo, Abdul Kahar, Fadli Moh. Saleh , Femilia Zahra ORCID logo, Nur Avni Syamsuddin

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This study aims to develop a fraud disclosure model for corruption cases in the local government environment in Sulawesi through forensic accounting and investigative audits with internal auditor skepticism as moderating. Forensic accounting and investigative auditing are a series of relationships in the examination of fraud. Fraud becomes the main object that is fought in forensic accounting and is proven in investigative audits. This research was conducted by distributing questionnaires to all auditors at Finance and Development Supervisory Agency or Badan Pengawasan Keuangan dan Pembangunan (BPKP), Audit Board of the Republic of Indonesia or Badan Pemeriksa Keuangan (BPK), and internal auditors at Social Security Agency or Badan Penyelenggara Jaminan Sosial Kesehatan (BPJS Kesehatan) throughout Indonesia. The number of respondents whose opinions can be used for this study amounted to 118 questionnaires. The results showed that forensic accounting can reduce the level of disclosure of fraud. The results of other research studies also show that good investigative audit practices by auditors can reduce the level of fraud disclosure. Auditor skepticism in auditing practices can strengthen the forensic accounting relationship which results in a reduced level of fraud disclosure and investigative audit relationships which results in a reduced level of fraud disclosure.

Keywords: Forensic Accounting, Investigation Audit, Fraud, Corruption, Auditor Skepticism

Authors’ individual contribution: Conceptualization — S.L. and F.Z.; Methodology — S.L., M.I.A., and A.K.; Data Curation — F.M.S. and N.A.S.; Formal Analysis — F.Z. and A.K.; Investigation — F.M.S. and N.A.S.; Writing — Original Draft — S.L., F.Z., and M.I.A.; Writing — Review & Editing — S.L. and F.Z.

Declaration of conflicting interests: The Authors declare that there is no conflict of interest.

JEL Classification: H79, H83, M40

Received: 09.03.2022
Accepted: 08.08.2022
Published online: 10.08.2022

How to cite this paper: Laupe, S., Abdullah, M. I., Kahar, A., Saleh, F. M., Zahra, F., & Syamsuddin, N. A. (2022). Auditor’s skepticism, forensic accounting, investigation audit and fraud disclosure of corruption cases. Journal of Governance & Regulation, 11(3), 189–196.